Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days

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The president is reading the limits of power

On his 100 th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his associated with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.

The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop May Day becoming a rallying point for socialists and unionised laborers, but for an embattled chairman learning politics on the job it has an added resonance.

In an interview with Fox News to celebrate the 100 -day mark, he proclaimed himself disappointed with congressional Republican, despite his many great relationships with them.

He blamed the constitutional checks and balances built in to US governance. Its a very rough system, he told. Its an archaic system Its genuinely a bad thing for the country.

The Loyalty Day announcement arrived amid a commotion of other proclamations to celebrate the milestone at which the early stages of American presidencies are traditionally measured. The arriving seven days were named both National Charter Schools Week and Small Business Week. May has been burdened with being simultaneously: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Older Americans Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, National Foster Care Month, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Such proclamations help a chairman appear busy, especially at such heavily scrutinised milestones as the 100 -day mark, and particularly for an inexperienced politician rapidly learning the limits of presidential power, even with a solid Republican majority in Congress.

He has failed to get any of his priorities turned into legislation in the face of party disunity, and his attempt to rule by executive ordering has been largely hollow. His fiats have been either meaningless, like his one-page, detail-free taxation reform plan, or have been blocked by the courts, such as his travel proscription for Muslim country level refugees.

Trumps approval ratings have remained mired at historic lows for a presidency in what is supposed to be a honeymoon period, hovering around and often below the 40% mark, well below his recent predecessors at this stage in their presidencies.

But his core supporters have remained faithful, choosing to believe that the mainstream media are purveyors of fake news, rather than had recognized that the Trump presidency has not been the unrivalled success the president has claimed. They have also accommodated Trumps affinity for Vladimir Putin. The percentage of Republican who learn Russia as an unfriendly state has fallen from 82% in 2014 to 41% now, according to a CNN/ ORC poll.

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Trump claimed that auto companies were roaring back in, an apparent including references to General Engine plans. Photo: Paul Sancya/ AP

On his 100 th day, Trump turned to this loyal base to sound off on the issue that bonds them most tightly economic nationalism. On an otherwise leisurely Saturday, during which his only other engagement was a bellow with the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, the president was due to attend an evening rallying in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where disenchanted laborers imperfection from the Democrat in droves in the 2016 election. While visiting the town, he was also due to sign an executive ordering to establish an office of trade and manufacturing policy, which will help push his drive for import substitution.

In his weekly presidential address, he likewise focused on tasks, pointing to evidence of an economic resurgence that has been previously contested as a result of corporate decisions built before Trump came to office. He claimed that auto companies were roaring back in, an apparent including references to General Engine plans and Fords decision to expand in Michigan, which both appeared to be part of their long-term strategy.

Trump likewise claimed that his approval of the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada would create tens of thousands of jobs. That will be true in the short term, during the construction stage, but after that maintaining the pipeline going is expected to employ 35 people on a permanent basis.

The gap between the extreme bravado of Trumps claims and the daily realities of governing has deepened public cynicism. In a new Gallup poll, simply 36% proclaimed him honest and trustworthy, down from 42% in early February. His general approving rating stood at 40%.

There is strong evidence, however, that the fact-checking of presidential asserts is having a small and dwindling impact on true-life Trump loyalists. His support remains strong in traditional blue collar areas and evangelical strongholds, where there is more trust in the president than the mainstream media. The chairman has relentlessly assaulted the media, launching an attack per day on average since he took office, denouncing negative news as fake news, and there are signs the relentless offensive has inflicted weaves. One poll liberated on Friday found that more people trusted the White House than political journalists.

Against that background there used to be reports yesterday that Steve Bannon, the champ of economic and ethnic nationalism, was making a political comeback in the White House, and that he remained a bulwark of Trumps strategy to procure his core support and win again in 2020.

His hand has been read behind the rapid-burst issue of protectionist moves in the run up to the 100 th day, picking battles with Canada over milk and softwood imports, and measures to shield the aluminium industry from foreign competition.

All of the individuals who say the president doesnt have an ideology, theyre incorrect, one unnamed Bannon ally told political news website The Hill. He does have an ideology, and its Bannons ideology. They are just now figuring out how to implement it.

Bannon was also said to have drafted an executive ordering receding the US from the North American Free Trade Area( Nafta ), but on Thursday Trump decided simply to issue a call for its renegotiation reportedly after having been shown a map showing it would expenditure the most employment opportunities in is to say that had supported him in such elections. The duel between countervailing cliques in the Trump White House continues to ebb and flow, but the presidents reflexes in times of adversity lead him to fall back on the America First narrative that got him elected in the first place.

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