Contrast Trump’s Promises With Reality

Editor, News-Register:

As President Donald J. Trump has recently completed his first 100 days in office as chief executive of our great nation, I feel it is a good time to reflect on his performance and his accomplishments, or lack thereof, to date.

For the record, President Trump is one of a very few, and the first president of the United States since Jimmy Carter, to not have signed any legislation into law during his first 100 days in office. Such is seen to be easier to accomplish during this period when the new president is considered to be in a “honeymoon” period during which time the political climate is historically more conducive to legislative accomplishments than later in the president’s tenure in office.

Despite his embarrassing lack of legislative achievements to date, and contrary to his bragging during the electoral process when he pledged that 10 specific areas of legislation would be passed into law during his first 100 days in office, including the repeal and replacing of the Affordable Care Act, the building of a border wall (which would be financed by Mexico), major improvements to our nation’s infrastructure, etc., in his “Contract with the American People” to “make America great again,” he has yet to live up to any of his aforementioned promises, which he stressed would be achieved within his first 100 days in office.

Yet he somehow again conveniently overlooks very obvious and verifiable facts to attempt to convince the populace that he has been ultra-successful and productive to date, when in actuality nothing could be further from the truth.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, upon his election, was the first to set forth the “first 100 days” measuring stick, and despite President Trump’s self-aggrandizing comments, President Roosevelt accomplished more in his first 100 hours in office than has Trump in his first 100 days.

During this period, President Trump has signed 29 executive orders, after vehemently criticizing President Obama for his “excessive use” of executive orders, stating that such was “disgraceful” as he then considered this action as a way to circumvent Congress, when in fact President Obama had issued 11 fewer executive orders during his first 100 days in office, and President Trump has done this despite Republican majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

President Trump has also drastically and diametrically changed his positions on matters of great import, including: China, whom he once attacked as “currency manipulators”; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), whom he had often stated is “obsolete”; promised not to get involved in the Syrian civil war, but recently launched an air attack on Syria — while curbing Syrian immigration to the U.S.; as well as numerous other major policy “flip-flops.”

President Trump apparently exists in an “alternate reality” using “alternate facts” and untruths in order to enhance his image and further promote his agenda, while displaying a shocking lack of knowledge and understanding regarding the role of government, national and international matters of concern, the U.S. Constitution, as well as U.S. and world history.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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