WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- President Trump is moving fast, taking action in his first 100 days. His critics and supporters are already evaluating the president’s performance.
So, is President Trump making America great again? His chief of staff, Reince Priebus, thinks so.
“He gets a solid A. But he gets a solid A for the things that he’s done,” Priebus told us during a one-on-one interview at the White House.
And at the White House, an A stands for “The astronomical amount of success that he’s had,” Priebus said.
In his first 100 days in office, the president signed laws and executive orders, nominated a Supreme Court justice, and ordered air strikes in Syria.
President Trump also faced setbacks. He failed at one of his key campaign promises - getting Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“That’s the democratic process right? That we would get to a place where we would say that we didn’t have the votes to initially pass it, but we got back to work making a better bill, and hopefully it’s going to happen soon,” Priebus said.
The chief of staff isn’t the only one pushing the president’s agenda. We talked to some of his most controversial cabinet picks.
The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the policies of the Obama Administration pushed renewable energy over fossil fuels at the expense of the American public.
“What does that mean for consumers across the country? Higher energy costs. It means a contraction in our manufacturing base. It means China and India are taking advantage of our country. Those things are not good. We need to set the pace,” said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
The confirmation hearing for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos required a tie-breaking vote from the vice president. Democrats criticize DeVos for her lack of education experience and support of school choice.
“Every student is unique and special and they each have different needs. We can’t address them in a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all manner. So returning power to states and locales and empowering parents to make the right choices for their children is really a theme of this administration,” said DeVos.
When it comes to gathering his team, the president is behind. Many high level positions remain open, but the administration says that won't stop the President from moving ahead with his agenda.
On the other side of the political aisle, Democrats on Capitol Hill say the commander-in-chief has not fulfilled promises to voters, especially when it comes to creating jobs and growing the economy.
“It is very much about the devil in the details. This is not about just throwing out ideas or photo ops. This is not a reality TV show. This is reality, and people need good-paying jobs. And we’re willing to work with this president if he’s willing to make that happen,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Several Democratic lawmakers have introduced bills they say would encourage buying and hiring American and stand up to countries like China that engage in currency manipulation.
“President Trump has made promise to change our economic and trade policies to help struggling workers get ahead. I share this goal. But it has become clear to me that we must hold Mr. Trump accountable so that he keeps his promises to Wisconsin’s working class,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.