When asked by the Associated Press on Friday whether he should be held accountable to the 100-day plan promoted during his campaign, President Donald Trump said that “somebody put out the concept of a hundred-day plan.” But a look back at his campaign shows that “somebody” is Trump, and he has failed to carry out most of that plan.
The Washington Post‘s fact checkers looked into the “somebody” cited by Trump, showing that POTUS was, indeed, referring to himself.
WaPo fact checkers also combed through the comprehensive 100-day plan Trump outlined at an October campaign rally in Gettysburg, PA, that was described by his campaign website as a “contract for the American voter.” Included in the plan were 60 promises, and so far Trump has failed to act on 36 of those promises while only completing five of them, according to the media outlet’s checkers.
Among those Trump has completed are selecting a new Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia and signing executive orders that pulled the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and setting up requirements that two federal regulations must be removed for each new one that is implemented.
But some of the promises that Trump hasn’t even begun to start on include ethics reforms to remove the influence of special interest groups in Washington and — as he often boasted during his campaign — building a wall on the southern U.S. border and making Mexico pay for it.
Discussing the plans for the first 100 days of his presidency was a major part of Trump’s speeches in the final weeks of last year’s campaign. But over the past week, Trump has distanced himself from that 100-day contract, calling the evaluation of a U.S. president’s first 100 days a “ridiculous standard” on Twitter.