Presidency of Donald Trump

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Event.png Presidency of Donald Trump (US/Presidency) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
DateJanuary 20,2017 - January 20,2021
DescriptionThe Donald Trump administration

The presidency of Donald Trump began on January 20, 2017, when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, and ended on January 20, 2021.

Historical Knowledge


"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump burst out, referring to African countries and Haiti. Instead, he suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway.[1]

The Toronto Star created a running list of the false claims Trump has made since taking office on January 20th 2017, which stood at over 350 by July 2017.[2]

Breaking Iran Deal

The Trump administration reneged on the Obama administration's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. The move was done in order to reimpose economic sanctions, but they failed to create the human misery necessary to start the uprising the US wanted.

The most reckless single action during Trump’s term was probably to allow the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad airport on Jan. 3, 2020, risking a catastrophic war in the Middle East.

Continuing War in Syria

  • While constantly talking of withdrawing from the conflict, the Trump administration continued arming and financing proxy forces in the 'civil' war.
  • The administration introduced crushing economic sanctions on Syria, destroying its economy.
  • In 2017, the US bombed Syria, justifying it with a false flag chemical weapons attack staged by local propagandists. On the night that Trump ordered a missile attack on Syrian territory he was hailed by corporate media, which had spent years delegitimizing him, as finally “presidential.” CNN's Fareed Zakaria said “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States last night. I think this was actually a big moment. For the first time really as president, he talked about international norms, international rules, about America’s role in enforcing justice in the world.”[3]
  • After the main proxy forces losing in battle, the US used Kurdish militias to occupy the eastern 1/3 of Syria, congaing the country's main wheat and oil production areas.


On December 6, 2017, Trump announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the planning of the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Killing 10 million in 10 days

In August 2019, Trump threatened to use an unknown type of WMD ready to be used in Afghanistan, possibly a next generation biological weapon[4]. Stating:

We could win that war so fast if I wanted to kill 10 million people … which I don’t. I’m not looking to kill a big portion of that country [Afghanistan]...I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone...It would be over in — literally, in 10 days. And I don’t want to do — I don’t want to go that route.[5]

He specifically stated this it was not nuclear weapons:

As I’ve said, and I’ll say it any number of times – and this is not using nuclear – we could win that war in a week if we wanted to fight it, but I’m not looking to kill 10 million people,”[6]

Relationship with Russia

The Trump administration, while on occasion voicing wishes for peaceful coexistence, terminated the Start Treaty on nuclear disarmament, imposed hard sanctions, tried to sabotage Russian business deals with other countries (Nord Stream 2, started a diplomatic, political and cultural cold war, and drastically increased the US military presence on Russia's border.

Military Bases

Despite rhetoric to the opposite effect, the Trump administration opened "additional bases in Afghanistan, Estonia, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Niger, Norway, Palau, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Somalia, Syria and Tunisia”.[7]

Persecution of Assange

The Trump administration prosecuted Julian Assange on espionage charges after he was expelled from his asylum at the Ecuador embassy in London and requested his extradition from Britain. While Trump to the end denied a pardon to Assange, he issued a number of pardons for his cronies.[8][9][10]

Presidential pardons

Pardons granted by president Donald Trump.[11] John Kiriakou was given the hint by Rudy Giuliani, that if he were willing to pay two million USD, he could get a pardon for himself.[12][13]


Trump pardoned four Blackwater mercenaries who had been convicted of killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. The UN said the pardons violated international law.[14]

Coup in Bolivia

The Trump administration was behind the 2020 Coup in Bolivia.[citation needed]

Venezuela's Oil

In August 2017, when Trump announced he was considering a 'military option' against Venezuela, the country with the world's largest oil reserves, President Nicolás Maduro's popularity appeared to have been boosted:

"He's doing Maduro a favour by reinforcing the nationalist position that the Gringos want to come and attack Venezuela. This has always been part of Maduro's rhetoric, and Chavez before him. It's not going to have any impact other than the government using it to further unify its people and attack the opposition," said lawyer Luis Alberto Rodriguez.[15]

2021 US Capitol Riots

Trump played an interesting role, consistently tip-toeing between support for the rioters, and trying to not be removed by forces in the U.S Government. One could begin to question what his true thought process was, apart from the usual CCM answers that the US President was clueless just thinking what to do on the spot.

10 minutes after the first rioters entered the US Capitol during the 2021 Washington D.C. Riots Trump tweeted on Twitter;

“Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!"”
Donald Trump (January 6, 2021)  [16]

And waited 8 minutes before tweeting "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!". 20 minutes after the National Guard cleared the interior of the building, Trump tweeted

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
Donald Trump (January 6, 2021)  [16]


Related Quotation

Jeb Bush“Whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they'll be different tomorrow. ... They seem to be ever, ever-changing, depending on what crowd he's in front of. Sounds like a typical politician, by the way, where you get in front of one crowd and say one thing, and then say something else to another crowd that may want to hear a different view. All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into — it's kind of disturbing. ... He doesn't believe in things, this is all a game.”Jeb BushAugust 2016


  2. "Donald Trump said 26 false things in that Wall Street Journal interview, 500 total"
  15. "Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro"
  16. a b Twitter, Donald Trump