Trump tries to overcome controversies, says he’s keeping his promises

© Reuters. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduces US President Donald Trump at the Congressional Republican National Committee March Dinner in Washington, USA.

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump argued Tuesday that his 60 days in office have been a successful fulfillment of his campaign promises as he tried to turn the page on a variety of controversies that have plagued his tenure in the White House.

In a speech to the Republican National Congressional Committee, Trump peppered his comments with jokes, mocked his critics and expressed optimism that a healthcare proposal he endorsed will survive a closed vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

“We are doing well,” Trump said of his efforts to persuade lawmakers to vote for the legislation. “I think we are going to have big surprises. I hope everything goes well.”

Trump’s first two months have been dominated by controversy from the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn to tweets accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of conducting wiretapping at Trump Tower, a charge that the director of the FBI, James Comey, declared without foundation Monday.

Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 37 percent, according to a Gallup poll this week.

But Trump looked on the bright side of his speech, saying he has taken steps to strengthen the U.S. border with Mexico and is eager to initiate a fiscal review and seek a deal to fund infrastructure once he reviews Obama’s healthcare law. .

He said his corporate tax effort would seek to clear the way for companies with foreign earnings to recover between $ 3 trillion and $ 5 trillion.

“The American people gave us clear instructions. It’s time to get busy, get to work, and get the job done,” Trump said.

The event raised a record $ 30 million for committees that help pay for Senate and House election campaigns, more than the $ 20 million raised at the same event a year ago.

Trump referenced a controversy he’s been embroiled in: his efforts to temporarily suspend people traveling from various Muslim-majority nations.

His original January 27 executive order that applies to people from seven countries was blocked by federal judges. A later rewritten version has also been blocked.

“The courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you,” Trump said. “It’s ridiculous. Someone said I shouldn’t criticize the judges. Okay, I’ll criticize the judges.”

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