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Trump vowed wonders in 100 days, now says milestone not important


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Trump vowed wonders in 100 days, now says milestone not important

In a Washington park, a baby named Oscar is getting ready to mark his 100 days on the planet, born just hours before Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

But unlike most people in Washington, Oscar and his mother do not seem to be obsessed with the milestone.

And, funnily enough, Trump is no longer obsessed about his own 100-day mark.

During the presidential campaign Trump repeatedly promised great things in his first 100 days – using that exact phrase many times – but now he has dismissed the historic marker as not important.

In a Tweet he recently slammed the term as a “ridiculous standard”.



People depressed, anxious about Trump

In the city where Hillary Clinton got more than 90 percent in last year’s vote, people still have a hard time swallowing Trump’s victory.

Some of them even suffer emotional stress.

Psychotherapist David Sterberg has seen a wave of new patients since the election.

“We have seen an awful lot of patients with anxiety, anger, some depression.

“I would say the number one thing, the number one casualty so to speak, has been a loss of trust – trust in the administration, there is a difference between what they are saying, what they are doing.

“There is such a sense of Trump flying by the seat of his pants and so much unpredictability that they just don’t know what he may do, what he is capable of doing.”

In Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, many residents express their anger in public, putting up anti-Trump signs in their gardens.

It is a subtle reminder of what they believe are American values that the new president does not stand for: tolerance, generosity and the acceptance of cultural diversity.

Artists’ impressions of Trump-era

It is a feeling shared by many artists as well. Many of them believe that Trump has changed the country for the worse.

The “Gallery O on H” has put on display a collection of photographs from professional and semi-professional photographers capturing the anxiety of many Americans in the Trump era.

Trump has inadvertently stimulated artistic creativity, according to the publisher of the local art magazine “East City Art”, which partnered with the gallery to put the exhibition together.

Phil Hutinet told Euronews: “There is a lot of fear. Trump has said that he is going to defund the National Endowment for the Arts which is a big deal for a lot of art organisations.”

But it seems many artists are ready to fight back.

“I think the trend is going to be to continue to react to a lot of the things that he is doing,” said Hutinet.

“I think that there is going to be a lot more satirical art, for instance. I think there is going to be a lot of art in reaction to Trump.”

Trump supporters standing by their man

While the art world is at the same time frightened and intrigued by Trump, the president’s supporters are rock solid behind their man in the White House.

According to polls, 96% of Trump supporters would vote for him again, despite the political chaos during the first hundred days.

Callum Borchers, a reporter for the Washington Post, told Euronews: “His supporters stand by him, which I think suggests that what they really like about him is his swashbuckling style.

“They like the idea of having a first-time politician in the White House, somebody who is a political outsider,” he said.

“It’s his brand, you know, that’s the appeal. And unless he loses that, it seems that almost nothing he does on the policy front will erode his base.”

Euronews Washington Correspondent Stefan Grobe reported: “Under Donald Trump, America has become increasingly polarised. Yet, the president has said that he wants to be a uniter, not a divider.

“In his first hundred days though, it seems that he did not succeed. But there are still 1360 days left – at least.”

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