President Donald Trump this week threw his support behind a House Republican plan aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. While it’s not yet to the liking of everyone in his party, a health care proposal was a key pledge candidate Trump said would be part of his first 100 days in office.
Now, at the halfway mark of this critical period on Friday—the president has moved at a quick pace addressing the bulk of promised executive actions and proposals—such as taking early steps on border security and increased vetting of immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern countries.
But there are still significant actions left to make and measures that haven’t been proposed in Congress in this crucial 100-day timeline.
The president has championed an “America First” agenda in the first 50 days, said Helen Aguirre Ferre, White House director of media affairs.
“He was very clear in his joint address to Congress, he’s not the president of the world, he’s the president of the United States of America, and he’s really shown it in the first 50 days as far as where his priorities are,” Ferre told The Daily Signal in a Facebook Live interview at the White House Friday.
Here’s a look at Trump’s promises at the halfway point.
Draining the Swamp
Trump promised six measures in the first 100 days to “clean up corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C.”
The first measure on the list is unfulfilled, which is the one that requires the most effort.
Trump has not proposed—or at least hasn’t backed an existing proposal—for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, have backed term limit proposals, but the White House hasn’t thrown its weight behind the proposition yet. A constitutional amendment requires the vote of two-thirds of Congress to pass then must be ratified by three-quarters of the states before becoming law.
Trump’s other measures to clean up Washington only required executive actions, which he moved on.
Trump almost immediately made good on a pledge to impose a hiring freeze on federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition.
The president also signed an executive order requiring that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
He placed a five-year ban on White House officials from becoming lobbyists after they left government service and a lifetime ban on White House officials from lobbying for a foreign government. However, it would take an act of Congress to prohibit congressional staffers from lobbying.