A Daily Timeline Of The Terrible Things Trump Did In His First 100 Days
President Trump has reached his 100th day in office, a symbolic milestone often used by historians to gauge the productivity of presidents. In a sense, this hasn't been a very productive presidency, given that Trump hasn't signed a single major piece of legislation. However, signing legislation isn't the only way to a president can get things done, and Trump has certainly taken to other avenues to affect change. So, here's a daily timeline of all the terrible things Trump did during his first 100 days.
Jan. 20: On his first day in office, Trump raises the Federal Housing Administration’s annual borrowing fee, a blow to first-time and low-income homebuyers.
Jan. 21: In the first White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly claims that Trump’s swearing-in drew “the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.” Trump calls the head of the National Parks Service in an attempt to find proof for this claim.
Jan. 22: Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway says that Trump won’t release his tax returns, despite his promises to the contrary during the campaign.
Jan. 23: Trump bans the U.S. from giving money to foreign organizations that provide, support or even counsel on abortion.
Jan. 24: Trump signs executive orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
Jan. 25: The president signs two executive orders: one calling for the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and another reinstating a program that will enable the ICE to “target illegal immigrants for removal.”
Jan. 26: Trump threatened to cancel a scheduled meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto after the latter said he was reconsidering his visit to the U.S. Peña Nieto ended up canceling the meeting before Trump was able to.
Jan. 27: Trump signs an executive order banning Syrian refugees, as well as citizens of several majority-Muslim countries, from entering the U.S.; this order is later blocked by multiple federal judges.
Jan. 28: Trump called his executive order banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries "not a Muslim ban."
Jan. 29: Trump slams Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Twitter for criticizing his ban, and seemingly accused senators-at-large of "always looking to start World War III."
Jan. 30: After Acting Attorney General Sally Yates announces that she won’t defend Trump’s travel ban in court, Trump immediately fires her.
Jan. 31: Trump places Steve Bannon on the National Security Council.
Feb. 1: Trump gives a speech suggesting that he thinks abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who died in the 19th century, is still alive.
Feb. 2: Trump threatens to withhold federal funds from UC Berkeley after the school cancels a speech by alt-right poster commentator Milo Yiannopoulus.
Feb. 3: Trump signs an order directing the Treasury to begin rolling back Obama-era financial protections.
Feb. 4: Trump attacks the judge who blocked his travel ban, insisting that the ruling made America less safe and that “if something happens, blame him and the court system.”
Feb. 5: Trump claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. When told by Bill O’Reilly that he should provide proof of that claim, Trump says to “forget all of that.”
Feb. 6: Trump tweets that “any negative polls are fake news.”
Feb. 7: Trump accuses Democrats of obstruction on Twitter for delaying his Cabinet nominees' confirmation hearings. The head of the Office of Government Ethics told Senate Democrats during the process that he was concerned the GOP was pushing the hearings forward too quickly for his office to vet them properly.
Feb. 8: Trump insults Nordstrom on Twitter.
Feb 9: Trump again alleges widespread voter fraud, telling lawmakers that he would have won New Hampshire if not for illegally-cast ballots.
Feb 10: Trump ends the federal government’s legal defense of transgender students in public schools.
Feb 11: On Twitter, Trump says his daughter Ivanka was "abused and treated so badly by the media."
Feb 12: Trump says on Twitter that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is "not smart enough to run for president," ostensibly because the president read a New York Post article that said Cuban might be a 2020 threat.
Feb 14: Trump scraps an anti-corruption law that required energy companies to disclose payments from private corporations.
Feb 15: When asked about the uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes under his administration, Trump responds by boasting about his electoral college victory three months earlier.
Feb 16: Trump repeals a regulation that required mining companies to monitor nearby waterways and ensure they weren’t polluting them.
Feb 17: Trump tweets that certain news organizations are “the enemy of the American people.”
Feb 18: Spicer says that Philip Bilden is “100 percent” committed to serving as Secretary of the Navy. Nine days later, Bilden withdraws his name from nomination.
