How much do you remember from Trump’s first 50 days in office? – quiz

Fifty questions on the reality star turned president’s frequently controversial start to his four years in the White House

Before attending a series of inaugural balls around Washington DC, Trump signed an executive order seeking the “prompt repeal” of which signature Obama policy?

The nuclear agreement with Iran

Obama’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare

The US’ participation in the International Climate Agreement

Regulation of the big banks

In his inaugural address, Trump said “we are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the people”. This line uncannily echoed a speech from which Batman movie villain?

The Joker

Pengun

Bane

Poison Ivy

Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, used his first White House briefing to berate journalists for their inauguration coverage and to make the spurious claim that record numbers of people had attended. How did White House aide Kellyanne Conway later defend Spicer?

She said he was offering a “different narrative”

She said he was “giving his own take” on events

She said he gave “alternative facts”

She said he had got out of bed on the wrong side

More than half a million joined the Women’s March on Washington DC in what was thought to be the largest ever inauguration protest. Trump reacted via Twitter, saying:

“So sad to see how many people hate freedom! Crooked Hillary and her supporters don’t believe in democracy”

“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”

“Pathetic liberals trying to make it all about themselves. The people know better!”

“So great to see so many people on the streets of Washington. Humbled by your support, let’s make America great again!”

Trump’s first Monday in office was a busy one, in which he signed a flurry of executive orders. Which one won the cautious praise of Bernie Sanders?

An order banning funding for international groups that provide abortions

An order placing a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers.

An order formally scrapping a flagship trade deal with 11 countries in the Pacific rim

An order formally approving socialism in one country

After Trump continued to make false claims about the presidential election, press secretary Sean Spicer said they were based on ‘studies and information he has’. What claims were they?

That Trump had gained more votes than Hillary Clinton

That millions of people voted illegally

That it was the biggest election victory in history

That Clinton had tried to get the election result overturned

More executive orders followed on Tuesday, with Trump ordering the revival of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, to the dismay of Native American and climate change activists. Trump said the Keystone pipeline would produce “a lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs.” A US state department study estimated the number of long-term jobs at how many?

6

50

200

5,000

Which world leader cancelled their scheduled meeting with Trump in the president’s first week?

Theresa May, prime minster of the United Kingdom

Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation

Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto

Shinzō Abe, prime minister of Japan

British PM Theresa May became the first foreign leader to visit the president at White House, successfully navigating a press conference that was deemed to have passed without too much embarrassment. But what were Trump and May later caught on video doing as they walked along the White House colonnade?

Making inappropriate remarks about Hillary Clinton

Holding hands

Licking jam from each other’s fingers

Kissing

Trump caused chaos with his executive order to close America’s borders to to travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Which seven countries’ citizens were blocked from entry?

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Algeria and Yemen

Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Iran and Iraq

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Iraq and France

After a weekend in which pre-approved refugees, students and workers holding visas and residency green cards were barred from flights to the US, how did Trump defend the ban on Twitter?

“So proud of our border staff for making America safe – everything is going so smoothly, don’t believe FAKE news!”

“You wouldn’t believe what CNN – a totally failing network, by the way – is saying about my Muslim ban. It’s not a ban!”

“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!”

“My executive order will make Americans safe again”

As mass demonstrations and legal challenges against the travel ban mounted, which former President broke precent and criticised Trump’s actions via his spokesman?

Jimmy Carter

Barack Obama

George W Bush

Bill Clinton

In an interview with the New York Times, who did Trump strategist Steve Bannon say was “the opposition party”?

The media

The liberal elite

The Democratic Party

Other Republicans

Donald Trump fired the acting US attorney general after she told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. What was her name?

Sarah Palin

Sally Yates

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Nancy Pelowski

As the backlash against Trump’s travel ban gathered steam, what emerged as the first official screening at the White House family theatre?

Aladdin

The Lion King

Finding Dory

Triumph of the Will

What did Trump reportedly call “the worst deal ever” during a phone call with the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull?

