Many of us were uncertain what to expect when President Trump took office: Would he try to fulfill his campaign promises, or become entrapped by the swamp? And would he be able to accomplish them given the resistance he would face from entrenched D.C. institutions? The past 100 days have shown that he’s been determined and able on both counts. Not only has he systematically accomplished numerous campaign promises, from repealing multiple Obama-era executive orders to appointing a conservative justice, but he’s done them despite his opponents picking at his gaffes and scandals. I think all those who supported the president in his campaign feel a great sigh of relief that he’s been so faithful and dedicated thus far.
— Erich Reimer, 26, Charlottesville, Va.

The word great was used 227 times.

  • He has failed completely to articulate and/or implement a realistic and semi-achievable vision for this country beyond making it “great” again. — M.D. in Olympia, Wash.
  • Keep up the great work, Mr. President! — S.P. in Detroit
  • He is not fit to lead this great country and cannot be trusted by our citizens to protect and improve our standing in the global community. — A.L. in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Trump has done great considering he has little help. — L.B. in Nampa, Idaho
  • America is and remains great despite him. — T.T. in Two Rivers, Wis.
  • America was, in fact, great before the election. — D.K. in Erie, Pa.
  • He deserves great credit for breaking the cycle of Bushes and Clintons, and so his blatant and obvious nepotism is almost excusable by comparison. — T.D. in Lompoc, Calif.
  • He may yet succeed as the president who truly makes America great by giving us a glimpse of what we stand to lose under his leadership, and spurring us to action against him. — E.D. in Edmonston, Md.
  • He is dismantling everything that has made America great and undoing every bit of progress we have made in the last 100 years. — C.C. in Tacoma, Wash.
  • His speeches are an embarrassment, and it seems the only thing he really cares about is how he is: great, fantastic, etc. — J.D. in Menlo Park, Calif.
  • I think Trump is doing a great job, he is sticking to his word and is working fast to get [stuff] done. — S.S. in Simi Valley, Calif.
  • He is not making America great. He is destroying its future! — M.H. in Utah
  • He has not shown himself to be the “great negotiator” that he touted in the campaign. — M.B. in Scottsburg, N.Y.
  • I think he will ultimately make America great again because he’s forcing people like me to pay attention. — J.L. in Pittsburgh
  • He’s done absolutely great! — B.R. in San Francisco
  • I do not consider dropping bombs as great leadership. — J.M. in Springfield, Ill.
  • Having his family, with no foreign policy or government experience, become his main advisers is of great concern. — V.B. in Matthews, N.C.
  • He is persevering and his administration will do great things. — D.S. in Germany
  • Americans will look back on this time with great shame. — A.D. in Burlington, Wash.

During the Republican primaries, political pundits said we would see a more statesmanlike Donald Trump after the nomination. During the campaign against Hillary Clinton, we were told the more statesmanlike Trump would appear upon his election. Now that he has been elected and is in office, it is clear there is no statesmanlike Trump. He is immature, a national embarrassment and an international danger. I am ashamed to be an American.
— Eric Graber, 57, Annapolis, Md.

The word embarrass was used 570 times.

  • He is an embarrassment, and that has not changed since the inauguration. — C.M. in Atlanta
  • What an embarrassment to the country I deeply love! — W.H. in Miami
  • Totally inarticulate and embarrassing next to other world leaders. — N.K. in Bradenton, Fla.
  • The self-aggrandizement isn’t amusing anymore; it was an embarrassment, now it's dangerous. — S.M. in Clay City, Ky.
  • This presidency is the most deeply embarrassing, humiliating revelation of America’s dark underbelly that I have ever seen in my life. — S.L. in Centennial, Colo.
  • He has tarnished the dignity of the office he holds and embarrassed our country. — M.W. in San Francisco
  • There are zero accomplishments and a host of mistakes, missteps, embarrassing encounters with leaders of friendly countries and a total lack of any articulation of long-term policy goals on any front. — S.L. in New York
  • He is an embarrassment to the men and women who, generation after generation, have struggled, fought and died to make this nation a better place. — J.E. in Seattle
  • I was convinced that there were too many decent people in the United States to put such an embarrassment in the White House. — L.E. in Statesboro, Ga.
  • He embarrasses my country every day, and he shows no sign of learning how to govern. — L.C. in Houston
  • He and his family are living in high style at taxpayers’ expense, and he doesn’t seem to do anything but golf and tweet and embarrass our country. — A.L. in Hawaii
  • The braggadocious nature of our president continues to embarrass me as I see one head of state after another visiting, obviously dismayed but placating. — S.C. in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • I have never been so embarrassed by a president as I am of Trump. — E.M. in Fredericksburg, Va.

