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Trump’s First 100 Days, Ranked

Many of us political scribes are sizing up the meaning of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office with long essays about foreign policy evolutions or executive orders or presidential temperament. But I thought: What better way to mark the milestone than with a good old-fashioned ranking—a list, from best to worst, smooth to chaotic, squeaky-clean to scandalous, of all the president’s days in the White House so far? So, I developed a highly subjective objective points system, and began to count.

Here’s my methodology: Trump starts each day with a score of 50, then earns or loses points depending on the day’s events. For every substantive bill he signs or executive branch action, he gets two points. If an executive action is blocked in court, he loses 10 points. For partial judicial blocks or follow-up rulings, Trump loses two points. But when major legislation intended to fulfill a campaign pledge gets derailed, which only happened with health care, the penalty is stiff: 20 points.

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For a major military or diplomatic success or failure, give or take five. Make it two for minor developments abroad. If Trump nominates someone for a key post requiring Senate confirmation, give him a point, and another if the person gets confirmed. (Five points for confirming a Supreme Court justice. That’s big league.) But lose five when a nominee withdraws. Every Sean Spicer gaffe is a loss of one point. Trump gets two points for leading a rally or for independent pro-Trump rallies. He loses two points for major anti-Trump rallies.

Deduct 10 points for major scandal developments, two for minor ones. Grant 10 points for every time a pundit declares, “Trump became president of the United States today.” Take away five points for embarrassing, leak-filled “palace intrigue” stories, and three points for breakout anti-Trump Saturday Night Live sketches. Give Trump two points when he gets in a game of golf, and one point for days he stays off of Twitter. A point is added or subtracted for every percentage point of movement in the day’s Gallup tracking poll of Trump’s job approval. Miscellaneous events are scored arbitrarily.

Finally, divide by 10. You’ll get a score for the day ranging from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Herewith, from the impressive to the humiliating, are Trump’s first 100 days, ranked:


#1. February 28 – The Speech
Score: 7.7

On this day, Trump behaved like a normal president. In his primetime address to the joint session of Congress, he called for “all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit” and said, “The time for trivial fights is behind us.” The speech’s emotional climax came when he honored the memory of fallen Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens, telling his tearful widow, “We will never forget Ryan.” Liberal CNN pundit Van Jones declared, “He became president of the United States in that moment, period.” The drama of the moment washed away weeks of questions about the


Which campaign promises has Trump kept?


President Donald Trump was voted into office on a raft of campaign promises that delighted his hardcore supporters and horrified his critics. Here’s where those pledges stand as Trump closes out the first stretch of his administration:


How nervous should Trump be about his poll ratings?

How nervous should Trump be about his poll ratings?Those who voted for Donald Trump have almost no regrets about it. Among Republicans, his standing is strong: The president’s approval ratings typically top 80 percent.

But at the 100-day mark of his presidency, Trump is still lagging behind the pace of George W. Bush and Barack Obama among members of their own parties. Combined with the historic polarization of views about Trump’s first months in the White House, those numbers present a significant challenge to the president and his party in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.

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While Trump’s average approval rating among Republicans is 86 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster, George W. Bush was at 93 percent among Republicans at the eve of his inaugural 100-day anniversary. Barack Obama was at 92 percent among Democrats.

Polarization of views about Trump’s first months in the White House is nearly off the charts. Previous presidents had wide and deep support from their own parties, but also brought along independents and a sizable chunk of partisans on the other side. Trump isn’t experiencing that. While his numbers with Republicans only slightly lag Bush’s, even Bush had a significant number of Democrats in his corner at the 100-day mark of his administration.

Bush — who was also elected president under divisive circumstances and lost the popular vote — had a 31-percent approval rating among Democrats leading up to the 100-day mark, according to Gallup. Obama had a 28-percent approval rating among Republicans in late April of 2009. Trump’s average approval among Democrats, according to HuffPost Pollster? Only 10 percent. “It is remarkable,” said Mark Blumenthal, the head of election polling at SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey’s latest poll gave Trump an 89-percent approval rating among Republicans — the highest of all major polls this week. But Trump’s approval rating among Democrats in the survey is only 11 percent.

“There was similar partisanship for George W. Bush and Obama,” Blumenthal continued, “but not this early."

Trump is also doing poorly with independents, polls show. On average, his approval rating with independents is only 39 percent. This time eight years ago, Obama had a 64-percent approval rating with independents, only slightly higher than Bush’s 61-percent score.

There are already signs that Trump’s standing after 100 days — Republicans like him, but few others do — is driving the way he is governing: robust executive action, while chafing against the other two branches of government.

Republicans support Trump on nearly every issue; it's just a matter of degree. Setbacks like Trump’s inability to get a bill to replace the 2010 health care law off the ground in the House, aren’t affecting the president’s position with GOP voters and others who backed Trump in 2016.

“They’re not fazed by stuff like the health care problems,” said GOP pollster Glen Bolger, who conducted a poll of Trump voters for the University of Virginia Center for Politics this month. “Given their loyalty to him and their satisfaction with their vote, it would take a lot...

Trump’s mad dash to 100 days

Trump’s mad dash to 100 daysPresident Donald Trump has dismissed the idea of measuring the success of his first 100 days in office as “ridiculous.” But the president and his top officials have made a number of startling moves this week with the deadline in mind, and Trump has privately obsessed over getting a win before the cutoff.

The last-minute moves have frustrated some of Trump’s allies, caused a scramble across his government and proved once again that decisions are made by one man on his whims — and often with an eye to his media coverage.

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To his supporters, it looks like the kind of action Trump promised as a candidate. “That’s how a CEO makes decisions,” said Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican.

Trump’s promise last Friday to deliver a tax plan within five days startled no one more than Gary Cohn, his chief economic adviser writing the plan. Not a single word of a plan was on paper, several administration officials said, and Treasury officials worked all weekend to draft a one-page summary of his principles with a news conference the president demanding the action.

“The reason your head is spinning on this is that the plan isn’t even written yet,” one senior White House official said this week as conflicting details emerged about what would be in the plan. “This was all about doing something in the first 100 days and really it’s doing the process backwards.”

When White House officials demanded last week a health care vote by the 100-day mark, Speaker Paul Ryan was traveling in Europe and taken aback. The leader of the House of Representatives wasn’t in on the plan, had no desire to vote this week and feared it wasn’t even possible. No one even knew what the bill would say because the language had not been written.

“It was totally insane,” one senior GOP aide said. “It made no sense. There was no reason to say a vote was happening this week.”

A number of White House officials only learned of the president’s plan to sign an executive order removing the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement — and tout it during a 100-day rally in Pennsylvania — after it appeared in news reports. It was going to be “another accomplishment of our 100 days,” a senior official said. “The president wanted to do it this week.”

The looming 100-day marker has sent the White House into overdrive this week. Senior administration officials — chief of staff Reince Priebus, son-in-law Jared Kushner, legislative affairs head Marc Short, chief strategist Steve Bannon and Cohn — have held late-night sessions with reporters to sell the 100 days. Trump repeatedly asked aides for ideas with the marker in mind and has demanded plans for the event and lists of his accomplishments to highlight every single day of the week, administration officials said.

Trump ordered an event with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin based on the 100-day marker, a person familiar with

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