Trump's fellow Republicans pronounced his budget dead on arrival in Congress — "draconian, careless and counterproductive" were the words used by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), former House Appropriations Committee chairman — because it recklessly cuts (slashing the State Department by nearly a third and targeting Meals on Wheels for the elderly) yet still adds to the debt Trump promised to eliminate.
Legislation to replace Obamacare stalled in Congress and had to be rewritten because of a rebellion within Trump's own party.
A judge halted Trump's second attempt at a ban on travel from several Muslim countries.
And Republican lawmakers probing Trump's ties to Russia threatened subpoenas over the executive branch's stonewalling.
In one of the presidential debates, CNBC's John Harwood asked Trump if he was running "a comic book version of a presidential campaign." Now Trump seems to be running a cartoon version of a presidency, and he's Elmer Fudd. His proposals could, if successfully implemented, be ruinous. But so far, at least, Trump has been mercifully incompetent.
He and the GOP-controlled Congress have been on the job two months, but he has signed only nine bills into law, none major. The only law so far this month: a bill naming the Veterans Affairs facility in Butler County, Pennsylvania. A McClatchy-Marist poll last month found that a 58 percent majority of Americans reported being "embarrassed" by Trump. For good reason:
Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, lasted just 24 days on the job after misrepresenting his contacts with Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions falsely testified that he'd had no contacts with the Russians, forcing his recusal from Russia investigations once the truth came out.
Trump's nominee to be labor secretary withdrew in the face of broad opposition. His education secretary, who suggested that schools need guns to defend against grizzlies, was confirmed only when the vice president broke a tie vote.
Trump conducted sensitive diplomacy over a North Korean missile launch with the Japanese prime minister surrounded by diners at his Mar-a-Lago country club, one of whom posted online a photo of the man carrying the nuclear football.
Trump, after inflating the crowd size at his inauguration and embracing a conspiracy theory that 3 million to 5 million Americans voted illegally, falsely accused the media of not covering terrorist attacks. The White House then produced a badly spelled list of attacks, most of which had been covered. Conway invented one attack, the "Bowling Green massacre."
Conway pitched Ivanka Trump's fashion line on Fox News. Taxpayers have subsidized millions of dollars' worth of expenses related to Mar-a-Lago and the Trump sons' foreign travel.
Trump marked Black History Month with remarks suggesting he thought abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive.