Timeline of the Donald Trump presidency (2020 Q1)

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The following is a timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump during the first quarter of 2020. To navigate quarters, see Timeline of the Donald Trump presidency.

Trump was tried in the senate on two articles of impeachment but in the end was ultimately acquitted.

Timeline[edit]

Overview[edit]

President Trump begins the fourth year of his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Significant events are his impeachment trial in the Senate,[1] his third state of the union address,[2] and the upcoming presidential primaries.[3]

January 2020[edit]

Date Events Photos/Videos

Week 153[edit]

Wednesday, January 1
Thursday, January 2
President Trump announces the death of Iranian commander Qassim Soleimani
Friday, January 3
Saturday, January 4
  • President Trump threatens on Twitter to attack Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates for the assassination of Gen. Soleimani.[6][7][8][9]
Sunday, January 5
  • President Trump returns to Washington, DC after spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.[10]

Week 154[edit]

Monday, January 6
  • The Senate returns from winter break.
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with the Saudi Arabian vice minister of defense Prince Khalid bin Salman.[11]
  • Former national security adviser John Bolton announces that he is willing to testify in the Senate trial of President Trump if subpoenaed.[12]
Tuesday, January 7
  • The House returns from winter break.
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the White House.[13]
  • The Pentagon verifies an attack on U.S. forces: "At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq."[14]
President Trump and Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Wednesday, January 8
  • President Trump discusses diplomatic tensions with Iran in a televised address, warning Tehran of retaliation should they strike again, adding that "Iran appears to be standing down."[15]
  • Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 crashes on departure from Tehran International Airport killing all 176 passengers aboard.[16]
  • President Trump wishes North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un happy birthday, calling him a "very good friend".[17]
President Trump discusses escalation of tensions with Iran
Thursday, January 9
  • Trump Administration officials, led by the Secretary of State Pompeo, C.I.A. Director Haspel and Defense Secretary Esper, hold closed-door classified briefings with the House and the Senate on the strike that killed Soleimani.[18]
  • The House of Representatives votes to limit President Trump's ability to order military operations against Iran, unless explicitly authorized by Congress.[19]
  • President Trump suggests that the reason for the Soleimani strike was to prevent a plot to "blow up the embassy" in Baghdad.[20]
  • President Trump holds a rally in Toledo, Ohio.[21]
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell endorses a resolution to change the Senate rules to allow it to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump if they are not transmitted from the House of Representatives to the Senate within a period of 25 days.[22]
President Trump announces proposed National Environmental Policy Act regulations
Friday, January 10
  • In an interview with Fox News's Laura Ingraham, President Trump says Iran had been targeting four American embassies before he ordered the killing of Soleimani. "I can reveal that I believe it would've been four embassies."[23]
Press Briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin
Saturday, January 11
  • Iranian officials admit that the crash of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 was caused by a missile strike brought about by human error and increased tensions as a result of "US adventurism".[24]
Sunday, January 12

Week 155[edit]

Monday, January 13
Tuesday, January 14
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announces that the House will vote on Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and appoint impeachment managers.[25]
  • President Trump holds a rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[26]
Wednesday, January 15
  • President Trump and Chinese Vice premier Liu He sign phase one of a trade deal, pausing two years of dispute between China and the United States.[27][28]
  • The House of Representatives votes 228–193 to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and appoints impeachment managers.[29][30]
President Trump signs phase one of the trade deal between the U.S. and China.
Thursday, January 16
Friday, January 17
Saturday, January 18
Sunday, January 19
  • President Trump travels to Austin to address the American Farm Bureau, touting the greatness of his administration through achievements such as the trade agreement with China and USMCA.[34]

Week 156[edit]

Monday, January 20
  • The fourth year of the Trump presidency begins.
  • President Trump and Vice President Pence make a visit to the Martin Luther King Memorial to pay tribute to the late Martin Luther King on Martin Luther King Day.[35]
  • President Trump's legal team submits a 110-page brief to the Senate concerning the articles of impeachment against him, arguing that the adoption of the articles was a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution" and that President Trump must be acquitted.[36]
Tuesday, January 21
  • President Trump arrives in Davos, Switzerland to attend the 2020 Davos World Economic Forum.[37]
  • President Trump’s impeachment trial begins as senators debate procedural rules that will govern the proceedings. Eleven Democratic amendments are rejected in votes of 53-47.[38]
Wednesday, January 22
  • President Trump returns to the White House from Switzerland.[39]
  • The Senate votes 53–47 to approve the rules of President Trump's impeachment trial, blocking the inclusion of new evidence or witness testimony at this stage in the trial.[40]
  • Opening arguments begin in the impeachment trial of President Trump, with impeachment managers accusing Trump of trying to cheat in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, adding that his actions demonstrate that "he believes that he’s above the law and scornful of constraint".[41]
Thursday, January 23
  • In the second day of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump, impeachment managers present their case that Trump abused his office in an attempt to discredit former Vice President Joe Biden, calling on Republican senators to allow new witness testimony to be heard in the trial.[42][43]
Friday, January 24
  • President Trump delivers remarks at anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington, DC.[44]
  • Democratic house managers conclude their opening arguments on the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, as well as the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress.[45]
Saturday, January 25
  • President Trump's legal defense in his impeachment trial begin opening arguments, refuting the accusations made by the impeachment managers and accusing them of trying to remove him from office as they believed they could not win the 2020 presidential election.[46]
Sunday, January 26

Week 157[edit]

