Timeline of the Trump presidency, 2017 Q3

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following is a timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump during the third 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 3.2%, despite a particularly bad 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. This was due to an increase in consumer spending, private inventory investment, non-residential fixed investment, increased exports, decreased imports, and increased federal government spending. This gain was offset by residential fixed investment and local government spending.[1][2]

Public opinion[edit]

According to FiveThirtyEight, President Trump concluded this quarter with an approval rating of 38.6%, representing a quarterly decline of 1%, and a decline of 6.9% since his inauguration.[3]

Timeline[edit]

July 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Saturday, July 1
Sunday, July 2

Week 24[edit]

Monday, July 3
  • President Trump speaks by telephone to German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing issues including climate change, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Financing Initiative and trade.[8]
  • President Trump discusses the migration crisis and the upcoming G20 summit by telephone with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.[9]
Tuesday, July 4
  • President Trump condemns on Twitter the successful test launch of a North Korean ICBM potentially capable of reaching Alaska or Australia.[10][11]
  • Vice President Pence attends a Fourth of July Parade at Grandville, Michigan, with governor Rick Snyder.[12]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson states that the US “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea”.[13]
  • The number of US states refusing to comply with President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity is reported to have risen to 44.[14]
  • President Trump hosts military personnel and their families for a picnic and fireworks show at the White House as part of Independence Day celebrations.[15]
Wednesday, July 5
  • President Trump, his family and advisors arrive in WarsawPoland ahead of the G20 summit.[16]
  • Ambassador Haley informs the UN Security Council that the US is prepared to deploy any of its military options to defend itself and its allies from North Korea if other options fail.[17]
  • Kris Kobach, vice-chairman of the Commission on Election Integrity has confirmed that 20 states have provided them with voter information, while 14 states and the District of Columbia have refused to do so.[18]
Thursday, July 6
  • President Trump attends a joint press conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda, reaffirming the US commitment to NATO, and citing the “severe” options available in respect of North Korea.[19][20]
  • President Trump, with the First Lady, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Warsaw Uprising Monument, and delivers a speech in defense of shared democratic values and calling on Russia to cease all destabilizing activity.[21][22]
  • President Trump attends the Three Seas Initiative to discuss the reduction of Central and Eastern European nations’ dependency on Russian oil and gas imports and increasing US LNG imports.[23]
  • President Trump meets with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovicprivately to discuss issues including security and energy.[24]
  • President Trump arrives in HamburgGermany, ahead of the G20 summit.[25]
  • President Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Hotel Atlantic to discuss issues such as trade, climate change, global security and the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program.[26]
  • President Trump attends the Northeast Asia Security Dinner, discussing with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling on China to restrain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.[27]
  • Vice President Pence visits the Kennedy Space Center.[28]
  • Walter Shaub, Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, resigns, effective July 19.[29]

President Trump and President Andrzej Duda.

Friday, July 7
  • President Trump attends the G20 summit hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[30]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, during which he reiterates the call for Mexico to pay for the border wall.[31]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling for improved relations.[32] An undisclosed second meeting between the two occurs later in the day.[33][34]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson appoints Kurt Volker Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.[35]

President Trump and President Vladimir Putin at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit.

Saturday, July 8
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, promising to expedite a new trade deal.[36]
  • The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative is launched by First Daughter Ivanka Trump and the World Bank whereby the US commits USD50million to the fund.[37]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, welcoming increased US participation in the ASEAN-US Summit, East Asia Summit, and APEC.[38]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss trade issues and North Korea.[39]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, promising to work on doing more trade deals and business between both countries.[40]
  • President Trump together with Chinese President Xi Jinping agrees that both countries should put more pressure on North Korea.[41]
  • The New York Times reports on the existence of a June 9, 2016 meetingbetween Jared KushnerPaul ManafortDonald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya.[42] President Trump aboard Air Force One dictates a public statement on behalf of Trump Jr. stating that the meeting concerned adoption.[43]
Sunday, July 9
  • Hours after promoting the idea in which he stated “Putin and I discussed forming an impenetrable cybersecurity unit so that election hacking, and many other negative things, will be guarded and safe,” Trump said that he did not think it could actually happen.[44]

Week 25[edit]

Monday, July 10

Vice President Pence and retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.

Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12

Secretary Tillerson meets with Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir in Jeddah.

Thursday, July 13

President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron at Les Invalides for official ceremonies.

Friday, July 14

Bastille Day military parade in Paris.

Week 26[edit]

Monday, July 17
  • President Trump launches “Made in America Week” at the White House by showcasing products made in all 50 states.[59]

President Trump at the White House Made in America showcase.

Tuesday, July 18

President Trump, Vice President Pence, and National Security Adviser McMaster have lunch with service members.

Wednesday, July 19
  • President Trump attends the first meeting of the Commission on Election Integrity chaired by Vice President Pence, calling for a full investigation of the electoral process.[62]
  • President Trump has a luncheon with Republican senators in the White House, calling on them to work on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.[63]
  • President Trump hosts “Made in America” roundtable event at the White House with CEOS of American companies, calling for a crackdown on counterfeit goods from overseas.[64]
  • President Trump nominates Mark Esper as Secretary of the Army and Robert Wilkie as Undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness.[65][66]
Thursday, July 20
  • President Trump has a meeting at The Pentagon with his national security team covering areas such as troop levels in Afghanistan and the fight against IS.[67]
  • President Trump announces USD500 million will be made available for the production of domestic glass pharmaceutical packaging to representatives from MerckPfizer and Corning.[68]

President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary Mattis outside the Pentagon.

Friday, July 21
  • President Trump signs an executive ordering a review of the U.S. defense industrial base and military supply chains.[69]
  • President Trump appoints Anthony Scaramucci his new White House Communications Director.[70]
  • Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns from his post effective at the end of August.[71]
  • President Trump honors the surviving members of the USS Arizonaduring a visit to the White House.[72]
  • H. R. McMaster dismisses Rich Higgins from the National Security Council following the exposure of a memorandum authored by Higgins outlining a conspiracy theory concerning a plot to destroy Trump’s presidency by the media, bankers, Islamists, cultural Marxists, and the Republican and Democratic parties.[73][74][75]

Secretary Mattis meets Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton.

Saturday, July 22

President Trump at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Week 27[edit]

Monday, July 24
  • President Trump meets with families described by the White House as ‘victims’ of the Affordable Care Act, holding a press conference urging Senators to repeal and replace it.[77]
  • President Trump attends the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at Glen Jean, West Virginia, praising the organization and its values.[78] The Boy Scout’s chief executive issues a formal apology on 27 July for the speech’s “political rhetoric”.[79]
  • Jared Kushner issues a statement at the White House denying all collusion with Russian officials, following a meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee.[80]

President Trump visits the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Tuesday, July 25
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House to discuss the humanitarian problem in Syria, Hezbollah and anti-terrorism.[81]
  • President Trump promises more help to veterans during a private gathering of local veteran organizations at Struthers, Ohio, as part of American Heroes Week.[82]
  • President Trump holds a campaign style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, touting the successes of his administration.[83]

President Trump honors veteran Bob Bishop at the AMVETS Post 44 Salute to American Heroes.

Wednesday, July 26

President Trump and the American Legion Boys Nation.

Thursday, July 27

Vice President Pence swears in Ambassador Hagerty at a ceremony in Washington.

Friday, July 28
Saturday, July 29
  • President Trump describes Republican Senators as looking like “fools” following a 49-51 vote against his initiative to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[97]
  • President Trump threatens to end healthcare cost-sharing subsidies to insurers and lawmakers.[98]

Week 28[edit]

Monday, July 31
  • Kelly is sworn in as the White House Chief of Staff.[99]
  • Scaramucci is removed as the White House Communications Director 16 days before taking office, following crude remarks made in an interview to The New Yorker.[100][101]
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announces slate of sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.[102]
  • President Trump awards the Medal of Honor at the White House to James McCloughan, a former army medic who served during the Vietnam War.[103]
  • Press Secretary Sanders states her belief that President Trump was “joking”, when asked about allegations that he promoted police brutality at a speech to law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College on 28 July.[104]

President Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Specialist Five James C. McCloughan.

August 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Tuesday, August 1
  • President Trump, as part of ‘American Dream Week’, holds a small business owners event at the White House touting American growth.[105]

Vice President Pence and Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković.

