Trump announced he would run for president 2 years ago today — these iconic photos show his transformation

Two years ago today, on June 16, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

His rise from political outsider to leader of the free world was as improbable as it was historic.

Today, take an opportunity to look back at the landmark events that shaped the last two years, and got Trump – and the US – to where it stands it today.


June 16, 2015: Trump announces his campaign for president on June 16, in the lobby of Trump Tower. He debuted his now-famous slogan and campaign iconography, and was seen in his signature: blue suit with fire engine red tie.

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Trump took the building’s escalator, creating an iconic moment as he slowly rode it to the stage.

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November 7: Trump hosts SNL. NBC caught flack for the decision for Trump to host, giving him airtime that wasn’t given to other candidates.

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Trump participates in the 11 of the 12 Republican debates, sparking controversy with crude comments about his competitors. He skipped one debate because of a controversy with Megyn Kelly, whom he accused of treating him unfairly.

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July 16, 2016: Trump selects Indiana governor Mike Pence after clinching the Republican nomination.

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July 22: Trump accepts the Republican nomination for president with a fiery speech proclaiming that he “alone can fix” the issues plaguing the US.

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September 8: Trump visits Mexico and meets with President Enrique Peña Nieto The two have a contentious press conference in Mexico City.

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Trump has three debates with Hillary Clinton leading up the election. The debates become heated at times, with Trump referring to Clinton as a “nasty woman.” Clinton refuses to shake his hand the second of the debates.

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October 8: Trump apologizes for remarks made in 2005 on an Access Hollywood bus caught by a hot mic said to Billy Bush where he said he could “grab” women “by the p—-” without repercussion. He said the remarks didn’t reflect who he was as a person, and his wife later gave an interview calling the comments “locker room talk.”


November 8: Trump speaks from the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on election night to accept the presidency after the results of the election are called and Clinton concedes.

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December 1: Trump makes a speech in Indiana at Carrier, claiming to have brokered a deal to save jobs at the plant from moving to Mexico before he even takes office.

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January 20: Trump is inaugurated, giving a speech highlighting the populist surge that brought him to this point.

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February 14: Trump fires national security advisor Mike Flynn after it comes to light that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with Russians before the inauguration. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates also sent a letter to the White House explaining that Flynn was likely compromised because of the unreported contacts.

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February 28: Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. Pundits claimed this was the first time Trump appeared truly presidential in manner and style. Even his suit seemed more presidential.

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May 4: Trump hosts a party in the rose garden with Republican lawmakers to toast the passage of a healthcare bill, the American Healthcare Act meant to replace Obamacare, through the House.

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May 9: Trump fires FBI director James Comey, setting off a firestorm and leading to the appointment of a Special Counsel to look into the Russia’s involvement with the 2016 election.

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May 20-27: Trump takes a day trip to the Middle East and Europe after the 100-day in office mark, with an aim to solidify relations with countries in the area. During the trip, Trump visited the Western Wall as well as the Vatican, touted an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, and scolded NATO countries in Brussels for not contributing enough in defense spending.