Trump Coverage: A Chronology

This page summarizes events related to Donald Trump’s presidency that have drawn media attention. The chronology is taken from Wikipedia‘s pages about newsworthy events in the United States during 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The summary begins with the aftermath of the election of November 8, 2016. Not all of the events listed in Wikipedia‘s chronologies occurred in the U.S., which leads me to wonder why the “migrant caravans” of 2018 aren’t included. They were and are clearly aimed at challenging Trump’s stance on immigration, and provoking incidents that cast Trump in a bad light.

At any rate, the tone of Wikipedia‘s narratives — which I copied verbatim — reflects the one-sided, negative, and apocalyptic coverage that bombards those Americans who bother to read or view mainstream media outlets.

— 2016 —

November 9 — Anti-Trump protests are held in several cities across the nation over the next week after Trump’s election win.

December 9 — The CIA tells U.S. legislators that the United States Intelligence Community has “high confidence” that Russia conducted operations during the 2016 presidential election to assist Donald Trump in winning the presidency. Intelligence agencies have concluded that the Kremlin had orchestrated the Democratic National Committee cyber attacks.

— 2017 —

January 6 — After briefing President Barack Obama, the United States Senate, and President-elect Donald Trump, the United States Intelligence Community releases a declassified version of its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The report asserts that Russia carried out a massive cyber operation on orders from President Vladimir Putin to influence the election in favor of Trump in a multipronged attack consisting of hacking the Democratic National Committee, use of social media and Internet trolls to spread misinformation, and open propaganda on Russian state media outlets.

January 8 — The 74th Golden Globe Awards are held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. La La Land breaks the record for most awards given to a single film with seven wins out of seven nominations, including the award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Moonlight wins the award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The Crown wins the award for Best Drama Series and Atlanta wins Best Comedy Series. Particular attention is brought to actress Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, in which she criticizes President-elect Donald Trump for what she perceived as his indecency and demonizing of the press and immigrants during his campaign.

January 11 – Donald Trump holds his first press conference since being elected president, wherein he derides the American news media for running what he considers to be false stories against him, particularly a January 10 CNN report stating that classified documents briefed to President Trump and Barack Obama contained presently unsubstantiated allegations that Russian operatives possess “compromising personal and financial information” about Trump that could be used as blackmail.

January 12 — Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz launches an investigation into the conduct of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, specifically the decision of FBI Director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

January 21 – 2.9 million people attend the Women’s March in opposition to the inauguration of Donald Trump, making it the single biggest protest in U.S. history.

January 30 – President Trump fires acting United States Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs the Justice Department to not carry out Trump’s recent executive order on refugees and immigrants.

February 7 — Betsy DeVos is confirmed as the new US Secretary of Education by the United States Senate in a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tiebreaker vote. It is the first time in Senate history that a Vice President has done so for a Cabinet nominee confirmation.

February 14 – It is reported that President Trump’s election campaign aides and other associates had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.

March 20 — The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence holds a hearing about Russian interference in the 2016 election and confirms that there is an ongoing investigation into ties between Trump’s team and Russia.

April 15 — Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters clash with anti-Trump protesters in Berkeley, California. 21 people are arrested.

April 15 — Protests erupt in cities across the country, most notably at Mar-a-Lago with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanding President Trump release his tax returns.

April 24 — Workers in New Orleans began to remove four monuments dedicated to the Confederacy era in New Orleans.

May 9 — FBI chief James Comey is fired by Trump for mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email controversy. However, critics accuse Trump of attempting to subvert the ongoing FBI investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

May 16 — President Trump is accused of asking FBI chief James Comey to drop an inquiry into links between Michael Flynn and Russia.

May 16 — President Trump is reported to have shared highly classified information with Russia, provided by Israeli intelligence, but stands by his “absolute right” to share it.

May 17 — Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) calls for President Trump to be impeached on the House floor.

May 17 — The U.S. Justice Department names former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

June 1 – President Trump announces his intentions to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

June 12 — The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations.

June 14 — House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his aides are hit by gunfire during a baseball practice in Virginia. The shooter is killed by a security detail.

June 14 — It is reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice and whether he tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser.

July 25 — The US House of Representatives votes to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, despite President Trump objecting to the legislation.

July 26 — The President tweets that transgender people cannot serve in “any capacity” in the US military.

