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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