From glowing orbs to putting ‘America first’ with world leaders: Here are the most memorable photos from Trump’s wild first year in office

  • There have been many ups and downs since President Donald Trump took office in 2016.
  • Here are the most memorable moments and milestones from his first year, in photos.

A lot has happened in President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

He’s faced hurricanes, wildfires, deadly mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, and a terrorist a ttack in New York City. He’s met with world leaders in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to strengthen relations with allies in the fight against a weakened ISIS and to confront an increasingly nuclearized North Korea.

Back home, as Trump’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare stall, the administration hopes to check off tax reform as one of its major legislative accomplishments. Trump says a 17-year low unemployment rate of just 4.1%, higher-than-expected GDP growth, and a 17-year high consumer confidence index are signs the economy is booming.

Trump also nominated Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice, instituted travel restrictions on citizens from mostly majority-Muslim countries, declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency,” rolled back Obama-era environmental regulations, pulled out of the Paris climate accord, called for a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, and much more.

Meanwhile, the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election continues to plague the White House. Special counsel Robert Mueller has already indicted three of Trump’s associates: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and Manafort’s protégé, Rick Gates.

As Trump prepares to enter his second year in office, let’s take some time to reflect on some of the most memorable moments of his young presidency, in photos:


January 20: Trump was inaugurated on a cold and rainy day in the Capitol. His defeated Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, attended the ceremony.


January 22: Trump’s relationship with former FBI Director James Comey started off well, but quickly soured as Comey’s investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia heated up. Trump fired Comey in May.

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Two days after the presidential inauguration, Trump shakes hands with then-FBI Director James Comey in the Oval Office.
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January 26: Trump has had a tumultuous relationship with the press, at times granting extensive access but also slamming the “fake news” media for critical coverage.

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Trump speaks with reporters for the first time aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 26.
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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

January 28: Typical for a president’s first year, several top administration officials, including four pictured here, have either resigned or were fired.

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Trump talks on the phone in the Oval Office, along with former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Communications Director Sean Spicer, and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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January 31: Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was later confirmed by Congress, one of Trump’s first major accomplishments.

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After the appointment, Trump, Gorsuch, Vice President Mike Pence, their families, and others pray in the Green Room of the White House.
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February 18: Trump, meanwhile, continued to campaign. In the weeks following his victory, he held a “thank you” tour in honor of his supporters around the country.


February 24: Trump signed a myriad of executive orders, rolling back many Obama-era regulations. In his first 100 days, Trump issued 90 presidential actions, including 32 executive orders.

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Trump is surrounded by business leaders as he signs an executive order on regulatory reform at his desk in the Oval Office.
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February 27: As the president met with African-American leaders in the Oval Office, one of his closest advisers, Kellyanne Conway, infamously knelt on a couch. As was the case many times throughout the year, the internet lit up with reactions.

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Conway takes a photo from the couch as Trump meets with leaders of black colleges and universities in February.
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February 28: Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, emphasizing his plans to reorganize international trade, strengthen the military, and boost the economy.

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Donald Trump delivering his first address to Congress in February.
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March 2: Trump embraced his role as commander in chief, and held many events for members of the military. Here, he greets sailors on the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier before boarding Marine One in Virginia.

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March 4: Trump also loved seeing his fans. During his “thank you” tour, Trump peeked out of his motorcade to wave to supporters lined across the street.

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March 13: Trump held his first Cabinet meeting, though the advisory body was not full until May. After more administration exits, by November Trump’s Cabinet has two acting secretaries who need Senate confirmation.

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Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House on March 13.
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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

March 23: There are light-hearted moments as president, too. Here, he pretended to drive a big truck at the White House during a meeting on healthcare with truckers and CEOs.

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Trump takes the wheel at the White House on March 23.
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Carlos Barria/Reuters

April 6: Early foreign policy challenges tested the Trump administration. Here, the president discusses US strikes on Syria, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack.


April 17: The day after Easter, Trump kicked off the White House Easter Egg Roll, an annual tradition.


April 27: He also had some time for reflection.

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Trump looks out the window from the Oval Office on April 27.
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REUTERS/Carlos Barria

May 21: On Trump’s first trip abroad, this bizarre-looking image of Trump with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Saudi King Salman went viral. The leaders were hitting a globe to launch a movie at a new counterterrorism center.

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During a visit to the Middle East in May, Trump placed his hand on this mysterious glowing orb with two regional leaders.
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May 24: Trump also met Pope Francis at the Vatican, with his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka.


June 13: Back at home, Trump visited a technical college to promote the value of apprenticeships in the workforce. Increasing the number of manufacturing jobs in the US was a cornerstone of his campaign.

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Trump shakes hands as he tours Waukesha County Technical College with his daughter Ivanka in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
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July 7: As the months went on, special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation intensified. Here, Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time as US president.

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Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Germany.
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July 20: He also touted STEM education and companies’ US investments. Here, Trump met with pharmaceutical industry leaders after announcing a $500 million development project.


July 26: A few days later, he gave a speech to the Boy Scouts. Afterwards, the head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized for the “political rhetoric” in Trump’s speech.

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August 15: Trump sparked another controversy for saying that “both sides” should be blamed for violence during a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead.

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August 21: Despite being told not to look at the solar eclipse without protective glasses, Trump briefly did anyway.


September 2: After Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas and Louisiana, Trump and Melania visited victims of the storm.


September 6: Often clashing with the Democrats in Congress, Trump did have a moment of compromise with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over the program that allows young “Dreamers” to stay in the US. That deal has since dissolved, though.

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September 15: Trump invited 11-year-old Frank Giaccio to mow the White House lawn. The Virginia native wrote the president a letter asking if he would support his burgeoning lawn-care business.

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After writing a letter to Trump, Frank Giaccio from Virginia was invited to visit the White House for a day.
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Carlos Barria/Reuters

October 3: As hurricanes continued to pummel the southern US and Caribbean, Trump visited Puerto Rico. Outrage ensued after many critics viewed Trump’s decision to throw paper towel rolls to victims as insensitive.


October 4: Tragedy kept striking. After the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Trump visited Las Vegas to meet with first responders and victims.

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Trump and Melania meet at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with first responders who reacted to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

October 30: A day before Halloween, the Trumps gave out candy to costumed kids and their families trick-or-treating at the White House.

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Donald and Melania Trump give out Halloween treats to children at the White House.
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November 2: Republicans, meanwhile, continued to fight for Trump’s domestic policy initiatives, including a revamping of the tax code.


November 4: On another trip touting American interests abroad, Trump spent 13 days in Asia. In Japan, Trump met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whom Trump previously hosted at his private Mar-a-Lago beach resort in Florida.

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Abe and Trump pose with hats that say “Donald and Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater”.
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November 13: While in the Philippines, Trump had an amusing moment awkwardly shaking hands with regional leaders.


November 21: In yet another White House tradition, Trump pardoned his first turkey for Thanksgiving. Ten months into his presidency, Trump’s first year has been an eventful one.

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