One year in

Listen to the podcast episode: "President Trump's first year"

The President has had a year to show us what he's made of. And while I give him credit for a few positive choices (for instance, putting James Mattis in charge of the Defense Department), it's very difficult to think of anything that we've gotten out of a Trump administration that we couldn't have gotten from a much more even-tempered Republican administration.

Meanwhile, he's spent an appalling amount of time off the job (spending 95 days at a golf club out of his first 365).

And, worse, he continues to miss opportunities to show us that he takes the job seriously. His stunt this past week with the "Fake News Awards" could serve as Exhibit "A": The President could have shared a list of book recommendations. He could have tweeted a list of unsung heroes from the last year. He could have posted the Bill of Rights. He didn't. And that was a choice. He does not deserve disproportionate credit for his agenda when he won't stop making choices that detract from it.

Brian Gongol

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