By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
President Donald Trump said last week the 100-day benchmark for evaluating new administrations is “ridiculous.” But it wasn’t that long ago that Trump himself laid out a 28-point “contract with the American voter,” outlining his goals for exactly that time period.
By his own standards — released in late October — the president’s record is a mixed bag. Yes, he’s fulfilled some pledges: he backed out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and saw Neil Gorsuch confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. But other plans remain unfinished or even abandoned: he declined to name China a currency manipulator, for example.
Trump is approaching Saturday’s 100-day mark with a burst of activity, teasing the release of a “big tax reform and reduction” plan on Wednesday — but also backing away from a demand to quickly fund his border-wall proposal amid the threat of a government shutdown. Meanwhile, the White House is touting Trump’s accomplishments including the signing of executive orders.
“Ridiculous” standard or not, here’s how Trump’s agenda has fared, along with a score developed by MarketWatch. Completed pledges get 10 points; those not completed get 0; and partially completed ones — for example, an executive order that has been blocked or an action that’s been lifted — get 5.
Using that system, Trump gets 115 out of a possible 280 points, or 41%.
|Constitutional amendment for congressional term limits||None taken.||0|
|Federal-employee hiring freeze||Signed memorandum for freeze, exempting military, on Jan. 23. Freeze lifted in April.||5|
|Eliminate two regulations for every new regulation||Signed order directing this on Jan. 30.||10|
|5-year lobbying ban on departing White House, congressional officials||Signed 5-year ban on administration officials lobbying agency they worked for, on Jan. 28. Doesn’t apply to Congress.||5|
|Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments||Jan. 28 order includes ban on activity that would require registration under 1938 act.||10|
|Ban foreign lobbyist fundraising for U.S. elections||None taken.||0|
|Announce intent to renegotiate Nafta or withdraw||On April 20, Trump said he would announce intentions in two weeks.||10|
|Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership||Signed a memorandum abandoning TPP on Jan. 23.||10|
|Label China a currency manipulator||Declined to do so, since “they are working with us on the North Korea problem.”||0|
|Identify and direct end to foreign trading abuses unfairly impacting American workers||Ordered an “omnibus report on significant trade deficits” on March 31.||10|
|Lift restrictions on production of $50 trillion of U.S. energy reserves||Ordered review of rules that “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources,” on March 28.||5|
|Let Keystone Pipeline and other projects move forward||Granted TransCanada /zigman2/quotes/200192679/composite TRP /zigman2/quotes/203758221/delayed CA:TRP permit to build Keystone on March 24.||10|
|Cancel billions of dollars to United Nations climate programs||Budget blueprint released March 16 reiterates this pledge, but budget has not passed.||0|
|Cancel unconstitutional actions by President Obama||Trump has canceled Obama-era rules but it’s debatable whether they were unconstitutional.||0|
|Begin to select a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia||Justice Neil Gorsuch sworn in on April 10.||10|
|Cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities||Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 25 cutting funds to “sanctuary jurisdictions” and the order is being challenged in court.||5|
|Begin removing criminal illegal immigrants||Jan. 25 order directs prioritizing removal of convicted criminal aliens.||5|
|Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions||Signed two executive orders on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, but both have been blocked.||5|
|Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act||Trump plans to announce a “big tax reform and reduction” plan on Wednesday.||0|
|End the Offshoring Act||Trump’s tax announcement may cover this.||0|
|American Energy and Infrastructure Act||Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said an infrastructure package is planned in late May.||0|
|School Choice and Education Opportunity Act||Trump used his Feb. 28 address to Congress to push for a school-choice bill. But none has been signed.||0|
|Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act||House Republicans’ replacement bill imploded in March. Trump predicts a new bill soon.||5|
|Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act||Trump promoted childcare in his Feb. 28 address but hasn’t signed a bill into law.||0|
|End Illegal Immigration Act||Trump aimed for full funding of his proposed border wall in this act but is now open to funding it later this year.||0|
|Restoring Community Safety Act||Signed executive order creating crime-reduction task force, on Feb. 9.||5|
|Restoring National Security Act||Trump’s budget addresses some of this, including eliminating the defense “sequester.”||0|
|Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act||Some proposed ethics reforms covered by executive orders.||5|