Wednesday, August 2
  • President Trump signs a Congressional bill (H.R.3364) limiting his ability to ease sanctions against Russia, despite describing the bill as “flawed” and “unconstitutional”.[106]
  • President Trump’s campaign team hands over 20,000 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to the ongoing investigations concerning Russian collusion with Trump’s election campaign team.[107]
  • President Trump introduces a new bill entitled ‘The Raise Act’ which proposes to replace the current permanent employment-immigration framework with a merit- and skill-based immigration system.[108]
  • Ezra Cohen-Watnick, leader of the NSC’s Intelligence directorate, is removed from his position.[109][110][111][112]

President Trump alongside Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue.

Thursday, August 3
  • President Trump hosts a Veterans Affairs Telehealth Services event at the White House unveiling a new service for veterans allowing patients to schedule health care appointments from their smartphones or home computers.[113]
  • President Trump attends a rally at Huntington, West Virginia, where Governor Jim Justice announces his switch from the Democrats to the Republicans.[114]

President Trump and Secretary Shulkin unveil a new Telehealth service for veterans.

Friday, August 4
  • President Trump and Vice President Pence visit the FEMA headquarters to review preparations and emergency responses for the upcoming hurricane season.[115]
  • President Trump discusses in a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron increased cooperation in Iraq, Syria and countering Iranian influence in the Middle East.[116]
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces a crackdown on individuals who leak classified or sensitive national security information, as well as a review of the way in which journalists are subpoenaed.[117]
Sunday, August 6
  • President Trump has a phone conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, discussing ways to stop the North Korean nuclear program.[118]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson attends the ASEAN summit in Manila to push its members and partners to apply more pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.[119]

Secretary Tillerson Speaks at the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting.

Week 29[edit]

Monday, August 7

Secretary Tillerson, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno in the Philippines.

Tuesday, August 8
Wednesday, August 9
  • President Trump draws attention on Twitter to the ‘power’ of the US nuclear arsenal.[127]
  • President Trump speaks by telephone with Senator Mitch McConnell; he complains that McConnell is not protecting him from the Senate’s Russia inquiry.[128][129]
  • Defense Secretary Mattis warns North Korea that an attack on the US or its allies will prompt “the destruction of its people”.[130]

Secretary Mattis speaks with the crew of USS Kentuckyduring a visit to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Thursday, August 10
  • President Trump talks to reporters about his “fire and fury” warning, stating that “if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”[131]
  • President Trump declares that the opioid crisis is a national emergency that will need a lot of attention and money to combat.[132]
  • President Trump states that he is “very thankful” that Vladimir Putin ordered the removal of 755 US diplomatic posts from Russia, reducing the US state payroll.[133]
Friday, August 11
  • President Trump states on Twitter that America’s military capabilities against North Korea are “locked and loaded”.[134]
  • President Trump does not rule out the possibility of military action against President Nicolás Maduro in response to the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis.[135][136][137]
  • President Trump retracts his statement thanking Vladimir Putin on August 10th and states that his original comment was sarcastic.[138]
  • President Trump holds a workforce and apprenticeship discussion with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Labor Alex Acostaon ways to help Americans access affordable education and training which, according to a White spokesperson, will equip them with relevant skills to help them secure good jobs.[139]
Saturday, August 12
  • President Trump speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping who requests restraint concerning tensions in the Korean peninsula.[140]
  • President Trump signs the Veterans Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act that will provide veterans private medical care using government funds for the next six months.[141]
  • President Trump condemns the violence from all sides at a far-right rally at Charlottesville, Virginia, and calls for law and order to be restored.[142]He notably opted to omit any mention of the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer in his address, and also chose not to single out or specifically condemn the alt-right protester, James Alex Fields, for Heyer’s murder, nor to specifically condemn the neo-Nazi movement that had invited Fields to attend the protest, thus effectively equating Heyer’s murder with the minor incidents of disorderly conduct carried out by the counter-protesters. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for these omissions.[143]
Sunday, August 13

Vice President Pence and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meet in Colombia.

