After President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, the thoughts of BYU-Idaho students, Americans and people around the world, shifted to anticipation of how effective the first 100 days of his presidency will be, and if it will be consistent with his campaign.
In “Donald Trump’s Contract With The American Voter,” the document that outlines his 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again, he identifies how he plans to address many controversial issues. These include renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA, freezing employment of new federal employees, increasing national security and cancelling every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama. These are a few of the 28 other issues presented in his plans.
Mikelle Remer, a freshman studying special education, said she thinks Trump will complete 4 to 5 percent of what he said he would like to do.
Deran Weaver, a freshman studying business management, said he expects Trump will initially stick to his guns through the first 100 days, but will eventually have to do a lot more compromising.
Joseph Stoddard, a junior studying art, said that Trump’s firmness is a strength and a weakness.
He said Trump — being a business man — is very persuasive and determined. He also said Trump will have more problems than he expects to push all his points through because he is not a politician.
Historically, the first 100 days of any presidency has been telling of the rest of the president’s term, according to the L.A. Times. At the start of the presidency, a new president will have a lot of momentum, motivation and influence to push through the things he or she wants to implement. In Trump’s case, other aspects improve his chances. He is starting off his presidency with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. He also has the possibility of nominating three Supreme Court Justices.
On the other side, there are important aspects that will contribute to the push against Trump’s proposed changes.
As The Washington Post reported, one of Trump’s biggest barriers was the divide he created between himself and established politicians.
According to the article, Trump campaigned as being anti-establishment, or against elected politicians in office, and estranged himself from individuals who were considered part of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Time will only tell how these opposing forces fare as the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency play themselves out.