President Trump entered office on Jan. 20 with a vow to end "American carnage." Here’s a sampling of what he and his administration said and did in the 100 days after that — and what Post Opinions columnists and contributors have written about his record.

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“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
President Trump, Jan. 20

“Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.”

George F. Will, “A most dreadful inaugural address”

“One group voted for him; the other did not. On Friday, Trump promised to fight for them both.”

Marc A. Thiessen, “Trump’s speech wasn’t divisive. He said he’d fight for all Americans.”

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Jan. 21

“We now know that Trump’s self-adoration is not a mere personality glitch. It is instead an engine of intimidation, a furiously dominant aspect of his personality, and when it gets challenged, as it was over the weekend, he responds irrationally.”

Richard Cohen, “Sean Spicer’s Stalinist apparition”

(Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post)
“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
@realDonaldTrump, Jan. 22

“Fear of a presidency willing to declare that up is down and down is up is why so many rallied to say a very loud ‘no.’”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “Why millions gathered to say ‘no’ to Trump”

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Jan. 22

“This disconnect from reality is my biggest fear about Trump, more than any one policy he has proposed. My worry is the president of the United States is barking mad.”

Dana Milbank, “In Trump’s mind, it’s always ‘really sunny.’ And that’s terrifying.”

“What we want is fair trade. And we’re gonna treat countries fairly, but they have to treat us fairly.”
President Trump, Jan. 23

“What Trump gets from his trade crusade is a (false) rallying cry for more U.S. jobs. What the United States gets, if anything, is less clear.”

Robert J. Samuelson, “Trump is obsessed with trade — but it’s not a major cause of job loss”

“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and…even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).”
@realDonaldTrump, Jan. 25

“If you lose an election by 80,000 votes when you have 5 million to play around with, you are too dumb to be president.”

Garrison Keillor, “The incompetent millions of outlaw voters”

(Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. … The media here is the opposition party.”
White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Jan. 26

“We do not spoil for a knife fight. Whatever comes at us over the next four years, what we should wield is our pens and our laptops, our facts and our fairness.”

Fred Hiatt, “Trump considers the media his enemy. We shouldn’t treat him as ours.”

(Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)
“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”
@realDonaldTrump, Jan. 26

“All Mexicans are behind President Peña Nieto when he tells President Trump that we will not pay for his extravagant, offensive and useless project.”

Ernesto Zedillo, “Mexico can thrive without Trump”

“We don’t want them here. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
President Trump, Jan. 27

“When Ronald Reagan spoke on foreign policy, tyrants sat uneasy on their thrones and dissidents and refugees took heart. When Donald Trump speaks on foreign policy, tyrants rest easier and dissidents and refugees lose hope.”

Michael Gerson, “Trump’s half-baked travel ban is a picture of American shame”

“Stupid but legal.”

Charles Krauthammer, “The travel moratorium: A hopeless disaster”

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
White House statement, Jan. 30

“The absurdity of Yates’s position is self-evident.”

William Barr, “Former attorney general: Trump was right to fire Sally Yates”

“The White House ... could have worked with [Yates] to make changes that would satisfy her concerns about its legality. Instead, the president chose crisis and chaos.”

Matthew Miller, “Trump’s firing of the acting attorney general sets a dangerous precedent”

“I can only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once for the good of the country.”
President Trump, Jan. 31

“It was far and away the most presidential performance we’ve thus far witnessed.”

Kathleen Parker, “The left’s boogeyman vision of Neil Gorsuch”

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”
President Trump, Feb. 1

“Ancestors weep.”

Colbert I. King, “Trump’s sad ‘thank you’ to African Americans”

“As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.”
Then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, Feb. 1

“Iran is among the toughest foreign policy challenges Trump will face, and he should be careful to avoid ill-planned early actions that would make it his Bay of Pigs.”

David Ignatius, “Trump should look before he leaps on Iran”

“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
@realDonaldTrump, Feb. 4

“The 9th Circuit ruling, suffused with bristling at the notion that courts should remain supine in the face of claims of unbridled executive power, offers an illustration of judicial willingness to provide a needed brake on Trumpian overreach.”

