Timeline of the Trump presidency, 2017 Q4

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

Public Approval[edit]

According to Five Thirty-Eight, President Trump’s average public approval rating on 31 December 2017 stood at 37.9%, representing a quarterly decline of 0.7 percentage points, and a decline of 7.6 percentage points since his inauguration on 20 January 2017.[1]


October 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos

Week 36[edit]

Sunday, October 1
  • The deadline passes unfulfilled for President Trump to identify for punishment Kremlin-linked targets of sanctions signed on August 2.[2][3]

Week 37[edit]

Monday, October 2
  • President Trump addresses the nation in regards to the mass shooting in Las Vegas offering his condolences to the victims and their families, while praising the first responders at the scene.[4]
  • President Trump meets with the governors of Maine, Mississippi, Kentucky and New Hampshire at the White House to discuss cutting federal regulations.[5]
  • President Trump holds talk in the White House with the Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to discuss improving trade relations between both countries.[6]
  • President Trump has dinner with Republican members of Congress at the White House to discuss immigration reform and improving border security.[7]
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President Trump addresses the nation following the Las Vegas mass shooting

Tuesday October 3
  • President Trump meets with US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp on board the USS Kearsarge to discuss the territory’s immediate funding needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.[8]
  • President Trump and the First Lady attend a briefing in San Juan, Puerto Rico with senior military personnel and government officials, including Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.[9]
  • Vice President Pence meets with representative of local businesses, community leaders and families, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in Phoenix, Arizona, to discuss efforts for tax reform.[10]

President Trump greets soldiers stationed on board the USS Kearsarge

Wednesday October 4

President Trump meets Las Vegas shooting victim Tiffany Huizar

Thursday October 5
Friday October 6
  • President Trump marks the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House, and speaks of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and of the people suffering under the governments of Cuba and Venezuela.[18]
  • President Trump signs a proclamation honoring October 6 as the National day of Manufacturing, stating that jobs are coming back to the United States with the creation of thousands of new manufacturing jobs.[19][20]
  • President Trump approves an emergency declaration that will allow federal resources to supplement local efforts and allow FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Louisiana in preparation for Hurricane Nate.[21]

President Trump and the First Lady commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month

Saturday October 7

Vice President Pence and the Second Lady lay flowers at a memorial in Las Vegas

Sunday October 8

Vice President Pence stands for the national anthem prior to leaving an NFL game

Week 38[edit]

Monday October 9
  • Vice President Pence holds a fundraiser at Newport Beach, California, to raise funds for Republican Congressmen and to promote the administration’s tax-cut initiative.[28]
Tuesday October 10
Wednesday October 11
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, to discuss NAFTA and US-Canadian trade possibilities.[35]
  • President Trump holds a campaign rally at the Harrisburg International Airport in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at which he promotes his tax-cut initiative.[36]

President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House

Thursday October 12

President Trump signs an executive order on healthcare

Friday October 13
Sunday October 15
  • President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign files its quarterly finance report with the FEC. The filing discloses a legal bill of $1.1m paid from campaign funds in connection with the Russia investigations.[43]

Week 39[edit]

Monday October 16
  • President Trump attends a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, in support of Governor Henry McMaster to raise funds for his gubernatorial campaign.[44]
  • President Trump has a working lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Pence to discuss legislative issues such as the budget, tax reform and immigration.[45]
  • Responding to questions at the White House, President Trump makes his first public comments on the four Special Forces soldiers killed in a suspected ISIS ambush on October 4 and further comments on former presidents calls and letters to the families of slain American troops during their time in office.[46][47]
Tuesday October 17
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting at the White House with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to discuss Greek efforts to reform their economy and military ties between both countries.[48]
  • President Trump holds a Diwali celebration at the White House.[49]
  • President Trump addresses the Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club Meeting, speaking of ‘American values’ and his administration’s tax reform efforts.[50]
  • Vice President Pence attends a small business gathering in Lancaster, New York, to discuss the administration’s tax reform efforts.[51][52]
  • Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control PolicyTom Marino, withdraws his nomination following news reports that Marino had previously worked on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.[53]