July 26 — The FBI raids the home of Paul Manafort, a former chairman of the Trump campaign, regarding potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

July 28 — President Trump removes Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, just ten days after his appointment.

July 28 — It is reported that President Trump personally dictated his son Donald Trump Jr’s statement on his talks with a Russian lawyer during the election campaign.

August 1 – A top EPA official, Elizabeth “Betsy” Southerland, resigns in protest at the direction of the agency under the Trump administration.

August 3 — The special counsel investigating claims of Russian meddling in the US election begins using a grand jury in Washington.

August 8 — After reports that North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles, President Trump warns that the country “will be met with fire and fury” if it threatens the US.

August 8 — North Korea states that it is considering a missile strike against the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.[158]

August 9 – North Korea releases a statement that the Korean People’s Army Strategic Force is considering firing multiple Hwasong-12 IRBMs near Guam as a warning shot against the United States.

August 14 – After several days of public pressure, President Donald Trump explicitly condemns the white supremacist groups involved in violent clashes at Charlottesville.[

August 15 — President Trump is criticized by leaders in the Republican and Democrat parties for backpedaling on explicitly condemning the white supremacist groups involved in the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

August 15 — Following a week of escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un opts to wait on attacking Guam.[165]

August 16 — President Trump disbands two of his business councils after multiple members resign in response to the President’s handling of the Charlottesville incident.

August 18 — A mass resignation of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities is made in protest against Trump’s response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 19 – Up to 30,000 people gather on Boston Common to protest a right-wing rally, motivated in part as a response to the recent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

August 23 – The science envoy for the State Department, Daniel Kammen, resigns following President Trump’s response to the rally in Charlottesville. In his resignation letter addressed to Trump, the first letter of every paragraph spells out “impeach”

August 25 — A directive is signed by President Donald Trump that bans transgender military recruits.

August 27 — Right-wing protesters and thousands of far-left counter-protesters clash in Berkeley, California. 11 people are injured and 21 are arrested.

August 29 — Following North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over northern Japan, President Donald Trump warns that “all options are on the table” in terms of a response to North Korean aggression.

August 30 — U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocks Texas’s enforcement of a sanctuary city law.

August 30 — The U.S. government orders the closure of Russian consulate facilities in San Francisco, D.C., and New York City.

September 5 – The Trump administration announces that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which was set by the Obama administration in 2012, will be scrapped.

September 19 – President Trump makes his first appearance at the United Nations, during which he claims the US may ‘have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea’.

September 22 – During a political rally in Alabama, President Trump criticizes NFL football players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans, saying that team owners should “fire” them for doing it. The comments spark widespread condemnation and increases in protests from players during the national anthem.

September 30 – President Donald Trump receives widespread backlash for attacking Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Twitter after she criticizes the United States federal government’s response to the devastation from Hurricane Maria in the territory.

October 5 — The Department of Justice reverses an Obama-era policy which used Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to protect transgender employees from discrimination.

October 6 – The Trump administration issues a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control to their employees.

October 12 – The US announces its withdrawal from UNESCO, accusing it of “anti-Israel” bias.

October 13 – In a speech at the White House, President Trump condemns Iran as a “fanatical regime”, proposes new sanctions, and states that he will refuse to continue certifying the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a landmark nuclear deal.

October 27 – The first charges are filed in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russia interference in the 2016 US election

November 3 – The latest National Climate Assessment, a 477-page report by 13 federal agencies, concludes that global warming is “extremely likely” (with 95 to 100% certainty) to be human-caused, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels. This contradicts statements from the Trump administration that carbon dioxide is not the primary contributor to global warming.

November 12 – After North Korea denounces President Trump’s Asia trip, calling it a “warmonger’s visit” and describing the president as a “dotard”,[239] Trump responds on Twitter: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

November 30 – It is reported that, during the summer, President Trump tried to pressure a number of top Republicans to end the Senate investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

December 1 – President Trump’s ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn is charged with making a false statement to the FBI in January.

December 2 — By a vote of 51 to 49, the Senate passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax code since the Reagan era. The bill is criticised for adding $1 trillion to the budget deficit and for disproportionately benefiting the wealthy and big corporations

December 2 — Emails, interviews and court documents involving senior Trump transition team officials, reported by The New York Times, suggest that Michael Flynn did not act alone, both before and after he spoke with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

December 4 — President Trump announces an 85% cut to Utah’s 1.3m acre Bears Ears National Monument and a 50% cut to the 1.9m acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, angering Native American tribes and environmental groups.

