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First 100 Days

The United States has long paid great attention to the first 100 days of a president's term, as a way to assess their performance.

The term comes from a 1933 radio address by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, although he was reportedly referring to the 100-day session, rather than the first 100 days of his administration.

teleSUR is following the status of newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump promises for his first 100 days.

Donald Trump on the Supreme Court

With one vacancy to fill immediately, Trump has promised to select a Supreme Court Judge “in the mold of” the recently deceased, far-right Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump has said he will appoint judges who will "defend the Second Amendment" and roll back abortion rights by overturning Roe v. Wade.

Trump selected Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court on Jan 31. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm the right-wing judge on April 7. Three Democrats: Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana — broke with party ranks to back the conservative Gorsuch. In one of his first major votes on the Supreme Court, he decided to give the state of Arkansas the green light to execute by lethal injection Ledell Lee, a man who for 24 years maintained his innocence and who wanted a DNA test to prove it.

Donald Trump on Immigration

Trump, while campaigning for president, said: "I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

Trump also promised to "immediately terminate" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This Obama policy protects certain undocumented immigrant children in the U.S. from being deported.

On Jan. 25, Trump signed the executive order “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” It states a "physical wall or other similarly … impassable physical barrier” will be built, but does not say how it will be funded. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said Mexico will not pay for the wall.

Now the Republican-controlled Congress is not willing to appropriate funds for it in a spending bill, something Trump initially said he would demand but has since backtracked after realizing it would be another legislative defeat. Trump also promised to "immediately terminate" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This Obama policy protects certain undocumented immigrant children in the U.S. from being deported. However, he has since reneged on that campaign promise, telling the Associated Press that his government is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals," much to the chagrin of his conservative base.

Donald Trump on Trade

Donald Trump ran on a nationalist, populist platform, deriding “unfair” trade deals like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump promised to pull out of the TPP and renegotiate NAFTA.

He signed an executive order formally ending the U.S. participation in the TPP and then later announced that he would renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico. However, there has been no ideological consistency with his rhetoric or policy goals since taking office, leaving many in the U.S. and abroad scratching their heads.

Donald Trump on Healthcare

Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare). This was an issue popular both with the Tea Party and Republican lawmakers.

On Inauguration Day, Trump immediately signed the “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” While this underscored that gutting, if not completely scrapping Obamacare would be a top priority, the order was short on policy details. It will be largely incumbent upon congressional Republicans to turn their tough talk into policy with how to legally and effectively repeal and replace.

Trump suffered an embarrassing legislative defeat when he failed to rally support from his own party to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. On March 24 Republican House leadership pulled the legislation. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, conceded.

Donald Trump on Energy and Environment

Trump promised to make U.S. energy independent and globally dominant. In the age of climate change, the new president wants to double down on fossils fuels and invest heavily in shale, oil, natural gas, and coal.

In his first days in office, Trump called environmentalism “out of control.” He followed up by signing executive orders to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines which had been blocked by former President Barack Obama. Trump also launched a plan to curb regulations that slow other infrastructure projects. Trump is proposing to gut the Environmental Protection Agency by slashing its budget by 31 percent, or US$2.4 billion, and eliminating 15,000 jobs. Also, his EPA head, Scott Pruitt has called for the U.S. to abandon the historic Paris Climate Accords. In naming Pruitt head of the EPA, Trump was able to tap a climate change denier, someone who has said that he doesn’t believe carbon dioxide is "a primary contributor” to global warming, to shape climate change policy.

Trump on Term Limits

President Trump promised, on “day one,” that he would pursue a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.

Since taking office, Trump has done or said nothing to push this issue.

Trump on Gun Free Zones

Trump said on Jan. 8, 2016, “I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases,” “My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones."

This has not been done.

Trump on Regulations

President Trump campaigned on gutting regulations and freezing any new regulations which he believed puts undue burden on job creation, like environmental regulations. He said “that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.”

Trump told business leaders Jan. 23 that he would “cut regulations by 75 percent.”

Trump signed an executive order directing agencies that they must identify two existing regulations to cut for every new one. However, there is nothing mandating that the regulations actually be cut.

Trump on Cybersecurity

Trump instructed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to "develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks, and all other form of attacks."

An executive order is pending on this issue.

Trump on China currency manipulation

Trump promised to label China a "currency manipulator" on day one.

Trump failed to follow through on his promise, despite Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer pressing him on the issue. "He's promised to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. We're still waiting,” said Schumer.