A timeline of the many Trump related controversies, scandals, and acts of resistance that dominated the news cycle since June 2015
March 1, 2018 – Trump announces tariffs on steel and aluminum – Trump announces tariffs on imported steel and aluminum in a move that completely surprises administration officials.
February 28, 2018 – Trump calls Sessions’ behavior “disgraceful” – Trump tweets that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempts to investigate surveillance abuses are “disgraceful.”
February 28, 2018 – Hope Hicks resigns – Hope Hicks, White House communications director and very close Trump advisor, resigns.
February 27, 2018 – Kushner has security clearance downgraded – Jared Kushner, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser, loses his “Top Secret” security clearance.
February 16, 2018 – McDougal claims nine month affair with Trump – Karen McDougal, former Playboy Playmate, claims she had a nine month affair with Trump in 2006 (two years into his marriage with Melania).
February 7, 2018 – Porter resigns – Rob Porter, White House staff secretary, resigns amid allegations by his two ex-wives that he physically abused them.
January 24, 2018 – Melania cancels Devos trip after news of affair – Melania Trump cancels her trip to the Davos World Economic Forum after the Stormy Daniels affair becomes public.
January 19, 2018 – In Touch publishes porn star Daniels interview – In Touch publishes a 2011 interview with porn star Stormy Daniels in which she details her 2006 affair with Trump (while Melania was at home with a newborn son).
January 12, 2018 – Trump lawyer paid porn star $130,000 – Wall Street Journal reports that a Trump lawyer paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in October 2016 to stay quiet about her 2006 affair with Trump (while he was married to Melania).
January 11, 2018 – Trump calls countries shitholes – It is reported that, in a White House meeting, Trump asks “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” in reference to El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries.
January 4, 2018 – Excerpts from Fire and Fury released – Excerpts from Michael Flynn’s Fire and Fury are released detailing chaos in Trump’s White House.
December 13, 2017 – Omarosa announces resignation – Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on the Apprentice turned White House staff member, announces her resignation amid reports that she was fired and forcibly removed.
December 12, 2017 – Moore loses Senate special election in Alabama – After Trump gives Roy Moore his full support and campaigns for him, Moore loses the Senate special election in Alabama.
December 12, 2017 – Trump tweets that Gillibrand would “do anything” for donation – Trump tweets that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) begged him for campaign donations and was will to “do anything for them.”
December 4, 2017 – Trump officially endorses Moore for Senate – Trump officially endorses Roy Moore in the Senate special election in Alabama even though Moore was accused of sexually assaulting 14 and 16 year-old girls when he was in his 30s.
November 29, 2017 – Trump retweets message from far-right British nationalist – Trump retweets an anti-Muslim message and videos from the deputy leader of Britain First, a small far-right nationalist group that PM May describes as a “hateful organisation.”
November 27, 2017 – Trump calls Warren “Pocahontas” – At an event celebrating Native-American veterans, Trump calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” and poses with the veterans in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson.
October 17, 2017 – Wilson claims Trump was disrespectful to widow of slain serviceman – Rep. Frederica Wilson claims Trump told the family of slain serviceman La David Johnson that he “knew what he signed up for” and did not even know Johnson’s name.
October 16, 2017 – Trump claims Obama did not contact Gold Star families – Trump claims Obama did not call or write families of service personnel killed in action.
September 24, 2017 – NFL teams and players respond to Trump’s comments – In response to Trump’s comments, NFL teams issue statements of support for their players and players across the league unite or join the protest during the National Anthem.
September 23, 2017 – Trump withdraws offer for NBA champion Golden State to visit White House – Trump tweets “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
September 22, 2017 – Trump calls for NFL players to be fired if they do not stand for National Anthem – At a political rally in Alabama, Trump says “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.”
September 6, 2017 – Trump terminates DACA – Trump terminates DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
August 18, 2017 – Bannon is fired – Trump fires White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon.
August 15, 2017 – Trump defends white nationalists – Trump states that among the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville there were “some very fine people” and he expresses sympathy for their opposition to the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
August 12, 2017 – Trump makes statement about violence in Charlottesville – Trump condemns violence in Charlottesville without mentioning white supremacists or terrorism and instead blames people “on many sides.”
July 28, 2017 – Priebus resigns as Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus resigns as White House Chief of Staff.
July 26, 2017 – Trump tweets that transgender people not allowed in military – Trump tweets “please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
July 21, 2017 – Spicer resigns as press secretary – Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary.
June 30, 2017 – Trump attacks Mika Brzezinski on Twitter – Trump tweets that “Crazy Mika along with Psycho Joe” came to Mar-a-Lago around New Year’s Eve and “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
June 14, 2017 – WP reports Mueller is investigation Trump for obstruction – Washington Post reports special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice.
June 12, 2017 – Ruddy says Trump may fire Mueller – Trump confidant Christopher Ruddy says Trump is considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller, White House does not deny claim.
