President Trump on Friday touted the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office, calling his administration one of the “most successful” in history.
“My fellow Americans, I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history,” Trump said during his weekly address. “Our country is going up, and it’s going up fast.”
Trump’s comments echoed those he made earlier Friday at the White House, saying, “It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we’ve been able to do in 100 days.”
Trump has seen historically low approval ratings in the early days of his administration and faced several setbacks on his agenda. Republicans are still looking for a way to repeal ObamaCare after a legislative defeat last month, and courts have halted Trump’s executive orders dealing with immigrants and refugees.
In his address, Trump underscored his effort to strengthen the U.S. economy by bringing back jobs from other countries and cutting back on federal regulations.
“Since my inauguration, economic confidence has soared, reaching higher than any time in nine years. Optimism among manufacturers is at a record high, and small-business confidence has seen its largest increase in nearly four decades,” he said.
Trump also touted the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom he called “a truly great judge” who is “deeply devoted to our Constitution.”
“My administration is the first in modern political era to confirm a new Supreme Court justice in the first 100 days. The last time it happened was 136 years ago, in 1881,” Trump said.
Trump nominated Gorsuch to fill a seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Republicans pushed to keep the seat vacant during President Obama’s final year office, refusing to hold hearings on his nominee, Merrick Garland.
Trump admitted Thursday in an interview with Reuters that the presidency was harder than his past work in business. “I loved my previous life,” he said. “I had so many things going. This is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”