Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

President Trump at the First Marker: 100 Days

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

President Trump at the First Marker: 100 Days

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Saturday marked President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. For Trump supporters, there was much hope he would accomplish big things quickly. For his critics, fear of what those big things might be. And for the bulk of Americans who really did not know what to expect from the former real estate developer/television personality, a combination of both.

The president's penchant for using Twitter as a marketplace for public-policy ideas, as well as for venting his ire at individuals and the media, has shown no sign of abating. The result is constant mixed signals from the White House. Where the president may be on issues as diverse as North Korea or the North American Free Trade Agreement fluctuate with the moment. World leaders do not know where America stands. Neither do Americans.

We don't know whether Trump will change his Twitter ways, but given who he is, it's unlikely.

Some of the president's agenda is bad - for New Jersey and the country. Trump's decision to gut the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and to imperil the sanctity of vast protected regions of untouched natural landscapes trouble us greatly.

We cannot applaud efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Nor can we sit back and watch 11 million undocumented immigrants be deported. Or remain silent when the United States attempts to use a religious metric to determine who may or may not cross its borders. Or when refugees are told: Not here. Not now.

So far, courts have served their constitutional function as a check and balance against the executive branch. And as to the judiciary, Trump has delivered on a big campaign promise. He nominated a conservative judge, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court.

No doubt, it is domestic policy that got Trump elected. Republicans promised to repeal and replace Obamacare quickly. …

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