100 DAYS: President Donald Trump is greeted by Vice-President Mike Pence as he arrives to speak at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center on the weekend.
100 DAYS: President Donald Trump is greeted by Vice-President Mike Pence as he arrives to speak at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center on the weekend. Carolyn Kaster

US system is outdated, says Trump

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has blamed the US constitution for the problems he has encountered during his first 100 days in office.

In an interview with Fox News to mark the milestone, the Republican slammed the system of checks and balances on power.

"It's a very rough system,” he said. "It's an archaic system ... it's really a bad thing for the country.”

It comes after a torrid few months in which Mr Trump has faced a series of setbacks and embarrassments.

His introduction of a travel ban on immigration from seven mainly Muslim countries was struck down by the courts, forcing him to put forward an amended version.

Weeks later, his healthcare bill was withdrawn after it failed to secure sufficient backing from Republicans.

Those mishaps have contributed to a sense of chaos where Mr Trump's popularity has fallen to unprecedented lows for a US president at this stage of their term. His ratings hover around 40%. At the same point in his presidency, Barack Obama was on nearly 65%.

Mr Trump admitted he was "disappointed” with Republican senators, despite having "great relationships” with many of them.

He also urged Americans to celebrate May 1 as "Loyalty Day” - a recognition of what he said were the US values of loyalty to "individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being”.

The tradition dates from the Cold War, when the celebration was established as a way to stop traditional May Day celebrations being used by left-wing organisations.

Despite the setbacks, Mr Trump insisted he had kept his promises to the American people.

"Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back. After decades of a shrinking middle class, open borders and the mass offshoring of American jobs and wealth, this government is working for the citizens of our country and no one else,” he wrote in an article for the Washington Post.

"In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise - and more.”



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