Trump’s Ambitious Agenda Hits Reality

If President Trump meets his own benchmark of success, by his 100th day as president on Saturday, he will have proposals in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act, provide middle-class tax relief, reform ethics rules to reduce the influence of special interests and fund a wall on the Mexico border.

A plan to revitalize the nation’s infrastructure and to provide school choice to parents and make college more affordable would have also been sent to Congress. They were all part of a package of bills candidate Trump promised in October would be moved during his first 100 days in office.

Reality has fallen short.

When Trump arrived in Washington in January, he had not fleshed out any legislation, much less laid the groundwork for its passage.

Not all of the problem lies with Trump, many analysts said. The debacle on health care exposed divisions among Republicans, mainly between Tea Party conservatives, concentrated in the House Freedom Caucus, and establishment Republicans. Many have never served under a president of their own party.

“I think you’re experiencing some growing pains in the White House, which are normal, contrary to popular belief, but also in Congress,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “They’re still learning to be the governing party.”

Read more from Carolyn Lochhead at the San Francisco Chronicle

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