'It's an Artificial Barrier:' President Trump Dismisses 100-Day Benchmark Amid Record-Low Approval Ratings
President Donald Trump is under heavy scrutiny as the first symbolic milestone of his presidency fast approaches — but it seems Trump is giving himself a pass on his 100-days marker coming up on April 29.
“It’s an artificial barrier. It’s not very meaningful,” the president told The Associated Press in an Oval Office interview published Sunday.
“It’s a different kind of a presidency,” he also said in the sitdown.
Trump also downplayed his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again,” titled “Contract with the American Voter,” suggesting that it wasn’t his idea.
Asked if he felt he should be held accountable to the plan — which bears his signature and which he himself presented in great detail on the campaign trail — he replied, “Somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan. But yeah. Well, I’m mostly there on most items.”
In the plan, Trump touted key goals that he has yet to accomplish as of Day 95, including repealing Obamacare. According to The Washington Post‘s Fact Checker team, Trump has kept five — and broken five — of the 60 promises included in the plan.
The president began downplaying the significance of the 100 days marker last week, starting with a tweet on Friday.
“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” he said.
As the 100-day mark looms, Trump’s approval rating has hit a historic low. According to Gallup‘s latest weekly tracking poll of the president’s performance, published Sunday, 40 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing — with 54 percent saying they disapprove.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll produced the exact same numbers.
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A Washington Post-ABC News poll published Sunday also showed Trump’s approval rating at a record low, with just 42 percent of Americans approving of his job performance thus far.
The poll also contained some positive results for Trump: 96 percent of those who voted for him in the election said they would do it again — higher than the 85 percent of Hillary Clinton voters who said they would support her again. It was this kernel that Trump chose to focus on in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday:
Trump announced Saturday that he will mark his 100th day in office by “holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania” on April 29 — the same day as the annual White House correspondents’ dinner, which the president has declined to attend.