Trump Watch: Day 99 Wrap-Up
Good evening, Trump watchers, and happy 100-day eve. Here’s everything you need to know as we finish out another week with Trump as president:
— Despite Trump’s recent warning to North Korea, they tested another ballistic missile today. The missile appeared to have failed, and it came “just hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson mounted an effort at the United Nations to rally pressure against Kim Jong Un’s regime” according to Bloomberg News.
— There was a possibility that the government would shut down on Trump’s 100th day in office (tomorrow) unless Congress could pass legislation to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year (ending September 30). Today members of the house voted 382–30 to keep the government open until next Friday, May 5. The Senate approved it and Trump said he will sign it into law. By next Friday, however, lawmakers will need to be able to pass a long-term plan (or another temporary plan) or face another shutdown. Stay tuned.
— The House also delayed a vote on another Obamacare “repeal and replace” effort, which would have handed Trump at least one victory in his first 100 days if it had been voted on and passed. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan didn’t think that they had enough votes to pass it. According to Politico, “at least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed to the bill, with 20 more leaning no or still undecided”. The Politico article also said that White House officials were pressuring the House to vote on a new healthcare bill by Friday in order to give Trump a victory. Well…it’s not going to happen.
— The first numbers on economic growth during Trump’s presidency were released today from the Commerce Department, and they don’t reflect positively on Trump: with a growth rate of only 0.7%, it was the worst quarterly showing in the past three years. Additionally, consumption rose by only 0.3%, which was dismal compared to the 3.5% growth in the last quarter of 2016.
— Trump traveled to Atlanta today to speak at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention. He pledged his support for gun rights, and told the attendees, “You have a true friend and champion in the White House.” It was the first time since 1983 that a sitting president visited the group’s convention.
— Finally, in an exclusive interview with Reuters, Trump said that he thought being president would be easier. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier,” Trump said. He also used the interview as an opportunity to continue to remind people that he won the presidential election (as if we didn’t realize that), by handing out copies of the electoral map to each of the three Reuters reporters in the office. “Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” he said to them. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.” He also said that he misses driving.
That’s all for tonight! Stay tuned for another wrap-up on Monday evening. If anything big happens over the weekend, I’ll post links to it on the Trump Watch Facebook page.