Timeline of the Trump presidency, 2017 Q1

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


Economy and employment[edit]

US real GDP growth

In the first quarter of 2017, the real US GDP increased at an annual rate of 0.7 percent, the slowest growth since the first quarter of 2014. The growth was primarily due to an increase in business structures and equipment (such as mining and wells), industrial supplies and materials (such as petroleum), and services. This was offset by decreases in motor vehicles and parts, private inventory investment, and government spending.[1] On 31 March 2017, the U.S. national debt stood at $19.8 trillion[2] representing a quarterly decline of 0.65%.[3]

Public opinion[edit]

According to FiveThirtyEight, President Trump’s approval rate at the end of March was 40.5%, down 5% from the start of his presidency.[4]



Date Events Photos
Friday, January 20

Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45thPresident of the United States

Saturday, January 21

Women’s march demonstrators in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, January 22

A mobile home damaged from the tornado outbreak in Berrien County, Georgia.

Week 1[edit]

Monday, January 23
Tuesday, January 24
  • President Trump signs Executive Order 13766, which expedites environmental reviews and approvals for future infrastructure projects.[40]
  • President Trump signs four memoranda. Two of them reverse the Obama administration’s halt on the Keystone XL[41] and Dakota Access[42] oil pipelines, the latter of which has been the subject of protests by the Standing Rock tribe. President Trump says these projects will recover 28,000 jobs. Another memorandum requires that the pipelines use domestic steel[43] (a directive shortly overturned by the White House in respect of Keystone[44]), and the last calls for “expedited reviews of and approvals for” manufacturing facilities and “reductions in regulatory burdens” affecting domestic manufacturing.[45]
  • President Trump speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[46]
  • Michael Flynn is interviewed by the FBI about prior conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.[47] Flynn pleads guilty on 1 December 2017 to lying during the interview.[48][49]
  • The Senate confirms Nikki Haley as the Ambassador to the United Nations in a vote of 96-4.[50]

Donald Trump signs orders to green-light the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Wednesday, January 25

President Trump delivering remarks to employees of the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday, January 26

President Trump meeting Theresa May, his first diplomatic visitor as President

Friday, January 27
  • President Trump speaks with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the phone to discuss Mexico–United States relations in lieu of their canceled meeting.[62]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House, where they discuss sanctions on Russia, NATO, US torture policy. May is the first foreign leader to visit Trump since his inauguration.[63][64]
  • During a visit to the Pentagon, President Trump signs Executive Order 13769, suspending the Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days and denying entry to citizens of IraqIranLibyaSomaliaSudanSyria, and Yemen for 90 days.[65]
  • President Trump signs a memorandum calling for budget negotiations about the expansion and strengthening of the U.S. military.
  • Vice President Pence speaks at the March for Life in Washington D.C.[66][67]
  • President Trump has a one-on-one dinner with FBI Directory James Comey. Later news reports state that Trump asks Comey to pledge loyalty to Trump, and Comey demurs. The White House denies this version of events.[68]
  • Trump advisor George Papadopoulos is interviewed by the FBI concerning Russian meetings in 2016. He pleads guilty in October 2017 to making omissions and false statements during the interview.[69][70]
Saturday, January 28
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President Trump speaking about Executive Order 13769.

Sunday, January 29

Week 2[edit]

Monday, January 30
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Then-senator of Alabama Jeff Sessions questioning then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates regarding the enforcement of unlawful presidential orders in March 2015.

Tuesday, January 31

Donald Trump with Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch on January 31


Date Events Photos
Wednesday, February 1

Swearing in of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Thursday, February 2

A Palestinian boy and Israeli soldier in front of the Israeli West Bank Barrier.

Friday, February 3
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President Trump’s Weekly Address.

Saturday, February 4
Sunday, February 5

Week 3[edit]

Monday, February 6

President Trump at MacDill Air Force Base.

Tuesday, February 7
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Vice President Pence casts a tie-breaking vote to confirm Secretary of Education DeVos.

Wednesday, February 8
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President Trump speaks at the MCCA Winter Conference.

Thursday, February 9
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President Trump participates in the swearing-in of Attorney General Sessions.

Friday, February 10
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A Joint Press Conference with President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Saturday, February 11
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Joint statement by President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

Week 4[edit]

Monday, February 13
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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau on February 13.

Tuesday, February 14
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President Trump and Secretary of Education DeVos at a parent-teacher conference meeting.

Wednesday, February 15
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President Trump Hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Thursday, February 16
  • Alexander Acosta is nominated to be Secretary of Labor,[164] and Mick Mulvaney is sworn in as the director of the Office of Management and Budget in a vote of 51-49.[165]
  • President Trump holds a press conference, defending his administration, criticizing “dishonest” press coverage thereof, denying Russian connections, and questioning Hillary Clinton’s conduct towards Russia.[166][167]
  • Robert Harward, a former Vice Admiral, declines President Trump’s offer to replace Mike Flynn as National Security Advisor.[168]
  • President Trump signs legislation nullifying the Stream Protection Rule, a midnight regulation by the Obama administration regulating coal mining.[169]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with foreign ministers of G20 countries in Bonn, Germany.[170]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis says that the United States is not currently prepared to collaborate with Russia on military matters, including future anti-ISIL U.S. operations.[171]
  • George Papadopoulos is interviewed for a second time by the FBI. In the following days, he deletes his Facebook account which he had run since 2005 (containing correspondence concerning Russia), opens a new Facebook account and changes his telephone number.[172][173]
  • Day Without Immigrants 2017 protests are held throughout the United States to demonstrate the importance of immigration.[174]
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President Trump holds a press conference.

