- US President Donald Trump has marked his 100th day in office with a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania.
- He has snubbed the annual White House correspondents’ dinner in D.C.
- In an hour-long speech, Trump has bashed the media calling them “a disgrace”.
- He has described Chinese President Xi as a “good man”, arguing now is not the time to label China a currency manipulator.
- Trump has also defied massive rallies against his climate change policies, and has announced he will be making a big decision on the Paris Climate Agreement in the next two weeks.
US President Donald Trump has chosen to mark the 100th day of his Presidency with a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, instead of attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, on the same day, a People’s Climate March attracted mass rallies in DC, across the US, and worldwide protesting Trump’s environmental policies and skeptical views on climate change and seeking great investments in protecting the climate.
‘They Are a Disgrace’
US President Donald Trump spent the first 10 minutes from his hour-long speech in Harrisburg, PA, bashing the media, NPR reported.
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now. [They are] gathered together for the White House correspondents’ dinner — without the president,” the President said, telling the crowd of his supporters he was thrilled to be with them instead, many miles away from Washington.
Trump declared that CNN and MSNBC were both “fake news”, and that The New York Times was “failing”, and staffed by “incompetent and dishonest people.”
Playing with the notion of assessing a President’s first 100 days in office, Trump suggested to the rally that they “rate the media’s 100 days”.
“Because, you know, they are a disgrace… The media deserves a big fat failing grade,” he declared.
Xi Is ‘a Good Man’
In his 100th day in office rally in Pennsylvania, the US President also praised China and, more specifically, China’s President Xi Jinping.
Trump sought to justify his decision not to label China a currency manipulator during his first 100 days in office – in spite of his campaign promises to do so – with the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula, in which the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is staging new provocations with ballistic missile tests and live-firing of conventional weapons.
Trump underscored China’s critical role in dealing with the North Korean regime, and called Chinese President Xi Jinping “a good man,” adding “let’s see what happens.”
“I think it’s not exactly the right time to call China a currency manipulator right now,” the President told the crowd.
‘100 Days of Action’
In his speech, Trump also faulted his predecessor, former President Barack Obama: “the previous administration gave us a mess.”
On the same day that protest rallies were held out of concern over global warming and climate change, Trump revealed he would be making a big decision about the Paris Climate Agreement in the next two weeks.
Trump spent the remainder of his remarks focused on what he referred to as his administration’s “100 days of action” and all the things he and his team of aides have done since inauguration:
- the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court;
- withdrawal of the US from the the Trans-Pacific Partnership;
- his recently announced plan to renegotiate NAFTA, and, failing that, to terminate the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico;
- his recent directive to “buy American” and “hire American;”
- the performance of the stock market since Election Day;
- making energy exploration easier;
- clearing the way for the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines;
- cutting back on regulations emanating from Washington;
- the signing of more than two dozen new pieces of legislation;
- multiple moves by his administration to protect veterans as they seek care from the Veterans Administration health care system;
- his efforts to “drain the swamp” in Washington through prohibitions on lobbying after government service;
- increased immigration controls especially at the nation’s borders and increased efforts to help victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally;
- his continuing commitment to build a wall on the Mexico border (“We’ll build a wall, folks. Don’t even worry about it. Go home and go to sleep. Rest assured.”);
- stepped-up efforts to fight crime caused by gangs and drug cartels and remove their compatriots who are in the U.S. illegally;
- a focus on so-called sanctuary cities;
- increased support for law enforcement;
- increased efforts to fight terrorism (“We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.”);
- a commitment to rebuilding the military (with a special shout-out to Defense Secretary James Mattis);
- a new plan to cut taxes and overhaul the tax system including cutting the corporate tax rate to 15%;
- a continuing commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare (which the president variously described as “dying,” “dead,” “gone,” and “in a death spiral);
- on gun rights, a commitment to defend the Second Amendment;
- on education, a commitment to increase local control of schools and end Common Core;
- and a commitment generally to stop federal overreach.
“We all bleed the same red blood of patriots… We are all made by the same Almighty God… We are Americans and the future belongs to us,” Trump told the crowd in Harrisburg.
During his trip to Harrisburg, Trump also visited a tool manufacturing company, and signed two executive orders focused on trade. One directed the Commerce Department and the US trade representative to conduct a review of existing U.S. international trade and investment agreements, and another created a new White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing to be led by Trump adviser Peter Navarro.
Skipping the White House Correspondent’s Dinner
President Donald Trump passed Saturday on one of the biggest events on Washington’s annual social calendar, the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner where the president traditionally is the opening act for a well-known Hollywood comedian, and is also the butt of many of the event’s jokes.
It was the first time in 36 years that the president has not attended the event. Back in 1981, President Ronald Reagan did not attend because he was recovering from an assassination attempt.
President Jimmy Carter did not attend in 1978 and in 1980. President Richard Nixon did not attend the dinner in 1974 and 1972.