Timeline of the Trump presidency, 2017 Q2

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The following is a timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump during the second quarter of 2017. To navigate between quarters, see Timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Overview[edit]

Economy[edit]

Real GDP growth increased at an annual rate of 2.6%, up from a slow 0.7% in the preceding quarter. This was due to a smaller decrease in private inventory investment, an acceleration in PCE, and an upswing in federal government spending. These gains were offset by decreases in exports and fixed investments.[1] On June 30, 2017 the US national debt stood at $19.84 trillion,[2] representing a quarterly decline of approximately 0.01%[3] and a decline of approximately 0.46% since President Trump’s inauguration.[4]

Public opinion[edit]

According to FiveThirtyEight, President Trump concluded this quarter with an approval rating of 39.9%, representing a quarterly decline of 0.6%, and a decline of 5.6% since his inauguration.[5]

Timeline[edit]

April 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Saturday, April 1

Secretary of Defense Mattis speaks with members of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Sunday, April 2

Week 11[edit]

Monday, April 3

After a working lunch with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President Trump and Vice President Pence walk along the West Colonnade.

Tuesday, April 4
  • President Trump delivers a speech to North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) at the Washington Hilton, reiterating his intention to remove construction regulations, and highlighting his approval of the new phase of the Keystone Pipeline.[21]
  • Following a chemical attack in Syria which kills numerous civilians, President Trump calls the attack “reprehensible” and criticizes the Obama administration for not doing more to regulate chemical weapons.[22]
  • North Korea launches a medium range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.[23] Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responds by saying the United States has not changed its stance and does not comment further.[24]
  • Reed Cordish, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives, chairs a meeting at the White House for business leaders, attended by President Trump and Vice President Pence.[25]
  • President Trump directs emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas; the three states most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017.[26]
  • The Department of Labor responds to Trump’s February 3 memorandum concerning the Fiduciary Duty Rule.[27]
  • The Department of State cuts funding to the UN Population Fund, a fund focused on reproductive health and family planning.[28]
  • The United States Justice and Labor Departments cancelled quarterly conference calls with LGBT organizations.[29]

Secretary of State Tillerson with Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein.

Wednesday, April 5

Defense Secretary Mattis meets with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Thursday, April 6

The USS Ross (DDG-71)fires a tomahawk land attack missile on Syria from the Mediterranean Sea, stationed off of Rota, Spain.

Friday, April 7

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China.

Saturday, April 8
  • President Trump sends a letter of notification to Congress concerning his recent missile strike against Syrian government forces and indicating the possibility of further action.[49]
  • President Trump speaks by telephone with the Acting President of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-ahn.[50]
Sunday, April 9

Week 12[edit]

Monday, April 10

The swearing in of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden.

Tuesday, April 11
Wednesday, April 12
  • President Trump holds a joint press conference at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, responding to perceived structural changes within the organization by retracting his prior accusations of NATO’s obsolescence.[66]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. At a joint press conference, they agree to improve their relations with bilateral dialogue.[67] Tillerson later meets with President Putin at the Kremlin.[68]
  • President Trump indicates three major economic policy reversals: that he would no longer label China as a currency manipulator; that he no longer wanted to eliminate the Import-Export Bank; and that he may consider reappointing Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.[69]
  • President Trump and Budget Director Mulvaney lift the federal hiring freeze.[70]
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President Trump Holds a Joint Press Conference with Secretary General Stoltenberg.

Thursday, April 13
  • President Trump states that “North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of”, expressing confidence that Chinese President Xi Jinping will solve the problem.[71] Trump issues a tweet stating that if China fails to resolve the issue, the US and its allies will instead.[72]
  • MOAB bomb is dropped on an ISIS cave complex in Nangarhar ProvinceAfghanistan; the same province where Staff Sergeant Mark De Alencar of 7th Special Forces Group was killed on April 8.[73]
  • The Department of the Treasury launches sanctions against ISIS suppliers, and organizations of abusive prisons in Iran.[74][75]
  • President Trump signs a bill into law nullifying a pending federal regulation that would have disallowed states to withhold money from abortion providers.[76][77]
  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announces sweeping “back-to-basics agenda” at the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pennsylvania.[78] The Environmental Protection Agency announces plans to reconsider the ELG rule, which aims to reduce steam electric power plant pollutants.[79][80]
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MOAB bomb is droppedon an ISIS cave complex in Nangarhar ProvinceAfghanistan.

Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15
  • Tax Day March rallies are held throughout the United States.[90] President Trump responds the following day in two tweets, saying “the election is over”.[91][92]

Tax Day March demonstrators on Minnesota capitol grounds.

Sunday, April 16
  • Vice President Pence arrives in South Korea at the start of an Asia-Pacific diplomatic tour. Speaking in Seoul, Pence denounces as a “provocation” a failed North Korean missile test carried out that morning, and reiterates the United States’ commitment to South Korean defense.[93][94]
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Vice President Pence’s diplomatic tour of the Asia-Pacific from April 16–April 23.

Week 13[edit]

Monday, April 17
  • Vice President Pence visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone near the South Korean city of Paju. In a statement to the press, Pence declares an end to the “era of strategic patience” concerning the North Korean missile program and demands that they abandon their nuclear ambitions.[95]
  • President and First Lady Trump participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll.[96]

Vice President Pence with General Leem Ho-Young near the demilitarized zone in South Korea.

Tuesday, April 18
  • President Trump visits the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to sign Executive Order 13788, which intends to prevent abuse of the H-1B visa program and to give preference to US-made products.[97]
  • Vice President Pence arrives in Tokyo, Japan, as part of an Asia-Pacific tour.[98]
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis travels to Saudi Arabia to discuss security in the region.[99]
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Secretary of Defence Mattis’s tour of the Middle East and Africa from April 18–April 23.

Wednesday, April 19

Vice President Pence on the USS Ronald Reagan docked in Yokosuka, Japan.

Thursday, April 20
  • President Trump signs a memorandum directing the Department of Commerce to begin an investigation on whether steel imports are a threat to U.S. national security, and another which provides initial reports on the implementation of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.[103][104]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
  • President Trump’s self-imposed deadline for the production of a full White House report into Russian interference in the 2016 election expires unfulfilled.[105]
  • Vice President Pence takes part in a joint press conference with President Joko Widodo at Indonesia’s State Palace in Jakarta.[106]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis travels to Egypt to discuss security in the region and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Memorial.[99]
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President Trump Holds a Joint Press Conference with Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni.

Friday, April 21
  • President Trump signs one executive order and two memorandums. The executive order directs Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to review the U.S. tax code to recommend unnecessary regulations to remove, and the two memorandums direct the Treasury Secretary to review portions of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[107][108]
  • On the final leg of his Asia-Pacific diplomatic tour, Vice President Pence is met at Sydney Airport by Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.[109]
  • President Trump appoints Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams as acting Surgeon General to replace Vivek Murthy.[110]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis visits Israel to meet with President Reuben Rivlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman, and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.[99]

Secretary of Defense Mattis meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Saturday, April 22

The Pence family in Sydney, Australia.

Sunday, April 23

Mike Pence and Peter Cosgrove, in front of the Sydney Opera House.

Week 14[edit]

Monday, April 24

President Trump talks via video conference with NASA astronauts Commander Peggy Whitson to congratulate her for breaking the record for most time in space of any American astronaut.

Tuesday, April 25
  • President Trump speaks at the U.S. Capitol for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “Days of Remembrance” memorial event.[119]
  • Trump signs an executive order, “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America.” The executive order instructs the Secretary of Agriculture to chair an interagency task force to examine legislative, regulatory, and policy changes in support of rural America.[120]
  • U.S. District Judge William Orrick III issues a preliminary injunction blocking President Trump’s Executive Order 13768 of 25 January, which ordered the withholding of federal funds from cities which refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement measures.[121]

Secretary of Agriculture Perdue attends a Farmer’s Roundtable on his first day in office.

Wednesday, April 26
  • President Trump welcomes the Senate to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building prior to their briefing with the Secretary of Defense, State, Director of National Intelligence, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the issue of North Korea. Pence and the four officials brief the House of Representatives at the Capitol complex later in the day.[122]
  • Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn release President Trump’s tax-reform outline plan, the proposals of which include among other items a cut in the rate of business tax from 35% to 15%, a simplification of the tax system by reducing seven existing tax brackets to three, and the elimination of the alternative minimum tax.[123][124]
  • Trump signs a pair of executive orders for reviews of national monuments and of public schools.[125][126]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis lead a briefing on North Korea for members of the house and senate.[127]

President Trump signs the Antiquities Executive Order at the U.S Department of the Interior.

