If there is evidence of the good things Trump has done in his first few weeks in the Presidency I'd be interested to see it. I'm skeptical it exists: Trump himself would never stop talking about it for one. There's plenty being said about what he's got wrong.I thought we went over this: A few thousand jobs across a few different industries, budget cuts to a specific bloated military program, a drastic and unprecedented drop in illegal border crossings at the southern border, a huge stock market run up and fantastic job numbers.
Now, none of these are great, and they in no way void anything else he or his team have done, but it's not ALL bad.
Just as a general overview. It is easy to see why for now a Trump supporter would be happy. He has more or less attempted to quickly follow through on every major campaign point.
Keeping Jobs in the US. He made some headlines quick by publicly stepping out and lambasting anyone who was sending jobs outside the US. The most covered was probably the UTC decision to keep a plant open after discussing with Trump and his team. There are valid criticisms and questions surrounding how he got them to keep a portion of the jobs here but I think it is fair to celebrate that for his voters. Other instances with Ford, Trump and team spin Ford's decision as facilitated by their request to keep jobs in US. Ford claims it was just a business decision that would have happened either way. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. His efforts here are laudable even if his methods end up being misguided or insufficient to achieve a major success story. The current results could be seen as positive and hopeful.
Overall so far, he backed out of the TPP so you can mark the jobs and trade issue as job well done so far, though maybe slightly overstated in his true effect beyond trade policy.
I wont go to far into immigration policy but by one metric yes the statement you made is true. Though it clearly isn't due to any major presidential policy as really no new policies have come into effect. It could be due to fear of the administration and impending changes or it could come down to other factors. It needs more analysis. But again if this is a major concern for you, you can chalk that up to a current win.
The current state of the stock market, jobs and the recent deficit reduction to Trump is bordering line ridiculous. Every president tries to take credit for good numbers and spin bad ones. This is no different. Job numbers were rosy for years under Obama while Trump and conservative outlets tore them apart and looked for the downsides. Now suddenly these numbers are a reflection of his solid leadership, *cough*bullshit*cough*. Jobs numbers have simply continued on their current trend for now. Better job numbers in the Obama years were scrutinized harshly by the right...
The only credit he could take for the deficit reduction is he hasn't managed to setup up any major spending in 2 months otherwise the current spending is simply a continuation of what was in place before him. Generally the first year of a new presidencies government spending is really the spending of the previous years congressional and executive branch's agreed budget...
Giving credit to Trump for the bull market is definitely spin. The only thing you can say about the market that is slightly in his favor is that the business outlook is optimistic, especially given Republican tax reform is imminent which generally makes corps happy since tax cuts are always welcome. But I suppose you can give Trump a big old pat on the back for not scaring investors shirtless into a selling frenzy.
I think in general it is reasonable for his supporters to celebrate that he has remained more in touch with his base than previous Republican presidents who would normally be running 100% defense for the House and Senate at this point.
I personally think this is a bad thing, why? Ask yourself how much you would enjoy a hyper liberal president who was taking all his advice from CNN and doing everything the far left thought would make this country better.... maybe that's how people felt under Obama, its hard for me to say. Then rolled out a paper budget that was going to double the size of every welfare program and agency and slash military spending by 10%. Would you prefer rather that he was more bipartisan and cautious about major changes?
Keeping in mind that Trumps tweeting and attitude are every bit as shitty and as infuriating as it was on the campaign trial. And that most people left leaning see this tiresome tirade against immigration as baseless and dangerous as the liberal tirade on gun control. One could crack down on illegal immigration without stirring up so much baseless anger among the base. Playing too much into public passions against certain groups is unhealthy. The same goes for finding ways to reduce Muslim immigration.
Overall my current evaluation of Trump is that you have to turn a blind eye to ignore is failings as a leader and the potential trouble he can get us into. You also have to be pretty partisan to suggest his bold face lies aren't a notch above either of our past two presidents. We can all agree Presidents lie and spin the shit out of policies to sell them to the public. But making press conference statements acknowledging wire tapping by Obama through the British government because some jerk off on Fox news made a baseless assertion... come on, we are getting deep into crazy town.
That being said he is making clear efforts to appease his base. And the every action he has taken, if you look at it from a purely legal perspective, and throw out the rhetoric, are defensible and more or at least in line with Republican politics.
Take a step back an ignore the overheated elements of the left out protesting every other thing. I think a summarized quote from David Frum, a conservative political commentator and speech writer for Bush, here on a recent podcast with Sam Harris is applicable. "Trump the man is indefensible." Mainly noting that there is a stark difference in ability to defend his policies and him as a person who is well suited to hold the office of the Presidency.