Week 30[edit]

Monday, August 14
  • President Trump again condemns the violence that took place at the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[148]
  • President Trump signs an executive order authorizing the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin investigations into Chinese trade practices that harm American businesses, with particular focus on intellectual property and advanced technology.[149]
  • President Trump speaks by phone to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on finding ways to prevent North Korea launching ballistic missiles at Guam across Japanese territory.[150]
  • Attorney General Sessions decries the August 12 Charlottesville vehicle attack as “domestic terrorism”.[151]
  • The CEOs of MerckIntel and Under Armour resign from the American Manufacturing Council in protest at President Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally.[152]
Tuesday, August 15
  • President Trump signs an executive order calling for federal departments to speed up the permits process for construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects. He revokes regulations intended to manage and prevent flooding.[153][154]
  • President Trump holds a press conference at which he goes “off teleprompter” and reverts to his earlier apportioning of blame in Charlottesville, apparently equally, to both sides. At this same news conference he voices his personal support of the rationale of the Alt-right’s claim that General Lee was a historical figure of similar historical importance to Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson, and that he therefore supported the Alt-Right’s rationale for protesting against the removal of the Charlottesville statue of General Lee.[155]
  • Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Richard Trumka, president of AFL-CIO, resign from the American Manufacturing Council. President Trump describes the resignees as “grandstanders”.[156]
  • Vice President Pence holds meetings with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, Argentina, focusing on strengthening business ties between both countries.[157]

Vice President Pence and President Mauricio Macri participate in a joint press conference.

Wednesday, August 16
  • President Trump appoints Hope Hicks as interim White House Communications Director, replacing Scaramucci.[158]
  • After the fallout from Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville protest, numerous members of President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council announce their intention to resign from the Council. President Trump announces the dissolution of the Council and also of the Strategic and Policy Forum[159] following the resignations of Inge Thulin, CEO of 3M, and Campbell’s Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison.[160][161][162]
  • President Trump signs a veterans’ education bill to provide college assistance for military veterans and increase these payments if they complete science, technology and engineering courses.[163]
  • In Santiago, Chile, Vice President Pence has a meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to build business ties between both countries and to call for Chile to break its diplomatic ties with North Korea.[164]

Supporters of President Trump hold a rally in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 17
  • President Trump condemns a fatal terrorist attack in Barcelona, and offers Spain the full support of the United States.[165]
  • President Trump scraps plans initiated by Executive Order on July 19 for the setup of an Advisory Council on Infrastructure.[166][167]
  • President Trump holds meetings with the Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon on finding ways to help small business who have difficulty getting loans and finding the right workers.[168]
  • The White House announces a deal whereby the United States can resume exports of pork to Argentina for the first time since 1992.[169]
  • Vice President Pence has meetings with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela focusing on commercial and security ties, as well as tackling drug trafficking, illegal migration and money laundering, culminating with a tour of the Panama Canal.[170]

Vice President Pence and President Juan Carlos Varel meet in Panama.

Friday, August 18

President Trump at the signing of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act.

Saturday, August 19

Week 31[edit]

Monday, August 21
  • President Trump gives an address at Fort Myer, Virginia, regarding the war in Afghanistan, reaffirming the United States’ military commitment to the Afghanistan government while disavowing all toleration of shelter of the Taliban by Pakistan.[181]
  • President Trump swears in New York Jets owner, Woody Johnson, as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom in a ceremony at the Oval Office.[182]
  • Seven members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council send a letter of resignation to the White House, asserting that President Trump is paying “insufficient attention” to cyber-security threats to the nation’s infrastructure.[183][184]

President Trump speaks at a press conference at Conmy Hall at Fort Myer, Virginia.

Tuesday, August 22
  • President Trump tours a U.S. Customs & Border Protection facility in Yuma, Arizona, meeting with Marines and border patrol agents, and inspecting border security technology and equipment.[185]
  • President Trump holds a political rally in Phoenix, Arizona, reiterating his condemnation of the violence at Charlottesville, accusing the media distorted the coverage of his response, while commenting on his administration’s achievements.[186] He announces a willingness to shut down the federal government if Congress refuses to allocate funds for his Mexican wall policy.[187][188]
  • US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in a meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency officials at Vienna, Austria, calls for the nuclear watchdog to inspect Iranian military sites to verify compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.[189]

President Trump, Chief of Staff Kelly, and Acting Commissioner McAleenan overview border wall prototypes.

