This page tracks unprecedented or highly unusual actions taken by Trump as president (or president-elect) or his administration, or unprecedented results or responses to administration actions.
|2016.11.20||Trump confirms that Melania Trump and their son Barron will stay in New York after the presidential inauguration. washingtonpost.com (See also Barron Trump, Melania Trump)|
The future first lady's decision to live about 230 miles from the White House is unprecedented.
|2016.12.01||Trump kicks off a "Thank You" tour so he can revel in crowds, boast in person, and disparage Hillary Clinton and the media. nytimes.com (See also 2016 Election, Narcissism, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.15||White House chief of staff warned the director of the Office of Government Ethics on Sunday to "be careful" about criticizing Trump's handling of his business conflicts. washingtonpost.com (See also Reince Priebus, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.01.20||Trump files for 2020 candidacy hours after inauguration. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
The new president emphasized that the paperwork “does not constitute a formal announcement of my candidacy for the 2020 election.”
|2017.01.20||Trump strikes nationalistic tone in his inaugural address. wsj.com (See also Presidential Activity, Fascism)|
Historians and speechwriters describe the speech as one of the most ominous inaugural addresses ever, reinforcing familiar campaign themes of American decline, in contrast to the inspirational speeches of his predecessors.
|2017.01.26||Trump’s executive orders, drawn up without consulting his Cabinet or legal experts, leave government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to catch up, and policy experts wondering if some of them are even legal. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, James Mattis, Department of Defense, Mike Pompeo, Central Intelligence Agency, Keystone XL Pipeline, Sanctuary Cities, Mexico Wall, Steve Bannon)|
Initiatives are largely being churned out without proper review and the strategy could backfire. David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former official at the Federal Trade Commission, told Politico. “A government by edict is not a sustainable idea.”
|2017.01.28||Susan Rice, Obama's National Security Advisor, comments on Bannon's elevation to National Security Council. twitter.com (See also Steve Bannon, National Security Council)|
|2017.01.29||An executive order gives the right-wing agitator, Steve Bannon, a full seat on the principals committee of the National Security Council a role usually held by Generals, in a startling elevation of a political adviser. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.01.29||Arizona senator John McCain blasts Bannon placement on National Security Council and calls it "a radical departure." politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Steve Bannon, National Security Council)|
|2017.01.29||Trump strategist and former chair of Breitbart News Network, Steve Bannon, seen by many as the brains behind Trump's Muslim immigration ban, is elevated to a position on the National Security Council's principals' committee and people are begging someone, anyone, to please #StopPresidentBannon. newsweek.com (See also Steve Bannon, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.29||Trump's executive order reorganizing the National Security Council drops joint chiefs and adds Bannon. bbc.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.01.30||Former officials warn that giving Trump’s chief strategist and ideologue, Steve Bannon, a National Security Council seat risks politicizing national security. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Steve Bannon, National Security Council)|
|2017.01.30||Majority of State Dept has been fired and sits empty. Bannon and Miller now rule the country unchecked. Judges' orders ignored by DHS. twitter.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of State, Steve Bannon, Steve Miller)|
|2017.01.31.||Immigration ban puts American citizens at risk by disrupting travel and status of patients and healthcare workers. wired.com (See also Immigrants, First 100 days, Health Care)|
|2017.02.01||Rex Tillerson is confirmed as Secretary of State in a 56-to-43 vote, an opposition record. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
|2017.02.01||Trump Immigration Ban disrupts international research collaboration on public health and disease. scientificamerican.com (See also Social Issues, Fascism, Nationalism, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
The ensuing damage to scientific collaboration puts the U.S. at risk, researchers say
|2017.02.02||Emails show Trump's transition team was warned against its "unprecedented" approach to staffing cabinet without ethics vetting. nbcnews.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||Mike Pence is forced to cast tie-breaking vote in senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. nytimes.com (See also Betsy DeVos, Mike Pence)|
|2017.02.11||Trump to Dems: 'Pocahontas is now the face of your party' cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Native Americans)|
|2017.02.13||White House grants press credentials to Gateway Pundit, a pro-Trump blog that's spread false rumors about voter fraud and Hillary Clinton's health. nytimes.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, First 100 Days, house)|
|2017.02.16||Six ICE agents show up at El Paso County, Texas, courthouse and detain woman seeking a protective order against a boyfriend she accused of domestic abuse. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants, Women, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.05||House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi describes Trump's unfounded claim of being wiretapped by President Obama as an authoritarian tactic. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.15||Sen. Lindsey Graham says the FBI needs to stop stonewalling on his request to clear up wiretapping claims Trump made against his President Obama. today.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.20||Ivanka Trump begins working out of a West Wing office, although she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter. latimes.com (See also Ivanka Trump, Nepotism)|
The attorney says she will receive a government-issued phone and a security clearance for classified information.
|Trump threatens to cut federal funds to UC Berkeley. sfchronicle.com (See also Feuds, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|