Timeline of the Donald Trump presidency (2018 Q4)

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The following is a timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump during the fourth quarter of 2018. To navigate among quarters, see Timeline of the Donald Trump presidency.


Public opinion[edit]


October 2018[edit]

Date Events Photos/Videos

Week 88[edit]

Monday, October 1
  • President Trump announces the new USMCA trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada as a renegotiation of the former North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA).[1]
President Trump announces the new USMCA trade agreement.
Tuesday, October 2
  • The White House corrected the official transcript from yesterday's press conference to now include his initial insult of a reporter.[2]
Wednesday, October 3
Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
  • In a vote of 51–49 the Senate moves to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice.[4]
Saturday, October 6
Sunday, October 7

Week 89[edit]

Monday, October 8
Tuesday, October 9
Wednesday, October 10
Thursday, October 11
Friday, October 12
Saturday, October 13
Sunday, October 14

Week 90[edit]

Monday, October 15
  • President Trump suggests "rogue killers" may be responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.[7]
Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17
  • President Trump says the U.S. is requesting that Turkey provide audio and video relating to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, "if it exists".[8]
  • Donald McGahn resigns as White House Chief Counsel. He will be replaced by Patrick Cipollone.[9]
Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19
  • President Trump holds a rally in Mesa, Arizona. [10]
Saturday, October 20
Sunday, October 21

Week 91[edit]

Monday, October 22
  • President Trump attends a political rally at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and claims "I'm a nationalist".[11]
Tuesday, October 23
Wednesday, October 24
  • President Trump and the White House condemn as "alleged violent attacks" a number of packages containing "potential explosive devices" that were addressed to various Democrats and intercepted by the Secret Service.
Thursday, October 25
Friday, October 26
Saturday, October 27
Sunday, October 28

Week 92[edit]

Monday, October 29
Tuesday, October 30
Wednesday, October 31

November 2018[edit]

Date Events Photos/Videos

Week 92[edit]

Thursday, November 1
Friday, November 2
Saturday, November 3
Sunday, November 4

Week 93[edit]

Monday, November 5
  • President Trump visits Ohio, Indiana and Missouri to campaign on the eve of the midterm elections.[15]
Tuesday, November 6
  • The midterm elections are held with Democrats making significant gains in the House of Representatives and in state elections, while Republicans strengthen their slim hold on the Senate. Gains in the House of Representatives give Democrats the majority, and the ability to control committees to investigate President Trump and his administration beginning in January 2019.[16]
Wednesday, November 7
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at the request of President Trump and is replaced by Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' Chief of Staff.[17]
  • President Trump suspends the access pass of CNN journalist Jim Acosta after he continues to ask questions and refuses to give up the microphone.[18]
November 7, 2018 - press conference with Jim Acosta
Thursday, November 8
Friday, November 9
  • President Trump travels to France aboard Air Force One.[19]
  • President Trump receives a call from British Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he berates over Iran and Brexit.[19]
Saturday, November 10
President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Sunday, November 11
  • President Trump fails to attend a ceremony with European leaders in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.[21]
  • President Trump attends a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe with 60 other world leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in which he denounces nationalism as a betrayal of patriotism and warns against 'old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death'. This is seen as a rebuke of President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is also in attendance.[22]
  • President Trump returns to Washington where he again misses a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I claiming that he was unable to do so because he was 'extremely busy on calls for the country'.[23]
Armistice Day ceremony in Paris.

Week 94[edit]

Monday, November 12
Tuesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 14
  • Media reports that President Trump has been in a bad mood since the midterm elections due to the significant Republican losses and is planning to shuffle his staff including Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.[19]
  • President Trump announces support for the FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan legislative package of sentencing and prison overhaul measures.[24]
Thursday, November 15
Friday, November 16
Saturday, November 17
  • President Trump visits California to tour the devastation caused by wildfires.[25] He mistakenly refers to the fire ravaged area as "Pleasure" rather than Paradise.[26]
Sunday, November 18

Week 95[edit]

