President Donald Trump should "ignore the critics" and not sweat the 100-day benchmark on his presidency, remarked Marc Thiessen, who worked as chief speechwriter for former President George W. Bush.
"Mr. President, slow down. There's no rush. Ignore the critics. You're doing just fine," Thiessen wrote in an editorial Monday in The Washington Post.
Calling the early achievements of Trump's predecessors as "fleeting," the president can point to one very major accomplishment — the confirmation of his nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, an act Thiessen called "more significant" than what "any president in recent memory has done."
He said that achievement alone would "affect the direction of our country for a generation."
"Trump can count every 5-4 decision over the next three decades that goes conservatives' way as one of his "First 100 Days" accomplishments. No other modern president can claim to have had that kind of lasting impact in so short a time," Thiessen wrote.
The president also had elevated the U.S. on the world stage by enforcing the "red line" placed by former President Barack Obama against Syria over its use of chemical weapons, a threat Obama gave, but never enforced.
"Trump didn't wring his hands. He acted quickly and decisively, and in so doing restored our credibility on the world stage that Obama had squandered," he wrote.
Additional global initiatives of significance had taken place in Afghanistan with a U.S. missile strike against a stronghold of ISIS terrorists, a challenge to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over its nuclear weapons program, where, in doing do, Trump had managed to engage China as well, pressuring them to participate.
Also making the list of 100-day accomplishments were the 13 resolutions of disapproval that Trump signed revoking regulations imposed by the Obama administration that were holding back the U.S. economy, a move sure to aid in the country's job growth.
On major policy items like tackling health care and tax reform, he urged the president to slow down and get it done right.
Thiessen referenced an editorial in The New York Times that criticized "missteps" and a "bungled sales job" on a legislative initiative in the first 100 days of the president's administration, but then included the reassuring words, "It's still early, and a hundred days don't really mean very much." Turns out The Times was writing about former President Bill Clinton of his first 100 days in office.
"The Times is right." Thiessen wrote. "There is much more to do. And there is plenty of time to do it. History does not judge presidents by what they did in the first 100 days; it judges what they did during their presidencies," he wrote.
"Trump should stop trying to throw Hail Marys before the 100-days clock runs out. Because when it does . . . nothing happens. He's still president on Day 101. Republicans still control both houses of Congress," he added.
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