President-elect Donald Trump waits to stop out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The First Hundred Days: Give the President a B

The first 100 days is a ridiculous and artificial metric held over from the FDR Administration when that President was dealing with the effects of the Great Depression. But the Washington political press is one of convention and unoriginality and so it keeps the 100 day score card. Donald Trump will still be President for four years.

In the first 100 days, which concluded over the weekend, I give President Trump a B.

His appointments have been stellar. The latest appointment of Charmaine Yoest to Health and Human Services is just icing on the cake. He has stacked his administration with conservatives and is stacking the judiciary with the same. Neil Gorsuch is the beginning, not the end.

But there have been missteps and there are plenty of unfilled posts holding over Obama appointees or just empty. Those vacancies empower an often malicious bureaucracy.

The immigration executive order, as first drafted, was a misstep and it took days for the President to find his footing. But the immigration orders coming thereafter have been mostly excellent. His most recent orders, including on offshore drilling and national monuments, are encouraging. The President breaking his promise to reverse President Obama’s executive order punishing the Christian community trying to help with government services is disappointing. There are likewise some warning signs on his climate change position that conservatives should be weary of.

Overall, however, President Trump is doing far better than I ever expected and I am delighted to have been wrong thus far. I still have qualms and reservations with President Trump’s behavior and statements. I am, however, glad he has chosen to surround himself with competent conservatives who can help him reach wise decisions.

These first hundred days have been exhausting with all the rage and protests. The left intends it that way hoping that our side will give up. We should hold fast and it is reassuring that the President is holding fast as well. There is much to do.

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Erick Erickson

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