Friday, February 17
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President Trump’s weekly address on February 17, 2017.

Saturday, February 18
  • President Trump holds a rally in Melbourne, Florida, attended by an estimated 9,000 supporters, where he defends his actions and criticizes the media.[179]
  • Vice President Pence speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, touching upon the issues of terrorism and defense spending.[180]
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President Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida.

Week 5[edit]

Monday, February 20
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President Trump announces H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor.

Tuesday, February 21
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President Trump Speaks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Wednesday, February 22
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President Trump Discusses the Federal Budget.

Thursday, February 23
  • President Trump meets with 24 manufacturing CEOs at the White House.[189]
  • It is confirmed that six White House staff members, including Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing, were removed from their positions earlier in the month after failing FBI background checks.[190]
  • Press Secretary Spicer tells reporters that the administration plans on increasing enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act against recreational cannabis use.[191]
  • Attorney General Sessions rescinds a memorandum signed by former President Obama meant to phase out private federal US prisons.[192]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly meet Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.[193]
  • The Department of the Treasury sanctions Al-Nusra Front leaders.[194]
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President Trump leads a meeting with manufacturing CEOs.

Friday, February 24
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‘Trump on ‘fake news’ and information leaks’ video from Voice of America

Saturday, February 25
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President Trump’s weekly address.

Sunday, February 26
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President Trump at the Governor’s Ball.

Week 6[edit]

Monday, February 27
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President Trump at the National Governors Association Meeting.

Tuesday, February 28
  • Ahead of his Congress speech, President Trump meets privately with national news anchors, signaling his willingness to enact an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.[210]
  • President Trump makes his first speech to Congress, addressing a wide range of matters including drug abuse, gang crime, immigration, terrorism, the Mexico–United States barrier, infrastructure, foreign trade and the stock market.[211][212]
  • President Trump signs Executive Orders 13778 and 13779. The first initiates a review of the Clean Water Rule, and the second is meant to “Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities”.[213][214]
  • President Trump signs a bill removing restrictions on the purchase of guns by persons with mental illnesses.[215]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.[216]
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President Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress.


Date Events Photos
Wednesday, March 1

Secretary of Commerce Ross addresses employees.

Thursday, March 2
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President Donald Trump’s weekly address aboard the Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier.

Friday, March 3
  • President Trump and Secretary of Education DeVos visit Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida.[236]
  • President Trump attends an evening Republican fundraising event at the Four Seasons hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.[237]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Indian Foreign SecretarySubrahmanyam Jaishankar.[238]

President Trump and Secretary of Education DeVos with students of Saint Andrew Catholic School.

Saturday, March 4
  • In a series of tweets, President Trump publicly accuses former President Obama of intercepting communications at his offices in New York City’s Trump Tower in October 2016; Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis denies the claim.[239]
  • March 4 Trump rallies are held throughout the United States.
  • Mexico opens legal aid centers in its 50 U.S. consulates to defend its citizens’ rights amid the United States “crackdown” on illegal immigration.[240] Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada will not tighten its border because more migrants, reacting to the United States immigration crackdown, are illegally crossing into Canada from the U.S.[241]

March 4 TrumpDemonstration in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 5

Week 7[edit]

Monday, March 6

Trump signing Executive Order 13780.

Tuesday, March 7
  • President Trump speaks on the telephone with Prime Minister Shinzō Abeto voice his support for Japan in reaction to new reports of North Korean missile tests.[247]
  • The White House verifies that President Trump has not conferred with the FBI over allegations of wiretapping by the previous administration.[248]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.[249]
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President Trump speaks about the Republican replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, March 8
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White House press briefing on March 8, 2017.

Thursday, March 9
  • President Trump pledges to remove certain regulations pertaining to the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at a White House meeting with community bankers.[256][257]
  • The states of Washington, New York, Oregon and Massachusetts join Minnesota and Hawaii’s legal challenge to President Trump’s forthcoming travel ban.[258][259]
  • In an interview with Fox News, Vice President Pence states that he learns from the day’s news reports that Michael Flynn was acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Turkish government during the campaign.[260]
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President Trump leads an NEC meeting with CEOs of small and community banks.

Friday, March 10

A brainstorming session with members of congress on replacing the Affordable Care Act. March 10, 2017.

Saturday, March 11
  • President Trump meets with Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly, Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Ross and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shulkin at the Trump National Golf Club, where they discuss healthcare and the economy.[269]

Week 8[edit]

Monday, March 13
  • President Trump signs Executive Order 13781, to reduce operating costs of the federal government.[270][271]
  • Press Secretary Spicer states that Trump’s wiretapping tweet was misinterpreted by the media, saying that Trump meant that the Obama administration was responsible, not Obama personally.[272]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Greece, and Saudi Arabia.[273]
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President Trump at the first cabinet meeting.

