Donald Trump’s presidency was one of the most controversial in American history. From his policies to his tweets, his time in office was filled with memorable moments that will be remembered for years to come. In this article, we will look at the 15 most memorable moments from Donald Trump’s presidency and examine what made them so noteworthy.
1. Inauguration Day
Inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President took place on January 20, 2017. The event was marked by controversy, as Trump’s inauguration crowd size was disputed and there were protests throughout the city. However, the day also marked the beginning of Trump’s presidency and set the tone for what was to come.
2. Travel Ban
Travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries was banned by an executive order signed by Trump in January 2017. The ban was met with widespread criticism and protests at airports across the country. The order was later revised and faced legal challenges, but it remained a defining moment of Trump’s presidency and his stance on immigration.
3. The Russia Investigation
As part of Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, he was appointed special counsel in May 2017. The investigation lasted for over two years and was a constant source of controversy for the Trump administration. While the investigation ultimately did not find evidence of collusion, it was a defining moment of Trump’s presidency and sparked intense political debate.
During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, a counter-protester was killed. Trump’s response to the violence was widely criticized, as he initially condemned “violence on many sides” and did not specifically denounce white nationalism. The incident was a stark reminder of the racial tensions in the country and the controversial stance of the Trump administration on race relations.
5. North Korea
Throughout his presidency, Trump engaged in a high-stakes game of diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two leaders exchanged heated rhetoric, but also met in person several times in an attempt to reach a nuclear deal. While a deal was never reached, the meetings were a defining moment of Trump’s foreign policy and his unconventional approach to diplomacy.
6. Tax Reform
A major overhaul of the U.S. tax code was signed by President Trump in December 2017. The bill was hailed by Republicans as a major achievement, while Democrats criticized it as a giveaway to the wealthy. The tax reform was a major legislative accomplishment for Trump and set the stage for his economic policies during his presidency.
7. The Stormy Daniels Scandal
The New York Times reported in early 2018 that Stormy Daniels had been paid $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump by Trump’s personal lawyer. The scandal dominated headlines for weeks and raised questions about Trump’s personal conduct and the use of hush money. The scandal was a defining moment of Trump’s presidency and further fueled speculation about his personal life.
8. Immigration Separation Policy
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Trump administration had implemented a policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The policy was widely criticized and sparked protests across the country. Trump later signed an executive order to end the policy, but the incident was a defining moment of his presidency and raised questions about his stance on immigration.
9. Helsinki Summit
A meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in Helsinki, Finland, in July 2018. The meeting was marked by controversy, as Trump appeared to side with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. The incident sparked widespread criticism and raised questions about Trump’s loyalty to the country.
With the impeachment of Trump, he became the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives in U.S. history. The impeachment was related to Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. The Senate ultimately acquitted Trump, but the impeachment was a defining moment of his presidency and further polarized the country.
11. Black Lives Matter Protests
The police killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans sparked protests across the country in the summer of 2020. Trump’s response to the protests was criticized as divisive, as he called for a tough law-and-order response and threatened to use military force. The protests and Trump’s response were a defining moment of his presidency and raised questions about his stance on racial justice.
12. COVID-19 Pandemic
One of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic was the United States. Trump’s response to the pandemic was widely criticized, as he downplayed its severity and refused to wear a mask in public. The pandemic was a defining moment of his presidency and raised questions about his leadership during a crisis.
13. Election Results
Joe Biden won the presidential election in November 2020, defeating Donald Trump. However, Trump refused to concede and made baseless claims of voter fraud. Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results and his rhetoric about the legitimacy of the election were widely criticized and raised questions about the future of American democracy.
14. Capitol Riot
There was a storming of the Capitol by supporters of Trump in January 2021 in an attempt to overturn the election results. The riot resulted in five deaths and widespread damage to the Capitol building. Trump’s response to the riot was criticized as inadequate, and he was later impeached for inciting the insurrection. The Capitol riot was a defining moment of Trump’s presidency and raised questions about the future of political violence in the country.
15. Last Days in Office
For inciting the Capitol riot, Trump was impeached for a second time in the final days of his presidency. He also faced widespread criticism for his pardons of allies and controversial figures. Trump’s last days in office were a chaotic and controversial end to his presidency and set the stage for the future of the Republican Party.
Donald Trump’s presidency was marked by controversy, divisiveness, and memorable moments. From his policies to his personal conduct, Trump was a polarizing figure who left an indelible mark on American politics. While his presidency may be over, the impact of his time in office will be felt for years to come.