White House photographers took thousands of photos during Trump’s first year in office — here are the top 40

President Donald J. Trump stands among the American Legion Boys Nation on July 26, 2017.

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President Donald J. Trump stands among the American Legion Boys Nation on July 26, 2017.
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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

President Donald Trump’s first year in office is drawing to a close, and White House photographers have documented just about every day in thousands of photos.

From Trump’s first 100 days, to top-level meetings with cabinet members and foreign dignitaries, the photographers employed by the White House were given access to capture defining moments of Trump’s presidency that the independent press corps were not.

Here are the White House photos that stand out the most from Trump’s first year in office:


January 20, 2017: President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

January 31, 2017: Trump joins Judge Neil Gorsuch, his wife Louise, and other in prayer in the Green Room of the White House, following Trump’s announcement of Gorsuch as his nominee to the US Supreme Court.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

February 28, 2017: Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump delivers his Joint Address to Congress at the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

March 2, 2017: Trump salutes sailors before boarding Marine One on the PCU Gerald R. Ford, Newport News, Virginia, en route to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

March 21, 2017: Trump receives a NASA flight jacket after signing the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 in the Oval Office.

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White House/Paul Williams

March 23, 2017: Trump sits in the driver’s seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House to discuss health care.

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White House/Benjamin Applebaum

April 3, 2017: Moments before Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi arrives at the West Wing Lobby of the White House, Trump talks with a staff member.

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White House/Benjamin Applebaum

April 6, 2017: Trump receives a briefing on a military strike on Syria from his national security team, including a video teleconference with Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

April 10, 2017: Anthony Kennedy, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, swears in Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

April 17, 2017: Trump joins participants at the Easter Egg Roll writing letters to the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

April 18, 2017: Trump lands in Kenosha, WI, on Marine One to deliver remarks at Snap-on Tools and to sign his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

April 25, 2017: Service members from the Military District of Washington participate in an Honor Cordon on the south grounds of the White House for newly appointed ambassadors arriving for their Credential Ceremony.

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White House/Benjamin Applebaum

May 3, 2017: Trump looks out of a window from the Red Room on the State Floor of the White House, prior to joining guests for an evangelical advisory board dinner.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

May 8, 2017: Pence participates in an honor flight reception in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office building of the White House.

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White House

May 24, 2017: Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour the Sistine Chapel following their meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City.

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White House/Andrea Hanks

May 29, 2017: Trump and Pence are guided by six-year-old Christian Jacobs, son of fallen US Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, to his father’s grave during Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

June 1, 2017: Trump announces that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord in the Rose Garden at the White House.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

June 4, 2017: Trump speaks as First Lady Melania Trump looks on during the Ford’s Theatre annual gala in Washington, DC.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

June 7, 2017: Trump announces his infrastructure initiative.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

June 13, 2017: Trump walks along the south lawn of the White House with daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump before boarding Marine One.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

June 21, 2017: Trump speaks at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by tractors.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

July 6, 2017: Trump speaks with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

July 10, 2017: Pence speaks with retired US Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne Division.

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White House/D. Myles Cullen

July 13, 2017: Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Paris.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

July 24, 2017: Trump speaks at the Boy Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia.

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White House/Andrea Hanks

July 26, 2017: Trump is cheered by members of the American Legion Boys Nation.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

August 27, 2017: Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring the tropical storm and hurricane conditions in Texas.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

September 2, 2017: Trump, while visiting the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, kisses a young evacuee displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

September 19, 2017: Trump and First Lady Melania Trump descend on escalators to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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White House/Andrea Hanks

November 10, 2017: Melania Trump feeds and pets Gu Gu the panda in the Beijing Zoo in China.

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White House/Andrea Hanks

November 13, 2017: Trump meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

December 5, 2017: Trump meets with American business owners and their families.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

December 5, 2017: The Trumps pose for their official 2017 Christmas portrait.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

December 18, 2017: Trump prepares to cut the “red tape” of regulations.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

December 20, 2017: Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ryan, and Pence.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

December 20, 2017: Trump, Pence, and Republican legislators celebrate the passage of the Tax Cuts Act.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

January 3, 2018: Trump walks down the West Colonnade of the White House.

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White House/D. Myles Cullen

January 5, 2018: Trump listens to McConnell during a dinner with legislative leadership at Camp David.

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White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

January 8, 2018: Trump participates in on field ceremonies at the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

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White House/Shealah Craighead

January 14, 2018: Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy talk to reporters before having dinner together at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

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White House/D. Myles Cullen