The presidency of Donald Trump began at noon EST on January 20, 2017, the day that Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, succeeding Barack Obama. Trump, a Republican, was a businessman from New York City at the time of his victory in the 2016 presidential election over Democrat Hillary Clinton. His running mate, former Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, took office as the 48th Vice President of the United States on the same day. At age 70, Trump is the oldest person to assume the presidency, and the first without prior government or military experience. Trump's term in office is set to end on January 20, 2021, and he is eligible to be elected to a second term.
During his time in office, Trump has issued several consequential presidential orders and memoranda, including Executive Order 13769, which suspended the admission of refugees into the United States. Trump also nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and has appointed numerous executive branch officials. Several of Trump's nominees, including Gorsuch, remain before the United States Senate.
The Republican ticket of businessman Donald Trump of New York and Governor Mike Pence of Indiana won the 2016 election, defeating the Democratic ticket of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Trump won 304 electoral votes compared to Clinton's 227, though Clinton won a plurality of the popular vote.
Trump is the fifth person to win the presidency but lose the popular vote, after John Quincy Adams (1824), Rutherford B. Hayes (1876), Benjamin Harrison (1888), and George W. Bush (2000). Although Republicans lost a net of two seats in the Senate elections and six seats in the House elections, they maintained their majorities in both houses for the 115th Congress. Trump claimed that massive amounts of voter fraud in Clinton's favor occurred during the election, and he called for a major investigation after taking office.
After the election, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky retained his position as Senate Majority Leader, while Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York replaced the retiring Harry Reid of Nevada as Senate Minority Leader. Democrat Nancy Pelosi retained her position as House Minority Leader, while Republican Paul Ryan retained his position as Speaker of the House.
Days after the presidential election, Trump announced that he had selected RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Priebus and Senior Counselor Steve Bannon were named as "equal partners" within the White House power structure, although Bannon will not be a member of the Cabinet. Aside from the vice president and the chief of staff, the remaining Cabinet-level positions require Senate confirmation.
On November 18, Trump announced his first Cabinet designee, choosing Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of Attorney General. Trump continued to name designees for various positions in November, December, and January. Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was announced as the nominee for Secretary of Agriculture on January 19, completing Trump's initial slate of Cabinet nominees. Trump is the first incoming president to benefit from the 2013 filibuster reform, which eased the use of cloture on executive and lower-level judicial nominees, reducing the amount required to invoke from an absolute supermajority of three-fifths to a bare majority.
By February 8, 2017, President Trump had fewer cabinet nominees confirmed than any other president except George Washington by the same length of time into his presidency. On February 8, 2017, President Trump formally announced his cabinet structure, elevating the Director of National Intelligence and Director of the CIA to cabinet level. The Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, which had been added to the cabinet added by Obama in 2009, was removed from the cabinet. Once all cabinet positions are filled, Trump's cabinet will consist of 24 members – the most since Bill Clinton.
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Steve Bannon (2017–present)
Counselor to the President
Steve Bannon (2017–present)
Kellyanne Conway (2017–present)
Dina Powell (2017–present)
Senior Advisor to the President
Stephen Miller (2017–present)
Jared Kushner (2017–present)
Deputy Chiefs of Staff
Katie Walsh (2017–present)
Joe Hagin (2017–present)
Rick Dearborn (2017–present)
Sean Spicer (2017–present)
Michael Dubke (2017–present)
Director of Strategic Communications
Hope Hicks (2017–present)
Security and international affairs
National Security Advisor
Mike Flynn (2017)
Herbert Raymond McMaster (2017–present)
Homeland Security Advisor
Tom Bossert (2017–present)
Director of the FBI
James Comey1 (2013–present)
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
Kevin Hassett (2017–present)
Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Jay Clayton (2017–present)
Chair of the Federal Communications Commission
Ajit Varadaraj Pai (2017–present)
Director of the National Economic Council
Gary Cohn (2017–present)
Federal Reserve Board Chair
Janet Yellen1 (2014–present)
Stanley Fischer2 (2014–present)
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Presidency of Donald Trump began at noon EST on January 20, 2017, the day that Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, succeeding Barack Obama. Trump, a Republican, was a businessman from New York City at the time of his victory in the 2016 presidential election over Democrat Hillary Clinton. His running mate, former Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, took office as the 48th Vice President of the United States on the same day. At age 70, Trump is the oldest person to assume the presidency, and the first without prior government or military experience. Trump’s term in office is set to end on January 20, 2021, and he is eligible to be elected to a second term.
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