I cringe every time he opens his mouth, but he is trying to do what he promised. His style is more used-car salesman than politician, but he is making some progress on the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing executive orders, the Supreme Court, NATO, Syria and even health care. 
— Steven Durst, 60, Avon, Conn.

The word promise was used 220 times.

  • He has consistently gone back on his campaign promises (which is often a good thing) and shows no evidence of knowledge of or respect for his office and duties. — A.S. in Portland, Ore.
  • President Trump is doing exactly what I expected him to do: keep his promises. — S.K. in Brighton, Mich.
  • He is brash and arrogant but he seems to be keeping his promises and that means the most to me. — C.W. in Malibu, Calif.
  • If you keep comparing his campaign promises with reality, you will see he totally overestimated what he could do. — K.M. in East Lansing, Mich.
  • I think he made many promises and observations as a true Washington outsider that he thoughtfully managed once he had the opportunity to see the interconnection and complexity of world issues. — P.N. in Hanover, Md.
  • He has refused to release his tax returns despite promises to do so if he were to be elected. — Z.Z. in Leander, Tex.
  • He has successfully accomplished many of his promises so far, and I trust he will have a successful presidency. — L.N. in Rockledge, Fla.
  • This is the guy who promised better, cheaper health care for everyone, then said: “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” — C.D. in State College, Pa.
  • Trump is not fulfilling any of his campaign promises; in fact, he seems to be doing the opposite of what his voters wanted. — R.C. in Pittsburgh
  • He has delivered on not one of his lofty promises to “make America great.” — D.K. in Erie, Pa.
  • Aside from some meaningless executive orders, he hasn’t fulfilled any of his first-100-days promises. — A.T. in Las Vegas
  • He has kept many of his promises and is at least attempting to meet all his promises, but no one is making it easy on him. — D.M. in Seattle
  • Obviously very few campaign promises are considered binding. — T.A. in Cypress, Tex.
  • He is fleecing the taxpayers every week with his visits to Mar-a-Lago, going back on his promise to not spend a lot of time playing golf. — B.G. in Forest Ranch, Calif.
  • All the campaign promises he made in regard to immigrants (documented and undocumented) and refugees and policies that mainly affect people of color, women and the environment are coming to fruition. — M.G. in Portland, Ore.
  • In the worst cases, such as with his costly and likely ineffective wall, he seems to be standing by his campaign promises. — C.K. in Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Chicago is still waiting for him to follow up on his promise to help with the violence that is plaguing our city. — D.M. in Chicago
  • He has refused to honor almost all of his campaign promises and, worse, has begun a full destruction of many of the governmental agencies that formerly protected we the people. — S.C. in Albuquerque, N.M.

The election of Donald Trump should never have happened given what we know about the influence of Russian government on the election. He has shown how unprepared he is for this office ever since. He is incompetent of doing the required research to make an informed decision and constantly changes his mind based on who he has most recently spoken to about an issue. Reading international news proves he is a laughingstock around the world or considered extremely dangerous. No one can count on him. He should be impeached, but the same Republicans who kept the Russian connection quiet refuse to act now.
— Kathleen Ferrando, 67, Petaluma, Calif.

The word Russia was used 542 times.