The Australia – United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The Australia-US refugee resettlement deal

Agreement to a booting, after long distance phone call prank that went wrong

The mayor of which European city offered this advice to Trump over his Mexico border plans: “Don’t build this wall!”

London

Berlin

Barcelona

“You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job, then people can finally sleep comfortably again.” Who issued this challenge to Trump?

Alec Baldwin

John Oliver

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Rupert Murdoch

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, sought to defend the travel ban by referring to which mass killing?

9/11

The “Bowling Green” massacre, which turned out not to have happened

The Columbine High School massacre

The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida

Myron Ebell, an adviser to the US president Donald Trump’s administration, raised eyebrows when he described something as “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”. What?

Socialism

TTP

Gun control laws

The environmental movement

A federal judge ordered a temporary halt on Donald Trump’s travel ban, a halt which the Trump administration immediately sought to overturn. In which city did this judgement take place?

Washington DC

New York

Atlanta

Seattle

The White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day tribute came under fire from the head of the Anti-Defamation League after which puzzling omission?

It neglected to mention Holocaust Remembrance Day

It did not mention Jews, Judaism or antisemitism

It failed to say when the Holocaust took place

There was no quote from the president himself

The writers of which show said they would refrain from “mocking everybody in government” in future episodes, after saying it was getting difficult “satire has become reality”.

Saturday Night Live

The Daily Show

South Park

The Simpsons

Which controversial adviser did Trump grant a regular seat at meetings of the National Security Council?

Kellyanne Conway

Steve Bannon

Jim Murphy

Rupert Murdoch

1.8 million people signed a petition in support of scrapping or downgrading an invitation for Trump to have a state visit, triggering a debate in parliament. Which country are we talking about?

Australia

India

The United Kingdom

Japan

Who won rave reviews for their impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live?

Alex Baldwin

Kate McKinnon

Melissa McCarthy

Chevy Chase

Trump’s first real national security scare came with a provocative North Korean missile launch. Where was Trump at the time?

In the White House

Aboard Air Force One

Speaking at a rally

Having dinner by candlelight with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe amid high-paying guests at his Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago.

The US national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned his position amid suggestions he had secretly discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington and then tried to cover up the conversations. How did Flynn describe the situation in his resignation letter?

“During standard conversations with my Russian counterpart, I mistakenly gave the impression that I was able to give access to information that I could not provide”

“Because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”

“Though what is reported does not tally with my recollection of the conversations with the ambassador, I have concluded that my continuing in my role as national security adviser would be an unwelcome distraction as the president focuses on making this country great again”

As my good friend Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia’s foreign affairs committee stated, suggestions that Trump’s administration has close ties with Putin is “not just paranoia but something even worse”.

Trump stunned the diplomatic world during a press conference with Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by seeming to be ambivalent about which longstanding US commitment?

A pledge of $38bn in military aid

The two-state solution

Maintaining a US embassy in Israel

An end to dual US/Israeli Citizenship

Trump turned his fire on the media at an extraordinary first solo press conference in which he claimed his team was running like “a fine-tuned machine”. Which of these things did Trump *not* say during the 77-minute extravaganza?

“The Middle East is a disaster. North Korea – we’ll take care of it, folks; we’re going to take care of it all. I just want to let you know, I inherited a mess.”

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control.”

“You wouldn’t believe how many things we’ve got planned for the next month, you’re going to love it. I guarantee you that people are going to love it.”

“I love this. I’m having a good time doing it. Tomorrow, the headlines are going to be: ‘Donald Trump rants and raves.’ I’m not ranting and raving.”

After a speech at the Golden Globes, which actor did Trump describe as “overrated” and a “Hillary flunky”?

Sigourney Weaver

Meryl Streep

Lena Dunham

Susan Sarandon

According to a draft memo obtained by the Associated Press, the Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 national guard troops to do what?

Assist with law and order in the inner cities

Defend the border with Mexico while the new wall is constructed

Round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border

Fight the war on drugs

During a campaign-style rally in Florida, Donald Trump confused the citizens of which European nation by seeming to allude to a terrorist attack that supposedly happened the previous night?

