Presidential Seal President Trump's First Forty Days
Friday, January 20
  • Inauguration Day
  • Crowds are estimated to be around 160,000 (NYT 1/22)
    By contrast, an estimated 1.8 million visitors attended Obama's 2009 inauguration
2009 vs 2017 inauguration crowds
Saturday, January 21
  • Women's marches draw millions of protesters worldwide
  • Crowd size in DC estimated 470,000 - three times more than attended the inauguration (NYT 1/22)
  • In an address at CIA Headquarters, Trump claims that
    "a million and a half people" attended his inauguration
  • At his first White House briefing, wearing an ill-fitting suit, Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!"
Sunday, January 22
  • In a Meet the Press interview, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway describes Spicer's comments as "alternative facts"
Monday, January 23
    Tuesday, January 24
      Wednesday, January 25
      Thursday, January 26
        Friday, January 27
        • Trump signs an executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, and bans those fleeing Syria indefinitely.
        Saturday, January 28
        • Protests erupt at airports nationwide as confusion and chaos ensue
        • In New York, federal judge Ann M. Donnelly blocks part of the order
        Sunday, January 29
        • In Massachusetts, federal judge Allison D. Burroughs issues a temporary restraint on parts of the ban
        Monday, January 30
        • Trump tweets: "I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.)"
        • Former President Barack Obama gives his first public statement since leaving office, stating he "disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion"
        • Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the ban
        Tuesday, January 31
        • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) faces microphone problems at an anti-Trump rally Monday night
        • Trump tweets: "Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!"
        • Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice
        Wednesday, February 1
        • US Weekly reports that "First Lady Melania Trump
          may stay in NYC permanently and never move into
          the White House"
        Thursday, February 2
        • At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump asks the room to "pray for Arnold" so that ratings of NBC's reality show "The Apprentice" would go up
        • Trump hangs up on Austrialia's Prime Minister during heated argument over our agreement to receive 1250 refugees. Trump accuses Australia of sending us the
          "next Boston bombers"
        • In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway defends Trump's travel ban by citing the "Bowling Green massacre"
        • Nordstrom announces it will drop Ivanka Trump-branded clothing and shoes
        • Trump administration eases entry restrictions for permanent resident green card holders
        Friday, February 3
        • In Washington state, federal judge James Robart effectively reverses Trump's travel ban
        Saturday, February 4
        • In response to Judge Robart's ruling, Trump tweets: "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!"
        Sunday, February 5
        • Superbowl Sunday
        • In a Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump claims that 5 million people voted illegally
        Monday, February 6
        • Trump tweets: "I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it."
        Tuesday, February 7
        • Trump states "the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years"
        • Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell silenced Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as she tried to read aloud from a letter written by Coretta Scott King
        • McConnell states "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."
        • Undeterred, Warren read the 1986 letter aloud before a live Facebook feed outside the Senate chambers. In her letter, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. urges Congress to block the nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge.
        Wednesday, February 8
        • Mike Pence becomes the first Vice President in history to cast a tiebreaking vote in the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.
        • Trump tweets: "My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!"
        Thursday, February 9
        • Winter storm Niko hits the Northeast
        • Kellyanne Conway hawks Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories on Fox & Friends
        • Later, during his daily press briefing, Sean Spicer says Conway has been "counseled" regarding her comments.
        • The Washington Post, citing nine sources, reports that national security advisor Michael Flynn had a phone conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. The call came soon after President Obama sanctioned Russia for interfering in the election. In the call, Flynn suggests the possibility of sanctions relief once Trump is president. The call is monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies.
        • Flynn initially denied he had discussed sanctions in an interview with The Post but then amended his comment. He “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
        • In San Francisco, the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal
          rule against reinstating the travel ban
        Friday, February 10
          Saturday, February 11
            Sunday, February 12
            • James Corden hosts the 59th annual Grammy Awards
            • In a White House address to Face the Nation,
              Senior Advisor Stephen Miller made several outlandish comments, among them "that the powers of the President to protect our country are very substantial and
              will not be questioned."
            Monday, February 13
            • Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor, having spent only 24 days on the job
            Tuesday, February 14
            Wednesday, February 15
            • Trump's pick for labor secretary Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination. As CEO of Hardees and Carls Jr. he was already involved in several labor conflicts before Oprah gave a tape to the Senate where Puzder's wife accused him of domestic abuse.
            Thursday, February 16
            • Trump gives his first solo press conference to announce his pick for labor secretary, Jim Acosta.
            • Memorable quotes include:
              "We got 306 electoral college votes...I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan."
              "I am the least anti-semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life"
            • When asked by African-American reporter April Ryan if he would include the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in his work to revitalize American urban centers, Trump responds "Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting."
            Friday, February 17
            • Trump tweets: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
            Saturday, February 18
              Sunday, February 19
                Monday, February 20
                • Presidents' Day
                Tuesday, February 21
                Wednesday, February 22
                  Thursday, February 23
                  • CPAC
                  Friday, February 24
                  • Sean Spicer bans reporters from CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed from attending an informal White House press briefing
                  Saturday, February 25
                  • Trump tweets: "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"
                  Sunday, February 26
                  • Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 89th annual Academy Awards
                  Monday, February 27
                  • In a Today Show interview, former president
                    George W. Bush says "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account"
                  • In a White House address, Trump says
                    "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated"
                  Tuesday, February 28
                  • Trump addresses Congress for the first time