June 8, 2017 – Comey testifies before the Senate – Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate that Trump asked for a loyalty oath and said “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
June 1, 2017 – Trump withdraws US from Paris Climate Accord – Trump announces that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
May 25, 2017 – Trump does not affirm NATO mutual defense clause – Trump declines to affirm NATO’s Article 5, which commits to the mutual defense of member nations.
May 19, 2017 – NYT reports that Trump tells Russia firing Comey relieves pressure – NYT reports Trump told Russians in May 10 meeting that “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
May 17, 2017 – Mueller appointed special prosecutor – The Department of Justice appoints Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Russian influence over the 2016 presidential election.
May 16, 2017 – NYT reports that Trump asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation – NYT reports that Trump asked FBI Director Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn. Trump is quoted as saying “I hope you can let this go.”
May 15, 2017 – WP reports Trump revealed highly classified intel to Russians – The Washington Post reports that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats at their May 10 meeting in the White House and put into jeopardy a critical intelligence source on ISIS.
May 12, 2017 – Trump threatens Comey on Twitter – Trump tweets “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
May 9, 2017 – FBI Director Comey is fired – Trump fires the Director of the FBI, James Comey, for his continuing investigation of Russian influence over Trump associates and interference in the American electoral process.
Mar 30, 2017 – NYT reports White House helps Nunes get intelligence reports – NYT reports that Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the NSC, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office, helped Devin Nunes, House Intelligence Committee chair, secretly obtain intelligence reports.
March 28, 2017 – Executive order rolls back efforts to combat climate change – Trump signs an executive order that rolls back the enforcement of climate regulations and policies established by Obama.
March 24, 2017 – GOP leaders pull Trump’s healthcare bill – GOP leaders in the House decide not to vote on Trump’s healthcare bill because it does not have enough Republican support to pass.
March 22, 2017 – Nunes discusses intelligence reports with Trump and media – Devin Nunes, House Intelligence Committee chair, briefs Trump and discusses with the media secretly obtained intelligence reports about incidental surveillance of Trump and his associates without disclosing the information to or consulting with members of the committee.
March 20, 2017 – Comey confirms FBI is investigating communications with Russia – FBI Director Comey confirms FBI is investigating Trump campaign communications with Russia.
March 20, 2017 – Comey says no wiretap of Trump – FBI Director Comey says the FBI and Justice Department have no information to support Trump’s claim that Obama ordered wiretaps of Trump.
March 15, 2017 – Revised travel ban blocked – Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland issue injunctions to block Trump’s revised travel ban.
March 6, 2017 – Revised travel ban – Trump signs executive order that revises his first unsuccessful travel ban.
March 4, 2017 – Accuses Obama of ordering wiretaps – Trump accuses Obama of ordering wiretaps of his phones at Trump Tower during the presidential election campaign.
March 1, 2017 – Report that Sessions lied to Senate about contact with Russia – Washington Post reports that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Senate during his confirmation hearing about contact with Russia.
February 24, 2017 – Reporters excluded from press gaggle – White House excludes reporters from NYT, CNN, Politico, NY Daily News, LA Times, and other news outlets from press gaggle.
February 17, 2017 – Trump calls media “enemy of the American people” – Trump tweets that the news media are the “enemy of the American people.”
February 16, 2017 – Day without Immigrants – Nationwide protest and boycott to demonstrate the importance of immigrants and protest Trump’s immigration policies.
February 16, 2017 – Set up meeting with Black Congressional Caucus – Trump asks black reporter at press conference to set up meeting for him with the Black Congressional Caucus.
February 16, 2017 –Harwood says no to adviser position – Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harwood turns down Trump’s offer to be his national security adviser.
February 14, 2017 – NYT reports White House asked FBI to defend Trump – NYT reports White House asked FBI to publicly deny allegations of contact with Russia. The request violates protocols about ongoing FBI investigations.
February 13, 2017 – Flynn resigns as national security adviser – Flynn is forced to resign as national security adviser for lying about discussing sanctions with Russian official.
February 12, 2017 – Sensitive national security discussion held in public – Trump discusses North Korea’s ballistic missile test in his Mar-a-Largo resort’s dining room full of guests taking pictures and videos.
February 9, 2017 – Go buy Ivanka’s stuff – White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway hawks for Ivanka Trump telling a Fox news audience to “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
February 9, 2017 – Appeals court upholds suspension of travel ban – A federal appeals court refuses to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban.
February 8, 2017 – Trump attacks Nordstrom on Twitter – Trump attacks Nordstrom on Twitter because it dropped Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.
February 3, 2017 – “Bowling Green Massacre” – White House counselor Kellyanne Conway cites the “Bowling Green Massacre” (which never occurred) to defend travel ban.
February 3, 2017 – Travel ban is blocked – Federal District Judge James Hobart orders a temporary halt to Trump’s travel ban. Trump responds by mocking him as a “so-called judge.”
January 29, 2017 – Deadly raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen – A raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen approved by Trump results in the death of one American soldier and up to 30 civilians.
