Trump’s 100 Day Report Card


Thousands of CV members took our recent survey.

We’ve compiled the results and incorporated your feedback into our report card on President Trump’s first 100 days below.

While the “100-day” yardstick is arbitrary, the marker does provide a moment to take stock of the new president and his accomplishments. Despite wild and reckless predictions from his detractors, President Trump has focused on doing exactly what he pledged as a candidate.

It goes without saying that had Hillary Clinton been elected, this report card would look a lot different. Catholics have reason for optimism. But like the first 100 days, the road ahead remains difficult.

Supreme Court >> A+

Hands down, Trump’s biggest accomplishment was the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch is a constitutionalist, committed to respecting the text and intent of lawmakers rather than legislating from the bench. Justice Gorsuch is poised to have a far-reaching impact on the Court on issues of significance to Catholic voters in the decades to come.

Religious Freedom >> C-

Trump repeatedly promised to protect Americans of faith during his campaign, even sending an exclusive signed letter to the members of CatholicVote. People of faith are still waiting for action. A leaked draft of an excellent Executive Order was stymied, according to reports, by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump along with outside left-wing groups. Just this week the Department of Justice extended its defense of the HHS mandate, despite requests to drop the case. Catholics are patient, but want action on religious liberty. And soon.

Sanctity of Life >> A

By signing the Mexico City Policy, Trump ended funding of abortions overseas. He also signed a law allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood in favor of other women’s health clinics, while Vice President Pence became the first sitting Veep to speak at the March for Life. Much more work remains, including the big priority of de-funding Planned Parenthood, but pro-life voters should be pleased with the progress thus far.

Healthcare >> Incomplete

Trump’s repeated promises to “repeal and replace Obamacare” have run into a legislative buzzsaw. An initial rush to pass a flawed bill failed to gather the needed votes, yet both Trump and Ryan deserve credit for not abandoning the effort altogether. A more promising new plan emerged this week, but moderate Republicans are dragging their feet. Obamacare must go, or Republicans will have hell to pay in 2018. Remember it took President Obama 13 months to pass Obamacare. There’s plenty of time to get things done — and do it right.

Administration/Government Accountability >> A-

Trump missed a chance to fire IRS chief John Koskinen despite his obvious targeting of conservative groups. Yet the President has set in motion long overdue reforms, including a 5-year ban on lobbying for anyone that works in his administration, requiring the repeal of two regulations for every new regulation, and moratoriums on new hiring and reductions in certain agency staff sizes. He has also signed orders reducing excessive government overreach in education along with eliminating impediments to firing grossly incompetent employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The business-minded President appears intent on revamping the entire Executive branch of government, making it more responsive and efficient.

Immigration >> B

Despite widespread protests, including statements from a wide array of Catholic bishops, President Trump has followed through on his pledge to reduce illegal immigration but has done so in a largely balanced approach. His poorly drafted and mismanaged order restricting refugees had some merit, but required revision and continues to face legal hurdles. Nevertheless, his stepped-up enforcement has rightly focused on hardened criminals while moderating on those who immigrated illegally as children (Dreamers). Illegal immigration has plummeted, even without a new wall.

Economy and Taxes >> A

The President’s recently released outline of his tax plan is tailor-made for working-class families. Trump’s plan would double the standard deduction to $25,400, so that a married couple would not pay a single dollar of taxes on their $33,500. Trump’s plan would also preserve the child tax credit, while cutting other deductions. In addition, the proposed reduction in the corporate tax rate would undoubtedly encourage hiring and increase wages. Secondly, executive action to reduce regulations, together with a focus on energy exploration including the authorization of the Keystone Pipeline, are encouraging. Worries about reckless protectionism have been muted so far. Indicators suggest consumer and business confidence is surging. Now the President must follow through.

Appointments >> A+

President Trump has assembled a superb Cabinet. Trump placed pro-life Dr. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Department of Education is now run by Betsy DeVos, a champion of school choice. But it’s important to realize that staffing the Executive Branch means filling many other positions. Just today came news that Chairmaine Yoest, the former CEO of Americans United for Life, was hired to be assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Matt Bowman, a lawyer from Alliance Defending Freedom (and former blogger for CatholicVote) was hired at HHS back in January. The Trump administration is staffed throughout with thousands of high-caliber individuals we consider allies.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of


About Author is a lay-led movement of committed Catholics who are passionate about living out the truths proclaimed by Christ and His Church in the modern world. We are joined in this mission by many individuals of other faith traditions (and no faith tradition) because the common good we seek is universal to all men and women of goodwill. As patriotic Americans, we believe that life, faith, and freedom are precious rights, and that the family is the foundational unit of society.


  1. Are you kidding me? He’s a racist. He cheated on wife number one with wife number two. Has probably paid for many many abortions in his time.

  2. How can you give him high marks with his attitude, his wild Tweeting, his lies? His non-presidential praise of the Korean murderer Kim Jong Un saying he was a “smart cookie” then offering him an invitation to the White House saying he “would be honored to have Kim”. Things you may have overlooked…

    Judge Gorsuch was shoehorned into SCOTUS when the illustrious Mitch McConnell forced the GOP to invoke the unprecedented nuclear option.

    The foolish southern wall has been put on hold because of Trump’s false offering of having Mexico pay for it.

    Sanctity of life: Trump, not long ago, was Pro-Choice. An A?

    Economy/taxes: The market was humming as Obama was leaving office, so Trump was the beneficiary. The tax bill is still being constructed. There were indications that Trump’s tax bill could favor him and his rich buddies.

    Appointments: No A! He has yet to complete assigning undersecretaries and other cabinet subordinates. His appointment of DeVos, Pruitt, Perry, Mnuchin, Tillerson and other conflicting jobs make governing very difficult. The only strong well chosen cabinet members are John Kelly and James Mattis. Many billionaires.

  3. The ancient Greeks said that character is destiny. You people voted for Nero. Now listen to him fiddle.

  4. Ryan Schroeder on

    This is utter insanity.

    You really have to twist yourself in knots to decipher that cutting Medicaid by $800 billion is pro-life, or ending mandated insurance coverage for essential health benefits. Heck, it’s no longer the law that maternity care is covered!

    Appointments: have you forgotten about the White supremacist in the White House (Bannon)? His Nazi advisor, Mr. Gorka? Trump’s children who are enriching their own businesses via White House positions? Buehler? Buehler?

    Immigration: Major LOL. I guess the USCCB just doesn’t understand Catholicism. Oh, and ICE is going after DREAMERS and their families. Oh, and one more thing: wasn’t it this site criticizing Obama for not allowing in Christian refugees in sufficient numbers? Now banning refugees is actually a good thing, but he just went about it in the wrong manner? So not letting in Christian refugees = bad, banning non-Christian refugees = good.

    Would you give yourself an A+ on religious freedom, out of curiosity?

    After reading this, it appears this website isn’t even trying to be Catholic anymore.

  5. Is it possible that CatholicVote is just a website for trolls? Or Fake News? If your administration is under investigation, firing cabinet members, or getting shade from the POPE, you’re probably not running a great administration

  6. Rosemary LaScala on

    The left wing democrats especially left wing catholic democrats are disgraceful — the democrat party left you many years and years ago. The never Trump people, some conservative republicans (we know who they are) are also a disgrace and very un-American.
    Trump is doing wonderful and could do so much more — if the people would stop with hate, meanness, and accept they lost and that the American people voted for TRUMP.
    I lost blood and treasure for America and I love America. We should all love America and be so Grateful and thank God for our Nation and all we do and have done for the Whole World.

Leave A Reply