  • The Russian ties boggle the mind! — L.B. in Houston
  • His new stance on Russia contradicts what he has said on the campaign trail, in his speeches and at the beginning of his ill-begotten term. — A.S. in New York
  • Liberals never take the time to consider that even if the Russians did do the hacking, all they did was expose their candidates’ lies and two-faced approach to everything. — K.C. in Ontario, Canada
  • The fact that he still refuses to release his taxes only increases my fear he is beholden to Russia and China. — V.M. in Port Orange, Fla.
  • The one good foreign policy move he made (the Syria strike) looks like it’ll be a lone move that did nothing to actually deter Bashar al-Assad and only angered Russia more. — M.M. in Washington, D.C.
  • The Russian connections are disturbing. — S.F. in New Gloucester, Maine
  • After the election, my hope was that he not get us into war. Now I wonder: Will it be with Russia or North Korea? — S.L. in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
  • The chaos he’d like us to believe is calculated will do more to destabilize American influence and undercut American credibility than even the Russians could have hoped. — S.S. in Philadelphia
  • He has managed to deflect from the Russian investigation with an airstrike on Syria that he should have sought congressional approval for. — J.M. in Toms River, N.J.
  • Very concerned that his “shoot first, ask questions later” foreign policy will totally destabilize our long-standing alliances and further complicate our already difficult relationship with Russia. — C.R. in Afton, Va.
  • He should have never been confirmed by the electoral college for his rabble-rousing alone, but the fact that it looks like Russia helped him win is even worse. — J.P. in Fontana, Calif.
  • The multi-tentacled influence of Russia on our democratic process casts a black shadow on the entire 2016 election and calls Trump’s entire presidency into question. — C.B. in Eureka, Calif.
  • We need several independent investigations into his Russia contacts, his financial holdings and all of the people who have had any part of his campaign and administration. — A.J. in Burke, Va.
  • Let’s get moving on the Russia investigation. — B.E. in New York
  • The news media needs to stop falling for all his distractions and focus on his Russia connections. — D.C. in Candor, N.Y.
  • And then there’s Russia and Putin. No elaboration needed. — K.K. in Oakland, Calif.

President Trump has done pretty well. His administration seems intent on fixing America’s broken immigration system. His Tomahawk missile strike on Syria was proportional and wise. He sent a strong message to the Assad regime. The media is generally partisan and left wing and does not cover the Trump administration fairly or honestly.
— Jim Avely, 35, New York

The word media was used 113 times.

  • People need to look at the facts surrounding what he is doing, not believe in the media’s propaganda. — E.N. in Dallas
  • President Trump truly has done well, extraordinarily well, especially given the utterly brutal, distorted and utterly disgraceful media trashing that he has received. — G.C. in Boston
  • He is being opposed by the liberal media, as well as many in office, and yet he seems to be three steps ahead at every turn. — R.K. in Seattle
  • Considering he has no government experience, he is swimming upstream against the entire government/media cabal and he doesn't seem to intend to get along with anybody, I would say President Trump is doing all right, particularly with his base. — L.S. in North Carolina
  • The Trump show continues to captivate the media and is splashed across the headlines with predictable hysteria. — T.L. in Crestone, Colo.
  • The way the media currently covers him only fuels his administration further. — J.P. in Baltimore
  • The single thing that he is brilliant at is outsmarting the media, knowing that they will cover one or two topics/tweets continuously hour after hour. — C.C.. in Miami
  • Since Inauguration Day it strikes me that various authorities (courts, Democratic leaders, even the media) have done little but get in his way. — B.S. in Warsaw, Ind.
  • The media still hasn’t understood that Trump uses misdirection. — P.J. in Charlottesville, Va.
  • I feel like President Trump has done a pretty good job so far, especially given the constant attacks from the left and almost every single mainstream media news organization attacking him on a daily, and usually hourly, basis. — J.G. in San Diego
  • What the Democrats and the media are afraid of is not him but that he may be successful. — P.N. in New York
  • I love, love, LOVE the fact that he’s calling out the fake news media! — G.H. in Provo, Utah
  • His attacks on judges, the media, our intelligence agencies and the Republican and Democratic parties undermine the foundation of our country. — L.F. in Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • What disappoints me is the mainstream media's focus on every sentence that is uttered by the administration. Not everyone is trained as an on-camera speaker. — R.F. in Gainesville, Va.
  • He uses his social media savvy to distract from what is really going on. — L.K. in Saint George, Utah
  • Bombing Syria did not make him more presidential. The media salivating for a new war is disgusting. — F.P. in Newark, Calif.
  • I just ask the media to keep reporting on him, keep on digging. It is a MUST. — E.S. in New York
  • Although the first few months of his presidency have been tumultuous, the media has been too busy grabbing the low-hanging fruit (put out intentionally, perhaps, by a media maestro?) to notice the actual accomplishments and look for the actual stories. — D.K. in Howell, Mich.