December 4 — The Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries to go fully into effect.

December 6 – In a speech at the White House, President Trump announces that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

December 15 – The Washington Post reports that staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been forbidden by the Trump administration from using the words “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

December 18 — President Trump announces that climate change will be dropped from a list of national security threats.

— 2018 —

January 3 –- President Donald Trump boasts on Twitter that his nuclear button is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s.

January 11 –- During a meeting with lawmakers about immigration, President Trump is reported to have asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” His remarks are condemned as “racist” and “shocking” by a UN spokesman.

January 30 –- President Trump gives his first State of the Union Address.[27] 75 percent of State of the Union viewers approved of Trump’s address.

February 2 -– President Trump approves the release of a controversial Republican memo accusing the FBI of abusing its powers during the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling of US elections.

February 16 –- Special Counsel Robert Mueller announces that 13 Russians have been charged with interfering in the 2016 Presidential election.

February 23 — President Trump announces a plan for the largest ever package of sanctions against North Korea, aimed at cutting off revenue for its nuclear program.

February 23 — President Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, admits charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators in a plea deal.

February 24 -– Paul Manafort is indicted with five federal criminal charges including money laundering and foreign lobbying violations.

March 1 –- President Trump announces tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium imports.

March 7 — Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who alleges she had an affair with President Trump, files a lawsuit against him alleging that a nondisclosure contract she signed is invalid.

March 9 — President Trump accepts an invite from Kim Jong-un through South Korean officials for a meeting by May.

March 13 –- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is fired (effective March 31) by President Trump. CIA Director Mike Pompeo is nominated to replace him.

March 16 — Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is dismissed for “lack of candor” days before he was due to retire with pension rights. McCabe denies the claims and insists he was targeted because of his involvement in the Russia inquiry.

March 22 — President Trump announces tariffs on up to $60bn in Chinese goods and plans to limit the country’s investment in the US. The Dow Jones falls sharply in response.

March 22 — President Trump replaces his National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster with former United Nations ambassador John Bolton.

March 26 –- President Trump orders the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats following the ex-spy poisoning case in the UK.

March 28 –- At least 12 states are reported to be suing the Trump administration over inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

March 29 — Russia announces it will expel 60 US diplomats and close the US Consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation for the US expelling 60 Russian diplomats.

April 4 — China announces 25% tariffs on 106 US Products, including cars and soybeans.

April 6 –- The Trump administration imposes sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 senior government officials, accusing them of “malign activity around the globe”.

April 9 –- The FBI raids the home, office and hotel room of President Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen, pursuant to a federal search warrant.

May 4 — The national unemployment rate hits 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since 2000.

May 4 –The Trump administration announces an end to the special Temporary Protected Status program for 57,000 Hondurans.

May 8 — The Senate Intelligence Committee releases an unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks in 2016, concluding: “Russian-affiliated cyber actors were able to gain access to restricted elements of election infrastructure. […] In a small number of states, these cyber actors were in a position to, at a minimum, alter or delete voter registration data; however, they did not appear to be in a position to manipulate individual votes or aggregate vote totals.”

May 8 — President Trump announces his intention to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement.[108] In a statement, former U.S. President Barack Obama calls the move “a serious mistake”.

May 10 — At around 2 a.m. local, President Trump ceremoniously greets three freed Korean-Americans, who were detained by North Korea for more than a year for “anti-state activities”, on Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

May 20 – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin states that the Trump administration will put its proposed tariffs on Chinese imports “on hold”, averting fears of a trade war between the two countries.

May 23 -– It is reported that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump.

May 31 -– The Trump administration announces that it will extend its tariffs on imported steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) to include the EU, Mexico and Canada, starting at midnight.

June 8–9 –- At the G7 summit in Canada, President Trump pushes for the reinstatement of the G8 (to include Russia). He also proposes the elimination of tariffs.

June 11–12 –- In a historic first, President Trump meets with Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

June 18 –- 70 former U.S. Attorneys deliver a letter to Jeff Sessions, urging that he end his “dangerous, expensive, zero tolerance” migrant policy, which separates children at the border, calling it “inconsistent with the values of the institution in which we served.”