Feb 19: At a rally, Trump appears to reference a non-existent terror attack in Sweden from the night before.
Feb 20: Trump proposes cutting domestic spending by $54 billion in order to boost defense spending by the same amount.
Feb 21: On Twitter, Trump dismisses the angry crowds confronting Republican' lawmakers in town hall meetings across the country as planned by "angry liberals."
Feb 22: The Trump administration officially rescinds protections for transgender students, telling public schools that they aren’t obligated to let trans students use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
Feb 23: Trump describes his administration’s efforts to deport undocumented immigrants as a “military operation.”
Feb 24: The White House bans CNN,The New York Times, BuzzFeed,The Los Angeles Times and POLITICO from attending White House press briefings.
Feb 25: Trump congratulates newly minted DNC chair Tom Perez for his win in a sarcastic tweet that misspelled his name.
Feb 26: Trump says the news about his campaign's connections to Russia are "FAKE NEWS" by Democrats to "mask the big election defeat." All this, again, on Twitter.
Feb 27: Trump withdraws from a lawsuit challenging a restrictive voter ID law in Texas.
Mar 1: More than 100 retired generals wrote a letter to Congress in defense of government spending on diplomatic efforts, after it was announced that there would be huge cuts to the non-defense budget to bolster defense spending.
Mar 3: Trump calls Democrats "pathetic" in a tweet for not approving his all his Cabinet nominees.
Mar 4: Presenting no evidence, Trump accuses President Obama of wiretapping his phones in Trump Tower; through a spokesperson, Obama denies the allegation.
Mar 5: The White House asks Congress to investigate Trump’s claim that Obama tapped his phones.
Mar 6: Trump signs a revised version of the travel ban designed to pass Constitutional muster.
Mar 7: Trump and House Republicans unveil a bill to repeal Obamacare that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance.
Mar 8: Spicer claims that Fox News reporter James Rosen had his phones tapped by the government when Obama was president; Rosen quickly denies that this ever happened.
Mar 9: Trump says on Twitter that the GOP's healthcare replacement plan is "coming along great" and will "end in a beautiful picture." The American Health Care Act (AHCA) failed to make it to a vote after Trump and Paul Ryan realized that it didn't have enough support in their party.
Mar 10: Trump nominates Scott Gottlieb, who sits on the boards of multiple pharmaceutical companies, to lead the Food and Drug Administration.
Mar 12: The House intelligence committee asks Trump for evidence for his accusation that Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower during the campaign asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged.
Mar 13: Trump claims that when Obama was president, “people didn’t like him so much;” Obama left office with a 59 percent approval rating, according to Gallup.
Mar 14: Spicer argues that Obamacare’s universal maternity coverage is a reason why health care premiums are so high.
Mar 15: Trump incorrectly claims that it’s “illegal” for news organizations to publish a leaked portion of his tax returns.
Mar 16: At a press briefing, Spicer reads aloud a Fox News report alleging that Obama ordered British intelligence to wiretap Trump; the U.K.’s intelligence agency calls the report “utterly ridiculous” the next day.
Mar 17: Trump appears to refuse a handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint appearance.
Mar 18: On Twitter, Trump calls his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel "great," then accuses Germany of owing "vast sums of money to NATO."
Mar 19: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes says there’s no evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
Mar 20: Spicer claims that Paul Manafort, a Trump associate with alleged ties to the Russian government, played a “very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the campaign; in fact, Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager for five months.
Mar 21: Trump reportedly warns House GOP that they could lose their seats if they don't pass the healthcare bill.
Mar 22: Nunes reveals that communications of Trump and his associates may have been “incidentally” collected by U.S. intelligence agencies during monitoring of foreign governments.
Mar 23: Trump says he’s done negotiating on health care, and demands that the House of Representatives vote on Obamacare repeal by the end of the day; hours later, the vote is postponed, and the White House reenters negotiations over the bill.
Mar 24: The Obamacare repeal bill is pulled from the House floor at the last minute due to lack of support.