Monday, January 27
  • President Trump’s legal defense team continue their opening statements arguing that Trump did nothing wrong and the impeachment inquiry was illegitimate from the start. John Bolton makes a claim that he heard Trump say that he (Trump) wanted the freeze on military aid to Ukraine to continue until Ukrainian officials announced investigations into Joe Biden.[47] Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Trump's legal counsel, claims that "nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power, or an impeachable offense." [48]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.[49]
President Trump and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Tuesday, January 28
  • President Trump holds a joint press conference with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to announce a proposed Middle East peace plan.[50]
  • President Trump's legal defense team completes its opening arguments.[51]
  • President Trump holds a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey.[52]
Wednesday, January 29
  • President Trump signs the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).[53]
  • U.S. senators begin the 2 day question portion in President Trump’s impeachment trial. Senate Republicans move to further block new witnesses, instead opting to push the trial to a verdict.[54]
President Trump signs the USMCA
Thursday, January 30
  • U.S. senators conclude the 2-day question period in President Trump’s impeachment trial.[55]
  • President Trump holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.[56]
Friday, January 31
  • President Trump signs an executive order adding six more countries to his ban on travel from certain mainly-Muslim countries. The added countries are Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and Tanzania.[57]
  • The Senate formally blocks an attempt to call new witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial in a vote of 51–49, with Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins siding with the Democratic Party.[58][59]

February 2020[edit]

Date Events Photos/Videos

Week 157[edit]

Saturday, February 1
Sunday, February 2

Week 158[edit]

Monday, February 3
  • President Trump's legal team and house managers begin closing arguments.[60]
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R.-AK) calls President Trump's actions "shameful and wrong." while announcing that she would vote to acquit the president. “I cannot vote to convict,” Murkowski told the Senate chamber. “The Constitution provides for impeachment but does not demand it in all instances.”[61]
  • President Trump wins Republican Iowa Caucus.[62]
Tuesday, February 4
  • President Trump delivers his third official State of the Union Address.[63]
  • President Trump awards Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address.[64]
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R.-ME) announces that she will vote to acquit President Trump in his impeachment trial, despite saying that what he did was wrong. Collins says her decision is based on the fact that she believes that "[Trump] has learned from this case" and "will be more careful in the future".[65]
President Trump delivers his third official State of the Union Address
Wednesday, February 5
Thursday, February 6
  • President Trump speaks about politics at the National Prayer Breakfast.[72]
  • In what he calls a "celebration" President Trump delivers remarks in the White House East Room to supporters following his acquittal in the impeachment trial.[73]
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House.[74]
President Trump and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta
Friday, February 7
  • President Trump fires Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and ambassador Gordon Sondland in retaliation for their cooperation in his impeachment inquiry. Mr. Vindman’s brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, also an Army officer, was also fired and escorted from the White House.[75][76]
Saturday, February 8
Sunday, February 9
  • President Trump attends the National Governors Association dinner.[77]
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Governor's Ball

Week 159[edit]

Monday, February 10
Tuesday, February 11
  • President Trump wins the 2020 New Hampshire Republican Primary, with the most votes for any incumbent President in history.[79]
  • The Justice Dept. announces that it will overrule federal prosecutors in the trial of President Trump associate Roger Stone and seek a shorter sentence than what the prosecutors had recommended. This comes after President Trump had complained on Twitter that the sentence the prosecutors had been recommending to Stone was "unfair" and a "miscarriage of justice".[80][81]
  • In response to the DoJ request for a reduced sentence, all four prosecutors (Michael Marando, Adam Jed, Jonathan Kravis and Aaron Zelinsky) withdrew from the Stone trial.[82]
Wednesday, February 12
  • President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno at the White House.[83]
  • Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney who headed the prosecutions of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, resigned from the administration after President Trump withdrew her nomination as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes.[84]
President Trump and Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno
Thursday, February 13
  • President Trump publicly acknowledges sending Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine in an attempt to find damaging information on Joe and Hunter Biden, despite his fervent denials of such a search during his impeachment inquiry and trial.[85]
Friday, February 14
  • Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced the Army will not investigate nor take any disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman in spite of President Trump's comment that the military should “take a look at” whether Vindman said “horrible things” about him.[86]
  • Justice Department attorney J.P. Cooney said Friday, "The Government has decided not to pursue criminal charges against...Andrew G. McCabe..." ending the nearly two year long investigation.[87]
Saturday, February 15
Sunday, February 16
  • Over 2,000 former Justice Department officials present an open letter strongly condemning President Trump and Attorney General William Barr's "interference in the fair administration of justice”, and called on Barr to resign due to his involvement in the Stone case.[88]

Week 160[edit]

Monday, February 17
Tuesday, February 18
  • President Trump commutes the sentences of 11 individuals, including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of attempting to sell a seat in the US Senate, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, financier Mike Milken, and Eddie DeBartolo Jr., all of whom were convicted on corruption charges.[89][90]
Wednesday, February 19
President Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, February 20
  • President Trump fires acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, after last weeks briefing to the House Intelligence Committee by the top election security official, Shelby Pierson, on Russian interference in the upcoming 2020 election. The president announced that he was replacing Maguire with Richard Grenell, the current ambassador to Germany, who will oversee 17 U.S. intelligence agencies.[92]
  • President Trump holds a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[93]
  • Roger Stone is sentenced to 40 months in prison for, in the words of Judge Amy Berman Jackson, "covering up for the president".[94]
Friday, February 21
Saturday, February 22
Sunday, February 23

Week 161[edit]

Monday, February 24
  • President Trump begins a two-day state visit to India.[96]
  • President Trump attends a "Namaste, Trump" rally in Gujarat, India and visits the Taj Mahal.[97][98]
Tuesday, February 25
Wednesday, February 26
Thursday, February 27
Friday, February 28
Saturday, February 29

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Trump presidency (2019 Q4)
Trump presidency (2020 Q1) Succeeded by
Trump presidency (2020 Q2)