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The 2016 presidential electoral vote. Five individuals besides Trump and Clinton received electoral votes from faithless electors.
Outgoing President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016
Donald Trump's official portrait before his swearing in ceremony.
Inauguration swearing-in ceremony
Cabinet meeting, March 2017
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her family with Trump on September 26, 2020
Fact-checkers from The Washington Post, (orange) the Toronto Star, and CNN (blue) compiled data on "false or misleading claims" and "false claims," respectively. The peaks in late 2018 correspond to the midterm elections, in late 2019 to his impeachment inquiry, and in late 2020 to the presidential election. The Post reported 30,573 false or misleading claims in 4 years, an average of more than 20.9 per day.
Trump talks to the press in the Oval Office on March 21, 2017, before signing S.422 (the NASA Transition Authorization Act)
Trump speaks to reporters on the White House South Lawn in June 2019
During a joint news conference, Trump said he was "very proud" to hear Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro use the term "fake news."
Twitter activity of Donald Trump from his first tweet in May 2009 to September 2017. Retweets are not included.
Trump signed new anti-sex-trafficking legislation on April 16, 2018.
Trump pays tribute to fallen police officers on May 15, 2017
Trump signs the Hurricane Harvey relief bill at Camp David, September8, 2017
Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at the 787-10 Dreamliner rollout ceremony
Trump signs the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) alongside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018
Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visit Saint Andrew's Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, March3, 2017
April 2017 Trump rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Official portrait of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator
HHS Secretary Alex Azar
The CBO estimated in May 2017 that the Republican AHCA would reduce the number of people with health insurance by 23 million during 2026, relative to current law.
Drug overdoses killed 70,200 in the United States in 2017.
Trump at the 15th Annual Opioid Takeback Day
Trump receives a briefing on COVID-19 in the White House Situation Room
Trump was hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his COVID-19 diagnosis on October 3, 2020.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, first day on the job
Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
June 2018 protest against the Trump administration family separation policy, in Chicago, Illinois
Trump signs Executive Order 13769 at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Secretary of Defense James Mattis look on, January 27, 2017.
Trump returns to the White House after posing for a photo op at St. John's Episcopal Church, June 2020
Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence and President Donald Trump watch the Crew Dragon Demo-2 Falcon 9 rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center
Anti-Trump protest in Greensboro by the anti-fascist groups Democratic Socialists of America and Industrial Workers of the World
Trump and North Korea's Communist Party leader Kim Jong-un shake hands at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, June 30, 2019
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the welcoming ceremony for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley (left) on September 30, 2019. Outgoing chairman General Joseph Dunford (right) and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (center-right) are present.
Trump with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Oval Office, November 13, 2019
Trump with Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Washington, D.C., March 14, 2017
Robert Mueller in the Oval Office c. 2012
Tayyip Erdoğan, then the prime minister of Turkey, attended the opening of the Trump Towers Istanbul AVM in 2012.
Open hearing testimony of Fiona Hill and David Holmes on November 21, 2019
Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump signs an Executive Order promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America on April 25, 2017
Gallup approval polling, covering February 2017 – December 2020
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Donald Trump's tenure as the 45th president of the United States began with his inauguration on January 20, 2017, and ended on January 20, 2021.

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Donald Trump

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American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

Official portrait, 2017
Trump at the New York Military Academy in 1964
Trump (far right) and wife Ivana in the receiving line of a state dinner for King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in 1985, with U.S. president Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan
Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan
Entrance of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City
Trump and New Jersey Generals quarterback Doug Flutie at a 1985 press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower
Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Trump at a New York Mets baseball game in 2009
Trump and President Bill Clinton in June 2000
Trump speaking at CPAC 2011
Trump campaigning in Arizona, March 2016.
2016 electoral vote results. Trump won 304–227
Women's March in Washington on January 21, 2017
Trump is sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts
Trump speaks to automobile workers in Michigan, March 2017
Trump and group of officials and advisors on the way from White House complex to St. John's Church
Trump examines border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, California.
Trump with the other G7 leaders at the 45th summit in France, 2019
Trump and Xi Jinping at 2018 G20 Summit.
Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the 2017 Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with Taliban delegation in Qatar in September 2020
Trump meets Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit, June 2018
Putin and Trump shaking hands at the G20 Osaka summit, June 2019
Trump and his third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump conducts a COVID-19 press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on March 15, 2020
Poland's president Andrzej Duda visited the White House on June 24, 2020, the first foreign leader to do so since the start of the pandemic.
Trump boards helicopter for COVID-19 treatment on October 2, 2020
Trump discharged on October 5, 2020, from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Members of House of Representatives vote on two articles of impeachment, December 18, 2019
Trump displaying the front page of The Washington Post reporting his acquittal by the Senate
Trump at a 2020 campaign rally in Arizona
2020 Electoral College results, Trump lost 232–306
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signing the second impeachment of Trump
Trump speaks at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" in Phoenix, Arizona, July 2021.
Trump talking to the press, March 2017
Fact-checkers from The Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and CNN compiled data on "false or misleading claims" (orange background), and "false claims" (violet foreground), respectively.

