A timeline of the Trump presidency


Ari Harvey

From the Capitol riot to a pair of impeachments, a lot of has happened over the past four years while Donald Trump was the 45th president.

The 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, officially left office on Jan. 20. To recap his presidency, The Californian has put together a timeline of some of the major events that occurred under his administration.


The first year of Trump’s presidency was one of the most controversial. Many new reforms were implemented which started the chain of events leading up to the end of Trump’s time as President.

Nov. 8, 2016: Voters pick Trump to be the president-elect.

Jan. 20, 2017: Trump is inaugurated.

Jan. 21, 2017: Women’s March held in protest of the new Trump administration.

Jan. 27, 2017: Trump enacts travel ban on Iraq, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen through Executive Order 13769. 

July 26, 2017: Trump announces a ban on transgender people from joining the military on Twitter. The ban does not come into effect until 2019.

July 27, 2017: Health Care Freedom Act, a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, is rejected by the Senate.

Sept. 5, 2017: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) ends.

Oct. 1, 2017: Mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival leads many to call for stricter gun control laws. Trump calls to ban bump stocks.

Dec. 22, 2017: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is signed.


Trump’s presidency kicked off with controversy, and 2018 was no different. 

Feb. 14, 2018: Parkland school shooting occurs, which leads to calls for strengthened gun control laws.

Nov. 6, 2018: Democrats win control of the House in the midterm elections.

Oct 2., 2018: Assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Dec. 22, 2018: 35-day federal government shutdown begins after disagreements on funding for Trump’s border wall. This is the longest federal shutdown in U.S. history.


2019 contained one of the first big victories for anti-Trump activists: his first impeachment. 

July 25, 2019: Trump requests an investigation of Hunter Biden in a phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine. Trump threatens to withhold aid from Ukraine.

Sept. 24, 2019:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine call.

Dec. 18, 2019: Trump is impeached for the first time.               


Many believed that the worst had already passed by 2020. There was a major school shooting, and tensions between political parties in our country increased. But no one could have expected the largest pandemic in a century.

Jan. 3, 2020: American airstrike kills Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani; tensions rise.

Jan. 7, 2020: CDC issues first travel notice about Wuhan, China.

Jan. 30, 2020: World Health Organization declares Coronavirus outbreak a global emergency.

Jan. 30, 2020: U.S. announces China travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Feb. 5, 2020: Trump is acquitted in the Senate, ending the first impeachment trial.

Feb. 6, 2020: First U.S. COVID death reported.

Feb. 23, 2020: Ahmaud Arbery killed by Travis McMichael.

March 11, 2020: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 outbreak is a pandemic.

March 13, 2020: Trump declares national emergency due to the pandemic.

March 13, 2020: Breonna Taylor is killed when officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove forcibly enter her house as part of an investigation.

May 25, 2020: Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin is videotaped killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck.

May 28, 2020: State of emergency is declared in Minneapolis, after protests over Floyd’s death spread nationwide. 

May 29, 2020: Officer Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder. The charge is later amended to second-degree murder.

June 1, 2020: Trump deploys federal law enforcement to counteract Black Lives Matter protests. Law enforcement personnel clear a path for Trump’s now-infamous upside down Bible photo-op. 

June 12, 2020:  Rayshard Brooks shot by police in Atlanta.

July 30, 2020:  Trump calls for elections to be delayed, claiming mail-in ballots may cause fraud. 

Aug. 11, 2020: Joe Biden declares Kamala Harris as his running mate, making Harris the first woman of color to appear on a major presidential ticket.

Aug. 17-20, 2020: Biden and Harris become the official Democratic nominees for the 2020 general election.

Aug. 23, 2020: Protests break out in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was paralyzed, but lived. Soon after, professional athletes strike to protest Blake’s shooting, as well as other racial injustices.

Aug. 24-27, 2020: Trump and Pence are officially chosen as the Republican ticket for the 2020 election.

Aug. 25, 2020: Two fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during protests in Kenosha. 

Sept. 18, 2020: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies.

Sept. 23, 2020: In a press conference, Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

Sept. 23,2020: A Kentucky grand jury brings no charges related to Breonna Taylor’s death against Louisville police officers.

Nov. 7, 2020: Biden is projected to be the president-elect after Associated Press, Fox, CNN, and other outlets call the election.

Nov. 9, 2020: Pfizer announces its vaccine is 90 percent effective.

Nov. 16, 2020: Moderna announces that its COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 94.5 percent effective, according to preliminary data.

Nov. 26, 2020: President Trump says he will leave the White House once Biden is officially declared the winner of the electoral college.

Dec. 11, 2020: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech.

Dec. 14, 2020: First COVID-19 vaccines distributed in the United States.

Dec. 14, 2020: Electoral College confirms Biden’s victory.

Jan. 6, 2021: Trump supporters breach the Capitol building to stop the certification of electoral votes by the House and Senate.

Jan. 20, 2021: Trump leaves White House.

Jan. 20, 2021: Biden and Harris are inaugurated.