Wednesday, August 23
  • President Trump in a speech to the American Legion in Reno, Nevada, calls for Americans to unite and reiterates the themes of his campaign, including crime, terrorism, manufacturing and infrastructure.[190]
  • The White House instructs the Pentagon to develop a policy on transgender service members, notably considering their individual combat deployability, and curtailing subsidies for medical treatment or operations.[191]
  • President Trump signs the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization bill intended to allow better options and transparency for veterans when appealing benefit claims.[192]
  • Vice President Pence in a speech to South Florida Venezuelans in Doral, Florida, mentions that the United States will use the full measure of its economic and diplomatic power to end the political repression in Venezuela.[193]
  • State Department science envoy Daniel Kammen resigns in protest at President Trump’s response to the violence at Charlottesville on August 12.[194]
Thursday, August 24
  • President Trump speaks by telephone with Texas Governor Greg Abbottand Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards regarding Hurricane Harvey, and pledges federal aid.[195]
  • Secretary of Interior Zinke sends a draft report to President Trump on his findings and recommendations on national monuments.[196]
Friday, August 25

Week 32[edit]

Monday, August 28
  • President Trump meets with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at the White House to discuss terrorism, Afghanistan, Russia, the Baltic Sea and the Arctic.[203]
  • President Trump signs an executive order to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local and state police agencies.[204]
Tuesday, August 29

President Trump, Senator John Cornyn, and Senator Ted Cruz in Texas.

Wednesday, August 30
  • President Trump gives a speech in Springfield, Missouri, calling for tax reform.[209]
  • President Trump posts on Twitter that the United States has been paying North Korea “extortion money” and that “talking is not the answer”.[210]
  • Vice President Pence in a speech to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit called for tax overhaul reform, describing the current tax system as deleterious to employment and entrepreneurialism.[211]

President Trump speaks at Springfield, Missouri.

Thursday, August 31
  • The Trump administration announces a cut of 90% to the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget.[212]
  • Vice President Pence arrives in Corpus Christi, Texas, to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and meet with people affected by the storm.[213]
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry authorizes the Strategic Petroleum Reserveto release oil supplies to combat fuel price spikes, due to shutdown of oil refineries in Texas which were affected by Hurricane Harvey.[214]
  • President Trump will donate $1 million of his own funds to recovery efforts in Texas according to the White House.[215]
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis signs orders to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan as part of the Trump’s new military strategy in the region.[216]

September 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Friday, September 1
  • President Trump signs a declaration designating 3 September 2017, as a “Day of Prayer” for victims of Hurricane Harvey.[217]
  • The Department of Justice in a court filing makes its first official confirmation that neither it nor the FBI have evidence to support President Trump’s allegation that then-President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in New York.[218]
  • President Trump nominates Richard Grenell as United States Ambassador to Germany. If confirmed by the United States Senate, Grenell would be the Trump administration’s first openly gay appointee.[219]
Saturday, September 2
Sunday, September 3
  • Following the latest North Korean nuclear test, President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin raise the possibility of ceasing trade with countries trading with North Korea.[224]
  • Defense Secretary Mattis publicly states: “We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but […] we have many options to do so”.[224]

Week 33[edit]

Monday, September 4
Tuesday, September 5
  • Attorney General Sessions announces at a special briefing that, at President Trump’s order, the Department of Homeland Security will immediately cease to accept applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It is confirmed that current DACA recipients will be unaffected until 5 March 2018. Trump shortly thereafter calls on Congress to “legalize DACA”.[226][227][228]
  • In response to the North Korea threat, President Trump states that he will allow South Korea and Japan to purchase additional sophisticated military equipment from the United States.[229]
  • In a phone conversation, President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agree on the need for the international community to exert maximum diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.[230]
  • President Trump holds a tax summit at the White House with his top advisors and Republican leaders to discuss reforming the U.S. tax system.[231]
  • The head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez, resigns from Trump’s National Diversity Council in protest at the DACA announcement.[232]
Wednesday, September 6
  • President Trump meets with Congressional leaders from both parties to discuss disaster relief for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, raising the debt ceiling to prevent a government shutdown and federal spending legislation.[233]
  • President Trump declares emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma, instructing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.[234]
  • At an oil refinery at Mandan, North Dakota, President Trump speaks to a friendly crowd calling for the restoration of American competitive edge, using tax cuts and reform.[235][236]

President Trump in Mandan, North Dakota.

