action plan for his first 100 days as president is ambitious: withdraw from NAFTA and the TPP; create jobs; give the middle class a big tax cut; repeal Obamacare and create a replacement; build a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border; reduce crime rates; and expand the military.
Millions of Americans are hoping that Trump will, indeed, help create new jobs like he has promised. On the other hand, many people, including top scientists, are scared about his administration's stance on climate change. The 100-days plan promises to "cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate-change programs," and the White House website has already been
scrubbed clean of any mentions of the topic.
Coming into office with a historically low
approval rating of 40%, Trump has a lot of work to do. And it's up to all of us to hold him accountable.
Click ahead for an ongoing account of Trump's first 100 days as president.
This story will be updated throughout Trump's first 100 days.
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Day 68: March 28, 2017 Climate Change: Trump signs an executive order that rolls back Obama-era measures that combat climate change, promising to revive the coal industry and create jobs. "That is what this is all about: bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams, and making America wealthy again," Trump said during a ceremony at the EPA. Day 69: March 29, 2017 Ivanka: We finally know what Ivanka Trump's role in the White House will be: She will serve as an unpaid assistant to her father. This unprecedented role, which has stirred up quite a bit of controversy, comes with an office in the West Wing, security clearance, and an official government communications device. Census: Sexual orientation and gender identity will not be topics on the 2020 Census and American Community Survey, which is troubling for many people in the LGBTQ community. Reproductive Rights: The internet goes pink to support Planned Parenthood.
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Day 65: March 25, 2017 Iraq: The military is investigating an airstrike that targeted ISIS fighters in Iraq but allegedly killed 200 civilians. Transparency: Democrats introduce the "MAR-A-LAGO" ("Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness") Act, which would require the Trump administration to disclose visitor logs from the White House and "any other location at which the President or the Vice President regularly conducts official business." Trump has been known to conduct presidential business at Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida club. Day 66: March 26, 2017 Kushner: Jared Kushner is tapped to lead the White House Office of Innovation (despite never having tweeted), which is meant to focus on solving government problems with business-oriented ideas. Day 67: March 27, 2017 Russia: The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to question Jared Kushner as part of its inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials, specifically about meetings he arranged with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. This makes him the closest person to Trump, and the only one serving in the White House, to be questioned on the matter. Supreme Court: Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee delay a vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, as the battle over his confirmation heats up.
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Day 63: March 23, 2017 Health Care: Trump issues an ultimatum to House Republicans to vote for his health bill. The vote was originally scheduled for today, but such deep opposition to it remains that it gets delayed. Day 64: March 24, 2017 Health Care: Despite pressure from Trump, it's clear that the American Health Care Act will not receive the votes it needs to pass the House, so House Republicans cancel the vote. (Meanwhile, Steve Bannon tells Trump to keep a " shit list" of Republicans who oppose him.) Democrats have a field day. Russia: Russian state-owned news website Sputnik — which Foreign Policy magazine called the "BuzzFeed of propaganda" — applies for a White House press pass. Meanwhile, a national poll shows that 66% of Americans want an independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties and that the majority of people are concerned about his relationship with Russia.
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Day 60: March 20, 2017 Reproductive Rights: Pro-choice activists hit the Texas Senate in full handmaid regalia from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to protest bills that would limit abortion rights. Ivanka: Ivanka Trump gets her own West Wing office, but no official job title. Day 61: March 21, 2017 Travel: Citing unspecified threats, the U.S. bans electronic items such as tablets and laptops from flights coming from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Climate Change: The White House lays out plans to reverse Obama's climate change policy. Day 62: March 22, 2017 Russia: The FBI has information that shows Trump's associates may have coordinated with Russian operatives to release information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign.
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Day 57: March 17, 2017 Germany: Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — with whom he has some strong differences — and refuses to shake her hand. When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Trump, they had a 19-second handshake. Immigration: The Trump administration files notice that it will appeal the ruling against its revision of the travel ban. Day 58: March 18, 2017 North Korea: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls North Korea an " imminent" nuclear threat and says "all options are on the table" when it comes to eliminating its nuclear program. Day 59: March 19, 2017 The Wall: The White House announces its Mexican-border wall requirements, and Twitter has a blast with them. They are: "30-foot high wall." "Look good from U.S. side." "Difficult to climb or cut through."
