Behind the Lense

The Trump Presidency: In Pictures

After four tumultuous years, the Trump Presidency finally comes to an end.
By
Zeyd Anwar
Founder and editor-in-chief of Res Publica
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit Hawaii | November 3, 2017
January 25, 2021
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resident Trump will go down in history as the man that changed the face of American politics. To his critics, Trump and Trumpism is the movement that represents the worst of what it means to be American: that Trump was an extension of greed, misogyny, anti-intellectualism, racism and unearned privilege. To his admirers, Trump will be the president that finally "made America great", and fulfilled his promise of bringing the United States back to its "glory".

As the Trump Administration comes to an end and America gets ready for a new future under Joe Biden, take a look at the important moments of the Trump Administration—all in pictures.

President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans, Thursday, January 26, 2017. This was the President’s first trip aboard Air Force One.
President Donald Trump displays a signed Executive Order at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 25, 2017. President Trump signed two Executive Orders to aid in border security and immigration enforcement improvements, and to enhance public safety in the interior of the United States.
President Donald Trump speaks with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, during their meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Sunday, May 21, 2017, to participate in the inaugural opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are welcomed with bouquets of flowers, Saturday, May 20, 2017, on their arrival to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
President Donald J. Trump and President Emmanuel Macron | July 13, 2017
President Donald J. Trump signs H.R. 195 – Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017, including Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 | January 22, 2018
President Donald J. Trump walks down the West Colonnade of the White House | January 3, 2017
President Donald J. Trump holds a video teleconference with members of the U.S. military | December 24, 2017
President Trump holds a joint press availability with the President of France
Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May host an arrival ceremony at Blenheim Palace | July 12, 2018
President Donald J. Trump participates in a Memorial Day Ceremony | May 28, 2018
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Marine One | July 16, 2018
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Red Cross workers and volunteers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at the Georgia Operations Center for the Red Cross in Warner Robins, Ga.
President Donald J. Trump walks to Marine One with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, after arriving at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
President Donald J. Trump talks with the media after arriving Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
First Lady Melania Trump tours the Sphinx and Ground Water Table Reduction Project Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Cairo.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit a memorial outside the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, placing flowers and stones in remembrance of the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children outside the South Portico entrance of the White House Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the 2018 White House Halloween event.
President Donald J. Trump is joined Mayor Jody Jones as he survey’s the fire damage to the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, during President Trump’s visit to Paradise, Calif., which was devastated by the Camp fire.
A Menorah is ready to be lit as President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks at the White House Hanukkah reception Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6, 2018, in the East Room of the White House.
Rev. Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr., the Bush family pastor, delivers the homily at the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5,2018, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Former President George W. Bush collects his emotions during his eulogy at the funeral service for his father, former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the funeral service for former President George H. W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand during a moment of silence before the draped official White House portrait of former President George H. W. Bush Monday evening, Dec. 3, 2018, on the State Floor of the White House.
Members of the public pay their respects Monday evening, Dec. 3, 2018, at the casket of former President George H. W. Bush lying in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Members of the public pay their respects Monday evening, Dec. 3, 2018, at the casket of former President George H. W. Bush lying in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
President Donald J. Trump participates in a trilateral meeting Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and India Prime Minister Narenda Modi at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with members of the U.S. Army football team Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Army-Navy NCAA College football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, addresses his remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq.
President Donald J. Trump shakes hands and takes photos with military personnel during a stop-over at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany Wednesday evening, December 26, 2018, following his unannounced visit to U.S. troops at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Special Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, members of his Cabinet and guests, addresses his remarks at the siging of National Security Presidential Memorandum to launch the “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative" Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
President Donald J. Trump welcomes President Jair Bolsonaro of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the White House Tuesday, March 19, 2019
President Donald J. Trump participates with kids at a coloring table during the White House Easter Egg Roll event on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, April 22, 2019, celebrating the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand on the South Portico balcony of the White House as they welcome guests Monday, April 22, 2019, to the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll.
President Donald J. Trump carries an umbrella as he disembarks Air Force One in a rain storm Friday, April 26, 2019, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. returning from his address before the National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks Friday, April 26, 2019, at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
President Donald J. Trump stops to talks with reporters along the driveway of the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, May 14, 2019, prior to his departure aboard Marine One to begin his trip to Louisiana.
President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One Thursday, May 16, 2019, waving to Air Force personnel on the flight line at Joint Base Andrews, Md., as President Trump leaves for his trip to New York.
President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks Sunday evening, June 2, 2019, during the Ford’s Theater Gala Performance in Washington, D.C.
President Donald J. Trump carries an umbrella as he disembarks Air Force One during a rain shower Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Mr. Philip May Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at No. 10 Downing Street in London.
