President Barack Obama's major achievements in his first 100 days

As President Donald Trump's 100th day grows nearer, comparisons to former presidents -- especially his predecessor Barack Obama -- continue to mount.

During Obama's first 100 days in office, the 44th president visited nine foreign nations and signed 19 executive orders.

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Shortly after taking office in 2009, Obama signed a bill to provide federally funded health care to an estimated 4 million children, authorized a U.S. Navy SEAL operation to rescue an American cargo ship captain held captive by Somali pirates and announced plans to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by August 2010.

Check out some of Obama's key achievements during his first 100 days in office:

Looking back at President Obama's first 100 days
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Looking back at President Obama's first 100 days

Obama signs order to close Guantanamo Bay facility

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama vows to withdraw most troops from Iraq by August 2010

(Photo credit AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama makes it easier for women to sue for job discrimination

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Obama reverses a ban on stem cell research

(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images)

Obama signs children's health initiative into law

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama forces GM CEO to resign

(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS RATZENBOECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama reaches out to the Muslim world

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama moves to ease tensions with Cuba, signals talks with Castro

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Obama traveled to Europe and Latin America

(Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama set aside huge tracts of wilderness for federal protection

(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Obama authorized SEAL mission to take out Somali pirates

(Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)


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