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Day 54: March 14, 2017 Trump's Taxes: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow revealed a portion of Trump's long-awaited tax returns. After a lot of build-up, the scoop was underwhelming, but there were still a few interesting findings. The fact that he's the first Republican candidate and the first president who refuses to release his returns since Nixon in the 1970s has raised a lot of interest. Day 55: March 15, 2017 Immigration: A federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's revised travel order, stating that it is discriminatory. Day 56: March 16, 2017 Budget: Trump releases his preliminary 2018 federal budget, called "America First: A Budget Blueprint To Make America Great Again." The Trump administration's priority is to increase defense spending while slashing programs like the EPA.
Day 51: March 11, 2017 Justice Department: Government officials are reportedly angry over the swift firing of 46 U.S. attorneys, as they were given no warning. Day 52: March 12, 2017 Justice Department: Senator Elizabeth Warren criticizes Trump for pushing out prosecutors to install "cronies." Day 53: March 13, 2017 Health Care: According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, close to 24 million people would lose their insurance under the GOP health bill within a decade if it were enacted.
Day 49: March 9, 2017 Health Care: Trump goes into " dealmaking mode," working behind the scenes to drum up support for the GOP health bill. Day 50: March 10, 2017 Immigration: Five states are now suing Trump over his immigration and travel ban. Infrastructure: A report by civil engineers gives the country's infrastructure a D-plus grade. While Trump promised $1 trillion for infrastructure, it's estimated that the nation needs almost $4.6 trillion to bring it to an acceptable standard.
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Day 47: March 7, 2017 Resistance: School districts, businesses, and nonprofits plan to shut down for the Women's Strike on March 8, International Women's Day. The Wall: Trump considers making cuts to the Coast Guard and airport security to fund the proposed Mexican-border wall. Day 48: March 8, 2017 Resistance: Offices and schools sit empty on A Day Without A Woman as women strike for economic equality.
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Day 46: March 6, 2017 Immigration: Trump signs a new version of his immigration and travel ban, which will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas. This order was narrower, but was still viewed by many as discriminatory and unconstitutional. Health Care: Republicans unveil their proposed replacement for Obamacare — and it becomes widely memed.
Day 44: March 4, 2017 Wiretapping: Citing no evidence, Trump accuses President Obama of wiretapping his Trump Tower presidential headquarters, calling him a "bad (or sick) guy!" Later, a White House official says Breitbart was the source of the claim. Day 45: March 5, 2017 Wiretapping: Trump steps things up by asking for a congressional investigation of his unfounded wiretapping claims. Trump is "requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016," said press secretary Sean Spicer. FBI director James Comey asks the Justice Department to refute Trump's claim.
Day 42: March 2, 2017 Russia: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from investigating Russian interference in the election. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, accuses FBI director James Comey of withholding information on the Russia probe. Emails: The Indianapolis Star reports that Vice President Mike Pence used his personal AOL account for government business — and was hacked. Day 43: March 3, 2017 Climate Change: The White House proposes a 17% budget cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of the government's premier climate change agencies.
Day 40: February 28, 2017 Congress: Trump gives an address to a joint session of Congress that many say is a departure in tone from his previous speeches. "Trump had a sunny disposition at times, a big change from his ," R29 noted at the time. Hunger Games-inspired inaugural address Resistance: Women's March organizers continue to rally women to participate in a nationwide strike on March 8, calling for them to take a day off, not spend money, and/or wear red in solidarity. Day 41: March 1, 2017 Russia: Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes under fire after The Washington Post reports that he met with the Russian ambassador twice last year, and did not disclose these contacts during his confirmation hearing. Immigration: Trump's new travel and immigration ban is expected to exclude Iraq from the list of restricted countries.
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Day 38: February 26, 2017 Popular Culture: Moonlight wins Best Picture at the Oscars, after an epic mix-up in which La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner. Twitter erupts with comparisons to the 2016 election. Day 39: February 27, 2017 Budget: Trump's proposed budget will include major increases to defense and big cuts to the EPA. Education: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ignites controversy by praising Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for being "real pioneers when it comes to school choice." The problem with the statement? HBCUs were founded because of segregation — back then, there was no choice. Later, she backpedals on her remarks. Chatter: Twitter loses it over a photo of Kellyanne Conway casually sitting on a couch in the Oval Office with her legs tucked under her, shoes still on.
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Day 36: February 24, 2017 The Opposition: In an address to Democrats ahead of the DNC-chair elections, Hillary Clinton calls for " resistance plus persistence" against Trump. The Press: The White House selectively excludes media outlets including CNN and The New York Times from an off-camera briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer. Immigration: A Department of Homeland Security report casts doubt on Trump's travel ban. Day 37: February 25, 2017 The Press: Trump announces that he plans to skip the decades-old tradition of attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, which is scheduled for April 29.
