Trump’s first week in office has been one of the wildest, most chaotic and most unpredictable of any American presidency.
But as the new administration begins to take shape, a key question looms: Can Trump’s advisers — many of whom have worked in previous administrations — stick to their word?
The answers may be in the eye of the beholder.
1 of 15 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × The president’s first day in office View Photos The president takes office, on a grand scale, on Friday.
Here are the most important milestones.
Caption The president signs an executive order that suspends federal agencies’ funding for sanctuary cities.
He also signs an order that makes it easier for people to become citizens.
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Advertisement After Trump signed an executive action that would bar federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, he announced that he was rescinding an order from his first day to block federal funding to sanctuary cities, which he said were “hostile to the United States.”
Trump had promised to rescind the order on his first full day in the Oval Office, but he did not.
The president also announced that the government was lifting a requirement that anyone applying for citizenship have been in the United Nations refugee agency’s detention facility for at least four years, reversing a pledge that he made as president to keep the United State’s refugee resettlement program at the largest level.
This is not the first time that Trump has put his own personal and political preferences above the country’s.
After his inauguration, Trump said he would not honor a commitment to end the use of torture, but his administration has not acted to follow through on that promise.
On Wednesday, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, testified that the Trump campaign had been in contact with Russian officials about damaging information about Hillary Clinton before she was nominated for the U.S. Senate.
Flynn also said that Trump himself had asked him to make contact with Russia’s ambassador.
Flynn’s testimony, as well as news reports that Trump had called the investigation into Russian interference a “witch hunt,” raised concerns among some congressional Democrats that Trump may be trying to use his presidency to advance a Russia-backed agenda, which could further alienate the president’s own base.
The White House has denied that the president has any direct ties to Russia, but the reports suggest that some of Trump’s closest advisers are already deeply invested in the Kremlin’s goal of swaying the 2018 and 2020 elections.
The first 100-day period, which begins with a speech to the American Legion on Friday, will be the president and his top advisers’ first time in office in almost five years.
It is also a time of reckoning for Trump, who has repeatedly accused Democrats of having “cursed and destroyed” his presidency.
The day after the speech, he tweeted that Democrats were “hurting the country and the country is hurting the country” and urged Americans to “keep praying” for the “beautiful” inauguration.
Trump has repeatedly tried to downplay the significance of the inauguration, saying that he will leave office “very happy” and that the day will not be “a very long time” in which to think about what he has accomplished.
But the day is also crucial to Trump’s efforts to push his agenda, including the tax cuts, deregulation and deregulation-related initiatives he promised during the campaign.
The new administration also is taking aim at some of the Trump agenda’s most controversial elements, including his decision to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice and the decision to cut funding for so-called sanctuary cities that harbor undocumented immigrants and their children.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted that he is “grateful for the support and prayers of our great LGBT community.”
The president was referring to the mayors of Philadelphia and New York City, who he said have been “so supportive of our agenda” but “watched in horror” as they have watched the new federal law “explode” with “an unprecedented rate of illegality.”
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that he had asked Trump to take a position on the “heartless” federal sanctuary cities law, but Trump had not responded.