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Temple Chima UbochiSunday, April 30, 2017
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PRESIDENTS BUHARI AND TRUMP IN COMPARISON:
THE "KINGS" HAVE BADGES, BUT NO CLUE (5)

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This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world (President Trump)

The one thing I would say - and I say this to people - I never realized how big it was (President Trump)

I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility (President Trump)

Making business decisions and buying buildings don't involve heart. This involves heart. These are heavy decisions (President Trump)

o digress: President Trump was 100 days in office on Saturday, April 29, and that's the benchmark to judge the achievements of a new president. Trump has scored almost zero within this period; just like President Buhari of Nigeria, who achieved nothing in his first 100 days in office, and has also achieved nothing in almost 2 years in office.

As I noted in the last part of this article, Trump just reiterated it, on Thursday, April 27, to Reuters, that he thought being president would be easier than his old life. Trump admitted there that the presidency was harder than his past work in business. In his words: "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

Since President Trump took office, he has been an angry and confused man. Trump is obsessed with numbers, but he's not getting them as he wants, and that makes him sad: Hillary Clinton, a woman, had more popular votes than him during the election; Obama's crowd, during his first and second inaugurations, were bigger than his; Trump's approval ratings are historically low; Obama has higher approval rating, out of office, than him, in office; his young administration has been facing several setbacks, as he can't achieve any of his agenda; Republicans are still looking for a way to repeal ObamaCare after a legislative defeat last month; courts have halted his executive orders dealing with immigrants and refugees; everyday, there's demonstration against his leadership somewhere in the country etc.

To buttress a point above, The Hill wrote for most of his first 100 days, Trump's approval rating was the worst for a US commander-in-chief in recent history. His popular-vote loss of nearly 3 million, controversial travel ban barring people from majority-Muslim countries, and bombastic tweets all contributed to Trump's lower approval rating. It started ticking back up, however, earlier this month, after he ordered a missile strike in Syria after a chemical attack in the country, and after the US dropped the "mother of all bombs" on ISIS in Afghanistan. But still at that, the approval ratings have stalled.

The Independent, on April 28, wrote that "Barack Obama says Obamacare is more popular than Trump in his first attack on the president". The Paper wrote that Barack Obama and Donald Trump have had something of a testy relationship since the New York businessman assumed the presidency. He notoriously accused his predecessor of wiretapping him, something Mr. Obama denied. Mr. Obama has largely kept his silence. But the 44th president poked fun at the 45th at a private event this week, when he contrasted Mr. Trump's popularity to that of his landmark healthcare legislation. CNN said that one attendee at the closed-press and off-the-record event, and hosted by the A&E network for a private audience, paraphrased Mr. Obama, by saying: "The Affordable Care Act has never been more popular, and it's more popular than the current president." Mr. Trump has had historically low approval ratings, with a recent poll showing that after 100 days in office, just 44 percent of the public approved of his performance. By contrast, the same surveys revealed that 47 percent of Americans approved of the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, which Trump wants to repeal and replace.

As a cover up, Trump, as usual, tried to comfort himself and to hoodwink gullible Americans by touting the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office, saying that no other administration has achieved so much in such a short time as he did. I agree with Trump on this, but the question is in which direction the achievements were. I agree with Trump that no other administration in history has caused such a havoc, and has given Americans so much pain, agony, resentment, heart break, frustration, demonstrations, hatred, racial strife etc in such a short time like Trump's, so he's the most successful in history in negative form.

At first, knowing that he's a failure, President Trump started by calling the traditional 100-day benchmark for judging new presidents "ridiculous", and the White House released a statement boasting about his executive orders and legislative accomplishments in his first 100 days. Trump thinks that he can rule by executive orders, as he has failed to get a single agenda passed in Congress. The Fix, on April 27, wrote that Trump is about to be 0-4 on his legislative promises for his first 100 days, adding that unless he can summon a miracle, President Trump is going to reach 100 days in office without getting anything on his wish list through Congress. And the fact we're measuring his failures by this timetable is largely his fault. First, what he promised to get done but hasn't: Trump is leaning heavily on executive orders and other unilateral actions to argue he's done more than any predecessor, but, that's not how to be a successful president.

