U.S. President Donald Trump crossed the 100 day mark in his presidency over the week-end and on Saturday evening he ditched the press at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to attend a campaign style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he bashed the “fake news” media, Hollywood actors, and the political establishment that he increasingly needs to gain support from if he wants to accomplish his political agenda during the remaining months of his presidency.
During his campaign style speech in Harrisburg, President Trump boasted that he skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner while claiming that a large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are “consoling each other” in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital.
“They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner without the president” Trump admitted.
“And I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be 100 miles away from Washington’s swamp, spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people” Trump added.
President Trump has shown willingness to criticize the media in his past tweets and political speeches where he often complains about a perceived bias against him.
President Trump is faced with low presidential approval ratings that are stuck at historic lows in the low 40’s during the beginning of his presidency.
According to a Real Clear Politics average of major approval polls from 4/17-4/28, President Trump has just a 43.1 percent approval rating with 51.8 percent disapproving.
However, President Trump’s approval ratings gained a boost following his presidential decision to launch an air attack on Syria’s airbase in early April that was believed to be related to a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians in the Idlib Province of Syria.
After winning a close presidential election that most polls showed him losing based on a populist platform that gained traction in most rural areas, President Trump has faced a wave of weekly protests across the country, ranging from the “Not My President” protests, the Women March, protests over his immigration ban, March For Science, and a recent Climate March that occurred yesterday in Washington D.C.
President Trump has honored his campaign pledges to make efforts to build a border wall on the southern border, although he missed the mark with his promises to have Mexico pay for its construction.
During the initial Republican proposed budget that faced opposition in Congress, President Trump inserted an initial down payment funding rider to pay for the construction of the southern border wall that Democrats rejected and was removed.
President Trump’s controversial immigration ban has been held up in the courts and his efforts to rally Republicans around repealing and replacing Obamacare fell short last month and lacked sufficient support for a House vote, even from the conservative wing in his party, including the Freedom Caucus, which failed to go along with the proposed American Healthcare Act, the Republican healthcare replacement model that succumbed to pressure following a revised Congressional Budget Office score in late March.
President Trump has agreed to cut federal government jobs with the State Department, EPA, Dept. of Agriculture, and the Labor Department and has reduced federal government regulations while proposing a stronger budget for defensive spending and border control.
President Trump agreed to terminate a TPP trade agreement that was already on its deathbed when he entered the Oval office.
Although he lashed out against NAFTA and vowed to end it, a change of heart in recent days spurred on by people in his administration has moved him away from ending the 1994 trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.
A border adjustment tax that would helped to raise revenues has also faced opposition and is struggling to gain traction in Congress.
U.S. stock indexes have rallied to record highs and gained a 10 percent post election bounce largely based on hopes that President Trump’s pledge to lower taxes and regulations will result in a net positive for the economy and spur growth.
The Tax Policy Center, affiliated through the Brookings Tax Policy Center, has recently analyzed Trump’s revised tax plan and discovered that Trump’s tax proposals would cut taxes at all income levels but the largest benefits, as measured in dollar and percentage terms, would go to the highest-income households while federal revenues would plummet and the federal debt would skyrocket.
“Federal revenues would fall by $6.2 trillion over the first decade before accounting for added interest costs” the Tax Policy Center concluded.
“Including interest costs, the federal debt would rise by $7.2 trillion over the first decade and by $20.9 trillion by 2036” the Tax Policy Center added.
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Here is my latest YouTube video where I provide some additional commentary about President Trump’s First 100 days and some reaction about his absence at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.