Thursday, April 27
  • Speaking at the Oval Office, President Trump praises President Xi Jinping’s diplomacy in respect of North Korea but warns of the continuing possibility of a “major, major conflict.”[128]
  • President Trump meets with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the White House.[129]
  • A renewed attempt to secure a Congressional vote on President Trump’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is abandoned.[130]

President and First Lady Trump with President Macri and First Lady Awanda of Argentina at the White House.

Friday, April 28
  • At the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, President Trump delivers the first presidential address to the National Rifle Associationsince 1983, reiterating his guarantee of the Second Amendment.[131]
  • Speaking at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Secretary of State Tillerson calls for support from the international community to limit the North Korean missile program, warning that the U.S. mainland may soon be in range and that inaction may have “catastrophic consequences”.[132]

Ambassador Haley and Secretary Tillerson with UN Under-Secretary-General Feltman Before Chairing a UN Security Council Meeting.

Saturday, April 29

President Trump and Vice President Pence on their way to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center for President Trump’s 100th day rally.

Sunday, April 30

May 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos

Week 15[edit]

Monday, May 1
  • In an interview with Bloomberg News, President Trump expresses an openness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un under the right circumstances.[139]
  • Press Secretary Spicer confirms that Congress is currently under whip in preparation for a new attempt to secure a vote on President Trump’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.[140]
Tuesday, May 2

Secretary of Defense Mattis meets with Czech Minister of Defence Martin Stropnický.

Wednesday, May 3
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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President Trump Meets with President Abbas

Thursday, May 4

Secretary of State Tillerson with Foreign Ministers of the ASEAN Member States.

Friday, May 5
Sunday, May 7

Week 16[edit]

Monday, May 8
  • President Trump and French President-elect Emmanuel Macron speak by telephone and arrange to meet during a NATO summit scheduled for 25 May in Belgium.[152]
  • President Trump issues a series of tweets which describe allegations of collusion with Russia as a hoax, and which suggest that the ongoing investigations are a waste of taxpayers’ money.[153]
  • Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Crime and Terrorism subcommittee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.[154] Yates asserts that the Trump administration knew that former National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail at least 18 days before he was dismissed.[155] Clapper states that he was unaware of the FBI investigation into Russian electoral interference during his tenure.[156]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis visits Copenhagen, to meet with representatives from 15 countries leading the campaign against ISIS. Mattis also meets Danish Minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen to discuss European security and NATO alliance, and Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to re-affirm the close ties between Denmark and the U.S.[157]

Vice President Pence participates in an honor flight reception in the Indian Treaty Room.

Tuesday, May 9

Secretary of Defense Mattis attends a Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS meeting at Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wednesday, May 10
  • Following a separate meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State Tillerson at the State Department earlier in the day, President Trump meets with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office; a meeting at which Trump divulges classified information.[163]
  • President Trump meets with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the White House.[164]
  • Vice President Pence describes Trump’s dismissal of James Comey as “the right decision at the right time”.[165]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis attends the Somalia Conference in London.[166]

President Trump speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office.

Thursday, May 11
  • President Trump signs an executive order to initiate an investigation of allegations of voter fraud during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, under a commission to be chaired by Vice President Pence.[167]
  • In an interview with NBC, President Trump explains that he had decided to dismiss James Comey prior to and without regard to a recommendation from the Attorney General’s office.[168]
  • Vice President Pence delivers a speech to a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., calling for ISIS attacks on Christians to be labeled “genocide”.[169]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson attends an Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska.[170]

Secretary of Defense Mattis and Under Secretary Shannon, attend the London Somalia Conference at the Lancaster House.

Friday, May 12
  • President Trump suggests on Twitter and in an interview broadcast on 13 May the possibility of ceasing the practice of White House press briefings in favor of written statements.[171][172]
  • President Trump tweets a warning to Comey that he ought to “hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press”. When questioned at the daily briefing, Press Secretary Spicer does not confirm or deny that conversations at the White House have been recorded.[173]
  • Vice President Pence visits Billings, Montana to campaign for Greg Gianforte in the special election for Montana’s congressional seat.[174]
Saturday, May 13
  • At Virginia’s Liberty University, President Trump delivers his first college commencement speech as sitting President, with the theme of perseverance.[175] During the graduation speech he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the university.[176][177]

Attorney General Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly attend a candlelight vigil for officers killed in the line of duty.