June 19 –- The United States announces that it will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

June 26 –- The Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s travel ban in a 5-4 decision.

June 28 — 575 women protesting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are arrested during a demonstration outside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

June 30 –- Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrate across all 50 U.S. states against family separations carried out by the Trump administration.

July 6 –- U.S. tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods come into effect, as President Trump suggests the final total could reach $550bn. China accuses the U.S. of starting the “largest trade war in economic history” and announces immediate retaliatory tariffs.

July 9 –- President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh, a circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to become an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States.

July 12 — President Trump arrives in the UK. The four-day visit includes talks with Theresa May, tea with the Queen and a trip to Scotland. There are mass protests in London, featuring a ‘Trump baby’ blimp flown over Westminster.

July 13 -– Special counsel Mueller charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking during the 2016 election.

July 16 –- President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for private talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki. In a press conference afterwards, Trump praises Russia and Putin, drawing sharp criticism from both Republicans and Democrats alike. Senator John McCain describes it as “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

July 18 –- In an interview with CBS News, President Trump says he holds Putin personally responsible for interference in the 2016 US election; a sharp contrast to his earlier comments in Helsinki.

July 19 — The Trump administration proposes limiting habitat protections for endangered species.

July 20 –- The New York Times reports that President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded his client discussing payments to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump.

July 26 — Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, claims he is representing three other women who were allegedly paid by Donald Trump, AMI and Michael Cohen to keep quiet.

August 1 -– President Trump calls for the Russia investigation to end “right now”, urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt the inquiry into alleged election meddling, while accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of being “totally conflicted”.

August 2 — The U.S. Department of Commerce proceeds with applying revised tariffs on Canadian newsprint.

August 5 –- President Trump admits that his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., attended a meeting at Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign “to get information on an opponent,” but insists it was “totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”

August 7 –- The U.S. reimposes sanctions on Iran.

August 12 — The Unite the Right 2 rally is held at Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, D.C.. Organized by Jason Kessler to mark the anniversary of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which ended in violence,[182] the rally attracts some 20 to 30 of Kessler’s supporters and thousands of counter-demonstrators amid a heavy police presence.

August 15 –- Former CIA Director John O. Brennan, an outspoken critic of Trump, has his security clearance revoked by the President. The move is criticized as political retribution for Brennan’s comments.

August 21 — Michael Cohen, who worked as a lawyer for Donald Trump from 2006 until May 2018, pleads guilty to eight charges: five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign.

August 21 — Paul Manafort, the former election campaign chairman for Trump, is convicted on eight out of eighteen charges of tax and bank fraud.

September 5 — In a New York Times editorial, an unnamed senior Trump official writes that members of the administration are working to frustrate parts of the President’s agenda to protect the country from his “worst inclinations”. Trump responds by calling the anonymous writer “gutless” and the newspaper “phony”.

September 16 –- Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.

September 22 -– Christine Blasey Ford agrees to testify against Brett Kavanaugh the following week.

September 23 -– A second woman comes forward with sexual misconduct claims against Brett Kavanaugh.

September 26 –- A third woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

September 27 — Christine Blasey Ford appears before a Senate Judiciary Committee to give evidence against Brett Kavanaugh.

October 6 — The Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination by a vote of 50–48, amid controversy over sexual assault claims against him.

October 9 –- America’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, a senior Trump cabinet member, resigns unexpectedly.

October 20 -– President Trump announces that the US will “terminate” the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty over alleged Russian violations.

October 24 — After a bomb was found at the home of George Soros in the suburbs of New York, suspected explosive devices are also sent to former US President Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The latter devices are intercepted by technicians who screen mail sent to former US officials. The Time Warner building in New York (home to news broadcaster CNN) is also evacuated, after a package containing an explosive and suspicious powder is found addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. Additional suspicious packages, addressed to Democratic Representative Maxine Waters and former Attorney General Eric Holder, are investigated by law enforcement.

October 25 –- A suspicious package is found in Tribeca, New York City, addressed to actor Robert De Niro. Authorities also find two packages in Delaware, addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden.

October 26 -– Two more suspicious packages are found, addressed to New Jersey senator Cory Booker and the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper.