President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that aims to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, spoke to a meeting of the National Rifle Association and called the 100-day benchmark for evaluating new presidents “false” — even as he touted his own accomplishments in that period.
ARCTIC OCEAN WILL OPEN UP THANKS TO ORDER, TRUMP SAYS
On his 99th day in office, Trump signed an executive order to ease rules on offshore drilling. The order takes aim at last-minute regulations from the Obama administration restricting drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. “We can’t spend too much time talking about drilling in the Arctic, right?” Trump said at a signing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “And we’re opening it up.”
Read the order.
At the same event, Trump was asked about his job performance one day ahead of his 100th day and said the benchmark was “a false standard.” But he added: “I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we did over the 100 days. So we’re very happy.”
Read these MarketWatch stories about Trump’s first 100 days:
How some ‘Trump trades’ have performed as he nears his 100th day in office.
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What Trump promised vs. what he accomplished in his first 100 days.
ASSAULT ON GUN RIGHTS OVER, TRUMP TELLS NRA
Trump addressed the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting in Atlanta, becoming the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to speak to the group. Trump told the organization that an “eight-year assault” on Second Amendment rights had come to an end with his election. He also took a swipe at Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, telling the crowd it could be “Pocahontas” who is the Democrats’ presidential candidate in 2020. “And she is not big for the NRA, that I can tell you,” he said.
Read: ‘Pocahontas’ may run in 2020, Trump warns NRA.
TRUMP RALLIES FOR REPUBLICAN IN GEORGIA ELECTION
After speaking to the NRA, Trump headed to a fundraiser in Atlanta for House of Representatives candidate Karen Handel. Handel is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff for the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, now Trump’s health and human services secretary. Trump injected himself into the first round of voting in the special election, charging Ossoff with being weak on crime and “bad for jobs.” A runoff between Handel and Ossoff is set for June 20.