Sunday, May 14
  • The White House describes North Korea as a “flagrant menace” in response to the test-launch of a missile from near Kusung into the Sea of Japan.[178]

Week 17[edit]

Monday, May 15

President Trump and Vice President Pence among others at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

Tuesday, May 16
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[184]
  • President Trump issues a pair of tweets explaining that he has a right to share information with Russia for counter-terrorism reasons.[182]
  • National Security Advisor McMaster holds a White House press briefing at which he describes the President’s conversation with Lavrov and Kislyak as “wholly appropriate”.[185]
  • The White House issues a denial that President Trump asked Comey on 14 February 2017 to end the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn.[186]House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz requests from the FBI all material on Comey’s meetings with Trump.[187]

President Trump and President Erdoğan give a joint statement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

Wednesday, May 17

President Trump delivers the commencement address to 199 cadets during the 136th U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement.

Thursday, May 18
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.[193]
  • At the press conference, President Trump denies telling Comey to end the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn, denies any collusion between his campaign and Russia, and reiterates his claim that he is the subject of a “witch hunt”.[194][193]
  • Vice President Pence denies that he knew prior to March 2017 that Flynn was under federal investigation.[195]
  • White House Director of Communications, Michael Dubke, resigns, agreeing to continue in his position at least until the end of President Trump’s upcoming foreign visit.[196]
  • Following a private Senate briefing by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, three Senators confirm that Rosenstein believed that President Trump planned to dismiss Comey prior to Rosenstein’s recommendation.[197][198]
Friday, May 19
  • President Trump leaves Washington D.C. for Saudi Arabia on his first official foreign tour.[199]
  • The White House does not dispute reports that President Trump called former FBI Director Comey a “nut job” and said that firing him “relieved pressure” in a meeting with Russian officials. Press Secretary Spicer accuses Comey of “grandstanding” and impeding the relationship with Russia.[200]
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President Trump’s first international trip from May 19 to May 27.

Saturday, May 20

President Trump arrives at the Murabba Palace.

Sunday, May 21
  • President Trump delivers a speech to more than fifty leaders of Muslim-majority nations at an Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Centre in Riyadh, condemning the alleged funding of terrorism by Iran.[203]
  • President Trump holds several bilateral meetings with the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifaand the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.[204]
  • Vice President Pence delivers the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony in South Bend, Indiana.[205]
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President Trump participates in the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh.

Week 18[edit]

Monday, May 22

President Trump places his hand on the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Tuesday, May 23

President Trump at the Israel Museum shaking hands with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Wednesday, May 24

President and First Lady Trump meet Pope Francis.

Thursday, May 25
  • President Trump meets with European Council President Donald Tuskand European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Council headquarters.[218]
  • President Trump hosts a lunch meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the United States ambassador’s residence in Brussels.[219]
  • At the new NATO headquarters President Trump unveils a memorial to the September 11 attacks.[220] In a speech to NATO leaders, President Trump criticizes member states for their levels of defence spending and receives a commitment from NATO to formally join the international anti-ISIS coalition.[221]
  • The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, refuses to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban, citing religious discrimination. The Justice Department declares an intent to appeal to the Supreme Court.[222]

President Trump with President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk.

Friday, May 26
  • President Trump attends the 43rd G7 summit with world leaders of G7 in TaorminaItaly to discuss world issues such as trade, climate change and the migration crisis.[223][224] Trump criticizes the large imports of German automobiles into the United States, pointing to the large US trade deficit with Germany.[225] Trump refuses to commit the United States to the Paris Agreement on climate change and cutting greenhouse emissions.[226]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to discuss the threat of North Korea’s ballistic missile program.[227]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Secretary Johnson in London with regards to the Manchester bombing that occurred on May 22.[228]

G7 leaders at the 43rd G7 summit.

Saturday, May 27
  • President Trump continues discussions with G7 leaders on a whole range of issues, agreeing on a communique on fighting protectionism in international trade, but disagreeing with a majority of a leaders on endorsing the Paris climate change accord.[229]
  • President Trump addresses American troops stationed in Italy at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before leaving for the United States.[230]
  • At a press briefing, National Security Advisor McMaster remarks that he “would not be concerned”, when responding to questions about a recent report that Kushner had discussed with Kislyak the possibility of creating a secret communication channel between President Trump’s team and the Kremlin.[231][232]

President Trump speaks to U.S. service members at the Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Italy.

