President Trump grades his first month in office

Pablo Tucker
March 1, 2017

What grade do you give the president? Trump said he regretted that his actions and policies have not been explained "well enough to the American public".

"In many cases we don't want to fill those jobs", said Trump, lamenting that the message isn't getting out to the public. "I mean you look at the kind of numbers we're doing, we were probably GDP of a little more than 1 percent, and if I can get that up to 3 or maybe more, we have a whole different ball game".

If Trump is serious about his stated intention to leave a lot of jobs unfilled, then his agenda is likely to be undermined.

Trump also says that some are looking to criticize him for eliminating those positions, but he adds, "That's not a bad thing".

As many viewers today, I couldn't help but notice that you gave yourself a C or C+ on messaging.

"That's what I mean about messaging."

"Tonight's speech from the president will be far less important than past presidential addresses for one very simple reason: This president has shown. that there is a yawning gap between what he says and what his administration actually does for working Americans", Schumer said.

Trump's advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the US from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care and infrastructure spending. The net negative result marks Trump's first month in office as the most polarizing in modern polling, Politico reports.

Mr Trump, whose presidential campaign was fuelled, in large part, by his ability to transfix the media, his mastery of Twitter and his unwavering political...

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