Ruth Marcus, “The 9th Circuit ruling is the most hopeful sign yet”

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
@realDonaldTrump, Feb. 8

“This style reduces important issues, from gay rights to climate change, to girlish whims, as if family benefits and the fate of the planet are as trivial as the choice of centerpieces at a wedding.”

Alyssa Rosenberg, “Ivanka Trump and the Cult of the First Daughter”

“The two leaders discussed numerous topics and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our one-China policy.”
White House statement, Feb. 9

“What did our great dealmaker get in return? Nothing — or nothing public, anyway. Beijing must be pleased as punch.”

Catherine Rampell, “Trump is working hard to Make China Great Again”

@realDonaldTrump, Feb. 9

“We’ll see whether Trump will condemn the entire judiciary as ‘so-called,’ but thus far they have done their job: to provide a bulwark for liberty in the face of executive overreaching.”

David Cole, “‘So-called judges’ trump Trump”

(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)
“I am looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like … I can live with either one.”
President Trump, Feb. 15

“The process would work only if Israel and the Palestinians simultaneously reached agreement — which, for now, they can’t and won’t.”

Jackson Diehl, “Trump has a new idea for Middle East peace! Except it isn’t new at all.”

“I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence. Mike was doing his job … so it certainly would have been okay with me if he did it.”
President Trump, Feb. 16

“The Michael Flynn fiasco was the entirely predictable product of the indiscipline, deceit, incompetence and moral indifference that characterize Donald Trump’s approach to leadership.”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve”

“The call may not necessarily be the smoking gun, the ultimate ‘proof’ that there was a quid pro quo: ‘You help us with the election, we help you by lifting sanctions.’ But it sure looks like it could be.”

Anne Applebaum, “Why Flynn was undone by a phone call”

“This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”
President Trump, Feb. 16

“We have seen it all before, the early successes and stumbles, but what is new is the nearly ubiquitous, 24/7 breathlessness of many in the media. We are a bunch of alarmists generally, but the crying-wolf club has never been this numerous.”

Hugh Hewitt, “Stop the Trump hysteria. His early stumbles are nothing new.”

“The checks have checked. The balances have balanced. In this scenario, it is good news that the Trump administration has been so inept.”

Michael Gerson, “Reality will get its revenge on Donald Trump”

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
“The FAKE NEWS media ... is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
@realDonaldTrump, Feb. 17

“Trump was wrong to call reporters enemies. And yes, the demonization of those who disagree with us is a deep problem in U.S. politics. But it did not start with Trump.”

Marc A. Thiessen, “The left’s hypocrisy on Trump’s ‘enemy of the American People’ comment”

“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
President Trump, Feb. 27
“Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom — we will never forget him.”
President Trump, Feb. 28

“Trump delivered . . . And in so doing he also delivered a heartfelt appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands since 9/11.”

Hugh Hewitt, “What Trump’s critics got so wrong about his speech”

“I should have slowed down and said, ‘But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times.’”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, March 2

“The question at this point is whether any Republican, especially one enlisted to help spin Trump’s defense, can be entrusted with this investigation.”

Jennifer Rubin, “Why Jeff Sessions is in deep trouble”

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
@realDonaldTrump, March 4

Above: An animated take on Trump’s Twitter use

Ann Telnaes, “Trump needs an intervention”

“If you’re looking at the CBO for accuracy, you’re looking in the wrong place.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, March 8

“What’s clear is that President Trump and his supporters have the ‘repeal’ part down but not the ‘replace.’”

Robert J. Samuelson, “The Trumpcare trap”

“It’s about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts — tax cuts that will quietly pave the way for more, and far larger, tax cuts.”

Catherine Rampell, “The Republican health-care plan isn’t about health care at all”

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do … so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, March 9

“Missing in action is a broader sense of what is at stake. Put aside that catastrophic climate changes could render the world uninhabitable.”

