US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump in December. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/New York Times

A full presidential term of hard-core branding, soap-opera chic and designer trolling are coming to an end. What have we learned? A look back in gi(...)

Donald Trump jnr tosses campaign hats to the crowd before his father arrives on stage to announce his candidacy for a second presidential term in June 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

It started with an invocation. Shortly before the arrival of Donald Trump jnr to the small trucking depot on the outskirts of Toledo, Ohio, the young (...)

Ivanka Trump arrives to introduce US president Donald Trump from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

As long as the Trumps were hijacking the White House for their convention finale, they may as well have built a golden escalator from the Truman Balco(...)

US president Donald Trump with family members watches fireworks on the final day of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski

The Republican National Convention culminated on Thursday night with Donald Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination for the presidency, bringing (...)

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a fundraiser and former Fox News personality, speaking during the first day of the Republican convention. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

In the days leading up to this week’s Republican National Convention, the Trump campaign was keen to stress that Republicans would strike a more optim(...)

Geraldine Ferraro and Walter Mondale campaign at the Democratic Convention in 1984 in San Francisco. She later said she  was not “prepared for the depth of the fury, the bigotry, and the sexism my candidacy would unleash”.  Photograph: Sonia Moskowitz/Images/Getty Images

On the cusp of Joe Biden teaming up with a woman, I am casting back to my time covering the first woman who was a serious contender for veep. The fem(...)

President Donald Trump smiles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Standing beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of American independence day, Donald Trump staged a defiant celebration of what critics say is white identi(...)

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in Buckingham Palace, London,  in June. Both are a regular, but silent, presence at White House events, eschewing the kind of Twitter-fuelled bombast that the president embraces. Photograph:  Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Donald Trump may have had the highest turnover of staff of any US president, but some things remain constant. Trump’s family has remained a continuous(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin: Mr Trump has found someone who wants to hang out with him and who understands  he is THE MOST MISTREATED PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

It’s “Executive Time” and the chief executive is very busy in the residence. Too busy even to give his full attention to watching Fox & Friends an(...)