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Day 34: February 22, 2017 Trans Rights: Despite opposition from LGBTQ groups across the country — and even Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — Trump lifts protections for trans students in school bathrooms. Day 35: February 23, 2017 DAPL: The last protestors who remained at the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp at Standing Rock leave the site.
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Day 32: February 20, 2017 Not My President's Day: Thousands march in the streets during the Not My President's Day rallies. Immigration: The Department of Homeland Security issues a sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, the fashion industry comes together to send a clear message protesting the immigration ban. Day 33: February 21, 2017 Anti-Semitism: Trump finally denounces the wave of threats and attacks on Jewish institutions throughout the country, calling anti-Semitism "horrible" and saying it "has to stop."
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Day 31: February 19, 2017 Science: Hundreds assemble in Boston's Copley Square to #StandUpForScience in a world of alternative facts. Terrorism: Trump baffles many with his "last night in Sweden" comment, seemingly referencing a nonexistent terrorist attack.
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Day 29: February 17, 2017 White House: Trump hires Mike Dubke as White House communications director. The Press: Trump calls the media "the enemy of the American people." Day 30: February 18, 2017 Russia: The FBI is pursuing at least three separate inquiries into the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections.
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Day 28: February 16, 2017 The Press: Trump attacks the media in a combative press conference. Cabinet: Trump announces his new labor secretary pick, R. Alexander Acosta. Resistance: Many businesses around the country shut down for A Day Without Immigrants in protest of the travel ban. Town Halls: More than 200 Republicans plan to skip in-person town halls in February, after constituents expressed their rage at Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and others. Planned Parenthood: The House of Representatives votes to overturn an Obama administration rule that protected Planned Parenthood funding.
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Day 27: February 15, 2017 Cabinet: Andrew Puzder, Trump's nominee for labor secretary, withdraws from consideration for the position. Stress: 66% of Americans report being stressed over the country's future, a new survey finds.
Day 26: February 14, 2017 Russia: Reports emerge that members of Trump’s presidential campaign were in communication with high-ranking Russian intelligence officials before the election. A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee calls for an exhaustive investigation into Trump-Russia ties. Meanwhile, Russia deploys a cruise missile in violation of an arms-control treaty.
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Day 25: February 13, 2017 National Security: After less than a month on the job, Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Adviser following revelations that he had misled VP Mike Pence and other White House officials about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. DAPL: A federal judge denied an emergency request by the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes to halt construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access pipeline.
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Day 23: February 11, 2017 Health Care: Protestors for and against Planned Parenthood march across the U.S. as the Republican party's defunding of Planned Parenthood looms. North Korea: North Korea challenges Trump by firing a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. Day 24: February 12, 2017 Voter Fraud: Senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller speaks in support of Trump's unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
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Day 21: February 9, 2017 Ethics: Experts say Kellyanne Conway may have broken an ethics rule by touting Ivanka Trump's products on TV. Immigration: The 9th Circuit Court refuses to reinstate the travel ban. Law Enforcement: Jeff Sessions is sworn in as attorney general, while Trump signs three executive actions aimed at bolstering law enforcement and curbing crime. Nuclear Power: In a call with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump denounces the New START Treaty, which caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads. The phone call fuels concerns that he's not adequately prepared for calls with foreign leaders. DAPL: Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline begins. Day 22: February 10, 2017 Immigration: The White House says it's considering taking the travel ban all the way to the Supreme Court. Cabinet: Tom Price is confirmed as the new secretary of Health and Human Services. Ethics: Kellyanne Conway apologizes for telling Fox News viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff." Environment: A House Republican sponsors a bill to do away with large parts of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Day 20: February 8, 2017 Attorney General: After a bitter battle, Jeff Sessions is confirmed as attorney general. The Press: The White House ramps up its search for a new communications director after Trump reportedly said he was disappointed with Sean Spicer's performance.
Day 19: February 7, 2017 Education: The Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, with a historic 50-50 tie break by Vice President Mike Pence. The Press: The FBI says it will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act requests by email, only by snail mail or fax. Voting: House Republicans vote to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which is the only federal agency working on making sure voting machines can't be hacked. Attorney General: "Nevertheless, she persisted" becomes a new rallying cry for Democrats after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silences Senator Elizabeth Warren during the debate over Sessions. People hashtag their posts #ShePersisted in support of Warren.
