Trump’s First Year – A Reflection

By Chloe Li

Donald Trump has been America’s president for a little over one year. In January 2017, Trump was sworn into office amidst cheer and protest. In the past year, Trump’s presidency has undeniably been a source of turbulence, debate, and political coverage. Trump is clearly not an ordinary or conventional president, which was exactly how he marketed himself during his campaign. Trump’s White House began his presidency with the memorable “alternative facts” comment, and proceeded by addressing various contentious issues such as immigration and healthcare. How did the first year of Trump’s presidency impact the US, and to what degree? Moreover how did it affect America’s foreign policy? Here is a look back at Trump’s first 365 days in the White House:

The Atlantic gives a recap of Trump’s first year in office, with detailed coverage of all the noteworthy events and remarks. This comprehensive list of Trump’s most newsworthy moments even includes his tweets.

Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib compares the first year of Trump to the previous presidents, all the way back to Reagan. This article also includes a helpful graph showing statistics such as “trips abroad”, “bills signed”, and “average net approval rating”.

Time creates a through timeline of the first 365 days of Trump in this reflection, including his stats and approval rating within 2018. The separation of moments into dates, complete with witty captions,  gives readers a clear chronological recap.

Grunwald of Politico explores the promises Trump made during his campaign and his inauguration speech and whether they have been fulfilled. This article allows a complete comparison by separating the initial promises, case-by-case, and expands on whether each promise was fulfilled.

CNN shifts the focus to foreign policy by reflecting how Trump’s first year in office impacted U.S.’s role in international politics. In addition to a general view on the shift in U.S.’s stance in international affairs, CNN examines the main interactions between Trump and the foreign leaders he met with this year.

Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker pens a piece that delves into the different American attitudes at the end of Trump’s first year. Gopnik provides an alternate view of the Trump White House by looking into the two main camps of “Trump optimists” and “Trump Pessimists”.


Chloe Li is a freshman in the SFS studying International Political Economy who writes about US politics as well as foreign policy.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s