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Image: President Donald Trump arrives to make an annoucement at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017.

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President Trump's first-year strides and stumbles

During his tumultuous first year, Donald Trump has flouted convention and transformed the way Americans and their president interact.

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Image: President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration

Jan. 20, 2017

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

Photos: Scenes from the Inauguration

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Jan. 20

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

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Image: Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement while television screen show a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House in Washington U.S.

Jan. 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 file
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Image: FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

Jan. 28

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
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Image: President Donald Trump arrives to make an annoucement at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017.

Jan. 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
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Image: U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump (R), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe (L) pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.

Feb. 11

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, with the president and first lady at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Carlos Barria / Reuters
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Image: Kellyanne Conway (L) checks her phone after taking a photo

Feb. 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. 

Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images
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Image: Trump addresses a joint session of Congress

Feb. 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

Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool via Reuters
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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
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Image: President Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, USA

March 7

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

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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. 

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Image: Trump Meets With Truckers While Republicans Brace for Health Care Vote

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 file
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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 believed was a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 100 people.

Ford Williams / U.S. Navy via AFP - Getty Images
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Image: Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Anthony Kennedy

April 10

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, right, administers the oath to Neil Gorsuch at the White House. Gorsuch replaced Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. Gorsuch's wife, Marie, Louise holds a bible.

Photos: Trump's First 100 Days in Pictures

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Image: U.S. President Trump celebrates with Republican House members after healthcare bill vote at the White House in Washington

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
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Image: The GCC summit in Saudi Arabia

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. 

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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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Image: Pope Francis poses with U.S. President Donald Trump his wife Melania, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump during a private audience at the Vatican

May 24

Pope Francis poses with Trump, first lady Melania Trump, 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
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Image: NATO country leaders react during an aerial fly-pass at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels

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
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Image: *** BESTPIX *** *** BESTPIX *** First Family Arrives At The White House *** BESTPIX ***

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.

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Image: President And Mrs Trump Host Congressional Picnic At The White House

June 22

The president's daughter Ivanka Trump plays with her daughter, Arabella Rose Kushner, in the Rose Garden during a congressional picnic at the White House. 

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July 7

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

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July 13

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

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July 24

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

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Image: Best of Year 2017: President Trump Views The Eclipse From The White House

Aug. 21

Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump wear protective glasses to view the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House. 

Americans from coast to coast donned protective glasses and gazed in awe at the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918. The eclipse carved a narrow “path of totality” through 12 states at 1,500 miles per hour.

Photos: Americans Look to the Skies (With Glasses!) for Solar Eclipse

Mark Wilson / Getty Images
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Image: U.S. President Trump holds a flag of the state of Texas in Corpus Christi

Aug. 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. 

Harvey damaged or destroyed about 200,000 homes as the storm system flooded much of Houston and smaller coastal communities.

Carlos Barria / Reuters
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Image: BESTPIX - President Trump Departs White House En Route To North Dakota For Tax Reform Speech

Sept. 6

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

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Image: President Trump And Melania Trump Lead Moment Of Silence For 9/11 Victims

Sept. 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.

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Image: Frank "FX" Giaccio, Donald Trump

Sept. 15

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

Jacquelyn Martin / AP
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Image: President Trump throws a roll of paper towels to residents gathered in a chapel while visiting areas damaged by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Oct. 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
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Image: People work in San Diego, California, U.S., at the construction site of prototypes for U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Mexico

Oct. 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
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Image: President Trump And First Lady Welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau And His Wife Gregoire To The White House

Oct. 11

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

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Image: President Trump Signs Executive Order To Promote Healthcare Choice

Oct. 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 file
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Image: *** BESTPIX *** President Trump Hosts Children Of White House Journalists In Oval Office For Halloween

Oct. 27

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

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Nov. 6

Trump feeds koi fish as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during a welcoming ceremony in Tokyo.

Photos: Trump Tours Asia 

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Image: Trump departs for Vietnam from Beijing, China

Nov. 10

Trump boards Air Force One to depart for Vietnam from the airport in Beijing. 

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
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Image: Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Nov. 13

Trump participates in the "ASEAN-way handshake" with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the opening ceremony at the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference in Manila, Philippines.

Andrew Harnik / AP
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Image: White House event on deregulation

Dec. 14

Trump cuts a ribbon beside stacks of paper representing the increase in regulations at an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. 

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Image: President Trump Speaks On The Passage Of The GOP Tax Plan At The White House

Dec. 20

Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledge Republican members of the House and Senate at the conclusion of an event celebrating the passage of a tax bill at the White House.

The tax bill is the first major legislative victory for the GOP-controlled Congress and Trump since he took office almost one year ago.

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
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Dec. 21

Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. 

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Image: Donald Trump, Melania Trump

Dec. 24

Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak on the phone with children as they track Santa Claus' movements with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Carolyn Kaster / AP
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Image: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds a news conference at the White House

Jan. 4, 2018

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands beside monitors showing Trump delivering a statement on the economy. 

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Jan. 8

Trump walks off the football field following the national anthem at the NCAA National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

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Jan. 12

Trump shakes hands after signing a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. 

Trump ignored questions about his reported use of vulgar language the day before to describe African nations and Haiti.

Photos: This is what Haiti looks like

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