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Trump Transition Timeline: From Election Day to Day 100 of His Administration

by Countable | 3.20.17

A lot has happened in the weeks since Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been busy laying the groundwork for the incoming administration. Between vetting and announcing nominees for various positions in the executive and judicial branches and working with Congress on a legislative agenda, a lot has been happening and there are many key dates to remember. With that in mind, we thought it’d be helpful to have them all in one place so it’s easier to keep track of key upcoming dates, which we’ll keep updated with new developments.

November 8, 2016: Donald Trump wins the presidential election, taking 30 states and 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232. Clinton won the popular vote by about 2.9 million votes, making this the fifth time in U.S. history that the winner of the popular vote lost the Electoral College.

November 13, 2016: Trump begins selecting key advisers, naming RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as the White House Chief of Staff and Steve Bannon as Counselor to the President.

November 18, 2016: Trump announces his first Cabinet pick, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General, along with two other high-level nominations — Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) for CIA Director and Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.

December 9, 2016: Congress reaches an agreement to fund the government through April 28, 2017 and casts its final vote of the session to avoid a government shutdown. The Trump administration had requested that Congress not provide funding for the entirety of fiscal year 2017 so that the new administration could leave its mark on the federal government’s operations sooner.

December 19, 2016: The Electoral College votes and confirms Trump’s victory, though two faithless electors turned against him and another five defected from Hillary Clinton, putting the final electoral vote margin at 304-227 with 7 votes going to others. Of the others receiving votes, three went to Colin Powell, and one each was cast for Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Ron Paul, Faith Spotted Eagle, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). It was the first time since 1808 that multiple faithless electors have voted against a living candidate they were pledged to support.

January 3, 2017: The 115th Congress will officially begin its session and new members will take their oaths of office. Confirmation hearings for Trump’s appointments to the Cabinet, Supreme Court, and other high-level positions can officially begin, although actual confirmation votes will have to wait until the new administration takes office. Congress will technically be in a lame duck session until Inauguration Day, when President Obama departs and Trump is sworn in.

January 6, 2017: A joint session of Congress that will be overseen by Vice President Joe Biden will convene to formally count the ballots of Electoral College voters and finalize the election results.

January 10-11, 2017: Confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) will be held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

January 19, 2017: President Barack Obama’s final full day as POTUS. Obama hasn’t yet announced when he will deliver a farewell address to the nation, but it will likely occur on or before this date.

January 20, 2017: Donald Trump will be sworn in as president at noon local time in Washington D.C., taking the oath of office and delivering an inaugural address. Trump has laid out a robust plan for actions he plans to take on his first day in office, which includes proposing a constitutional amendment to enact Congressional term limits, withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, withdraw from NAFTA or start renegotiations, and impose a hiring freeze on the federal workforce.

March 16, 2017: The debt ceiling — which limits how much the federal government can borrow — will come back into effect on March 16 after being suspended by a 2015 bipartisan budget agreement. When that happens, it will be reset to include the debt issued during the suspension, bringing it up to a level of $20.1 trillion. This will likely cause the Treasury Dept. to use its "extraordinary measures" to use accounting maneuvers to let the federal government continue borrowing, which could buy lawmakers a few months before they're forced to raise the debt ceiling.

April 28, 2017: Funding for non-essential federal programs runs out at 11:59:59 p.m. ET, meaning that Congress will have to pass legislation to provide for more funding or a partial government shutdown will occur.

April 29, 2017: The 100th day of the Trump administration. In his first 100 days, Trump plans to work with Congress to not only fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017, but also repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and pass a broad tax reform package.

You can track all of Trump’s appointments here, and use the "Take Action" button below to tell your Senators how to vote on a nomination.

— Eric Revell

(Photo by Gage Skidmore)

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  • Vivian
    12/21/2016
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    Do anything in your power to oppose him. He stands for bigotry and violence, and that isn't what this country believes in.

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  • Kendragonn
    12/21/2016
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    Cant believe our country elected someone so incompetent. Trump is a failure who got rich off his daddy's money, bankrupt 4times and this was his last hurrah to stay relevant and it worked. Feel really bad for the people who actually believe he will do right for working class. It's absolutely disgusting that he's giving appointments to people who donated to his campaign. He is corrupt just like the people he claimed he would reign in. The CEO of Goldman???? Give me a break.

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  • John
    12/22/2016
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    Please understand that government and business do not operate according to the same principles. Businesses are certainly stakeholders in the political process, but they are not equivalent to a developed skill set in domestic and international policy. Negotiating a business deal is not similar to negotiating a trade pact or cease fire. Whether trumped up supporters like it or not, their pick is unprepared for the task at hand. We would not allow a surgeon with no experience to operate on us, so why select a education secretary, environmental secretary, or Secretary of State with none of the requisite experience? Individuals on the left are not whiners, as one writer here so childishly phrased it. They are concerned that a man with understanding of the process now heads the table of one of the great western nations. Please grow up and pay attention. We cannot reduce domestic policy to the same simplistic slogans of "deregulation" and "tax cuts". Our economic infrastructure is more complex than that.

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  • Larry
    12/24/2016
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    To be aware of the future, we must be aware of the past. I recommend reading Hitler-ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich. The similarities with Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Hitler's ascent are eye opening to say the least. With Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn advising Donald Trump, we must be very, very aware of the current unrest in our country. Do not normalize Donald Trump. He is not and never will be normal. Beware!!!!!!!

