What kind of grade would you give Donald Trump for his first 100 days as the 45th president of the United States?
I was thinking about this topic recently when he reached that milestone. I guess we can’t give him an A+ due to the Republicans’ healthcare legislation failing to reach a vote. Maybe that plan will get tweaked enough to win widespread support, but for now it’s a mute point.
In other areas, however, it appears that Trump is doing his best to keep his promises. And he’s making some headway despite opposition.
As far as jobs are concerned, his first full month in office (February 2017) saw an increase of 235,000 jobs in the U.S., with the unemployment rate dropping from 4.8 percent to 4.7. As a comparison, last year the economy produced an average of 190,000 new jobs per month.
And it’s not only new jobs where improvement is being seen. Consumer and business confidence is high, while stocks have risen to record levels. Wage growth is also on the rise.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will be able to fulfill his promise of creating 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years, but his administration is off to a strong start.
The wall might not be up yet, but early in the Trump Administration we’ve seen signs that illegal immigration is going to be dealt with in a forceful manner.
According to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the number of people illegally crossing the U.S. southern border during Trump’s first full month in office decreased by 40 percent. The number – 18,762 – was still high, but it was down from 31,578 the previous month.
One of Trump’s first actions as president was signing an executive order to increase border security and authorize construction of his promised wall along the southern border.
He also wants to hire approximately 5,000 more border patrol officials and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, while at the same time fast tracking deportations.
In addition to the Obama Administration and other world powers giving away the store in their 2016 nuclear deal with Iran, the former president seemed soft on our country’s enemies during his tenure.
It doesn’t look like it will be that way with Trump. He’s standing up to Russia, Iran and North Korea. He knows that wavering will only embolden our adversaries.
As Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said, “No amount of words, however clear or forceful, will prevent this kind of aggression; only firm action to defend America and our allies will stop them in their tracks.”
Regardless what grade you would give Trump for his first 100 days in office, there’s one thing he – and every other world leader – will always be powerless to deal with: natural disasters.
You may be in a more positive mood than you were during the Obama Administration, but a crisis of some kind or another is inevitable. As I’ve said many times, you need to be prepared.
Think about the things you will need in an emergency – survival food, a water purification system, a generator, etc. – and get them in your stockpile now before it’s too late.