I had very low hopes going in, and President Trump has done nothing to meet even those expectations. Between the health-care fiasco, his deaf ear toward the impending climate tipping point, his constant Mar-a-Lago weekends, his willingness to surround himself with the worst of the worst and now the uncertainty caused by the Syria strike, I can’t think of a single thing to recommend his presidency yet. I’m scared, mostly. It was nice to be able to go to bed and wake up and read the news without drowning in anxiety about the present and near future. I miss that. And Mr. Trump has done nothing to assuage the fears of folks like me.
— Luke Sisson, 25, Somerset, N.J.

The word fear was used 528 times.

  • He’s done everything I feared he would — though the fact that he failed spectacularly at all of them was a pleasant surprise. — T.W. in Evanston, Ill.
  • If Mr. Trump’s latest foreign policy views are the views upon which he will act, then many (but far from all) of my fears regarding his presidency will subside. — B.T. in Boston
  • I fear for the safety and stability of our country. — T.P. in Edwards, Colo.
  • He’s even more uninformed, unprincipled, unpredictable, unhinged and dishonest than I feared — and I feared a lot. — L.R. in Vienna, Va.
  • My greatest fear is that he will blunder into a war and have no idea what the repercussions are. — M.L. in Marco Island, Fla.
  • After the election and his inaugural speech I feared the worst, but I am surprised that my fears underestimated the potential for damage. — R.F. in Crested Butte, Colo.
  • I fear for my children and grandchildren that this man could possibly do lasting damage to the country for decades to come. — W.T. in Atlanta
  • I do fear his base is beginning to wake up and realize how badly they’ve been fooled. — R.H. in Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Our union is strong enough to survive this disaster, but the fragile bonds with the global community are what I fear for the most. — K.H. in Nashville
  • He is a wannabe oligarch propped up by racism and every other kind of fear. — J.L. in Amarillo, Tex.
  • I fear it will take 100 years to recover just from his first 100 days. — H.H. in Spotsylvania, Va.
  • I fear that even only a few months in, we’re losing perspective of what the executive branch of this country is meant to look, act and work like. — J.K. in Peterborough, N.H.
  • I fear for civil liberties and, most importantly, freedom of the press. — J.I. in Shirley, N.Y.
  • As time goes by, I have come to feel less fearful because it seems as though this administration will be unable to accomplish much due to internal incompetence and infighting. — L.C. in Columbus, Ohio
  • I wake up every day afraid to turn on the TV for fear of what Trump and his team of “deconstructors” did while I was sleeping. — D.W. in Holyoke, Colo.
  • He has sent a tsunami of fear toward people of color and non-Christians. — C.C. in La Quinta, Calif.
  • I fear my son will be entangled in mindless wars. — A.R. in Underhill, Vt.
  • I fear that 2020 won’t come soon enough to save us from the destruction he will wreak. — L.D. in Murrieta, Calif.

President Trump’s tenure started bad and has grown worse. He is an embarrassment. At this juncture, my only hope is that he will merely be a bad president. We can survive bad.
— Roland Palmer, 58, Norman, Okla.

The word hope was used 468 times.

  • The only thing that has changed since the inauguration is the extinction of any hope that Trump would alter his behavior. — S.L. in Philadelphia
  • He failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, as we hoped he would. — K.W. in Denver
  • I hope he settles into the job this year, but I don’t have confidence that will happen. — N.D. in Manassas Park, Va.
  • I think the only hope this country has is the fact that he is listening to Jared Kushner more and awful Stephen Bannon less. — L.C. in Austin
  • I had hoped he would have gotten out of campaign mode and stopped tweeting. — S.P. in Weaverville, N.C.
  • I was hopeful initially that Trump would reach out to the other side. He has done just the opposite. — A.T. in Laramie, Wyo.
  • He has inspired a hatred and bigotry that we could only hope did not exist in our country. — J.S. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • My best hope is for Democratic gains in both houses in 2018 that can work against some of his worst impulses. — H.J. in New York
  • I hope we can make a difference. — E.A. in Takoma Park, Md.
  • I was somewhat hopeful when he brought H.R. McMaster in, but it doesn’t seem like he is taking advice from him. — J.T. in North Plainfield, N.J.
  • I saw a glimmer of hope when we attacked Syria, but the lack of a coherent plan or goal in the aftermath quickly put an end to my optimism. — J.O. in Lorain, Ohio
  • I have hope that systems change slowly; that’s why we have a Constitution. — C.H. in Alameda, Calif.
  • I continue to be hopeful that he will realize the presidency is so much bigger than the ego of one person. — R.C. in Chesapeake, Va.
  • America is being tested bigly. I just hope we pass and, moreover, learn from this. — K.V. in Brookfield, Conn.
  • So far, the only real hope I see is in the judicial branch. — P.M. in Canton, N.Y.
  • I hope moderate, responsible Republicans will stand up to the president before it is too late. — S.S. in Portland, Ore.
  • I have no hope that he will get his sea legs. — K.C. in Portland, Ore.
  • I am hopeful that America will survive and become great again — liberty and justice for all. — A.S. in New York

Before the election, I saw him as an uninformed, egotistical, greedy danger to our country and democratic system. In light of everything he has done to confirm all of the above, my opinion has not changed.
— Rick Milton, 68, New York

The words my opinion has not changed were used 211 times.

  • My opinion has not changed. President Trump has shown himself to be just as unmoored from any kind of principle as he showed during the campaign. — K.B. in Waynesville, N.C.
  • No, my opinion has not changed since I voted for him. He is the greatest president ever. He will Make America Great Again, and those who say he is not their president should leave the USA. — J.M. in Florida
  • My opinion has not changed. His actions have been much as I predicted they would be, except even more chaotic. — P.F. in Eagleville, Tenn.
  • He is easily the worst president in U.S. history. My opinion has not changed. — B.E. in Rye Brook, N.Y.
  • My opinion has not changed. I expected him to continue to play to his base, act in accordance with his Fox News obsession and act the part of a tough guy in regard to immigration and geopolitics. — D.M. in Westport, Mass.
  • My opinion has not changed. I am still appalled when I think of his picture beside those of our previous presidents. — M.L. in Wilmington, N.C.
  • My opinion has not changed, although I am a little less apprehensive about some things because he has proved that he has no real conviction, so I don’t see him really being very effective. — E.S. in Boone, Iowa
  • My opinion has not changed: If anything, my sentiments of fear and anger have intensified. — E.V. in Portland, Ore.
  • Unfortunately, my opinion has not changed, much as I hoped it would. — L.E. in Lake Zurich, Ill.
  • My opinion has not changed. He told us and showed us during the campaign again and again what kind of person he is, and he’s lived up to that horrible forecast perfectly. — D.C. in Clinton, Mont.
  • My opinion has not changed. I view Donald Trump as a successful entertainer who is a naive and ineffective leader. — C.M. in Philadelphia
  • My opinion has not changed. He is unpredictable and generally unprepared for the work at hand. He needs to build bridges with the Congress, the Democrats and his non-supporters. He has not done this yet. — W.L. in Kettering, Ohio
  • My opinion has not changed. He is hurting the very people who voted for and supported him. — M.H. in Lyme, Conn.
  • My opinion has not changed, it has been confirmed day after day, debacle after debacle. — M.S. in Hastings, Mich.

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