The First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency: What to Expect

Donald J. Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States has come at a time of great political polarization – both in the United States and abroad. From issues of globalization and negotiating the role of the U.S. in the world to contentious national debates on the challenges of race, class, and gender in American life, the next president had a packed agenda the moment he took office.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration solidified the practical and symbolic importance of a U.S. president’s first 100 days in office, and ever since, each new president faces enormous pressure to use these first 100 days to shape a national agenda. President Trump made many campaign promises that he vowed to enact the moment he got into office, including repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), expelling undocumented residents and bringing back manufacturing jobs. While Republicans control both chambers of Congress and conservatives will soon have a majority of the Supreme Court, over half of the electorate rejected Mr. Trump’s candidacy, which could potentially limit his policy options and invite severe political backlash.

To facilitate better understanding, Roosevelt House asked experts from Hunter College to provide commentaries on what they view as the main issues, challenges, and opportunities Donald Trump will face in his first 100 days in office.


The writing and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute or Hunter College.