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Day 18: February 6, 2017 Immigration: Apple, Google, Facebook, and 94 other tech companies sue Trump over his immigration and travel ban. U.K.: Britain's House of Commons speaker says he doesn't want Trump addressing Parliament on the grounds of racism and sexism. Fake News: Trump calls any negative polls "fake news," citing no evidence. He also accuses the media of covering up terrorist attacks (no evidence). Education: Senate Democrats hold a 24-hour debate in hopes of keeping Betsy DeVos from getting confirmed.
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Day 17: February 5, 2017 Russia: In a Super Bowl Sunday interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump says he respects Vladimir Putin. When O'Reilly says, "Putin is a killer," Trump says, "There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?" Super Bowl: Super Bowl commercials get political with pro-immigrant and feminist messages. Lady Gaga sneaks in some powerful statements at halftime. The Opposition: Criticizing Trump's cabinet appointees, Senator Bernie Sanders says, "This guy is a fraud."
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Day 15: February 3, 2017 Immigration: A Seattle federal judge orders a halt to enforcement of Trump's executive order on immigration, which bans travel from seven Muslim majority countries. The White House vows to fight the decision. The Press: Kellyanne Conway cites the nonexistent Bowling Green Massacre to defend the ban. Finance: Trump moves to roll back Obama-era financial regulations. Day 16: February 4, 2017 Immigration: The Department of Homeland Security suspends all actions to implement Trump's travel ban. A federal appeals court rejects the administration's request to immediately restore the travel ban. Animal Rights: The USDA wipes information about animal welfare from its website.
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Day 14: February 2, 2017 Bodega Protest: About 1,000 Yemeni-owned bodegas across New York City close down in protest of Trump's executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Many workers and their supporters gather for a rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Guns: The House of Representatives votes to strike down an Obama-era regulation that seeks to prevent those with mental illnesses from getting their hands on guns. Religion: Trump promises to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which forbids churches from engaging in political activity at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Immigration & Welfare: A draft executive order promises to keep immigrants from receiving public assistance, and deport, when possible, those who already depend on welfare. Israel: In seeming contradiction to previous statements, Trump tells Israel to hold off on building new settlements. Australia: In a contentious call, Trump blasts Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasts about his electoral-college win.
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Day 13: February 1, 2017 Education: The nomination of Betsy DeVos to education secretary is at risk, with two Republican senators saying they'll vote against her. State: Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is confirmed to be secretary of state. Treasury & HHS: Meanwhile, Republicans used their majority to hold a vote without the Democrats to move forward the nominations of Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary and Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Iran: National security adviser Michael Flynn says the administration is putting Iran " on notice" after it tested a ballistic missile. "Religious Freedom": A sweeping draft executive order promises to protect the right of "any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations" to discriminate based on religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity.
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Day 12: January 31, 2017 Cabinet: Senate Democrats block two Trump cabinet picks — Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary and Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services — by boycotting the vote. Refugees: The Department of Homeland Security says it will allow 872 refugees to enter the U.S. after they were initially barred under the executive immigration order. LGBTQ Rights: The White House says the Trump administration will uphold an Obama executive order that protects federal employees from anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Supreme Court: Trump announces the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. Many expect the conservative Gorsuch to be confirmed, though Senate Democrats have said they will try to block the process.
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Day 11: January 30, 2017 Monday-Night Massacre: Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refuses to defend his immigration and refugee ban. Support pours in for the Obama-appointed Yates, with many calling her a hero and a patriot. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Daniel Ragsdale is demoted and replaced. Regulations: Trump signed an executive order aimed at rolling back business regulations, just as he had promised in his campaign. Federal agencies are required to eliminate two regulations for each new one enacted. Supreme Court: Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court pick on Tuesday, January 31, at 8 p.m.
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Day 10: January 29, 2017 #NoMuslimBan: Protests against Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority countries, as well as entry for all refugees, break out across the country all weekend. Thousands of people protested in many of the major airports. ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of those who have been affected by the executive order on immigration. Four federal judges — all women — have since issued temporary stays blocking the ban. The organization received $24 million in donations this past weekend, six times its 2016 total. Yemen Raid: The U.S. military conducts a raid on an al-Qaida compound, the first of the Trump administration, that killed a U.S. Navy SEAL and 23 civilians, including an 8-year-old girl.
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Day 9: January 28, 2017 Islamic State: Trump orders the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to come up with a strategy to defeat the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. They have 30 days to draft the plan. National Security: Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is being given a regular seat in the National Security Council's senior-level Principals Committee. Lobbying: Due to yet another executive order, Trump's officials will never be able to lobby for any foreign government. “Most of the people standing behind me won’t be able to go to work or do anything adverse to our wonderful country,” Trump said.