President Donald J. Trump participates in a business roundtable with British Prime Minister Theresa May at St. James’s Palace Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in London.
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Britain’s Prince Andrew tour Westminster Abbey with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall Monday, June 3, 2019, in London.
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Britain’s Prince Andrew tour Westminster Abbey with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall Monday, June 3, 2019, in London.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump review items from the Royal Collection with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Monday, June 3, 2019, in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London.
President Donald J. Trump joined by Queen Elizabeth tours the Royal Collection of American items in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace Monday, June 3, 2019 in London.
The Guard of Honor is seen during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace Monday, June 3, 2019, in London.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to the entrance of Winfield House to greet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in London.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, along with British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Mr. Philip May, tour the Churchill War Rooms Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in London.
President Donald J. Trump participates in a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at No. 10 Downing Street in London.
President Donald J. Trump participates in a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at No. 10 Downing Street in London.
President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron observe a fly over from an overlook at the Normandy American Cemetery Thursday, June 6, 2019, during the 75th Commemoration of D-Day in Normandy, France.
President Donald J. Trump and Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Jong Un speak to reporters Sunday, June 30, 2019, as the two leaders meet in Freedom House at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
President Donald J. Trump, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Jong Un, and Republic of South Korea President Moon Jae-in talk together Sunday, June 30, 2019, outside Freedom House at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
President Donald J. Trump walks with Prime Minister Imran Khan of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Monday, July 22, 2019, along the West Wing Colonnade of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, during an OTR onboard Air Force One following his visit to Manchester, N.H.
President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to France where he will attend the G7.
President Donald J. Trump joins G7 Leaders Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte; European Council President Donald Tusk; Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 Summit host French President Emmanuel Macron during a G7 Working Session on Global Economy, Foreign Policy and Security Affairs at the Centre de Congrés Bellevue Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Biarritz, France.
President Donald J. Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pose for photos and talk with reporters prior to their working breakfast meeting Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at Hotel du Palais Biarritz in Biarritz, France, site of the G7 Summit.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, walks out on stage Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Pratt Industries plant opening in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
President Donald J. Trump joins India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on stage Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at a rally in honor of Prime Minister Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
President Donald J. Trump participates in a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Erdogan Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in the East Room of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump is welcomed by supporters as he arrives Tuesday evening, Nov. 26, 2019, to Palm Beach International Airport in Palm Beach, Fla.
President Donald J. Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 70th anniversary meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in London.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to No. 10 Downing Street in London Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, to attend a reception in honor of the 70th anniversary of NATO.
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Governors' Ball Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in the East Room of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, joined by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, view Mahatma Gandhi’s wheel during a tour of his home Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.
President Donald J. Trump joins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation during their visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Ahmedabad, India.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, announces a national emergency to further battle the Coronavirus outbreak, at a news conference Friday, March 13, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question at the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump walks from the White House Monday evening, June 1, 2020, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as the church of Presidents’s, that was damaged by fire during demonstrations in nearby LaFayette Square Sunday evening.
President Donald J. Trump walks from the White House Monday evening, June 1, 2020, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as the church of Presidents’s, that was damaged by fire during demonstrations in nearby LaFayette Square Sunday evening.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by United States Attorney General William Barr, speaks to members of the press prior to signing an Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship Thursday, May 28, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson joins President Donald J.Trump during a roundtable on race relations Wednesday, June 10, 2020, with prominent black leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump waves farewell to Korean War Veterans after participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thursday, June 25, 2020, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.
President Donald J. Trump stands before a plaque Tuesday, June 23, 2020, commemorating the 200th mile of new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz.
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks and answers questions from members of the press during a COVID-19 Coronavirus update, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room.
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks and answers questions from members of the press during a COVID-19 Coronavirus update, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room.
President Donald J. Trump, joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, acknowledge applause and wave to the crowd after delivering remarks at the Abraham Accords signing Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House.
U.S. Chief of Protocol Cam Henderson assists President Donald J. Trump, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the documents during the signing of the Abraham Accords Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan walk to sign the Abraham Accords Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House.
President Donald J. Trump speaks with military service personnel on duty around the world Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, during a Christmas Day video teleconference call at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.
Zeyd Anwar is the founder and editor-in-chief of Res Publica
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