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Trump is the 45th President

January 20, 2018, is his one-year anniversary

Washington CNN  — 

It will be impossible to adequately explain in decades to come just what it was like to be alive in the exhausting first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

From the moment he trampled the unifying conventions of the inaugural address by decrying “American carnage,” Trump shattered political normality, tearing at racial and societal divides, the limits and decorum of his office, even raising doubts about his fidelity to the nation’s founding values.

Trump is like a raging storm that never blows itself out, as his early morning Twitter rants injected into the nation’s central nervous system trigger outrages that obliterate traditional political debate and make days feel like weeks, weeks feel like months and months feel like years.

Here’s everything that happened during Trump’s first year:


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  • Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancels a meeting with Trump over the wall

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February 1

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  • Judge blocks Trump’s travel ban

February 7

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren is silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prompting him to say, ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’

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  • Trump asks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to slow West Bank settlements
  • Trump calls Flynn ‘a wonderful man’

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  • FBI Director James Comey confirms that the bureau is investigating alleged Trump campaign ties to Russian election meddling
  • He also says there’s no evidence that the Obama White House wiretapped Trump Tower

March 22

  • US officials tell CNN the FBI has information that indicates associates of Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives, to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign

March 23

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  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes confirms to CNN that he was on White House grounds before he suggested that Trump’s transition communications may have been swept up in surveillance of other foreign nationals

March 29

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  • The FBI gathered intelligence that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, US officials say

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  • Trump meets with Henry Kissinger
  • The Russian government trolls the White House, posting photos of a meeting between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the US

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