Tuesday, March 14

Vice President Pence swearing in Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma.

Wednesday, March 15
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Secretary of State Tillerson’s tour of East Asia from March 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017.

Thursday, March 16

President Trump with Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland in the West Wing Lobby on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Friday, March 17
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Joint Press Conference between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Saturday, March 18
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President Trump’s weekly address.

Sunday, March 19

Secretary of State Tillerson shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping.

Week 9[edit]

Monday, March 20

President Trump with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House.

Tuesday, March 21
  • President Trump signs a bill which defines the budget and objectives of NASA, including a crewed mission to Mars as early as 2033.[322][323] The draft 2018 budget expands support of public-private partnerships for deep-space habitation, revives a supersonic flight research program, strengthens NASA’s cybersecurity, increases focus on planetary science and robotic exploration, cancels the Europa lander and Asteroid Redirect Mission, terminates four Earth science missions, and eliminates the NASA Office of Education, resulting in an overall 0.8% budget decrease.[288]:43–44
  • Congressman Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, secretly visits the White House grounds to observe classified information concerning Trump’s allegations of wiretapping.[324]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
  • President Trump proclaims March 21 as National Agriculture Day.[325]
  • The Department of Labor pushes back the effective date of the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule by one month.[326]

President Trump receives a NASA flight jacket.

Wednesday, March 22
  • President Trump is briefed by Devin Nunes, who also holds a news conference at the White House, on the evidence concerning Trump’s wiretapping allegations which he was shown on the White House grounds on the previous day.[327]
  • President Trump offers British Prime Minister Theresa May the United States’ full support, following a briefing by National Security Advisor McMaster on a fatal terrorist attack carried out near the Palace of Westminster in London.[328][329]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson hosts a summit of 68 nations in Washington to discuss anti-ISIS strategy.[330]
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly meets with President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez.[331]
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A briefing from the Metropolitan Police Service, following the Westminster terrorist attack.

Thursday, March 23
  • The first major Congressional vote on President Trump’s planned repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is postponed until March 24.[332][333]
  • President Trump signs a memorandum and a presidential notice to “continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 with respect to South Sudan“.[334][335]
  • Secretary of State Tillerson orders US diplomatic missions to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny”.[336]

Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly meets with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras.

Friday, March 24
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President Trump Makes a Statement on Healthcare Law.

Saturday, March 25
Sunday, March 26
  • Vice President Pence delivers an evening speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center, reaffirming the United States’ commitments to Israeli defense, and to prevent Iran’s nuclear program from producing a weapon.[347]

Week 10[edit]

Monday, March 27

President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Medal of Honor Recipients.

Tuesday, March 28
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President Trump and Vice President Pence speak about Executive Order 13783.

Wednesday, March 29
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President Trump hosts a meeting concerning opioids and drug abuse.

Thursday, March 30
  • President Trump calls FBI Director James Comey, asserts that he wasn’t involved with Russian hookers and asks Comey to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.[151]
  • President Trump meets with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, at the White House.[371]
  • The US Department of Justice issues a statement that it disagrees with Federal Judge Watson’s March 29 ruling against the revised travel ban and that it will continue its legal contest to reactivate the ban.[372]
  • Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn seeks immunity from the FBI in exchange for testimony on White House links to Russia.[373]
  • Vice President Pence casts his second tie-breaking vote, voting to advance a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.[374]
  • Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley states that the priority of the United States policy concerning Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer to force him out of power.[375]
  • Attorney General Sessions meets with Attorneys General of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.[376]
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President Trump meets with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Friday, March 31
  • President Trump issues a tweet describing as a “witch hunt” allegations of links between Russia and his associates, and recommending that Michael Flynn requests immunity in return for testimony to the intelligence authorities.[377]
  • President Trump signs two executive orders aimed at preventing foreign trade abuses. The signing occurs behind closed doors after Trump leaves the public ceremony without signing the orders.[378]
  • President Trump signs an executive order, as with Executive Order 13775, which provides an order of succession within the Department of Justice.[379]
  • President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the White House.[380]
  • The Department of the Treasury announces new sanctions against North Korea in response to Kim Jong Un‘s continuing nuclear missile program.[381]
  • District Judge David J. Hale rules against a freedom of speech defense by President Trump’s lawyers, permitting to proceed a lawsuit in which three plaintiffs allege that Trump incited violence at a presidential campaign rally in 2016.[382][383]
  • President Trump proclaims April as the Month of Cancer ControlChild Abuse PreventionSexual Assault AwarenessFinancial Capability, and Donate Life. Trump also proclaims April 2 as Autism Awareness Day.[384][385][386][387][388][389]
  • President Trump nullifies a rule that limits drug testing of state unemployment insurance holders.[390]
  • Secretary of Transportation Chao announces $10 million for emergency repairs to Atlanta’s collapsed I-85 overpass.[391]

Secretary of State Tillerson stands with NATO colleagues in Brussels, Belgium.

See also