Timeline of the Trump presidency, 2018 Q2

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



103,000 jobs were created in March as the unemployment rate remained stable into April. At the start of the quarter the US stock market experienced daily sell-offs and recoveries due to a burgeoning US and China trade war and increased political scrutiny of American business icons, Amazon and Facebook.[1][2] In May, the Labor Department reported a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.9% for April and an increase of 164,000 jobs. Wages grew by 2.6%. Hiring gains were broad based with jobs being added in the fields of professional and business services, health care, manufacturing, and mining.[3]

Public opinion

According to FiveThirtyEight, President Trump's approval rate at the beginning of this quarter was 40.5%, down 4.9% from the start of his presidency.[4] By May 1, it had improved to 41.2%.


April 2018

Date Events Photos

Week 63

Monday, April 2
  • President Trump and first lady Melania host the 140th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.[5]
  • Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov claims Trump invited Russian President Putin to the White House.[6]
Tuesday, April 3
Wednesday, April 4
  • President Trump signs a proclamation directing the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration.[9]
  • President Trump attends a campaign rally in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia.[10]

Week 64

Monday, April 9
  • After the FBI and federal prosecutors raid the home, hotel room, and office of President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, Trump brands the raid as "an attack on our country in a true sense".[11]
  • Regarding firing special counsel Robert Mueller, President Trump says, "Many people have said you should fire him", and "We'll see what happens".[12]
  • President Trump meets with military leaders and generals to discuss a response to poison gas attacks in Syria.[13]
Tuesday, April 10
Wednesday, April 11
  • President Trump signs a sex trafficking bill that reduces legal protections for websites that enable sex trafficking.[17]
  • Nadia Schadlow, deputy national security adviser for strategy, resigns effective April 27, 2018.[18]
  • President Trump hires a new member for his legal team, Joanna Hendon, a partner at the New York firm Spears & Imes.[19]
Thursday, April 12
  • President Trump launches a task force to "conduct a thorough evaluation of the operations and finances of the United States Postal System".[20]
  • President Trump tweets a warning that "an attack on Syria could be very soon or not soon at all!" [21]
Friday, April 13
President Trump announces Syrian missile strikes

Week 65

Monday, April 16
  • President Trump's new lawyer, Joanna Hendon, a partner at New York's Spears & Imes law firm, represents him at a hearing concerning Michael Cohen.[30]
Tuesday, April 17
  • President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan meet for the first of two days of meetings and events to discuss trade, security, and Trump's expected meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this spring.[31]
  • President Trump announced that CIA director Mike Pompeo had travelled to North Korea over the Easter Weekend and met with Kim Jung-un to discuss and plan for Trump's visit.[32]
  • UN Ambassador Nikki Haley responded to a claim by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow that she was confused when she announced a rollout of sanctions on Russia by commenting, "With all due respect, I don't get confused."[33]
Wednesday, April 18
  • President Trump and the Japanese Prime Minister Abe conduct a joint news conference after their second day of meetings.[34]
Thursday, April 19
  • Rudy Giuliani as well as, Jane and Marty Raskin, join President Trump's legal team. The Raskins are married law partners based in Coral Gables, Florida.[35][36]
Saturday, April 21
  • President Trump uses Twitter to attack New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman following an article she wrote about his poor treatment of Michael Cohen and that Cohen may cooperate with prosecutors as a result.[37]
Sunday, April 22
  • President Donald Trump tweets a claim that North Korea has agreed to denuclearize.[38][39]

Week 66

Monday, April 23
Tuesday, April 24
A Joint Press Conference between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron
Wednesday, April 25
Thursday, April 26
Friday, April 27
  • President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet at the White House for a "working lunch".[50][51]

Week 67

Monday, April 30
  • Stormy Daniels files a defamation lawsuit against Trump for his "total con job" tweet about the forensic sketch of a man who allegedly threatened her in 2011.[52]
  • President Trump meets with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the Oval Office of the White House.[53]
  • Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, announces his retirement effective June 2018.[54][55]

May 2018

Date Events Photos

Week 67

Tuesday, May 1
Wednesday, May 2
Friday, May 4
  • Over the past week, four EPA officials have resigned. Albert "Kell" Kelly the top Superfund advisor, and Pasquale Perrotta, the head of Administrator Pruitt's security detail, resigned early in the week. On Thursday, Associate Administrator Liz Bowman left to pursue other opportunities and, on Friday, John Konkus, deputy Associate Administrator for public affairs, announce he is leaving to lead communications at the SBA.
  • The Trump administration ends Temporary protected status for Hondurans, leaving potentially 57,000 people vulnerable to deportation. [58]
  • President Trump and Vice-President Pence speak at National Rifle Association's annual convention in Dallas, Texas.[59][60]
Saturday, May 5

Week 68

Tuesday, May 8
Thursday, May 10
  • President Trump welcomes three American detainees released from North Korea.[63]
  • Homeland Security director Kirstjen Nielsen considers resigning after being berated by the president during a cabinet meeting.[64]
Friday, May 11
  • Kelly Sadler, a White House official, mocked Senator John McCain, saying his opposition to Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee for CIA director, "doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."[65]

Week 69

Monday, May 14
  • A report shows the Trump Administration is concerned about chemically polluted water supplies near military installations. [66][67]
Tuesday, May 15
Wednesday, May 16
  • President Trump submits a disclosure of personal finances which is required by the Office of Government Ethics. Trump acknowledges that Michael Cohen was paid between $100,001 and $250,000 in 2017.[70][71]
  • President Donald Trump meets Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the Oval Office of the White House.[72]
Thursday, May 17
  • Gina Haspel is confirmed by the Senate as the first female CIA director.[73]
Friday, May 18

Week 70

Monday, May 21
  • President Trump requests the Justice Department investigate whether his campaign was "infiltrated" by the FBI. The inspector general will review the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign.[75]
  • Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin announces the administration will not implement its planned tariffs on China.[76]
  • Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch passed law agreement bill 5-4 ruling prevent for Arbitration from employees filled lawsuits class action.[77]

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