Trump promoted conspiracy theories and made many false and misleading statements during his campaigns and presidency, to a degree unprecedented in American politics.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Trump–Ukraine scandal

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Efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump to coerce Ukraine and other countries into providing damaging narratives about 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden as well as misinformation relating to Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections caused a political scandal in the United States.

Efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump to coerce Ukraine and other countries into providing damaging narratives about 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden as well as misinformation relating to Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections caused a political scandal in the United States.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Hunter Biden in 2013
Former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry with Zelenskyy at Zelenskyy's inauguration, May 2019
Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense Kash Patel poses for his official portrait at the Pentagon on November 17, 2020
Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post because of her anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, and because she disagreed with the shadow diplomacy taking place under Giuliani and President Trump.
Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. delegation meet with President Zelenskyy in Warsaw on September 1, 2019
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy with Kurt Volker and Rick Perry, May 2019
George Stephanopoulos described the details of the CrowdStrike conspiracy theory as "both convoluted and false".

Trump enlisted surrogates within and outside his official administration, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr, to pressure Ukraine and other foreign governments to cooperate in supporting conspiracy theories concerning American politics.

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Jeff Sessions

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American politician and attorney who served as the 84th United States Attorney General from 2017 to 2018.

American politician and attorney who served as the 84th United States Attorney General from 2017 to 2018.

Official portrait, 2017
Senators Sessions and Richard Shelby with FEMA Director James Lee Witt, 1998
Senators Sessions and Richard Shelby meet with President George W. Bush, 2004
Official photo of Sessions as Senator, 2004
Senators Sessions and Saxby Chambliss talk to sailors, NAS Sigonella, Italy, 2004
Sessions speaking at a campaign event for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on August 31, 2016
Sessions arriving at Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017
Sessions being sworn in at his confirmation hearing on January 10, 2017
Sessions is sworn in as Attorney General by Vice President Mike Pence.
Sessions meets with Department of Justice and DHS personnel in El Paso, Texas, April 2017
Sessions at a press event in Birmingham, Alabama on June 24, 2020
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions addressing voters in 2011
Senator Sessions speaks during Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) 2012 in Nashville, TN
Senator Sessions and Indiana Governor, and Republican vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence at an immigration policy speech in Phoenix, Arizona in August 2016
Sessions speaking at the 2017 Police Week Candlelight Vigil
Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Sessions speaks at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London in 2018

A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as United States Senator from Alabama from 1997 to 2017 before resigning that position to serve as attorney general in the administration of President Donald Trump.

US airmen board a C-17 at Al Udeid Air Base during the withdrawal, 27 April 2021

Withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan (2020–2021)

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The United States Armed Forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan on 30 August 2021, marking the end of the 2001–2021 war.

The United States Armed Forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan on 30 August 2021, marking the end of the 2001–2021 war.

US airmen board a C-17 at Al Udeid Air Base during the withdrawal, 27 April 2021
US President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the United Nations General Assembly, 2 October 2017
General Austin S. Miller became commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan in September 2018 and oversaw the withdrawal until July 2021.
General Austin Miller, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet with Taliban representatives Abdul Ghani Baradar, Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai and Suhail Shaheen in Doha, Qatar, on 12 September 2020
General Austin S. Miller alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Afghanistan, March 2021
Aerial porters load a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter unto a C-17 Globemaster III for departure from Bagram Airfield, June 16, 2021
A map of Afghanistan showing the 2021 Taliban offensive.
US Marines of the 24th MEU evacuating US embassy staff at Kabul Airport, 15 August 2021
82nd Airborne Division soldiers guarding Kabul Airport on 17 August 2021
Marines guarding an evacuation checkpoint at Kabul Airport on 20 August
A C-RAM intercepts a rocket attack on Kabul Airport, 30 August
Army Major General Christopher T. Donahue boards a C-17 at the Kabul Airport as the final American soldier to depart Afghanistan, 30 August
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and CENTCOM commander General Frank McKenzie testify before Congress on the withdrawal from Afghanistan on 29 September 2021
On 8 July 2021, US President Joe Biden stated that, "The likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely."
Joint Task Force-Crisis Response personnel carry the remains of fellow service members killed in the 26 August Kabul Airport attack, 27 August 2021
President Joe Biden meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman Abdullah Abdullah, 25 June 2021

