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Trump: "We've Had One Of The Most Successful" Starts

| by Jordan Smith

President Donald Trump stated April 6 that he thinks his first weeks in the White House have been among the most successful in the history of the presidency.

Trump made the comments aboard Air Force One on his way to Mar-a-Lago for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Hill reported.

"I think we've had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency," Trump said, according to the Hill.

April 7 marked the conclusion of Trump's first 11 weeks on the job.

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The president cited his successes as being an increase to the military budget, a rise in the stock market and improved economic data.

However, critics of Trump have noted a series of setbacks for the White House, including the blocking of Trump's two executive orders on immigration from several majority-Muslim countries by the courts.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans also failed to pass a health care reform bill, making it look increasingly likely that Trump will not have a major legislative victory during his first 100 days.

Mention was also made of Trump having to fire his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, over his contact with the Russian ambassador, over which an FBI investigation into the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has since been launched.

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On April 5, Trump removed Stephen Bannon, his top adviser, from the National Security Council. Asked by reporters April 6 if further staff shake-ups were planned, he answered that he felt his administration had "already shaken things up."

Some media pundits have taken a different view.

"When you add up the totality of it … I actually think this may be the worst hundred days we've ever seen in a president," CNN's David Gergen said, according to the Washington Times.

A Quinnipiac University poll, carried out among 1,171 people between March 30 and April 3, found that 35 percent of respondents approved of the job Trump was doing. Majorities of white voters and men disapproved of him.

"President Donald Trump continues to struggle, even among his most loyal supporters," Tim Malloy, the poll's assistant director, said, according to the Hartford Courant. "President George W. Bush, who hit a negative 28-67 percent on May 14, 2008, had less support, but it took eight years, two unpopular wars and a staggering economy to get there."

52 percent of respondents said they were embarrassed by Trump, compared to 27 percent who said they were proud of him.

However, at 79 percent, Trump's approval rating among Republicans remains high. Approval among independents was 32 percent, while among Democrats it was 6 percent.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Times, Hartford Courant / Photo credit: Dan Scavino Jr./Wikimedia Commons

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