Monday, November 19
Tuesday, November 20
  • President Trump issues a statement called extraordinary and remarkable by the media, declaring unwavering loyalty to Saudi Arabia despite its killing of Khashoggi.[29]
  • Details emerge of attempts by President Trump to order the Justice Department to prosecute his political enemies, 2016 presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey.[30]
  • President Trump's lawyers hand in his responses to questions for the Mueller investigation.[31]
  • President Trump defends Ivanka Trump's use of personal email for official government business declining to acknowledge hypocrisy given his calls for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned for her use of personal emails during her time as Secretary of State.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, rules against President Trump's immigration policy. The President lashes out against the court calling it 'a lawless disgrace' and threatening unspecified retaliation. Chief Justice John G. Roberts issues a rare statement defending the impartiality of courts.[32][33]
Wednesday, November 21
  • President Trump fires back at Chief Justice Roberts on Twitter.[34][35]
Thursday, November 22
  • President Trump spends Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate, visiting a Coast Guard station in Palm Beach.[36] He uses calls to overseas troops to vent on immigration and trade and to boast about his own success in a break from non-partisan traditions of such calls.[37]
  • President Trump authorizes troops stationed at the US-Mexican border to use lethal force if deemed necessary and also threatens to close the entire southern border with Mexico.[38][39]
  • President Trump rebuffs the CIA for concluding that the Saudi crown prince was responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.[40]
Friday, November 23
  • The New York Supreme Court rejects a motion by President Trump to have New York State Attorney General's lawsuit against the Trump Foundation dismissed, allowing the case to proceed. The motion was made on the basis of presidential immunity and political bias.[41]
Saturday, November 24
Sunday, November 25
  • US Customs and Border Protection temporarily closed all vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the major San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California and used tear gas on migrants and refugees who approached the border fence.

Week 96[edit]

Monday, November 26
President speaks to press prior to flight to Mississippi
Tuesday, November 27
Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
Wednesday, November 28
  • President Trump uses his Twitter account to retweet an image calling for his political opponents to be imprisoned for treason. The image includes Rod Rosenstein, his own Deputy Attorney General, and Robert Mueller.[43]
Thursday, November 29
  • President Trump travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, ahead of the G20 summit.[44] He abruptly cancels a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's capture of Ukrainian ships and sailors.[45]
  • President Trump's long time lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress in relation to the Mueller Russia investigation. Trump makes a statement to the media that Cohen was lying to reduce his prison sentence. He further states that there was nothing wrong with his involvement with an ultimately unsuccessful personal business deal with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.[46]
Friday, November 30
G-20 leaders at the 2018 G-20 Buenos Aires Summit.

December 2018[edit]

Date Events Photos/Videos

Week 96[edit]

Saturday, December 1
  • President Trump releases a statement on the death of former President George H. W. Bush and declares December 5, 2018, as a national day of mourning.[citation needed]
  • President Trump holds bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[citation needed]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, claiming that they have reached an agreement to halt the escalating trade war between the United States and China. The following Tuesday senior officials were playing down expectations and acknowledged that key provisions were not finalized and Trump tweets that he is 'Tariff Man' leading stock markets to plunge 3 percent.[48]
President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Sunday, December 2

Week 97[edit]

Monday, December 3
  • In a series of tweets, President Trump calls for harsh sentencing of Michael Cohen, following a guilty plea in cooperation with the Mueller investigation. The president also praises longtime associate Roger Stone for not cooperating with Mueller.[49]
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit the body of late former President George H. W. Bush, lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda, to pay their respects.[50]
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to late former President George H. W. Bush.
Tuesday, December 4
  • Senate leaders attend a closed-door security briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel and emerge from the meeting to effectively accuse President Trump of misleading the country over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.[51][52]
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush at the Blair House, to offer their condolences to the Bush family.[53]
  • Robert Mueller files court documents for the sentencing of President Trump's former national security adviser, General Michael Flynn. Mueller recommends no jail time based on Flynn's assistance, including in the Trump-Russia investigation and several ongoing investigations.[54][55]
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump offer their condolences to former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.
Wednesday, December 5
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the funeral of late former President George H. W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral.[50]
  • The Washington Post reports that Saudi lobbyists paid for 500 rooms in President Trump's Washington DC Hotel following the 2016 election.[56]
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the funeral of late former President George H. W. Bush
Thursday, December 6
  • President Trump's former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes public comments criticizing Trump. Trump responds the following day with an attack on twitter calling Tillerson 'lazy' and 'dumb as a rock'.[57]
Friday, December 7
  • President Trump indicates that he will nominate William P. Barr for the post of Attorney General. Barr previously served as Attorney General under President George H. W. Bush. He also indicates that he will nominate Heather Nauert as Ambassador to the United Nations.
Saturday, December 8
Sunday, December 9

