President Trump has opened up in an interview about his first 100 days in office.
There's an unconventional new president in the White House, but Washington is still up to its old tricks, engaged in familiar brinkmanship just days from a potential government shutdown. Typically, an overall idea of action areas is expected but not something as clear cut as what was given then by Trump. Trump's first National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after being caught up in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, which is still plaguing the administration.
President Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico.
And although Trump's election victory was due largely to an intense desire for change in the country's electorate, only 43 percent of people believe he is "draining the swamp" as promised, while 50 percent believe he is failing. Republicans in Congress are not abandoning the president, but nor are they overly compliant.
As for accomplishments, Mr Trump cited "tremendous success" on an undefined strategy for defeating the Islamic State group and he talked at length about saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars on the price of F-35 fighter jets.
42 percent strongly approve, while 51 percent somewhat approve. Seventeen percent of Trump voters approved of the job Democratic representatives did since Trump was elected.
That's even though Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed on Fox News that illegal border crossings have been reduced 70 percent during Trump's first 100 days.
Some voters interviewed in the swing counties identified the struggling effort to replace Obama's healthcare law as an early worry about Trump.
"Resistance is anchored in defending your policy priorities that are consistent with your perspective, but being willing to work with the other side of the aisle when policies are proposed, that would be good for America", he said.
The counties Reuters visited reflect the rural, suburban and largely white coalition that carried Trump to the White House.
A recent Fox News Poll contains similarly inauspicious findings for the president. His loyal backers think the popularity numbers could be much worse given how much the Washington "swamp" has stymied a president they see as a radical champion for their cause.