President Trump is, once again, playing fast and loose with the facts, boasting about non-existent accomplishments in his first official cabinet meeting.
Video of the Monday meeting surfaced in which Trump — without a hint of irony or sarcasm — said that he had accomplished more in his first six months as President than each one of his successors dating back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“Never has there been a president, with few exceptions — case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle — who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done,” Trump said.
The meeting was more of a show of loyalty than a serious discussion about policy, according to The Hill. One video of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus — whom Trump gave a July 4 deadline to turn things around or be fired — sucking up to his boss in front of everyone.
“On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing you’ve given us to serve your agenda,” Priebus said.
WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Trump: “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda” https://t.co/L7DEdZUjV3
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Trump made a similar claim on the eve of his first 100 days in office. Historian Peter A. Shulman painstakingly deconstructed a press release from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer as factually inaccurate, pointing out that Trump had yet to pass any major legislative accomplishments, compared to other presidents who had.
In contrast to former President Barack Obama, who managed to pass the landmark American Recovery and Reinvestment Act less than a month into his first term as president; and former President George W. Bush, who signed a massive tax cut package into law less than six months into his first term, the only major piece of legislation that has a chance of reaching President Trump’s desk is the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare), which still faces an uphill battle in the Senate.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.