United Kingdom

France

Germany

Sweden

Which former British MP unexpectedly managed to scoop US media on Trump’s Russian ties?

Tony Blair

Louise Mensch

Ed Balls

Nigel Farage

After a series of outbursts complaining about the press coverage of his administration, Trump annouced he would skip the White House correspondents’ dinner. Who was the last US president not to attend?

George W Bush

Ronald Reagan

Bill Clinton

Richard Nixon

Who told a gathering of thousands of conservatives that Trump is “maniacally focused” on fulfilling his campaign pledges?

Donald Trump

Nigel Farage

Steve Bannon

Milo Yiannopoulos

The White House barred several news organizations from an off-camera press briefing as the administration’s relationship with the media continued to deteriorate. Which of the below was included in the 24 February “gaggle” with Sean Spicer?

The BBC

Breitbart News

New York Times

The Guardian

The White House made a late February attempt to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election. How did Trump tweet about the issue?

“Keep hearing I’m friends with Putin from the lying media – what’s wrong with getting along with other world leaders? Putin very strong”

“Real Scandal is Hillary’s shocking emails – FBI KNOW any claims against me are BS. CNN Is failing badly”

“Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!”

“I put on a beautiful event in Russia and I’ve not been back since – wish the MEDIA would CHECK their information!”

Donald Trump’s first presidential address to Congress was an upbeat affair, in which the former reality tv star promised a “new chapter of American greatness”. Trump won praise and applause for singling out which figure?

Abraham Lincoln

John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona

Carryn Owens, the widow of a US Navy Seal, Ryan Owens, killed in a controversial raid in Yemen.

Steve Bannon

Who was accused of “lied under oath” about twice speaking with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during the presidential campaign, in apparent contradiction to his testimony to Congress.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin

Secretary of Defense James Mattis

In an apparent attempt to detract attention from the Jeff Sessions controversy, what did Trump accuse Barack Obama of in a series of early morning tweets?

Being born in Kenya

Plotting with Hillary Clinton to overthrow the Trump administration

Tapping Trump’s phones

Leaving America’s economy on the brink of collapse

“We have come up with a solution that’s really, really I think very good. Now I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that [it] could be so complicated.” What was Trump talking about?

Building a war on the US/Mexican border

Israel / Palestine

Healthcare

North Korea

White House press corps covering the Trump administration were surprised to receive a brand-new espresso machine, intended to help them with their coverage. Who sent it to them?

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Sean Spicer

Tom Hanks

“They gave me the beautiful hat and I said, ‘You know, maybe I’ll do that’. We have a great ‘Make America great again’ hat but I said, ‘This is a special day, we’re wearing this, right?’”. Where was Trump and what hat was he wearing?

The border with Mexico, a United States Border Patrol hat

A pirate ship at Disneyland, a pirate hat

The USS Gerald R Ford, a hat with ““USS Gerald R Ford” on it

Boston, a hat befitting the style worn during the American Revolution

Again on the offensive over allegations over his team’s ties with Russia, Trump tweeted an image of Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, enjoying what with Vladimir Putin?

A clandestine meeting in Budapest

A friendly wrestling match

Eating doughnuts outside a shop

A joke about Pussy Riot

Donald Trump signed a revised executive order to reinstate a ban on immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries and suspend the US refugee program. Alongside other changes, which country was removed from the list of targeted states?

Iran

Iraq

Syria

Yemen

“This is a dumpster fire of a bill that was written on the back of a napkin behind closed doors because Republicans know this is a disaster.” Which bill was Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut talking about?

Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act

Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy

The American Health Care Act, or ‘Trumpcare’

Who denied that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming, in an interview with CNBC on Thursday?

Donald Trump

Steve Bannon

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s head of the US Environmental Protection Agency

Sean Spicer

Which state became the first to file a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s revised travel ban?

Alaska

Hawaii

California

Kentucky

Speaking in an interview with the Guardian, which former presidential candidate said that Trump “lies in order to undermine the foundations of American democracy”?

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Al Gore

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