Sunday, May 28
  • President Trump issues an extended series of tweets, describing many recent White House leaks as ‘fake news’, and questioning the use of anonymous sources by the media.[233]
  • President Trump is briefed on a new missile test-launch by North Korea, which is alleged to have discharged into waters within Japan’s exclusive economic zone.[234]
  • Answering questions concerning reports of an attempt by the Trump team to set up a secret line of communication with the Kremlin, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly states, “Any channel of communications, back or otherwise, is a good thing.”[235]

Week 19[edit]

Monday, May 29
  • President Trump performs a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery and gives a speech honoring those who have died fighting for the U.S., giving special mention to the fallen son of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly.[236]
  • Vice President Pence hosts more than 200 bicycle-riders at the annual Project Hero Memorial Day Bike Ride at the Vice President’s residence.[237]

President Trump delivers the Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery

Tuesday, May 30
  • President Trump reiterates on Twitter his proposal to abandon the Senate’s tradition of supermajority voting, in order to accelerate legislation.[238]
  • The resignation (tendered 18 May) of President Trump’s Director of Communications, Michael Dubke, is confirmed.[196]
Wednesday, May 31

June 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Thursday, June 1
Friday, June 2
  • President Trump signs The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act to provide federal grants to those federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire and train veterans; and The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act that reduces the backlog of families awaiting approval of survivor benefits of public safety officers killed in the line of duty.[248]
Saturday, June 3
  • President Trump issues a pair of tweets sending a message of support to the UK and promoting his administration’s halted travel ban following a briefing on a major terrorist incident in London.[249]
Sunday, June 4
  • On Twitter, President Trump criticizes London Mayor Sadiq Khan‘s response to the terrorist incident, drawing condemnation from members of the United Kingdom’s governing and opposition parties, including Prime Minister May.[250][251]
  • President Trump delivers an evening speech at Ford’s Theater‘s annual fundraising gala, remarking on international security questions and denouncing the London terror attack of June 3.[252]

President Trump and First Lady Melania at Ford’s Theater.

Week 20[edit]

Monday, June 5
  • President Trump announces plans to modernize and privatize the United States air traffic control system.[253]
  • In a series of tweets, President Trump praises his initial “travel ban“, and blames the Justice Department for the “watered-down” revised version he signed on March 6.[254]
  • Speaking publicly during a diplomatic visit to Australia with Secretary of Defense Mattis, Secretary of State Tillerson suggests that China ought to take stronger action to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear missile.[255]
Tuesday, June 6
Wednesday, June 7
Thursday, June 8
  • President Trump addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference in Washington.[263]
  • James Comey testifies to the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open hearing in which he reiterates his statement that President Trump was not under investigation by the FBI during his tenure, but does not explicitly confirm whether or not he considers the President to have obstructed any investigation.[264][265] He confirms that Michael Flynn was under criminal investigation prior to his removal from the administration.[266]
Friday, June 9
  • President Trump announces in a speech at the Department of Transportation that he will set up a special council to speed up the permit process to build roads and bridges.[267]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, discussing issues such as NATO,[268] and accusing James Comey of lying under oath on 8 June.[269]

Week 21[edit]

Monday, June 12
  • President Trump holds his first full cabinet meeting at the White House since his inauguration, blaming the Democrats for delaying some of his nominees.[270]
  • President Trump hosts the NCAA champions Clemson Tigers at the White House.[271]
  • The Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia file a lawsuit against President Trump, alleging violation of the emoluments clause.[272]
  • A second federal court rejects President Trump’s appeal to lift the injunction against Executive Order 13780, citing a lack of ‘sufficient justification’ for the travel ban.[273]
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 15
  • President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit congressman Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in the Virginia shooting incident a day earlier.[279]
  • President Trump describes on Twitter alleged collusion with Russia as a ‘phony story’ in response to reports that he has been under investigation for possible obstruction of justice following the dismissal of James Comeyon 9 May.[280][281]
  • DNI Dan Coats meets with the Senate Intelligence Committee in closed session to address issues from his testimony of June 7.[282]
  • President Trump signs an executive order promoting apprenticeships, increasing the funding for job-training programs by 5.5%, and giving more freedom to third-party companies and schools to craft these programs.[283][284]
  • President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attends the investiture ceremony of Justice Neil Gorsuch at the Supreme Court.[285]

Secretaries Tillerson and Kelly participate in the Senior Leaders Meeting at the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami.

