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Donald Trump's presidency: The best and worst moments from his four years in office

Since his victory in 2016 and inauguration in 2017, Donald Trump has been at the helm of one of the most unconventional and eventful presidencies in recent memory.

From the inauguration crowd size controversy, to meeting Kim Jong-un and swearing in three Supreme Court justices, Mr Trump ploughed ahead with his unique style of leadership which sometimes stumped even the most seasoned of Washington correspondents.

To round off his term in office, Mr Trump faced both an impeachment, a devastating pandemic in the months leading up to the 2020 election, and most recently, a controversial phone call with Georgia's Secretary of State in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the state.

This led to chaos in America, after a gang of violent Trump supporters raided the US Capitol building on Jan 6 in an attempt to block the certification of the presidential election results.

However, in the hours following the violence, the US Congress declared Joe Biden would become the next President of the United States of America on Jan 7, after they certified the 270 Electoral College votes which he needed to win. He defeated Donald Trump by 306-232.

Following the deadly events, Donald Trump committed to a peaceful transition of power for the first time. 

Speaking on Twitter on Mr Trump's behalf, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff, announced the President "totally disagreed with the outcome of the election" but confirmed, "there will be an orderly transition on January 20th." He added: "While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!" 

For a refresher of all the key moments that have defined President Trump's time in the White House, watch the video above.

What happened when the Capital Building came under attack?

On Jan 6, chaos erupted in Washington DC, after a gang of violent Trump supporters raided the US Capitol building in an attempt to block the certification of the presidential election results.

At present, five people have died- one of which is a female Trump supporter and veteran, Ashli Babbit, who was shot in the neck inside the Capitol building before she later died in hospital. US Capitol Police confirmed on Jan 7 that Officer Brian Sicknick had passed away in hospital after being "injured while physically engaging with protesters."

52 people have been arrested, while many others were injured, as Congressmen escaped to safety. Meanwhile, tens of thousands more supporters congregated outside the building to show their support for Mr Trump. 

Even throughout the siege, Mr Trump maintained his claims of election fraud; however, the President addressed the rioters on Twitter, asking them to "remain peaceful" and "respect the law and our great men and women in Blue."  

The Vice President, Mike Pence, also spoke out to condemn the protestors' actions, stating that "violence never wins."

During the coronavirus pandemic, the president made several faux pas; calling Covid-19 the 'Chinese virus', asking health officials if disinfectant could be injected into people in order to cure people from the virus, and saying at an election rally in 2020 that the virus "affects virtually nobody", despite 200,000 recorded deaths from the virus in the US at the time of quotation. 

Trump has also faced accusations of sexual misconduct during his time as President, dismissing a rape allegation from journalist, E Jean Carroll, by saying that she is "not my type." , recently asking a group of women if their "husbands are ok" with them attending his rallies. 

Then in the final days of his time in office, his supporters attacked the Capitol Building in an attempt to prevent certification of the presidential election results.  However, following these events, Donald Trump committed to a peaceful transition of power for the first time. 

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 terrorist 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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