President Trump shakes hands with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Wednesday October 18
  • President Trump holds a meeting at the White House with the Senate Finance Committee to discuss tax reform.[54]
  • President Trump holds a phone conversation with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to discuss concerns about the administration’s biofuels policy.[55]
  • The latest version of President Trump’s travel ban is blocked by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson shortly before it comes into effect.[56]
Thursday October 19
  • President Trump meets with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló at the White House to discuss the island’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.[57]
  • President Trump attends a gala dinner at the Kuwaiti Embassy, where the Kuwait-American Foundation is trying to raise money for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and to honor First Lady Melania Trump for her dedication to causes affecting women and children in the US and abroad.[58][59]
  • President Trump nominates Joseph J. Simons, an anti-trust lawyer to head the Federal Trade Commission, including Noah Phillips, chief counsel for Senator John Cornyn and Rohit Chopra, a consumer advocate to fill the remaining two seats at the Commission.[60]
Friday October 20
  • President Trump holds a meeting in the White House with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to discuss counter-terrorism, Korea and the Middle East.[61][62]

President Trump sits with UN Secretary General António Guterres in the Oval Office

Sunday October 22
  • President Trump holds a conference call with Republican Congressman calling on them to pass the Senate budget and work on tax reform.[63]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a co-operation council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, attended by Saudi Arabia and Iraq, where he calls on Iran to remove its paramilitary forces from Iraqi territory.[64]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds meetings with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha, Qatar to find ways to resolve the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Gulf states.[65]

Secretary Tillerson greets Saudi King Salman following the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee Meeting

Week 40[edit]

Monday October 23
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss the North Korean nuclear threat, defence and economic relationship between both countries, whilst overseeing the signing ceremony between Singapore Airlines and Boeingfor US$13.8 billion worth of new planes.[66][67]
  • President Trump holds a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House for Captain Gary Michael Rose who was wounded in combat during Operation Tailwind in the Vietnam War. [68]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his officials on discussing strategies on ending the conflict in the country.[69]
Tuesday October 24
  • President Trump holds an awards ceremony at the White House as part of National Minority Enterprise Development Week.[70]
  • President Trump holds a swearing-in ceremony at the Oval Office for the next Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich.[71]
  • President Trump meets with Republican Senators at the Capitol to call for unity within the party and to discuss tax reform.[72]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds meetings in Islamabad, Pakistan, with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, concerning the combating of extremist fighters.[73]

President Trump greets Ambassador Callista Gingrichand Newt Gingrich at the White House

Wednesday October 25
  • President Trump attends a briefing in Dallas, Texas on the recovery efforts by Hurricane Harvey and addressing the long-term flood mitigation plans in the state.[74]
  • President Trump holds a fundraiser to raise funds for his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee, while holding a discussion round-table with his supporters at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.[75]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss bilateral trade and defense between both countries.[76]
  • US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in a meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Juba, South Sudan calls on the president to find ways to end the conflict in the country. [77]
Thursday October 26
  • President Trump signs a presidential memorandum declaring a nationwide public health emergency and ordering all federal agencies to take measures to reduce the number of opioid deaths in the country.[78] No funds are allocated from the public health emergency fund.[79]

Week 41[edit]

Monday October 30
  • Shortly following the surrender of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to the FBI on twelve charges of conspiracy and money laundering between 2006 and 2015, President Trump states on Twitter that the charges refer to events from “years ago” and that “there is NO COLLUSION!”.[80][81][82]
  • Following the announcement of a guilty plea from George Papadopolous concerning lying to the FBI about meetings with Russians in 2016, Press Secretary Sanders describes Papadopoulos having held a ‘limited’, ‘volunteer’ position in the Trump campaign. Sanders contradicts Mueller’sindictment which details that Papadopoulos was encouraged to meet with Russian officials by a high-ranking Trump campaign official, named as Sam Clovis by The Washington Post[83][84]
  • The enforcement of President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers is blocked by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, stating that the President’s given reasons “do not appear to be supported by any facts”.[85][86]
Tuesday October 31
  • Following a fatal vehicular attack in New York City by an Islamic extremist, President Trump offers “condolences and prayers” to the victims and their families.[87]
  • President Trump describes former foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos as a “young, low level volunteer” and a “liar”.[88]
  • Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow tells ABC News that presidential pardons for Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos are “not on the table”.[89]

November 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Thursday November 2
Friday November 3
  • President Trump leaves Washington for Hawaii prior to a tour of Asia.[93][94][95]

President Trump greets troops during visit to Hawaii

Sunday November 5

Week 42[edit]

Monday November 6
  • At a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, President Trump discusses new arms sales to Japan and encourages the country to shoot down North Korean missiles.[97]
  • President Trump leaves Japan for South Korea. He takes part in a joint press conference at the Blue House with President Moon Jae-in, and visits Camp Humphreys.[98]
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross denies hiding his large stake in a shipping company which has business ties to the Putin family, following the release of the Paradise Papers.[99][100][101]
Tuesday November 7
Wednesday November 8
  • Former Senior Adviser to the President, Carl Icahn, is subpoenaed for information related to his work on biofuels policy while a part of the administration.[105]
Thursday November 9
  • Continuing his tour of Asia, President Trump signs a number of binding and non-binding gas, aviation, communications and food-crop deals with China’s President Xi. Speaking alongside Xi in Beijing, Trump refers to the U.S.-Chinese trade imbalance, praising China for “taking advantage” of prior U.S. administrations.[106][107]
  • The State Department rejects an essay released by Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, which claims that the continuing depletion of State officials under the Trump administration will “forfeit the game to our adversaries”.[108]
Friday November 10
  • On the penultimate leg of his Asian tour, President Trump arrives Saturday morning UTC+7 at an APEC CEO summit in Da NangVietnam. In a speech to delegates, he talks of “chronic trade abuses”, and of Kim Jong-un’s “twisted fantasies of […] nuclear blackmail”, urging Russia and China to place pressure on North Korea.[109][110]
  • Vice President Pence joins other senior Republicans in stating that Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore ought to abandon his election campaign if there is truth in allegations of historical sexual activity with minors, as published by The Washington Post on Thursday 9th.[111][112]
Sunday November 12

Week 43[edit]

Tuesday November 14
  • President Trump returns to Washington from Manila at the end of his five-nation tour of Asia.[114]
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies to the House Judiciary Committee. He states that he now recalls learning of contact between Russians and the Trump campaign, but denies previously lying under oath. He announces he has no reason to disbelieve those who accuse Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual activity with young girls.[115][116]
Thursday November 16

Week 44[edit]

Monday November 20
Tuesday November 21
  • President Trump and President Putin speak by telephone; Putin seeks support for his plan to end the Syrian civil war.[129]
  • President Trump defends Senate candidate Roy Moore from accusations of sex abuse.[130][131]
  • Ivanka Trump travels to India, to represent the US at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.[132]

Week 45[edit]

Monday November 27
Tuesday November 28
  • President Trump informs reporters at the White House of his administration’s resolve following a new North Korean missile test which, it is believed, for the first time places Washington D.C. within range of the KPA.[138]
Wednesday November 29
Thursday November 30
  • President Trump announces the donation of his third-quarter salary to HHS efforts to solve the opioid epidemic.[151]
  • Press Secretary Sanders denies reports that Secretary Tillerson is to be removed.[152]
  • Jeff Sessions testifies at a private meeting of the House Intelligence Committee. According to ranking member Schiff, Sessions refuses to say whether or not President Trump asked him to hinder the Russia investigation.[153][154]

December 2017[edit]

Date Events Photos
Friday December 1
Saturday December 2
  • The Senate passes a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill (51 to 49) in support of President Trump’s tax initiative.[158][159]
  • President Trump states that there was “absolutely no collusion” between his election campaign and Russia.[160]
Sunday December 3

Week 46[edit]

Monday December 4
Tuesday December 5
Wednesday December 6
Thursday December 7
Friday December 8
  • President Trump holds a rally at Pensacola, Florida, near the Alabama border, at which he exhorts the Alabamian electorate to vote for Senate candidate Roy Moore on 12 December.[177]
  • Speaking at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council convened following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement of December 6, Ambassador Haley announces that the US considers an Israeli-Palestinian peace to be “closer […] than ever before”. France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the U.K. issue a joint statement opposing Trump’s decision.[178]
  • Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell announces her resignation.[179]
  • Hope Hicks is interviewed by Mueller’s team for a second day.[180]
Saturday December 9
Sunday December 10
  • Vice President Pence’s office describes as “unfortunate” a decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel a December 19 meeting between the two during Pence’s upcoming visit to the Middle East.[182]

Week 47[edit]