Week 98[edit]

Monday, December 10
Tuesday, December 11
  • President Trump meets with Democratic Party congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office. The meeting is combative, with the president threatening to shut down the government over funding for the Mexican border wall. President Trump declares that he would be "proud" to shut down parts of the government if it were to result in a border wall.[58]
President Trump meets with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Wednesday, December 12
  • President Trump names Mick Mulvaney, his budget director, as acting Chief of Staff following the departure of John Kelly.[59][60]
  • Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer, is sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion, violation of campaign finance laws and deceiving banks and Congress.[61]
Thursday, December 13
  • Federal prosecutors continue to investigate irregularities by the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee.[62]
Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15
Sunday, December 16

Week 99[edit]

Monday, December 17
Tuesday, December 18
  • President Trump agrees to shut down the Donald J. Trump Foundation following an investigation by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood which found 'a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.'[64]
  • President Trump's Justice Department announces that it will ban bump stocks.[65]
  • President Trump abandons demands for funding for his border wall, drawing unprecedented criticism from his conservative media allies.[66][67]
Wednesday, December 19
  • President Trump reassures victory over ISIS in Syria and announces that US troops will be returned. Aides, officials and allies are blindsided by the decision, which is made without any consultation.[68][69][70]
  • A federal judge blocks the Trump Administration attempts to deny asylum to domestic violence victims.[71]
Thursday, December 20
  • Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announces his resignation, effective February 28, 2019, with a rebuke of President Trump's foreign policy.[72][73]
  • President Trump announces that he intends to significantly reduce troop numbers in Afghanistan. As with the previous announcement, consultation is negligible.[74]
  • President Trump reverses again on a federal government shutdown over his border wall, vowing that he will not sign any budget extension bill that does not fund the wall. The Senate and House are in stalemate with the former voting for no funding and the latter voting for funding for the wall.[75][76]
  • North Korea announces that it will not eliminate its nuclear weapons unless the US first removes nuclear weapons and forces from the region. North Korea further accuses President Trump of twisting the agreement made between himself and Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 22, 2018.[77]
Friday, December 21
  • President Trump signs the First Step Act into law. The act is a bipartisan prison and sentencing reform bill with strong bipartisan support.[78]
  • CNN reports that President Trump has twice lashed out at acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over the prosecution of his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, further reporting that these events underscore the extent to which the President firmly believes the Attorney General of the United States should serve as his personal protector.[79]
Saturday, December 22
  • A government shutdown begins following the failure of Congress and President Trump to reach a compromise on border wall funding.[80][81]
  • Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, resigns from his post, effective December 31, 2018, in protest at President Trump's decision to pull American troops from Syria. In response, President Trump wrote that he did not know McGurk and questioned if McGurk was a "grandstander".[82][83]
Sunday, December 23
  • President Trump has Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tell Secretary of Defense James Mattis that his departure would be effective January 1. He announces Patrick M. Shanahan as acting defense secretary.[84]
  • While on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Secretary Mnuchin conducts a series of individual calls with the CEO's of America's six largest banks, to affirm adequate liquidity and respond to market volatility.
  • Day 2 of the partial government shutdown

Week 100[edit]

Monday, December 24
  • President Trump attacks the Federal Reserve via Twitter, stating that they are the only problem in the economy, which is in a significant downturn. Recent reporting has claimed that the president is seeking to fire the head of the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates.[85]
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take calls in the White House for the NORAD Santa tracker. Trump draws significant media attention when he questions a 7 year old caller's belief in Santa.[86]
  • Day 3 of the partial government shutdown
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the NORAD Santa tracker Calls.
Tuesday, December 25
  • President Trump spends Christmas with First Lady Melania Trump at the White House, choosing not to travel to Florida due to the government shutdown.[87][88]
  • Day 4 of the partial government shutdown
Wednesday, December 26
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit American troops stationed in a combat zone at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq.[89]
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit American troops stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.[90]
  • Day 5 of the partial government shutdown
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit American troops at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq.
Thursday, December 27
  • Day 6 of the partial government shutdown
Friday, December 28
  • Day 7 of the partial government shutdown
Saturday, December 29
  • Day 8 of the partial government shutdown
Sunday, December 30
  • Day 9 of the partial government shutdown

Week 101[edit]

Monday, December 31
  • Day 10 of the partial government shutdown

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