Katrina vanden Heuvel, “Get ready for Trump’s climate-denial offensive”

“It is not a soft-power budget. This is a hard-power budget.”
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, March 15

“Anyone who survives will be a gun covered in the fur of a rare mammal, capable of fighting disease with a single muscular flex. RAW POWER! HARD RAW POWER GRRRRRR HISSS POW! It will be great.”

Alexandra Petri, “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why”

“FBI Director Comey admits Obama’s White House had ability to ‘unmask’ American citizens.”
@POTUS, March 20

“There are more suspicious reasons for Obama’s national security adviser to have sought to unmask the identities of Trump campaign aides than there are valid reasons.”

Ed Rogers, “The pursuit of Trump may have caught the Obama White House”

“I somewhat do … I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found.”
President Trump, March 22

“Nunes is acting as though he’s trying to convince everyone he’s staging a coverup.”

Paul Waldman, “Will Republicans ever agree to an independent probe of the Russia scandal?”

“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”
@realDonaldTrump, March 25

“President Trump could actually use the legislative collapse to fix health care if he went back to basics and to his core convictions on the topic, which are surprisingly intelligent and consistent.”

Fareed Zakaria, “Trump was right about health care for most of his life”

“There’s literally going to be the first filibuster in modern times on a qualified judge ... And I think Democrats are setting a very dangerous precedent.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, April 3

Above: A cartoonist’s take on the nuclear option

Tom Toles, “Mitch McConnell can explain that he doesn’t trifle with American institutions”

“I urged Democrats to reconsider. I regret that they could not be dissuaded from their latest and most audacious attack on the norms and traditions of the Senate.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), “Democrats reap what they have sown”

“I now have responsibility.”
President Trump, April 5

“Either we’re on a slippery slope toward deeper military involvement, or we remain helpless witnesses to unspeakable carnage.”

Eugene Robinson, “No one should feel good about Trump’s attack on Syria”

“Even for a president who advertised his coldblooded pragmatism, the moral dimensions of leadership find a way of penetrating the Oval Office.”

David Ignatius, “Trump enforces the ‘red line’ on chemical weapons”

“You know, you had ... someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, April 11

“The halting, hard-to-follow speech patterns reflect an unflattering truth about the top spokesperson at the White House: He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Erik Wemple, “The Daily Spicer: ‘Holocaust centers.’ Yes, the press secretary used that term.”

(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
“They’re not currency manipulators.”
President Trump, April 12

 “It was inevitable that a rookie president with no experience in government at any level, much less the highest, would have a ridiculously steep learning curve to climb.”

Eugene Robinson, “We don’t know where Trump stands. Neither does he.”

“I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.”
President Trump, April 12

 “These about-faces represent, in part, a Trump Tower-size version of the realities that confront any new president. Campaign trail proclamations yield to Oval Office sobriety.”

Ruth Marcus, “Is rationality dawning on Trump?”

“North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength the armed forces of the United States in this region.”
Vice President Pence, April 17

“The world is on notice: Eight years of sleepwalking is over. America is back.”

Charles Krauthammer, “The Great Reversal — for now”

(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
 “President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory.”
White House statement, April 17

“The country’s citizens can prevail . . . if we insist on calling out a self-absorbed huckster who treats us all as easily bamboozled fools.”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “No, Mr. President, you can’t do what you want”

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)
“The plan will pay for itself with growth.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, April 20

“Just as all of Trump’s health-care promises proved impossible to square, so too will his tax populism collide with the plutocratic reality of his true priorities.”

Catherine Rampell, “Think tax reform will be easy for Trump? Ha, ha.”

(Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)
“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”
@realDonaldTrump, April 23

“Yelling ‘fake news’ cannot mask a fake presidency.”

Eugene Robinson, “Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling”

“Those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.”
White House statement, April 25

“Once again, a horribly and sloppily drafted executive order came back to haunt the White House.”

Jennifer Rubin, “Court delivers another humiliating blow to Trump”

Compiled by Molly Roberts, Design and development by Danielle Rindler

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