Timeline of the Trump presidency, 2018 Q1

The following is a timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump during the first quarter of 2018. To navigate between quarters, see Timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Overview[]

Public opinion[]

According to FiveThirtyEight, President Trump's approval rate at the end of March was 40.5%, up 2% from the previous quarter and down 4.9% from the start of his presidency.[1]

Timeline[]

January 2018[]

Date Events Photos

Week 50[]

Monday, January 1
Tuesday, January 2
Wednesday, January 3
Thursday, January 4
Friday, January 5
Saturday, January 6
  • President Trump tweets that he is a "very stable genius", praising his own "mental stability". Also within the tweet, he says that he became president "on the first try",[25] despite having run as a Reform Party candidate in 2000.[26]
  • President Trump declares that "everyone found that, after a year of study, there's been absolutely no collusion ... between us and the Russians." Meanwhile, the special counsel investigation into such matters are still in progress with no declared findings.[27]

Week 51[]

Monday, January 8
  • President Trump makes an on-field appearance during the National Anthem at the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.[28]
  • The Trump administration announces the end in September 2019 to the Temporary Protected Status granted to nearly 200,000 Salvadorans by then-President George W. Bush following the 2001 El Salvador earthquakes.[29]
  • President submits to the Senate 21 re-nominations for judicial posts, including two rated 'not qualified' by the ABA.[30]
  • Vice President Pence describes Fire and Fury as a "book of fiction", while saying he has not read the book and does not intend to.[31]
President Donald Trump on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
Tuesday, January 9
  • President Trump holds a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress discussing the topic of immigration.[32]
  • District judge William Alsup rules that the DACA program must remain in place while litigation continues over the Trump administration's September 5, 2017 decision to end it. On the following morning, Trump describes the US court system as "broken and unfair".[33]
  • Secretary Zinke announces that Florida will be exempted from oil drilling under the new policy announced on January 4.[34]
Wednesday, January 10
  • President Trump describes Senator Dianne Feinstein as "sneaky" and a "disgrace" following her unilateral publication on January 9 of the Simpson testimony of August 2017 concerning research into potential crimes in respect of the 2016 election.[35]
  • President Trump reiterates that he will be reviewing libel law, describing the current law as "a sham and a disgrace".[36]
  • President Trump hosts Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House for talks and a joint press conference.[37]
President Trump and Prime Minister Erne Solberg of Norway
Thursday, January 11
  • The Trump administration announces new state guidelines that Medicaid recipients may be required to work or volunteer, or enroll in education.[38]
  • The Washington Post reports that President Trump, in a meeting with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) regarding immigration law reform, referred to Haiti and African countries as "shithole countries" and expressed preference for immigrants from Norway.[39] On the following day, Trump denies using the term, but said that he used tough language in regards to the countries.[40] Senator Durbin affirmed that Trump had made those remarks.[41]
  • Vice President Pence visits Las Vegas, Nevada, and speaks at nearby Nellis Air Force Base.[42][43]
Friday, January 12
Saturday, January 13

Week 52[]

Monday, January 15
Tuesday, January 16
  • President Trump hosts Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the White House for talks and a joint press conference.[54]
  • President Trump's former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is questioned at a private sitting of the House Intelligence Committee. He is issued with a subpoena during the meeting upon citing executive privilege to refuse questions about the Trump transition and administration, but maintains his refusal.[55][56]
Wednesday, January 17
  • In an Oval Office interview for Reuters, President Trump accuses Russia of harming Chinese/American efforts to solve the ongoing North Korean nuclear crisis.[57]
  • In Touch Weekly publishes excerpts from a 2011 interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels alleging a 2006 extramarital affair with Trump. The magazine describes Daniels passing a polygraph and her friend and ex-husband both corroborating the interview.[58]
  • President Trump announces the winners of the "Fake News Awards," despite criticism from Republican senators Jeff Flake and John McCain.[59]
Thursday, January 18
Friday, January 19
  • President Trump states on Twitter that Democratic votes will be needed in the Senate to prevent a government shutdown at midnight. He writes, "but they want illegal immigration and weak borders".[61]
  • German periodical Manager Magazin reports that Deutsche Bank has presented to Germany's financial authority, BaFin, evidence concerning "suspicious money transfers" by White House advisor Jared Kushner. MM reports that this information is due to be handed to Robert Mueller's inquiry.[66] Deutsche Bank on January 22 denies the report, and announces that it is taking legal action.[67]
Saturday, January 20
  • A federal government shutdown begins, after the Senate fails to pass a continuing resolution to maintain funding for the government.[68]
  • Vice President Pence arrives in Cairo, Egypt at the start of a tour of Africa and the Middle East.[69]
  • The second year of the Trump presidency begins.
President Donald Trump on the phone in the Oval Office.[70]
Sunday, January 21
  • Vice President Pence meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman. Abdullah criticizes the US' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Pence reaffirms the US' respect towards Jordan's role as the guardian of Jerusalem's Islamic holy sites.[71]

