Trump opponents: Not much to celebrate in first 100 days

President Donald Trump will mark his first 100 days in office Saturday. President Donald Trump will mark his first 100 days in office Saturday.
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Saturday marks the end of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, and the president’s opponents say that there hasn’t been much common ground to celebrate.

“I think if you look at the scorecard there’s been way too much partisanship and not nearly enough progress,” says newly elected U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer.

Congress is facing a possible government shutdown on Friday, while the Trump administration pushes for a payment plan for the border wall with Mexico to be included in the spending bill. It is one of several controversial battles the president has chosen in his first 100 days.

“I’m really hopeful in the coming weeks,” Gottheimer says. “We keep the government open this week and work together to get that done. I’m just hopeful that the next 100 days is much more about reaching across the aisle and bipartisan solutions and not one sided extremism.” 

Patrick Murray, of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, says that Trump’s moves so far have been aimed at energizing his supporters. This includes signing orders on immigration and a plan to repeal Obamacare. Murray says that focus on jobs and infrastructure would have stayed more in line with Trump's underlying message to voters.

“[Trump said] ‘I’m going to do something to show that government can actually work for you, you the middle class, you, the working class.’ And he didn’t do that. He picked hot-button issues instead, as if he was going to prove a point,” Murray says.

The president downplayed the first 100 days milestone on Twitter, by calling it a “ridiculous standard.”

The administration also downplayed the marker.

“I think there is sort of this artificial number that gets town out,” says Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “Some of it has been a little slower, but mostly because of working through Congress and getting things done.”

White House officials say they’re plan an announcement on tax reform for Wednesday.

Trump has a rally scheduled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Saturday to mark his 100 days in office.

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