Donald Trump timeline: key dates since election night
Presidential moments: crowd size, Russia, travel ban, firings, North Korea, accusations
Republican US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan on November 9th, 2016. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
NOV 2016 -JAN 2017
Nov 8th 2016
As polls close around the US, it becomes clear that Donald Trump is heading for victory. Shortly before 3am in the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, he announces that Hillary Clinton has phoned him and conceded the election. “We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her debt to our country,” he says, as he addresses his supporters surrounded by his extended family.
Trump and his campaign advisers withdraw to Trump Tower, in New York, as president-elect Trump begins the process of appointing his senior team. The world’s media camp outside the gold and black skyscraper, Trump’s home just south of Central Park, in an attempt to glimpse who might get the nod for the administration.
Trump begins to name key members of his White House team. Former Bank of Ireland investor Wilbur Ross is named commerce secretary while Goldman Sachs alumni Steve Mnuchin is named treasury secretary, two of many ex-bankers and millionaires who will be given senior roles in the administration. Other key appointments include Alabama senator Jeff Sessions and Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner.
Donald Trump is named Time’s 2016 “person of the year”.
Trump dismisses as “ridiculous” claims by the US intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the election to help him win the White House, a sign of the tensions that are to come between the US president and the intelligence agencies he will lead.
The director of national intelligence releases a declassified report that concludes Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Trump responds to the findings in subsequent days on Twitter, maintaining that Russian interference did not affect the election result, and claiming he has “nothing to do with Russia”.
Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His presidential rival Hillary Clinton is among those in attendance, along with her husband, Bill. The size of the crowd becomes a source of controversy after press secretary Sean Spicer declares in one of his first White House press briefings that Trump drew “the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period”. Pictures show this assertion to be false.
President Trump signs an executive order halting immigration from seven mostly-Muslim countries. Chaos ensues at airports and protests erupt across the country. The ban is subsequently challenged by several courts.
Trump attracts widespread criticism for appearing to equate the actions of Russia to those of the US in an interview on Fox News. When Fox News host Bill O’ Reilly describes Putin as a “killer”, Trump replies: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”
Trump’s appointee as national security adviser, Mike Flynn, resigns following a deluge of media reports alleging that he had undisclosed contacts with Russian officials during the transition period.
Trump holds a bizarre impromptu 77-minute press conference where he lambasts the media as “out of control” and insists the White House is running “like clockwork”.
Trump addresses both Houses of Congress in his state-of-the-union address which strikes a surprisingly presidential tone but reiterates his commitment to his “America-first” policy.
Republicans in the House of Representatives unveil their long-awaited replacement proposal for Obamacare, but major battles loom over the detail of the plan.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets President Trump in the Oval Office for the traditional shamrock ceremony.
In a surprise move, Trump launches military strikes on an airbase in Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Thousands march in DC and across the country to demand the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns. The protest is timed to coincide with the mid-April deadline by which Americans file their returns.
There are reports that Trump is preparing to pull out of Nafta, the trade agreement between Canada and Mexico. He ultimately stops short of withdrawing, but begins its renegotiation much to the frustration of Canada and Mexico.
Trump sensationally fires FBI chief James Comey. The White House publishes a letter outlining the reasoning behind the decision, citing attorney general Jeff Session and his deputy Rod Rosenstein. Comey learns about his dismissal from a TV report during a visit to LA. While the Trump administration insists the move is in response to Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, critics believe it is part of a move by the president to obstruct justice by curtailing the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.
The deputy attorney general appoints Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead an investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia as part of a wider probe into Russian meddling in the election.
Trump announces America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to sign the 2015 accord, though Nicaragua announces it is signing up in October.
James Comey testifies before the senate Intelligence Committee. He contends that he was fired by Trump because of the Russia investigation and that other arguments by the White House were “lies, plain and simple”.
In a boost for Trump, Republican candidate Karen Handel wins a special election in Atlanta, Georgia, despite the Democratic outsider coming close in the first round. The election is closely watched as a barometer for support for Trump.
Details emerge of a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump jnr. Trump’s eldest son admits he attended in the hope of gaining incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the ongoing Russian investigation.
Senator John McCain makes an emotional appearance at the senate, 10 days after undergoing brain surgery, to cast his vote on healthcare. In a passionate speech to a packed chamber he urged his colleagues to embrace bipartisanship. “We’re getting nothing done my friends,” he says. Two days later, Mc Cain refuses to vote with his party in a dramatic late-night vote. The Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare lies in tatters.
Trump announces on Twitter a ban on transgender people serving in the military.
Scaramucci resigns as communications chief following an expletive-ridden rant about former chief of staff Reince Priebus to a New Yorker journalist.
Trump says that any threat from North Korea will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” dramatically increasing tension with the nuclear state.
Trump suggests that both sides are to blame for a neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, convened to oppose the removal of a confederate statue and which left one woman dead. His remarks are criticised across the political divide.
Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, resigns, the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the West Wing. He immediately returns to Breitbart News, the right-wing website he edited before the election.
North Korea launches a missile over Japan, prompting sirens and government warnings across the country, and representing a significant escalation in tensions in the region.
Trump announces the end of the Daca, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals scheme that gave protection to undocumented minors who had been brought to the US as children. While he announces plans to terminate the Obama-era rule within six months, he charges Congress with coming up with an alternative in the meantime.
North Korea launches another ballistic missile over Japan. It files for 3,700km before landing in the sea east of Japan, the furthest ever travelled by a North Korean missile.
Trump singles out Iran and North Korea in his inaugural speech to the UN general assembly in New York.
Trump takes the first step towards withdrawing from the Iran deal by not certifying the agreement. However, in a landmark speech, he stops short of withdrawing immediately, instead giving Congress responsibility for deciding whether to reimpose sanctions.
Tensions between Trump and his party are laid bare as Senator Bob Corker accuses the president of “debasing” the nation, and Arizona senator Jeff Flake delivers a blistering attack on the president in a senate speech as he announces he will not seek re-election.
Two former Trump aides, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, are indicted on 12 charges by special counsel Robert Mueller, while it emerged that former adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI earlier in October
Trump departs for a 12-day trip to Asia.