97, 98, 99 ... DUCK­ING ‘100 DAYS’

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Can you count to 100?

On sec­ond thought, maybe you shouldn’t even try. Don­ald Trump has al­ready taken to Twit­ter to pooh-pooh the “ridicu­lous stan­dard” of even ask­ing what a new pres­i­dent has ac­com­plished in his first 100 days.

That par­tic­u­lar tweet was a bit con­fus­ing. On the cam­paign trail and for most of his time in of­fice, Trump was con­stantly brag­ging about how much he would get done in those first three-plus months. But with the dead­line drop­ping on Satur­day and the tal­lies coming in un­com­fort­ably short, the pres­i­dent has had a sud­den change of heart.

“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!” his tweet reads in full.

But for­get the me­dia for a mo­ment. What do the facts say?

They say that, of all his many big cam­paign prom­ises, Trump can rea­son­ably take credit for achiev­ing ex­actly one: Neil Gor­such is now safely on the U.S. Supreme Court and al­ready ush­er­ing death-row in­mates to the Arkansas lethal-in­jec­tion cham­ber. You might or might not like that sort of thing. But thanks to a last­minute rule change, it’s un­de­ni­ably a vic­tory for Trump.

Be­yond that? Well, there’s not so much to show.

His sig­na­ture im­mi­gra­tion ban is blocked by a fed­eral judge “sit­ting on an is­land in the Pa­cific.” His vow to “re­peal and replace” Oba­macare was run off the road in Congress. His prom­ise of a bor­der wall that Mex­ico will pay for has gone pre­cisely nowhere. His hard line on “cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor” China has vis­i­bly soft­ened. His vow to stay out of for­eign en­tan­gle­ments has been con­tra­dicted by mis­siles in Syria, the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan and talk of nu­clear ex­changes with North Korea.

Metro colum­nist Ellis Heni­can is a vet­eran jour­nal­ist, best-sell­ing author and fre­quent com­men­ta­tor on CNN and other TV net­works. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @heni­can.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted that he ac­com­plished “a lot” in his first 100 days. GETTY IMAGES

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