Monday December 11
Tuesday December 12
Wednesday December 13
  • Congressional Republicans reach a deal on aspects of President Trump’s tax plan. Trump indicates that he will support a corporate tax rate of 21%.[190]
  • It is announced that the director of communications for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison, Omarosa Manigault, is to resign on 20 January 2018.[191] Contrary reports indicate that Manigault was dismissed by Chief of Staff John Kelly and physically removed from the White House grounds.[192][193][194][195]
  • Senator Chuck Grassley announces that two of President Trump’s judicial nominees, Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley, will not be confirmed.[196]
Thursday December 14
Friday December 15
  • Speaking at the White House, President Trump describes the FBI as acting disgracefully and states that people are angry. Trump shortly thereafter addresses a group of largely non-FBI graduates from a program at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, stating “I have your back 100%”.[200][201][202]
  • Speaking to reporters, President Trump reiterates his description of the matter of Russian collusion as a ‘hoax’ and replies that “we’ll see what happens” in response to questions about the possible pardoning of Michael Flynn.[203]
Sunday December 17
  • President Putin telephones President Trump to thank the CIA for its assistance in preventing a planned terrorist bombing at St. Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral.[204]

Week 48[edit]

Monday December 18
  • President Trump publishes his first National Security Strategy and delivers a concomitant address, condemning North Korea as a rogue state and positioning China and Russia as U.S. rivals with whom his administration will attempt to “build a great partnership”. Climate change is omitted from the strategy.[205][206][207][208][209]
  • The U.S. blocks a resolution by the other 14 members of the UN Security Council calling for a retraction of President Trump’s recent statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Ambassador Haley describes the resolution as an insult which “won’t be forgotten”.[210]
  • Vice President Pence, previously due to leave for Egypt today, delays until January his visit to the Middle East, in order to oversee voting on President Trump’s tax bill.[211]
Tuesday December 19
  • The House of Representatives passes a revised version of President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act without Democratic votes, 227-203.[212][213]
  • Elections for the Virginia House of Representatives split evenly between Republicans and Democrats following recounts. Lots are later drawn on 4 January 2018, giving Republicans a 51-49 control of the House.[214][215]
  • Ambassador Haley states that she will be ‘taking names’ of countries who vote in favor of the December 21 UN resolution against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and passing them to President Trump who has suggested cutting aid to countries who do so.[216]
Wednesday December 20
  • The Senate passes President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act shortly after midnight without Democratic votes, 51 to 48. A procedural mistake in the House on December 19 necessitates a second vote in the House, which later passes in favor, 224 to 201.[217][218][219] The wide-ranging bill includes a cut to corporate tax from 35% to 21%, a reduction to the pool of estate-tax payers, alters each tax bracket, and reduces the rate for the highest earners. The bill also permits oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and removes the individual mandate from Obamacare. President Trump announces that the bill represents a repeal of Obamacare, and that it will be replaced by “something that will be much better”. The legislation is financed by debt.[220][221]
  • The State Department announces the approval of a $41.5m sale of small arms to Ukraine.[222]
Thursday December 21
  • Vice President Pence arrives in Afghanistan to visit troops and speak with Afghan leaders. In a speech at Bagram Airfield, he announces “I believe victory is closer than ever before.”[223]
  • The United Nations votes 128 to 9 in favor of a demand that the U.S. retract its recent declaration concerning Jerusalem. US Ambassador Haley describes the vote as ‘null and void’.[224][225]
  • Press Secretary Sanders announces that the White House does not intend to remove Robert Mueller from the Russia investigation, and states “We look forward to seeing this hoax wrap up very soon.”[226]
  • Judge George B. Daniels dismisses a lawsuit by CREW against President Trump in respect of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. Daniels rules that only Congress has authority in such a matter, not the courts.[227]
Friday December 22
  • President Trump signs into law the $1.5 trillion tax bill passed by Congress on December 20.[228]
  • President Trump retires to Mar-a-Lago for the Christmas holiday.[229]
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules unanimously that the current version of the travel ban exceeds presidential authority. The ban remains in effect during an additional appeals process.[230]

Week 49[edit]

Wednesday December 27
Thursday December 28
  • President Trump expresses disappointment following reporting by South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo that China has been illegally supplying oil to North Korea.[232]
  • In an interview with The New York Times, President Trump states that he believes that Mueller will treat him fairly and will exonerate him.[233]
Friday December 29
  • Trump’s Labor Department continues the policy of the Obama Administration of issuing waivers to banks convicted of manipulating the global interest rate LiborDeutsche Bank and UBS are allowed to manage retirement funds for three years, while BarclaysCitigroup, and JPMorganare allowed to do the same for five years. At the time, Trump and his businesses owe Deutsche Bank at least $130 million.[234][235][236]

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