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Here's how much Donald Trump doesn't care about the "artificial" 100-day mark

The White House website has a page devoted to the president's first 100 days — but there's nothing to promote


Jeremy Binckes
April 25, 2017 7:05PM (UTC)

It seems like it was just yesterday that President Donald Trump was trying to ward off critics who called his first 100 days "entry level," pointing out that he had no major achievements to show for his work — other than a Supreme Court justice that he picked from a list and then pushed through the Senate, along with a slew of pointless executive orders.

Close. It was actually Sunday. That's when he told the Associated Press, "I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days and I think the first 100 days is an artificial barrier."

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On Tuesday, Trump's White House website celebrated the upcoming milestone — government shutdown or no government shutdown — by introducing a page for the occasion. Trump "has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century," it said.

By the way, that should really anger the Donald Trump of 2012:

Meanwhile, the White House sent a memo to reporters touting his "30 executive orders," which is more than any other president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (though just a few more than the 26 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson). Those executive orders, the White House said, were a sign that he "accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president."

The White House also pointed to a "slew of legislation," saying "Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman."

Here's some notable legislation he's passed, according to the White House:

  • Joint Resolution providing for the appointment of Roger W. Ferguson as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Joint Resolution providing for the appointment of Michael Govan as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Joint Resolution providing for the reappointment of Steve Case as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Joint Resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees.
  • Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients.
  • Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”
  • Joint Resolution approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.
  • Joint Resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.
  • Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017
  • Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.

Slow down! That much work would make anyone feel the need to take a trip to his or her private getaway.

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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