President Trump hit the six-month mark in office Thursday. So, how's he doing? That depends. The Washington Post looks at Trump's progress on seven key campaign issues. The status of his goals to have better relations with Russia and reform health care have been well-covered elsewhere. The wall is still not built, though Trump has continued to specify what it will look like (solar panels, see-through parts to protect from flying bags of drugs, etc.). Portions of his travel ban have been halted by the courts, and he went back on his promise to label China a currency manipulator. And whether or not you're "tired of winning" yet is "in the eye of the beholder." Here's what else you need to know about the Trump presidency at six months:
- Despite everything else, the economy is actually doing well under Trump, MarketWatch reports. The US has added 863,000 jobs since February, and the S&P 500 is up 10.4% since January. However, wage growth hasn't matched those gains.
- ABC News looks at Trump's 182 days in office by the numbers, including signing 42 pieces of legislation, a historically low 36% approval rating, 37 days spent on a golf course he owns, one solo news conference, and 1,279 days left in his first term.
- The Washington Post has some other numbers: Trump has made 836 false or misleading claims during his first six months for an average of 4.6 per day.
- Michael Goodwin at the New York Post says we can't judge Trump's presidency too harshly because he's been targeted relentlessly by the media, Democrats, and "much of the permanent government" and has yet to start "World War III with a tweet." Goodwin thinks he'll turn it around: "I believe Trump's ego will not let him accept being a failed president."
- On the other hand, David Leonhardt at the New York Times says Trump's presidency "is off to the least successful start in modern times" by the president's own stated terms. Despite using his executive power to change policies on immigration and climate change, Trump hasn't passed a single major piece of legislation, is historically unpopular, and is embroiled in the Russian scandal.
- In a press release, the White House touts six months of job creation, accountability, cutting regulations, and "putting America first."
- Finally, Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle has some advice on how Trump can "reboot" his presidency. Among them: Hold rallies in swing states or blue states, stay off the golf course, let Melania Trump screen your tweets, and learn the actual details of the policies you want passed.
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