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President Trump calls 100-day benchmark 'ridiculous'

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Rep. Zach Wamp R-Tenn. talks with a reporter in Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration insists that “drain the swamp” is more than a throwaway catchphrase

Trump hits the 100-day mark next week, on April 29.

"No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!"

President Trump began Friday by blasting critiques of the first 100 days of his presidency as a "ridiculous standard".

While Trump has already made good on some major campaign promises, including nominating and securing confirmation for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and pulling the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, his presidency has mostly been marked by some high-profile failures.

"You're going to have such great healthcare at a tiny fraction of the cost and it's going to be so easy", Trump said during an October 2016 rally. While the Republican president has issued a flurry of executive orders seeking to change the direction on multiple Obama administration policies, he has no major wins on Capitol Hill beyond Gorsuch.

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Voters who wish to hold Trump to the contract would do well to read the fine print.

These days, Trump seems torn between downplaying expectations and asserting, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, that the early days of his administration have been a success.

The only one of those 10 legislative items introduced to this point is the House health-care bill, which Trump embraced only to see collapse in dramatic fashion last month.

Shortly before the election, he laid out his plan for his first 100 days, including two of his biggest campaign promises: building a wall along the Mexican border and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Max Skidmore, a political science professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and author of "Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review", told the Washington Post that "Trump actually is unusual for his first 100 days but for a reason opposite of what he said".

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