It seems that every time that you turn around there is another article summarizing the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Business Insider has published an informative article that goes beyond a recap and compares the time frame to previous presidents’ time in office. The article highlights the differences as well as the similarities of the current president with the previous three on topics such as number of laws signed, amount of executive orders and total number of cabinet members confirmed. Another benchmark that the current president leads, and probably would prefer he didn’t, is the lowest level of approval ratings.
President Trump has signed the greatest number of laws and executive orders by a large margin, especially when compared with the most recent Republican president, George W. Bush. In fact, Bush had the fewest of both decrees in this 100 days than all four of the recent presidents. Trump has also enjoyed the greatest number of cabinet member confirmations, with 21 of the 22 positions filled. While Trump has not put up nominees for all positions, those that he has presented have been approved, except for one position which remains in the process.
The current unemployment rate of 4.5% is second only to Bush’s 4.3% at the conclusion of his first 100 days in office. While unemployment rates are inherited from the previous administration, they are a good indicator of the country’s overall economic health. In fact, the stock market has been bullish during the entire 100 day period since Trump has taken office. The nation’s business leaders are optimistic of the future under a Trump administration as the president has often spoken about his desire for tax reforms and less regulation.
While the first 100 days is an arbitrary period of time, likely constructed by a media looking for content, it is interesting to compare the four most recent administrations and how they are alike as well as how they differ. It is also interesting to see how the initial low approval rate has begun to rebound with more Americans approving of the current administration, as that is counter to historical trends. Trump has many of the same challenges as President Obama faced, and it will be interesting how he confronts them.