Marking his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump brought back memories of his campaign for the White House by using a raucous rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to proclaim progress on his agenda, throw some long distance elbows at the news media, and vow that he would follow through on his pledge build a wall along the southern border with Mexico.
“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles way from Washington’s swamp,” Mr. Trump said to cheers, as he began his speech by verbally smacking the news media, drawing the chant of “CNN sucks!” from the crowd.
Mr. Trump’s visit to the Keystone State – one of a series of pivotal victories for him on Election Night – coincided with his 100th day in office, as he made clear he is not giving up on his promise to shake things up in the nation’s capital.
The President again pledged to not only repeal the Obama health law, but also make health care coverage – in general – more affordable for all Americans.
“We’re going to get the premiums down, we’re going to get the deductibles down; we’re going to take care of every single need that you’re going to want to have taken care of,” Mr. Trump said, as he labeled Obamacare a “catastrophe.”
Among those on hand for the 100 day rally was Vice President Mike Pence, who told the cheering audience that President Trump was doing what he promised during the 2016 campaign.
“Across the board, our new President is doing exactly what he said he would do,” the Vice President said.
Before the event, Mr. Trump signed two more executive orders on trade, as he continued to follow through on his tough talk from before and after the election, vowing to do more to protect U.S. jobs at home from what he says are unfair practices by Canada, Mexico, and other nations.
Many political reporters might not have been watching the Pennsylvania event with the President, as some were instead back at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in Washington – and Mr. Trump was very happy to throw a few jabs at the news media – and remind everyone that he was not going to the event.
“The media deserves a big, fat, failing grade,” the President said, delighting the crowd, in an event that was much like one of his 2016 rallies.
The event ended on that exact note, with the playing of the Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a fan favorite from the campaign trail.