Press Secretary Sean Spicer continues to struggle with Donald Trump's failed first 100 days in office, now telling reporters that pointing to Trump's failure to pass any of the ten laws he promised during the campaign was "nitpicking."
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer whiffed badly last week when he was unable to name a single signature legislative achievement during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, and things have not gotten better for him in the meantime.
As that milestone approaches, the media have increasingly brought up Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter,” which promised ten separate pieces of legislation to be enacted within his first 100 days in office.
Trump even called it “my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.”
But he is 0-for-10, and at a White House daily briefing, ABC News’ Jon Karl pressed Spicer about the fact that nine of the ten have not even been proposed yet. Spicer’s response was to complain about the attempt to “nitpick,” and to insist that Trump’s first hundred days have seen “unbelievable” accomplishments:
KARL: On the 100 days, the Contract with the American Voter that the president signed included ten pieces of legislation. Right now, he’s 0 for 10. Only one of those has been introduced.
SPICER: Right, and I think that we’re going to continue to work with Congress. As he says in that document, “I will work with Congress to achieve these things.” We are going to continue to work with Congress to achieve those.
KARL: Why have nine of them not even been introduced?
SPICER: I think when you look at what he has done, in terms of the Supreme Court justice, the executive orders, the number of legislation, there’s a lot that has gotten done. I don’t think anyone — I remember very clearly the first few weeks, and still to some extent, the comments that got made about the pace that we were keeping, and we have kept. The president has been extremely busy. And I think when you recognize the amount of issues that he’s tackled and the amount of progress that he’s made, it is very significant. And we will continue to present all of that throughout the week. But again, as I said to Major, you can look at a few of these areas and nitpick a couple of them. But I think overall, he signed a record number of executive orders. He has rolled back regulatory reforms —
KARL: (inaudible) promise to take action —
SPICER: Right, but I don’t think there’s any question that a president has done (gulp) a significant amount for the American people on the issues he’s put forward during the campaign. Jim?
KARL: Just to be clear, you’re not describing the wall and health care as nitpicking. Are you?
SPICER: No, I’m not, those pieces are not small. What I’m saying in terms of overall what he’s accomplished has been unbelievably significant.
With only a few days left to put a win on the board, and a resolute Democratic resistance to face, it does not look good for Trump’s “contract” — or for Spicer’s upcoming week.