President Donald Trump graded the early days of his presidency during an interview with Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” that aired Tuesday.
Asked what grade he would give himself, Trump replied that he would give himself “A” grades for both effort and achievement.
“I think in terms of effort, which means something, but I give myself an A-plus, OK? Effort. But that's, you know, results are more important,” he said.
Trump graded himself more harshly on “messaging,” saying he would give himself a "C or a C-plus.”
“In terms of achievement, I think I'd give myself an A,” he added. “Because I think I've done great things. I and my people, I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public. I think I get an A in terms of what I've actually done, but in terms of messaging, I'd give myself a C or a C-plus.”
How would @POTUS grade himself?
Messaging: C or C+
Achievement: A pic.twitter.com/2Pm0SxY71h
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 28, 2017
Former President Barack Obama often voiced a similar complaint about the presidency, arguing that his policy achievements didn't match public perception.
At the end of his first term, Obama told CBS News that it was a mistake to forsake storytelling in the pursuit of policy:
When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well, the mistake of my first term — couple of years — was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. and that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.
Obama gave his first year in office a “good, solid B-plus.”