Day 8: January 27, 2017 NATO: Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a press conference at the White House. In it, she says that during their meeting, Trump assured her he is " 100% behind NATO," though he has previously called the alliance into question. Refugees: Trump signs an executive action limiting the flow of refugees into the U.S. by instituting what he calls "extreme vetting" of immigrants. Military: Trump signs another executive action to provide increased resources for the U.S. military. Reproductive Rights: The March for Life happens in Washington, D.C. VP Mike Pence tells anti-abortion marchers that "life is winning."
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Day 7: January 26, 2017 The Wall: Trump says he intends to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall by imposing a 20% tax on imports from Mexico. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who has said Mexico will not pay for the wall, cancels an upcoming meeting with Trump. Crime: Trump falsely tells Republican lawmakers in Philadelphia that homicides in the city are increasing. Thousands fill the streets to protest his visit. Foreign Affairs: Meanwhile, the State Department sees a mass resignation of senior management.
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Day 6: January 25, 2017 Immigration: Trump signs two executive orders on immigration. One will enable the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, one of his signature campaign promises. The other requires federal agents to arrest and deport people who cross the border without papers. It would also strip federal grants from "sanctuary" cities and states that don't fall in line with enforcing federal immigration laws. Refugees: Reuters reports that Trump is expected to sign executive orders that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and North African countries. Legal experts have suggested that the ban could be challenged if it's proven to discriminate based on religion. Thousands protested in NYC's Washington Square Park. Voter Fraud: Trump calls for a major investigation into election voter fraud, alleging that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 3 million because millions of illegal votes were cast. There is no proof of this.
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Day 5: January 24, 2017 Keystone & Dakota Pipelines: Trump signs an executive order that would advance the construction of these projects. The executive action clears the way for the pipelines to get approval from the government, which would be a huge defeat for the Native American tribes and environmental activists who have long fought to block them. The Environment: The administration orders an EPA media blackout and contract freeze, prohibiting employees from starting new projects, talking to reporters, or posting on social media. The Department of the Interior was also ordered to stop tweeting after the National Park Service retweeted photos that compared the crowds at Trump's and Obama's inaugurations. Badlands National Park in South Dakota goes rogue for a while, tweeting about climate change; later, it deletes the tweets.
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Day 4: January 23, 2017 Trade Deals: Trump formally abandons the Trans-Pacific partnership, drastically reversing decades of free-trade-oriented economic policy. He's expected to move quickly on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Global Gag Rule: He also reinstitutes a policy that would block government aid to foreign organizations that provide abortions or abortion counseling, something Republican presidents typically do when they take office. Middle-Class Taxes: During a meeting with business leaders, Trump reiterates his plans to cut taxes for the middle class and companies. Echoing his campaign promises, he also says he wants to reduce regulations on businesses in the U.S. and impose a tax on American companies that build products abroad and then sell them stateside.
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Day 3: January 22, 2017 Alternative Facts: Kellyanne Conway goes on Meet the Press and argues for the administration's need to present " alternative facts" while defending Sean Spicer's press-briefing performance the day before. Chuck Todd responds that they are not "alternative facts," but falsehoods. Lookups of the word "fact" subsequently spiked on Merriam-Webster, and the dictionary decided to tweet its own definition. Israeli-Palestinian Relations: Trump speaks on the phone with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling the talk " very nice." Israeli media speculates that the Trump administration may finally move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which has been a sore issue for decades. Palestinian leaders are staunchly opposed to the embassy move: It would serve as a symbolic recognition of Israel’s 1967 capturing of mostly Arab East Jerusalem.
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Day 2: January 21, 2017 Women's March: The Women's March is estimated to be the largest inaugural protest in history, with crowds — at least half a million in Washington, D.C., and 2.5 million around the world — reportedly three times bigger than those for the inauguration. The Press: New White House press secretary Sean Spicer excoriates the media on supposedly inaccurate reporting of inauguration crowd numbers: "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Period. Both in person and around the globe." According to PolitiFact, this statement was without merit. Spicer leaves the press briefing without taking questions.
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Day 1: January 20, 2017 Inauguration: Trump's inauguration crowds look much sparser than those for Obama's first swearing-in in 2009. Obamacare: Wasting no time after his inauguration, Trump signs an executive order promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Climate Change & LGBTQ Rights: Mentions of these two major issues have been eliminated from the White House website. Disabilities: References to disabilities were also taken down from the White House website.