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After a seemingly endless election battle, a result that held the world on edge for days, and an inauguration that was nearly disrupted by a pandemic and a deadly riot, US President Joe Biden is about to complete 100 days in office.

Since Franklin D Roosevelt passed 15 big pieces of legislation and coined the word in his first days in office in 1933, every US president has been kept to the 100-day mark.

Although no two presidents face the same set of conditions as they take office, their predecessors frequently provide the most convenient point of reference.

So, let’s take a look back at Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office in 2017, and compare them to what Biden has accomplished in his.

What Donald Trump did during his first 100 days

Trump, like other US presidents, campaigned on a pledge to build a wall along the southern US border, repeal and replace Obamacare, declare China a currency manipulator, reassess US trade agreements, and nominate new judges, including filling a Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump’s policy and legislative successes, however, were derailed by self-inflicted wounds and controversies, as they had been for most of his presidency.

Trump used executive orders just days after taking office to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations. At US airports and around the world, there was chaos and demonstrations.

At the same time, as the world adjusted to Donald Trump’s presidency, Australia became an unwitting participant when a tense phone call between the US president and then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull made headline news.

Trump gave his approval for the “mother of all bombs” to be dropped on Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan. And, while enjoying a slice of chocolate cake at his Mar-a-Lago resort with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he launched airstrikes against Syria in response to chemical weapons attacks.

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The Russia investigation loomed large, with his newly appointed attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recusing himself from the probe (a move Trump reportedly called “disloyal”).

In his first 100 days in office, Trump struggled to pass any major legislation. After failing to gain Republican support, a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) was withdrawn from the House.

It meant that Trump’s first 100 days were determined by the executive orders, presidential memoranda, and presidential proclamations he issued on his own — 24 executive orders, 22 presidential memoranda, and 20 presidential proclamations.

That includes arguably his greatest success in his early days — fulfilling a campaign promise by nominating and confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Another campaign promise fulfilled was withdrawing America from the Trans Pacific Partnership.

At the end of his first 100 days, Trump had an approval rating of 41.9 per cent according to FiveThirtyEight’s average. He ended his presidency at 38.6 per cent, becoming the first president in modern history to never reach 50 per cent approval in some major polls.

What Biden has done in his first 100 days

Joe Biden, like his predecessor, began his presidency with a list of promises for his first 100 days in office.

According to the Associated Press, Biden has kept 24 of the 61 promises he made during his first 100 days, making progress on all but four.

One of the most well-known commitments was to produce 100 million coronavirus vaccine shots, which were later increased to 200 million. Biden made it a week before the deadline.

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Anyone over the age of 16 in the United States is now eligible for a vaccine.

Joe Biden, like his predecessor, began his presidency with a list of promises for his first 100 days in office.

According to the Associated Press, Biden has kept 24 of the 61 promises he made during his first 100 days, making progress on all but four.

One of the most well-known commitments was to produce 100 million coronavirus vaccine shots, which were later increased to 200 million. Biden made it a week before the deadline.

Anyone over the age of 16 in the United States is now eligible for a vaccine.

COVID-19 cases in the US have plunged, and more than half of American adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The new president also spent a good chunk of his first days in office rolling back the immigration policies of his predecessor, and led the US back into the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord. He later pledged to slash US greenhouse gas emission in half by 2030.

Biden was able to pass a major piece of legislation — the $US1.9 trillion ($2.4 trillion) American Rescue Plan — to jumpstart the US economy as it recovers from the pandemic.

He also announced the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11.

Biden’s first 100 days haven’t been without problems, but they’ve garden variety White House issues compared to Trump.

While many predicted that new President would clash with progressives in his own party, it’s been two moderates in the Senate who have been the biggest thorns in his side so far.

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Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Cinema thwarted the President’s early push to secure a $US15 minimum wage, and the pair are shaping up to be difficult-to-win votes Biden will need on several other policy goals in the future.

Biden has also had to frequently respond to critics who claim that much of his vaccine success is because of the work of Trump’s work on the ‘Operation Warp Speed’ program.

His nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, was forced to withdraw after fresh scrutiny on her tweets.

And the Democratic Party’s policy Achilles Heel has already emerged, with immigration at the center of two of Biden’s most pressing issues during his first few months in office.

The administration is scrambling to increase the ability to house migrant children after a surge in migrants at the US southern border.

Biden was forced to abandon plans to lift the cap on refugees permitted to resettle in the United States, violating a campaign promise and maintaining Trump’s cap.

Oh, and there was that small snafu when Biden’s dogs were removed from the White House (then returned) after Major nipped a White House worker.

According to FiveThirtyEight’s average, Biden has a 53.3 percent acceptance rate just before the 100-day mark.

Source: ABC World News

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