By Grace McCarthy and Carolyn Holan
- 1/20- Trump is inaugurated and promises that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer” and that “American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” pledging to break down the establishment (as if he isn’t a member of the “establishment”)
- 1/31- Trump nominates Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat. Gorsuch’s position on LGBTQIA+ rights sparks controversy among Congressional Democrats who were still enraged by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans’ refusal to confirm President Obama’s nomination, Merrick Garland
- 2/13- National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns on accounts of lying to Vice President Pence about the extent of his phone call with the Russian Ambassador. (Less than a month! Congrats, Mike)
- 2/14– In a phone call with then FBI Director James Comey, President Trump tells Comey he hopes that he will “just let this go” in hopes that Comey will drop the Flynn investigation
- 3/4 – Steve Bannon’s role in the White House is minimized and he is no longer a member of the NSC
- 3/6– Trump issues version 2 of his travel ban
- 4/7- Trump orders a Syrian missile strike in response to the chemical weapons used by the Assad regime the week before
- 4/13- Trump orders the most powerful non-nuclear weapon to be dropped in Afghanistan
- 5/9- Trump fires James Comey on television (no prior warning given to Comey), likely because he felt the FBI Director was thoroughly investigating the Trump Administration’s involvement with Russia and its role in the 2016 election
- 5/31- President Trump tweets “despite the constant negative press covfefe” and does not delete it for hours
- 6/1- In a move that could be detrimental to environmental protection, President Trump states that he will remove the United States from the Paris Climate deal stating that he “was elected represent the people of Pittsburgh not Paris”
- 6/13- Although he previously supported it, President Trump declares the House health care bill to be “mean”
In July, Donald Trump Junior revealed his emails with a Russian lawyer from June 2016. In the email, the lawyer had guaranteed information that would “incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” to which Donald Jr replied, “I love it.”
During August, a protest broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia. The attendees were white nationalists, neo-nazis, and the like. Trump defended the protesters by announcing that there were “some fine people” on both sides of the equation, and was not rushing to denounce the white supremacist protesters.
Another important event that took place in August was the decision to fire Steve Bannon, who was the White House Chief Strategist.
DACA is an organization that was brought into action under Obama and protected undocumented immigrants that came to the United States when they were children. In September, Jeff Sessions gave notice to the public that this program would be ending, putting hundreds of thousands in danger.
The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are two huge national monuments in Utah. During December, Donald Trump decreased the size of this area immensely, making it the greatest take away of land in our country’s history.