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  • TVsBrian
    12/21/2016
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    Oppose Trump at every turn, without hesitation. He cannot accomplish what he has promised. Ensure he gets nothing done and hope that the House and Senate flip in the midterms.

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  • Robert
    12/22/2016
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    Trump is the least competent President ever elected. I, like Mitch McConnell did for Obama, wish him complete failure in his efforts and look forward to 2018 when the Senate flips to Democratic to ensure Trump's defeat in 2020.

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  • David
    12/21/2016
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    This very well, with no exaggeration, could be the end of our country as we know it. It will be incredibly interesting to see what happens in the coming months.

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  • Nicholas
    12/21/2016
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    So excited for a Trump presidency!

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  • David
    12/21/2016
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    The insanity of the left's irrational nonsense on public display since the election is yet another reason why they have been tossed out at every level of government. Trump has been ahead of the political class who have put our country into the stagnant malaise that we have been in for the last ten years. For starters, he is going to take the wet blanket of those foolish and or excess regulation off of our business folks and negotiate contracts with construction companies to rebuild our infrastructure. He will do this while the left does their usual: whine, protest, loot businesses, turn over police cars, shutdown highways, fling ad hominem attacks, and run with their straw man narratives.

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  • Laura
    12/24/2016
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    Hello and Merry Christmas! My eyes are filled with tears this holiday season imagining the prospect of the upcoming Trump presidency. I need my elected officials to stand up against the looming cloud of Trump and his cabinet. I'm deeply offended by the thought of our progressive country taking a step back in the realm of acceptance of the many non-white citizens and women. Racism is now rampant at our highest levels of government and our civil liberties are being threatened. I need you, my representatives to stand up for your constituents by vehemently opposing any measures that revoke our civil liberties. Government has no place in the decision a woman makes with her body! We should not so much as entertain any of his crazy ideas and tweets. By the way, are you also terrified about his tweet on nuclear weapons which his cabinet is now trying to talk out a logical explanation but for which there is none?! Trump is not only going to ruin our country, he's going to ruin the world. We need you to do everything in your power to disagree and fight him. We can not start changing laws and accepting authoritarianism as the new normal in our democracy.

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  • Hasher
    12/23/2016
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    This is part of the reason on why this goon shouldn't have been the President... Wasting this country's money on Nuclear Weapons instead of the Economy!

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  • Debbie
    12/22/2016
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    Cabinet selections were made to disrupt and dismantle the government. Private market voucher care coming to a town near you. Democracy will never be the same. The Viagra Billionaire Boys Club will rape and pillage all the while lining their pockets further. There are consequences to elections. Fasten your seat belts. Hold onto your boys because a war is coming. I predict a draft, cutting of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to ramp up military spending.

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  • Louise
    01/22/2017
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    Hi there. I just came back from marching in Washington yesterday and want to tell you what's on my mind about this new administration. I am concerned about the disjointed "plan" to replace the ACA with state controlled Medicare. I am distressed by the supremely unqualified cabinet picks. I am nervous over the murmurs of cutting all funding to the NEA and NEH when doing so will not even come close to solving the budget crisis. I am worried that Trump's conflicts of interest and ties to Russia are not being examined closely or quickly enough. But more than any of these concerns, all of which frankly I cannot believe are things I am worried about as an American citizen in 2017, I am shocked and appalled at the way our new press secretary treated the press yesterday. Lying to our news outlets is reprehensible and the first step in dismantling a true democracy. Please get to work and take this administration to task.

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  • John
    12/22/2016
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    Will you whining liberals in the comments section get over yourself and just deal with the fact that your corrupts immoral racist and moronic candidate lost and realize that trump is not what you lying leaders told you he is

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  • Sarah
    01/15/2017
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    All of you paid Russian Trolls sound the same. I'm sorry this is the only way you can eat or stay alive in your dictatorship under Putin. Yelling insults about whiny liberals to us isn't going to work anymore. You just look stupid. Keep trying and we will just keep rising up to squash you. The people that support this administration are not the majority by any stretch in this country, millions and millions and millions - the vast majority- hate Trump. He is a laughingstock and a disgrace and his election was only possible because of treasonous acts. His henchman in the House and Senate need to remember Robespierre. Maybe their heads won't roll but I see orange suits in their future. They need to remember how history usually works out for people who support Fascism. Hanging in the square.

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  • Robert
    12/22/2016
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    Trump is the least competent President ever elected. I, like Mitch McConnell did for Obama, wish him complete failure in his efforts and look forward to 2018 when the Senate flips to Democratic to ensure Trump's defeat in 2020.

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  • Lou
    12/22/2016
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    Really funny to hear these drumph suporters... you are the ones he is going to screw the most ... country will be fine we have suffered through bad presidents before even though he may be the worst... the closet racists can have their 15 minutes of shame

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  • Kevan
    01/11/2017
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    This new situation with the president elect is very sick and immoral! Will you stand with the intelligence agencies, or will you stand with Trump and Putin? A full investigation should be conducted before this mess goes any further!

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  • operaman
    12/22/2016
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    Oh Wow! Wished I had invested in a Snowflake Hanky business. Is there a market for Tears?

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  • Matt
    01/22/2017
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    Thank you to my representatives of New York State for remaining vigilant. As a member of the LGBT community I feel afraid for my future in this country. But because of you I know I am safe and included in New York. I will remain vigilant as well in next four years of the Trump Administration.

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