Week 53[]

Monday, January 22
  • During the third day of the federal government shutdown, President Trump accuses the Democratic Party of precipitating the shutdown "in the interests of their far left base".[72][73]
  • President Trump signs a bi-partisan bill, which passed Congress with support from legislators of both parties, officially ending the government shutdown that began three days earlier.[74][75] The bill provides funds until February 8, 2018.[76]
  • Vice President Pence delivers a speech at Israel's Knesset, announcing that the U.S. will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019. A number of Arab members of Parliament are ejected while protesting.[77][78]
Tuesday, January 23
Wednesday, January 24
  • President Trump announces during remarks at the White House that he is willing to testify to Mueller under oath, stating, "I would love to do it, and I would like to do it as soon as possible".[80]
Thursday, January 25
Friday, January 26
  • President Trump denies ordering the dismissal of Mueller, describing it as 'fake news'.[84]
  • President Trump returns to the White House from Switzerland.[85]
Trump at WEF: "I'm Here to Deliver a Simple Message"

Week 54[]

Monday, January 29
  • The Trump administration submits five reports to Congress as mandated by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), including two versions (both classified and unclassified) of the report ″regarding senior political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation and Russian parastatal entities″.[86] The unclassified list published the following day by the Treasury Department contains names of 210 people, including 96 Russian tycoons close to president Vladimir Putin with wealth of $1 billion or more, as well as top Russian statespersons and officials, excluding Vladimir Putin, all information having been drawn from public sources.[87]
  • Former pharmaceutical executive and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of HHS, Alex Azar, is sworn in as the 24th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a 55–43 vote on January 24. Azar replaces Tom Price who resigned on September 29, 2017.[88][89]
  • Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe resigns from his position, but remained as part of the FIB, after criticism from President Trump in preceding weeks. McCabe had been expected to step down in March.[90][91]
Tuesday, January 30
  • President Trump delivers his first official State of the Union Address with a wide-ranging speech covering matters of natural disasters, terrorism, immigration, economic growth, patriotism and the US nuclear arsenal. He calls on Congress for a $1.5tn infrastructure investment bill, and calls for an end to political division.[92][93][94]
  • The White House confirms that President Trump has signed an order keeping open the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.[95]
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announces that US sanctions against Russian oligarchs will follow the previous day's list, and denies that the administration is "slow-walking" the process.[96]
Video of the 2018 State of the Union Address
Wednesday, January 31

February 2018[]

Date Events Photos

Week 54[]

Thursday, February 1
Friday, February 2
  • President Trump declassifies the Nunes memo and authorizes Congress to release it.[99]

Week 55[]

Monday, February 5
  • At a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio President Trump claims that Congressional Democrats, who "were like death and un-American" in not applauding during his State of the Union speech, were "treasonous" and that "we call that treason".[100][101]
Tuesday, February 6
  • While Congress was preparing a continuing resolution for a temporary budget, President Trump declared, "I'd love to see a shutdown" if American immigration laws were not tightened. He also said "it's worth it for our country".[102]
Wednesday, February 7
Friday, February 9

Week 56[]