Thursday, September 7
  • President Trump holds talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the White House regarding developing economic, financial, and commercial ties between both countries.[237]
  • President Trump talks to officials led by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey about the Gateway Tunnel project as part of the administration’s avowed priority on modernizing the nation’s infrastructure.[238]
  • President Trump approves South Carolina’s request for an emergency declaration in the state in preparation for Hurricane Irma.[239]
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos confirms that there will be rollback of the college campus sexual assault directives or Title IX guidelines put in place during the Obama administration, asserting that the system has failed sexual assault survivors and those wrongly accused.[240][241]
  • The United States Justice Department filed a legal brief on behalf of the United States in the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing for a constitutional right for businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and, implicitly, gender identity.[91]
Friday, September 8

President Trump signs the Hurricane Harvey relief bill at Camp David.

Saturday, September 9
  • At Camp David, President Trump and his cabinet hold team-building sessions, hurricane briefings and strategy meetings, with special focus on Hurricane Irma and tax reform.[244]
  • President Trump speaks by phone to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, agreeing to further strengthen bilateral relations and increase stability in the Middle East.[245]
Sunday, September 10
  • President Trump approves a disaster declaration for Florida which will authorize federal funding for areas affected by Hurricane Irma and will reimburse local and the state authorities for costs of response and recovery.[246]
  • During a visit to FEMA headquarters in Washington, Vice President Pence made assurances that the federal assistance was on its way to help the people of Florida recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma.[247]

Week 34[edit]

Monday, September 11
  • President Trump and the First Lady lay a wreath at the September 11memorial at The Pentagon, and later pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 Americans killed that day, pledging to continue to confront radical Islamic terrorism.[248]

President Trump speaks at the Pentagon on the anniversary of 9/11.

Tuesday, September 12
  • President Trump holds meetings with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the White House focusing on trade, Islamic terrorism and Malaysian interest in Trump’s infrastructure program.[249]
  • President Trump holds a dinner with a group of bipartisan senators at the White House to discuss tax reform.[250]
  • It is reported that Trump’s team has for the first time submitted documents to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.[251]

Secretary Mattis meets with Portuguese Defense Minister José Azeredo Lopes.

Wednesday, September 13
  • President Trump declares September 15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.[252]
  • President Trump hosts a bipartisan dinner at the White House to discuss tax reform and find ways to come up with legislation dealing with DACA recipients.[253][254]
  • Daniel Craig withdraws from Trump’s nomination to be deputy administrator of FEMA.[255]

President Trump, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and Senator Marco Rubio in Florida.

Thursday, September 14

President Trump and Vice President Pence at Fort Myers, Florida.

Friday, September 15
  • Nikki Haley and Secretary of Defense James Mattis give statements on North Korea, with Mattis stating the United States has options to use against North Korea if sanctions do not work.[262]
  • Vice President Pence’s press secretary Marc Lotter announces his departure from the White House.[263]
  • President Trump in a phone call to Jewish leaders and rabbis reaffirms the administration’s strong support for Israel and honors the upcoming celebration of High Holy Days such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana.[264]
  • President Trump and the First Lady meet with military families and watch an air show at Andrew Airforce Base, with the President honoring the resolve of the nation’s Air Force and warning foes and international terrorist groups that the U.S. military would respond to any threats.[265]
  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with his Mexican counterparts in the Mexico City to reinforce military ties and take part in commemorations of Mexico’s independence day.[266]

First Lady Trump gives remarks at Joint Base Andrews.

Sunday, September 17
  • President Trump, in a phone call to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, pledges to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea to counter its missile and nuclear programs.[267]

Week 35[edit]

Monday, September 18
  • President Trump attends the ‘Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development’ forum at the United Nations, calling on members to pay more for joint projects such as peacekeeping missions.[268]
  • President Trump has a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a possible future peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians, and alleged Iranian aggression in the Middle East.[269]
  • President Trump has discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.[270]
  • President Trump has dinner meeting with Latin American leaders such as Brazilian President Michel Temer, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Argentinian Vice President Gabriela Michetti to discuss the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.[271]
  • Vice President Pence appoints Alyssa Farah as his press secretary, replacing Marc Lotter.[272]

President Trump meets with President Michel Temer.