All his executive orders have been geared towards the reversal of his predecessor's policies, just like President Buhari did when he took office. The Hill wrote that The White House says President Trump is expected to sign 30 executive orders in his first 100 days. That's 11 more than Obama and 19 more than Bush signed during the same time period. Some of Trump's executive orders include: paving the way for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, restricting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, reversing an Obama-era climate change policy, and strengthening border security and immigration enforcement. In the usual reversal of Obama's policy, on the eve of his 100th day in the White House, President Trump signed an executive order, on Friday April 28, intended to let energy companies drill for oil in currently protected areas of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

When Obama was the president, citizen Trump said he was abusing his power by signing so many executive orders. But in just 100 days, Trump has signed nearly as many as Obama averaged in a year. The Hill wrote that President Trump signed the 30th executive order of his presidency on Friday, April 28, capping off a whirlwind period that produced more orders in his first 100 days than for any president since Harry Truman. The rash of executive orders underlines Trump's focus on reversing as much of the Obama administration's policy agenda as he can, even as the new administration struggles to find legislative victories in Congress.

Obama's golf outings were another favorite target of Trump's before he took office, and Trump once said that, as president, he was "not going to have time to go play golf." Once in office, he clearly found more time than his predecessors had.

About the "winter White House", Mar-a-Lago, in Florida: Trump made seven weekend visits to his private getaway in his first 15 weekends as president. According to a Judicial Watch estimate, each visit costs taxpayers $1 million for Air Force One and Secret Service protection. But Trump wasn't so generous in 2012 and 2014, when he criticized Obama for his travel costs.

On Jan. 5, 2012, Trump tweeted: President@BarackObama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars----Unbelievable!

On October 14, 2014, Trump tweeted: We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.

Today, what's Trump doing as president? Those things he accused his predecessor about; just like president Buhari, who's doing those things he accused his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, about.

Trump's 100 days in office has been full of lies, deceits and tweets; just like President Buhari, whose government is built on a formidable foundation of lies and deceits. And The Hill noted, that Trump, the "tweeter in chief", has sent more than 450 original tweets from his @realdonaldtrump account, compared to around 300 original tweets from the official @POTUS account, in the first 100 days in office.

CNN International tweeted, on 28 April, 2017:

"An analysis of federal filings shows US jobs continue to flow to foreign countries during Trump's first 100 days".

I thought Trump claims he has brought more jobs back to America than anyone else, what's he doing about the jobs leaving America?

Disapproval at 100 days:

 
JFK:		5%
Nixon:		15%
Carter:		18%
Reagan:		21%
Bush:		22%
Clinton:	37%
W Bush:		29%
Obama:		29%

Trump yesterday (28 April): 55%

The Hill summed up Trump's 100 days in office:

And in the first 100 days of our 45th president of the United States, the assumption that our country is governed by a set of democratic principles in which our highest elected officials serve our public interest has been demonstrably and epically shattered.

Let's start with the composition of Trump's Cabinet, a literal millionaires and billionaires club culled from corporate America. There's Goldman Sachs at the table, represented by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn; Exxon Mobil got a seat in the form of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; General Dynamics got a front-row position with Secretary of Defense James Mattis; and Wells Fargo squeaked in with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

Then there is the president himself, who is still deeply entangled in his own business dealings as he wines and dines heads of states at his very own for-profit resort in Mar-a-Lago. And don't forget his son in-law and daughter, both with active and overlapping financial interests, now serving as his advisers in the White House.

In a comprehensive report published by Public Citizen, the organization tracks the daily policy decisions and statements of the Trump administration's first months. The highlights - or lowlights, as the case may be - include: unraveling Dodd-Frank rules designed to protect the American people from a repeat of the Great Recession; repealing a host of EPA regulations designed to fight climate change and protect our air and water and repealing Internet privacy protections that Big Telecom clamored for. Trump has also repealed rules designed to protect worker safety and rescinded a rule that would have given 4 million workers access to overtime pay.

So far middle- and working-class Americans have lost - big-time.

In fact, it's hard to find a day when the Trump administration wasn't changing policy at the behest of corporate interests and billionaire big donors.

And what makes this plutocratic administration so mind-bendingly appalling is that it was built around a great political con, in what is likely to be viewed by history as the nation's greatest political heist. Donald Trump campaigned against the very kind of leadership he has embodied since taking the oath of office.

He campaigned to serve the interests of "the forgotten men and women" of America, then swiftly forgot them himself and followed the lead of big business, proposing tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, deregulation that enriches industries and harms ordinary people and government spending cuts to a whole host of agencies and programs that actually serve the very people he claimed were forgotten by previous administrations; just like President Buhari of Nigeria, who campaigned that he will "bring down heaven on earth" for the poor Nigerians, but has become the worst president of Nigeria.

In terms of foreign policy, Trump has been a disaster this first 100 days, and Olivier Knox of Yahoo News pointed out that President Trump's foreign policy remains a frequently shifting, unpredictable approach to world affairs that has unsettled rivals, but also sometimes unnerves even close allies who wonder if anyone can speak with authority for the Twitter-reliant commander in chief.

To be continued soon!

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