Monday, February 12
  • President Trump sends his $4.4 trillion 2019 budget proposal to Congress.[108]
  • President Trump introduces his $1.5 trillion federal infrastructure plan to several governors and mayors at the White House.[109]
Tuesday, February 13
  • President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen acknowledged that in 2016, he paid $130,000 of his own money to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Cohen further said that The Trump Organization and the Trump campaign were not involved in the payment and did not reimburse him.[110] It was earlier reported that the payment was hush money for Daniels' silence regarding an alleged extramarital affair with Trump in 2006.[111]
Friday, February 16
  • The New Yorker reports that Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal from June 2006, citing handwritten memoirs by McDougal provided by her friend. The New Yorker also corroborated a 2016 Wall Street Journal report that American Media, Inc (AMI) had paid $150,000 for exclusive rights to McDougal's story, but never published it. AMI has described the story as not credible, and a spokesperson for the White House denied the affair.[112]

Week 57[]

Tuesday, February 20
Saturday, February 24
  • A Democratic memo titled Correcting the Record -- The Russia Investigation in response to the Nunes memo, is released after redacting by the FBI.[114][115]

Week 58[]

Tuesday, February 27
  • Josh Raffel, a senior communications aide, announced his resignation from the administration.[116]
  • Joseph Yun, the top diplomat in charge of America's Korean policy, announces his resignation.[117]
Wednesday, February 28
Trump and Melania at Billy Graham's lying in honor

March 2018[]

Date Events Photos

Week 58[]

Thursday, March 1
Saturday, March 3
  • In a private speech to Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago, Trump says that "it's great" that China's Xi Jinping was able to become "president for life", and that "maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."[123]

Week 59[]

Tuesday, March 6
Wednesday, March 7
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that President Trump's personal attorneys have won an arbitration case against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.[126] NBC News reports that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, on February 27 initiated a private arbitration case against Daniels and obtained a restraining order that states that Daniels will face penalties if she discusses, in public, her alleged relationship with Trump. Daniels has filed a lawsuit that her non-disclosure agreement regarding her alleged relationship with Trump is invalid because Trump never signed it.[127]
  • U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tooke resigns from his post.[128]
Thursday, March 8
  • President Trump signs proclamations which will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from most countries in 15 days. Canada and Mexico are initially exempted from these tariffs while they talk with the U.S. about renegotiating NAFTA.[129]
  • President Trump accepts an invitation to meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un by May 2018.[130]
  • President Trump meets with video-game executives to discuss how violent video games might contribute to mass shootings.[131]
Friday, March 9
  • President Trump pardons Kristian Saucier, who was convicted of unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information.[132]
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that the White House would need to see "concrete and verifiable steps" toward the denuclearization of North Korea before Trump would meet with Kim Jong-un. An unidentified Trump official tells The Wall Street Journal that Trump has still accepted Jong-un's invitation.[133]
Saturday, March 10

Week 60[]

Sunday, March 11
  • The Trump administration proposes gun and school safety measures, including improving the system of background checks and training school personnel to handle firearms.[135]
Monday, March 12
  • Citing national security concerns, President Trump blocks Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm.[136]
Tuesday, March 13
  • President Trump fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, names former CIA director Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State, and names Gina Haspel as the new director of the CIA.[137]
  • Steve Goldstein, the United States Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and fourth ranking diplomatic official, is fired by the White House. Trump designates Heather Nauert as Goldstein's replacement.[138]
  • John McEntee, a long-time personal assistant to President Trump, is fired and escorted from the White House. McEntee then joins Trump's re-election campaign as a senior adviser, along with Katrina Pierson.[139]
Wednesday, March 14
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16
  • Andrew McCabe, former acting director of the FBI who was due to retire with benefits in two days, was fired from the FBI by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials for "lack of candor".[142]

Week 61[]

Tuesday, March 20
Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
  • The White House issues a memorandum on Jim Mattis's recommended military policies, which state that transgender personnel are "disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances."[147]
  • The U.S. charges and sanctions nine Iranians and the Iranian company Mabna Institute for hacking and attempting to hack hundreds of universities on behalf of the Iranian government.[148]

Week 62[]

Monday, March 26
  • The White House announces the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats.[149]
Wednesday, March 28

See also[]

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