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Donald Trump’s Election Victory: First Year Strides and Stumbles

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president following one of the most bitter and wildly unpredictable campaigns in the nation's history.

November 8, 2016

Trump supporters cheer as they watch election returns in New York.

Trump, in an upset victory, defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by running the table in battleground states across the country — from Florida and North Carolina to Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Evan Vucci / AP

Hillary Clinton supporters react to the announcement that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had carried another state at an election night party in Salt Lake City. 

Scott Sommerdorf / AP

Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. 

Photos: Trump's Road to the White House

Andrew Kelly / Reuters file

November 10

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. 

After their first face-to-face meeting, Obama and Trump pledged to work together, with Obama saying he wanted to make Trump and his family "feel welcome as we prepare to make this transition."

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

November 29

Trump has dinner with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and his choice for White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, at Jean-Georges at the Trump Tower in New York. 

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

January 20, 2017

Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the Capitol. 

Photos: Scenes from the Inauguration

Patrick Semansky / AP

President Trump and former President Barack Obama stand on the steps of the Capitol after the inauguration with first lady Melania Trump and Michelle Obama. 

Rob Carr / AFP - Getty Images

January 21

Press Secretary Sean Spicer displays a picture of Trump's inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House. 

Spicer slammed what he called inaccurate tweets and reporting that suggested the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was smaller than at past occasions.

Carlos Barria / Reuters

January 31

Trump strides through the Cross Hall at the White House before announcing his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to take Justice Antonin Scalia's vacancy on the Supreme Court. 

Carlos Barria / Reuters

January 28

President Trump is joined by, from left, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as he speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office. 

Flynn resigned in February after misleading Vice President Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States. 

Sean Spicer resigned in July. Later in the month, Trump removed Priebus and tapped retired Gen. John Kelly for chief of staff. 

Bannon left the administration in August. 

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

February 11

Trump, first Lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Carlos Barria / Reuters

February 27

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway checks her phone after taking a photo as Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office. 

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February 28

Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan applaud as Trump arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. 

PHOTOS: Scenes from Trump's First Address to Congress

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March 3

Trump's grandson Joseph Kushner holds a model of Marine One as he walks with the president across the South Lawn of the White House before boarding the presidential helicopter. 

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

March 7 

Trump surprises visitors on a White House tour on the first day of public tours since the inauguration. 

Erik S. Lesser / EPA

March 17

Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in the Oval Office.

Trump appeared to ignore Merkel's offer to shake hands for the cameras. 

Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images

March 23

Trump sits in the driver's seat of an 18-wheeler while meeting with truck drivers and trucking CEOs on the South Portico at the White House. 

PHOTOS: Rigged! President Turns 18-Wheeler Into a Trump Truck

Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

April 7

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launches a Tomahawk missile from the Mediterranean Sea. 

The United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria overnight in response to what it believes was a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 100 people.

Ford Williams / U.S. Navy via AFP - Getty Images

April 10

President Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, right, administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden at the White House. 

Gorsuch replaced the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February of 2016. Gorsuch's wife Marie Louise holds a bible.

PHOTOS: Trump's First 100 Days in Pictures

Evan Vucci / AP

May 4

Trump celebrates with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House of Representatives approved a plan to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with the Republican healthcare plan. 

Repealing the Affordable Care Act has been the GOP's top priority for the better part of a decade, but after spending most of the year working on it, Republicans failed when three of their own in the Senate killed the repeal and replace plan in a dramatic late-night vote. 

Carlos Barria / Reuters

May 21

Trump, first lady Melania Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, pose together at the opening of the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Saudi Press Agency / EPA

May 22

Trump visits the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, in Jerusalem's Old City. 

PHOTOS: Trump Tours the Holy Land

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May 24

Pope Francis poses with Trump, first lady Melania Trump, right, Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner during a private audience at the Vatican. 

PHOTOS: Trump Family Tours Vatican, Meets Pope

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

May 25

Trump stands with NATO leaders, including Canada's Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, behind at right, and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, front row right, during an aerial fly-pass at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels. 

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

June 11

Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at the White House.

Melania Trump had continued living in Trump Tower in New York while Barron Trump, 11, finished the academic year at his New York school. Barron is the first boy to live in the White House since 1963, when John F. Kennedy Jr. was 3 years old.

Chris Kleponis / Pool via Getty Images

June 22

The president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, plays with her daughter Arabella Rose Kushner in the Rose Garden during during a Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. 

Alex Wong / Getty Images

July 7

Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. 

Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images

July 13

Trump is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron during a welcome ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris. 

Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images

July 24

Trump poses for a group photo with outgoing interns at the White House. 

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August 29

Trump holds the state flag of Texas after receiving a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts at a local fire station in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

Carlos Barria / Reuters

September 6

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks to Trump in the Oval Office. 

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September 11

Trump and first lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House to mark the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000.

Win McNamee / Getty Images

September 15

Frank Giaccio of Falls Church, Virginia, is encouraged by Trump while he mows the lawn in the Rose Garden at the White House. The 11-year-old, who wrote the president requesting to mow the lawn at the White House, was so focused on the job at hand the he didn't notice the president until he was right next to him.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

October 3

Trump throws rolls of paper towels into a crowd of local residents affected by Hurricane Maria as he visits Calgary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

It was the president's first visit to the U.S. territory since hurricanes ravaged the island, leaving many without water, food, shelter or basic necessities.

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

October 3

Workers assemble prototypes in San Diego for Trump's border wall with Mexico. 

According to a rendering released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, Trump’s wall has been envisioned as a multi-faceted barrier that features a concrete stretch facing the U.S. and a non-concrete stretch facing Mexico that would allow officials to see through it.

Jorge Duenes / Reuters

October 11

Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau at the White House. 

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

October 12

Trump holds up an executive order at the White House to loosen restrictions on the Affordable Care Act "to promote healthcare choice and competition." 

With Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare stalled, Trump's order could undermine the law without Congress.

Alex Wong / Getty Images

October 27

Trump meets with costumed children of journalists and White House staffers in the Oval Office ahead of Halloween. 

Drew Angerer / Getty Images

November 4

Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One to depart for Japan from Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. 

PHOTOS: Trump Tours Asia 

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters