What Grade Would You Give President Trump On Job Performance? This Analyst Says It’s B-Plus

As he departs on a 12-day trip through Asia, President Trump must still grapple with a hostile news media which routinely omits positive coverage of his accomplishments — concentrating instead on political spectacle, outrage and partisan distractions. Mr. Trump will be out of the country on Nov. 8, the first anniversary of his election. Distraught Democrats promise to holler and scream in the streets to mark the moment — and the press will be there to chronicle it all.

But in the big picture, amid the din of controversy and angst, how is Mr. Trump actually doing?

“There is never a boring moment with President Trump — he is the main attraction and rarely disappoints. From early-morning tweets to provocative statements on the campaign stump to off-the-cuff riffs at press conferences, Trump knows how to keep his critics and his supporters on their toes. Trump’s unique communication style is constantly derided by a press corps that predominantly despises him, but his ability to ignore his biggest critics and continually strike the responsive chord of his core supporters on topics ranging from the national anthem to monuments to the establishment swamp creatures of both parties has allowed him to persevere,” Ford O’Connell tells Inside the Beltway.

He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and author of the book “Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery.” Mr. O’Connell has seen quite a bit.

“If Trump has fallen short in one area, it is finding a persuasive message to light a fire under the backside of the Republican-controlled Congress to move on his legislative agenda, particularly tax reform. If Trump can do that in this highly polarized political environment, his poll numbers will rise much to the dismay of his political foes. Until then, the President earns a B-plus and has some work to do,” Mr. O’Connell observes.

Read more from Jennifer Harper at The Washington Times

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