Mar 25: After failing to even get a vote on the AHCA, Trump tweets that "Obamacare will explode."
Mar 26: Lt. Gen. Stephen Townshend says there’s a “fair chance” that a US airstrike in Iraq earlier in the month killed civilians.
Mar 27: Trump announces that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has never worked in government, will be tasked with overhauling the executive branch of the government.
Mar 28: Trump signs an executive order rescinding an Obama-era initiative to fight climate change.
Mar 29: Trump incorrectly claims that The New York Times “apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their [sic] coverage was so wrong;” in fact, the Times issued no such apology.
Mar 30: Trump attacks the Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative House Republicans, for failing to repeal Obamacare
Mar 31: Trump announces two executive orders aimed at cracking down on trade abuses, but leaves the ceremony without signing the orders.
April 1: On April Fools' Day, Trump fails to notify the nation that this was all a joke.
April 2: A federal judge rules that Trump may have incited violence at a 2016 rally.
April 3: Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders the Department of Justice to reconsider reforms that police departments had agreed to under Obama.
April 4: Spicer blames a reported chemical gas attack in Syria on “the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”
April 5: Trump defends Bill O’reilly against sexual assault accusations, insisting that the Fox News host is a “good person” and who didn’t do anything wrong.
April 6: Trump launches airstrikes against the Syrian government.
April 7: Two U.S. service members are killed in Afghanistan.
April 8: Trump congratulates the military for its strike on Syria. Trump said that he was moved by the images of children suffering from the Syrian government gas attack, but remained steadfast about his ban on Syrian refugees.
April 9: Trump’s national security advisor says that a U.S. aircraft carrier has been diverted to the Korean peninsula as a show of force against North Korea; however, it’s reported a week later that the aircraft carrier was actually headed in the opposite direction.
April 10: Neil Gorsuch is sworn-in as Supreme Court justice. One of his first votes on the nation's highest court was to deny a stay from an Arkansas inmate facing the death penalty.
April 11: Spicer incorrectly says that Adolph Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons against Jews during the Holocaust.
April 12: The U.S. dollar drops by .5 percent fifteen minutes after Trump says it’s “getting too strong."
April 13: Trump drops the largest non-nuclear bomb in U.S. history in Afghanistan.
April 14: The White House announces that it won’t release its visitor logs.
April 15: Trump "congratulates" Turkish leader Recep Erdogan for gaining dictator-esque powers via a countrywide referendum.
April 16: Angered by renewed fervor in the calls for his tax returns, Trump tweets: "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"
April 17: Trump promotes the book Reasons To Vote For Democrats by Michael J. Knowles on Twitter. The book contains nothing but empty pages.
April 18: During the White House Easter egg hunt, Trump seemingly forgets to put his hand on his heart during the National Anthem.
April 19: Trump congratulates Karen Handel on Twitter for making it to the runoff election in Georgia against Democrat Jon Ossoff. He labels the race "Hollywood vs. Georgia."
April 21: After a Hawaiian judge rules against Trump's revised travel ban, Sessions says he's "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific" has the authority to overrule the president.
April 22: Trump announces on Twitter that he will hold a rally in Pennsylvania on his 100th day in office, instead of attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
April 23: More than five months after his election victory, Trump tweets that he "would still beat Hillary in popular vote."
April 24: On Twitter, the president reiterates his call to build the wall along the Mexico-U.S. border to "[stop] drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth."
April 25: The White House refuses to give the House Oversight Committee requested documents relating to payments that Flynn may have received from foreign governments.
April 26: Trump criticizes the wrong court on Twitter after a federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocked him from suspending federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities.
April 27: After threatening to pull the U.S. out from NAFTA, Trump changes his mind and says he will negotiate with Mexico and Canada.
April 28: In an interview with Reuters, Trump says that that being president is "more work than in my previous life," and that "I thought it would be easier."
Although Trump has few legislative accomplishments to his name, he's certainly done a lot during his first 100 days. Unfortunately, a lot of what he's done is terrible.