Trump lambasts 'ridiculous standard' of first 100 days

President's tenure has been a mixed bag so far.

President Donald Trump on Friday called the 100-day standard by which new occupants of the White House are judged "ridiculous" while at the same time insisting that his administration has accomplished "a lot" in its opening days.

The first 100 days of any presidency are considered the so-called "salad days", a period when the incoming administration seeks to secure some of its key priorities, carrying with it the mandate of the election victory.

But Trump's claim about the "ridiculous standard" he thinks he's being held to is odd, because during the campaign and just after, Trump himself repeatedly touted the importance of his first 100 days in office.

"You're going to have such great healthcare at a tiny fraction of the cost and it's going to be so easy", Trump said during an October 2016 rally.

The first 100 days of a first-term president is often used to measure success and set a roadmap for future policy issues.

The biggest success of Trump's young presidency, alluded to in his tweet, has been the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump picked to replace the late Antonin Scalia. He's also been defeated in his attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

But his health care bill didn't come up for a vote in the House and his travel ban was blocked in the courts.

Two controversial executive orders barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the USA, for example, were blocked by federal judges amid concerns that the orders amounted to a ban on a religious group.

The president has received mostly positive marks for his decision to launch a missile strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for its use of chemical weapons in a rebel-controlled region of Syria.

Vanessa Coleman

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