Tim Mullaney: ‘Donald Dud’ won’t be able to help the economy much

One hundred and two days ago, we all marveled at Donald Trump’s presidency — the determination, or toxicity if you didn’t like it, of his inaugural address; the smell of the 3 million-plus protesters who hit the streets the next day worldwide; the greasepaint-like roar of Trump and spokesman Sean Spicer insisting pictures of his scanty inauguration crowd were a conspiracy.

The news of April 28, that first-quarter economic growth crawled at an annual rate of only 0.7%, the slowest in three years, put the lie to both sides, really. The next day, President Trump rallied his base in Pennsylvania.

It showed there certainly is no animal-spirits-driven surge of optimism and investment.

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