The best and worst moments from his four years as US president 


The best and worst moments from his four years as US president 

The events have already led to several White House officials’ resignation, including deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, who resigned in the hours following the violent protest. His departure follows those of two top aides to first lady Melania Trump, the White House social secretary, Rickie Niceta and deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews. 

Reports also suggest the national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Mr Pottinger’s boss, may also resign, along with deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell. 

What did Trump achieve during his presidency?

Throughout the course of his presidency, Trump was never been far from the headlines and has had significant policy impacts.

He fired FBI Director James Comey after describing the investigation into alleged ties with Russia as a “made up story”.

On foreign policy, Mr Trump tore up the US nuclear deal with Iran, while brokering a historic peace deal between Israel and Bahrain which followed a similar accord with the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Trump cut deals and imposed tariffs that incentivised employers to create jobs in America, rather than outsourcing abroad in the face of growing hostility China.

He had achieved a proud presidential record, including an unemployment rate at a 50-year low of 3.5 per cent, although this was left in tatters by the pandemic. A brutal April-June quarter saw the world’s biggest economy shrink by a record 9.4 per cent.

However, Mr Trump would go on to credit himself with a “Trump super recovery” after almost half of all job losses from the coronavirus pandemic were recovered.

Trump’s best moments as president

President Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria in 2018 in a rebuke to the leadership of Bashar al-Assad and his attacks on his own people.

Mr Trump said that Assad’s policy “crosses many, many lines” in terms of foreign policy, and he demonstrated a ruthless streak that has also been exhibited in his policy towards Iran. 

The President has also paid an official state visit to the UK, and reached out to Kim Jong-un, who he met firstly in Vietnam and then in the demilitarised zone.

Then in early 2020, the Senate ultimately rejected articles of impeachment that were levelled at Mr Trump, who brandished a copy of The Washington Post with the headline “Trump acquitted” in celebration.

President Trump contracted coronavirus in October, which resulted in a stay at Walter Reed hospital “out of an abundance of caution”.

Having recovered, he returned to a scintillating blitz of election rallies on the campaign tail, and said of Covid-19: “Don’t let it dominate you.”

Trump’s worst moments as US president 

Within a week of his inauguration, the president signed an executive order which banned citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries entering the US, which would become known as a ‘Muslim ban’, leading to criticism from several world leaders. 

Later in 2017, Mr Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in an attempt to “put American workers first”, making America just one of three countries in the world that were not part of the agreement.  

The president failed to condemn extremist groups on several occasions, initially refusing to criticise following the ter-rorist attacks in Charlottesville and far-right group, Proud Boys, following attacks on left-wing protesters in the run-up to the 2020 election. 

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