Tuesday, September 19
  • In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump announces that if Kim Jong-un, dubbed “Rocket Man”, forces the United States to defend itself or its allies, the United States will “totally destroy” North Korea. Trump also indicates the possibility of further action against Venezuelan President Maduro’s regime, denounces Iran as a “corrupt dictatorship”, and describes the Iranian nuclear deal as an “embarrassment”. He calls on the UN to work together to solve such issues.[273][274]
  • President Trump attends a lunch meeting hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterres, seated with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and others.[note 1][275]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss solving the dispute between Qatar and the Arab states.[276]

President Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Wednesday, September 20
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordandiscussing the issue of fighting terrorism in the Middle East and praising Jordan for taking refugees from Syria.[277][278]
  • President Trump in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbaspromised to work on a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.[277][279]
  • President Trump hosts a working lunch with African Union leader Alpha Conde and leaders from Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda and South Africa, discussing economic opportunities in the African continent and the security situation South Sudan and Congo.[280][281]
  • President Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May hold discussions on issues of common interest such as trade, North Korea and Iran.[282][283]
  • President Trump in a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisimentions he was considering the resumption of the foreign military aid to Egypt which was frozen over concerns of its human rights record.[284]
  • Long-time aide and confidant to Mr. Trump, Keith Schiller, leaves his position as the Director of Oval Office Operations.[285]
Thursday, September 21
  • President Trump has a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the Afghanistan war strategy in combating Islamist terrorists.[286]
  • President Trump and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko discuss issues such as trade between both countries and the security situation in Ukraine.[287]
  • President Trump signs an executive order targeting individuals and companies trading with North Korea, including sanctions on foreign banks.[288]
  • President Trump has a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss about the recent provocations by North Korea.[289]
  • President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in a bilateral meeting agree on their support for UN sanctions on North Korea.[290]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss regional developments such as the Russian sale of S-400 missile system to Turkey and Northern Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.[291]
  • The White House has instructed the Environment Protection Agency to begin ordering employees to attend anti-leaking class to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information to the media or outside parties.[292]
Friday, September 22
  • President Trump attends a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, in support of the election campaign of Luther Strange.[293]
  • Vice President Pence discussed the administration’s efforts in tax reform in front of a crowd at the Flagship Enterprise Center, Anderson, Indiana.[294]
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has officially rescinded the previous administration’s guidelines on colleges and universities in handling sexual misconduct claims under Title IX and introduced new guidelines in reporting these claims.[295]
Sunday, September 24
  • President Trump signs a new presidential proclamation introducing new travel restrictions on countries such as North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad along with countries such as Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iran listed under Executive Order 13780.[296][297]

Week 36[edit]

Monday, September 25
  • President Trump signs a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Education to allocate at least $200 million per year in grant funds to the study of science and engineering.[298]
  • President Trump hosts a dinner with the several conservative grassroot leaders at the White House to discuss tax reform.[299]
  • Vice President Pence visits the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.[300]
  • Vice President Pence attends a campaign rally in support of Luther Strange in a special Republican runoff election.[301]
Tuesday, September 26

Secretary Tillerson shakes hands with Holy See Secretary Paul Gallagher.

Wednesday, September 27
  • President Trump discusses his plan to reform the tax system in Indianapolis, Indiana calling for the sweeping tax cuts, reducing the personal income tax brackets and corporate taxes and eliminating the estate tax.[309][310]
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and discuss the security situation in the country and combating the Taliban.[311]

President Trump walks onto the stage in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Thursday, September 28

Secretary Tillerson and Secretary DeVos with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

Friday, September 29
  • President Trump speaks to the National Association of Manufacturers about the economy and his tax plan.[317]
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigns from his position after reports of criticism over extensive use of private jets, with President Trump naming Don J. Wright, a deputy assistant secretary of health, to serve as acting secretary.[318][319]

Vice President Pence receives a briefing on Hurricane Maria.

Saturday, September 30
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Chinese President Xi Jinpingin Beijing, China to discuss bilateral relations between both countries and President Trump’s upcoming visit to China in November.[320]

See also