January 28, 2017 – Bans entry to US from predominantly Muslim states – Trump signs executive order to deny entry into the US by citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries.
January 23, 2017 – Lawsuit filed for violating Emoluments Clause – Ethics experts file a lawsuit claiming Trump has violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on Washington – millions of people march in protest of Trump in Washington DC, across the United States, and around the world.
January 21, 2017 – Claims media misrepresented inauguration attendance – Trump claims media misrepresented the number of people attending his inauguration, while speaking at CIA headquarters.
January 14, 2017 – Attacks John Lewis on Twitter – Trump attacks Georgia Representative John Lewis on Twitter after Lewis says he does not see him as a “legitimate president.”
January 10, 2017 – Trump dossier – Buzz Feed publishes a 35 page dossier of opposition research on alleged ties between Trump and the Russian government.
December 9, 2016 – CIA concludes Russia interfered on Trump’s behalf – Washington Post and New York Times release separate reports on a secret CIA assessment concluding that it is highly confident Russia interfered with the presidential election to help Trump.
November 21, 2016 – Meeting with network execs and anchors – During an off-the-record meeting with network executives and anchors, Trump reportedly attacks and dresses down attendees while airing his grievances.
November 13, 2016 – Bannon appointment – Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News, is appointed chief strategist and senior counselor to the President.
October 14, 2016 – Accused of sexual assault by former Apprentice contestant – Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos holds a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred to accuse Trump of sexual assault.
October 12, 2016 – Accused of sexual assault by People writer – People Magazine publishes writer Natasha Stoynoff’s detailed account of being sexually assaulted by Trump.
October 9, 2016 – “You’d be in jail” – During the second presidential debate, Trump says he will appoint special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s emails and she would “be in jail” if he were elected.
October 7, 2016 – “Grab her by the pussy” – Washington Post releases a 2005 Access Hollywood video of Trump making crude (“grab her by the pussy”) remarks.
October 3, 2016 – Trump Foundation ordered to stop fundraising in NY – The Attorney General of New York orders the Trump Foundation to “immediately cease soliciting contributions” because it lacked proper state authorization.
August 9, 2016 – “Second Amendment people” – Trump says the “Second Amendment people” might be able to “do” something if Clinton gets to pick judges.
July 30, 2016 – Disrespects Gold Star family – Trump makes disrespectful comments about Muslim Gold Star parents Ghazala and Khizr Khan after their convention speech.
July 27, 2016 – Hopes Russia finds Clinton emails – While talking about Russian hacking allegations, Trump says he hopes Russia finds the 30,000 emails missing form Clinton’s account.
June 4, 2016 – Clinton “has got to go to jail” – Trump says Clinton is “guilty as hell” for using a private email server as Secretary of State and she “has got to go to jail.”
June 3, 2016 – Mexican heritage is conflict of interest for judge – Trump claims Judge Gonzalo Curiel should not preside over a lawsuit against Trump University because “he is Mexican,” which creates a conflict of interest. (Curiel was born in Indiana.)
May 14, 2016 – Audio tape of Trump posing as own spokesperson – Audio tape is made public of Trump posing as his own spokesperson in a 1991 phone interview with a People Magazine reporter.
May 3, 2016 – Rafael Cruz was with Oswald – Trump alleges that Rafael Cruz (Ted Cruz’s father) was with Lee Harvey Oswald just before JFK was shot.
March 30, 2016 – Campaign manager charged with battery – Jupiter Florida police charge Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with battery and release video of him assaulting a reporter at a Trump campaign rally on March 8.
March 3, 2016 – “No problem” with hands and penis – Trump defends the size of his hands and guarantees that “there’s no problem” with his penis during a debate on national television.
March 3, 2016 – Romney makes speech denouncing Trump – Mitt Romney delivers a 20 minute speech at the University of Utah dedicate entirely to denouncing Trump.
February 28, 2016 – Refuses to condemn white supremacists – Trump refuses to condemn David Duke and white supremacists on CNN’s State of the Union.
February 25, 2016 – David Duke endorses Trump – White nationalists and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke asks his radio show audience to support and volunteer for Trump.
February 1, 2016 – “Knock the crap out” of protesters – Trump tells supporters to “knock the crap out of” anyone getting ready to throw a tomato and he will pay their legal fees.
December 7, 2015 – “Complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US – Trump issues a statement calling for a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
November 25, 2015 – Trump mocks a disabled reporter – Trump physically mocks the disability of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a campaign speech.
August 7, 2015 – “Blood coming out of her whatever” – Trump attacks debate moderator Megyn Kelly, saying she had “blood coming out of her whatever.”
July 19, 2015 – McCain “not war hero” – Trump says Arizona Senator and former POW John McCain is “not a war hero” and “I like people who weren’t captured.”
June 16, 2015 – Build a wall and make Mexico pay – Trump promises to build a “great, great wall on our southern border” and have Mexico pay for it.