Friday, June 16
  • Candice Jackson‘s, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Operations and Outreach in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education and the Office’s Acting Assistant Secretary, new guidelines for bathroom policy for transgender students for the Trump administration is released to the public.[286][287]
  • In a Twitter post, President Trump confirms that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, reiterating his claim that it is a ‘witch hunt’.[288]
  • President Trump announces a roll-back of the Obama administration’s policy of easing restrictions with Cuba at a rally in MiamiFlorida.[289]
  • The presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, holds its first meeting at the White House.[290]

President Trump signs the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States’ Toward Cuba.

Saturday, June 17

Week 22[edit]

Monday, June 19
  • President Trump hosts Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela at the White House, to discuss organized crime, drug trafficking and illegal migration.[295]
  • President Trump issues a statement regarding the death of Otto Warmbier, a prior detainee of North Korea.[296][297]
  • President Trump hosts the heads of major American technology companies at the White House for the first meeting of the American Technology Council.[298]
Tuesday, June 20
  • President Trump meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House, as new sanctions against Russia are announced.[299]
  • President Trump declares on Twitter that China’s effort to restrain the North Korean nuclear program has failed.[300]
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry warns of the domestic threat posed by America’s nuclear waste.[301]

President Trump and President Petro Poroshenko at the White House.

Wednesday, June 21
  • President Trump visits Kirkwood Community College, Iowa, for demonstrations of new agricultural technology.[302]
  • President Trump holds a campaign rally at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, speaking of his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and reiterating his criticism of the Democratic Party and of the mainstream media.[303]
  • Attorney General Sessions introduces the National Public Safety Partnership initiative, pledging federal resources to help twelve cities combat crime.[304]
  • Vice President Pence holds the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda hotel, featuring discussions on drug abuse and violent crime.[305]
Thursday, June 22
  • President Trump hosts many emerging technology leaders at the American Leadership in Emerging Technology event at the White House to discuss modernizing government technology and upcoming drone technology.[306]
  • President Trump confirms that he made no recordings of his conversations with James Comey.[307]
  • President Trump meets with the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach to discuss Los Angeles’s bid to host the Olympics in 2024.[308]
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosts the first congressional picnic in the White House South Lawn, while paying tribute to congressman Scalise.[309]

President Trump and Vice President Pence accompanied by their wives at the 2017 Congressional Picnic.

Friday, June 23
  • President Trump nominates Woody Johnson to be next UK ambassador.[310]
  • President Trump signs the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to dismiss employees for wrongdoing and adding protections for whistle-blowers.[311]
  • President Trump cuts $400,000 of funding from Life After Hate, a non-profit group which helps people to leave the Ku Klux Klan and other white-supremacist and Nazi organizations.[312]
  • At a Focus on the Family event in Colorado Springs, Vice President Pence delivers a speech on religious freedom and the pro-life movement.[313]

Vice President Pence and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visit the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

Saturday, June 24
  • Vice President Pence attends a Republican National Committee event in Chicago to promote his administration’s health bill.[314]

Week 23[edit]

Monday, June 26
  • The Supreme Court reinstates, as of 29 June, President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries (with the caveat that they have no direct ties to the US), in advance of a full hearing scheduled for October 2017.[315]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House.[316]
  • The White House releases a statement warning that should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad conduct “another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.” Nikki Haleystates that Russia and Iran would share any blame.[317][318]
Tuesday, June 27

President Trump and Ivanka Trump meet with Chibok schoolgirls at the White House.

Wednesday, June 28

President Trump with the Chicago Cubs at the White House.

Thursday, June 29
  • President Trump calls in a speech at the Energy Department for a review of American nuclear energy policy and for increased energy exports.[329]
  • President Trump hosts South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House.[330]
  • President Trump’s partial travel ban comes into effect at 8pm EDT.[331]

President Trump gives remarks at the Energy Department headquarters.

Friday, June 30
  • President Trump and South Korean President Moon discuss trade and the North Korean threat in a second day of summit talks.[332]
  • Vice President Pence and South Korean President Moon attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial.[333]
  • President Trump speaks by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss issues such as America’s support of the YPGin Syria and the extradition of Fethullah Gülen who is accused of masterminding the 2016 Turkish coup.[334]
  • President Trump reiterates a prior suggestion to repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately, and replace it later.[335]
  • President Trump signs an executive order reviving the National Space Council.[336]

President Trump alongside President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to the White House.

See also

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