In “First Things First?” Mark Mellman observes that thus far, all of President Trump’s initiatives to fulfill campaign promises have been low-level priorities for the majority of the American people. For instance, Mellman says that according to Gallup polling, only 34 percent of Americans feel that a hiring freeze on federal employees is important, yet this was one of the new president’s first executive actions. On the other hand, 69 percent of Americans feel that spending for infrastructure improvement is very important, yet it appears that this initiative has been pushed to the back burner with only promises of studies and task forces.
Mellman: First things first? ran in The Hill on January 24, 2017. Mark Mellman is a well-known political strategist, currently president of the Mellman Group