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.
The GOP-controlled Congress is already taking steps to
dismantle the Affordable Care Act, while Democrats have been rallying to oppose the repeal. It has been reported that only 26% of Americans support fully repealing the act.
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.
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. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP Images. More
Day 12: January 30, 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 Gorsuch to be confirmed, though Senate Democrats have said they will try to block the process. Photo: Cynthia Edorh/Getty Images. More
Day 11: January 30, 2017
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. 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. More
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 organisation received £19.2 million in donations this past weekend, six times its 2016 total. Photo: Maite H. Mateo/Corbis via Getty Images. More Story Continues
Day 9: January 28, 2017
Islamic State: Trump
orders the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense Jim 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. More
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. Abortion: The March for Life happens in Washington, D.C. VP Mike Pence tells anti-abortion marchers that "life is winning." More
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. Photo: PEDRO PARDO / Getty Images. More
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. Photo: KENA BETANCUR / Getty Images. More
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.
Environmental Protection Agency & National Parks: 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. Photo: Pacific Press / Getty Images. More
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.
Overseas Abortions: He also reinstitutes a policy that would block government aid to foreign organisations that provide abortions or abortion counselling, 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. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images. More
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 spoke on the phone with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling the talk " very nice." Israeli media speculated 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. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. More
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.
Press Relations: 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. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/Getty Images. More
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.
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