Capstone of Trump’s 100 days


President Donald Trump speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at Georgia World Congress Center. Photo by Hyosub Shin

Story by Ricky Cooks, indepth editor

One hundred days have passed since the ground-shaking inauguration of President Donald Trump. On that Inaugural Day, millions of people around the world were either rejoicing or cursing the ground they stood on. Tensions were high, and regardless of how you saw the situation, emotions were rampant. Overall, anxiety, hope and uncertainty hijacked the discussion of the President’s first few months in office. Here’s an overview of what happened:


Travel Ban

One of the more controversial topics regarding President Trump’s term happened within his first week in office: the travel ban that restricted travel to and from seven Middle Eastern nations. This decision was made through an executive order, and hailed a storm of strong responses from people around the world. The President faced accusations such as being “Islamophobic,” “racist” and “ignorant.” He also received praise from those in agreement with the order. The travel ban was halted in early February by District Court Judge John Robart, and other attempts to reinstate it have also been thwarted. As of now, little news has been given as far as the fate of the executive order.



President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat in the U.S. Supreme Court. After being nominated in late January, Gorsuch went through the Senate Confirmation Hearing, where he was grilled with questions regarding the U.S. Constitution and his position on several issues. After the Senate’s refusal to grant President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, a Confirmation Hearing, the Senate Democrats were angered and attempted to filibuster a vote to confirm Gorsuch. In response to this, the Republicans managed to get stop the filibuster and go through with the “nuclear option” that forever ended filibusters in the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justices. On April 20, after 442 days without a full Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate (54-45).


National Security Advisor

Shortly after his election, President Trump offered Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the position of National Security Advisor (NSA), the head of the National Security Council (NSC). After three weeks of service, Flynn resigned after a controversy regarding false reports about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Flynn confessed to his actions, but only after Vice President Mike Pence unknowingly repeated the false reports on television. This issue sparked conversations about alleged ties to the Russian government, and put the President in a tough spot. Due to the scale of the controversy and Flynn’s extremely short term, many Americans were left skeptical of the President’s appointees. Herbert Raymond McMaster is currently serving as NSA.


Affordable Care Act

A huge campaign promise made by then Presidential candidate Trump was to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. He, along with many Republican politicians, attempted to draft a new bill to replace the controversial piece legislation. However, due to the opposition and a divided Republican party, the bill did not leave the House. President Trump and others in favor of repealing ObamaCare most likely have plans to redraft a bill to replace it. The “death” of the new health care bill, in many opinions, was the President’s largest defeat in his early Presidency.
Whether or not President Trump’s first 100 days have been successful or not is an opinion that varies extremely, depending on who you ask. Only time can tell how the new president fairs in his position, with the whole nation watching every breath.