In February 2020, the Trump administration and the Taliban, without the participation of the then Afghan government, signed the US–Taliban deal in Doha, Qatar, which stipulated fighting restrictions for both the US and the Taliban, and provided for the withdrawal of all NATO forces from Afghanistan in return for the Taliban's counter-terrorism commitments.

Official portrait, 2017

Mike Pence

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American politician, broadcaster, and lawyer who served as the 48th vice president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

American politician, broadcaster, and lawyer who served as the 48th vice president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

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Pence with President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1988
Pence as a U.S. congressman in 2010
Congressman Pence visits U.S. soldiers in Mosul, Iraq, in 2006.
Results of the 2012 Indiana gubernatorial election; Pence won the counties in red.
Pence was sworn in as governor of Indiana on January 14, 2013.
Governor Pence speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 27, 2015.
Governor Pence (right) with President Barack Obama (left) and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, February 25, 2013
Governor Pence at the dedication of a new veterans' clinic, March 30, 2016
Pence addresses supporters at a church service, September 2016.
Pence at the 500 Festival Parade in Indianapolis, 2015
Pence speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, August 2016.
The Trump–Pence ticket won the 2016 presidential election with 306 of the 538 available electoral votes, later reduced to 304
 due to a faithless elector.
Pence with President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Major General Courtney P. Carr stand for the National Anthem.
Pence with South Korean president Moon Jae-in at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Pence (second from left) during the U.S. military raid on ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 26, 2019
Former Vice President and fellow Hoosier Dan Quayle and Marilyn Quayle with Pence in 2019.
Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force brief the media in March 2020.
Pence and his wife Karen at the inauguration of Joe Biden
Pence speaks at the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
U.S. representative Pence (third from left) behind Governor Mitch Daniels at a 2008 press conference in Martinsville, Indiana
Pence speaks at a Tea Party rally in 2011.
Pence as vice president in 2017
Pence swears in John F. Kelly at DHS Headquarters on January 25, 2017.
Pence visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Pence and Trump with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman on March 14, 2017
Joint press conference with the Baltic states presidents and Pence, July 31, 2017
Representative Pence with President George W. Bush
Pence speaks to police officers in Youngstown, Ohio, June 25, 2020.
Governor Pence addresses Indiana State Military at the Indiana War memorial on Veterans Day, 2014

During the transition phase of the Trump administration, Pence was reported as holding a large degree of influence in the administration due to his roles as a mediator between Trump and congressional Republicans, for reassuring conservatives about Trump's conservative credentials, and his influence in determining Donald Trump's cabinet.

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Mitch McConnell

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American politician and retired attorney serving as Senate minority leader since 2021 and as the senior United States senator from Kentucky.

American politician and retired attorney serving as Senate minority leader since 2021 and as the senior United States senator from Kentucky.

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President Ronald Reagan in a meeting with McConnell in the Oval Office, March 1987
President George H. W. Bush with McConnell and Elaine Chao in February 1991
Mitch McConnell in 1992
President George W. Bush shake hands with McConnell, January 2001
Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and McConnell celebrate the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, December 2017
McConnell (left) with then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh (middle), the nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, 2018.
McConnell and his wife,

During the Trump administration, the Senate Republican majority under his leadership confirmed a record number of federal appeals court judges during a president's first two years.

President Donald Trump stands in front of a section of border wall near Yuma, Arizona, June 2020

Trump wall

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President Donald Trump stands in front of a section of border wall near Yuma, Arizona, June 2020
A protest of the wall in 2016
Fence between San Diego's border patrol offices in California (left) and Tijuana, Mexico
Wall prototypes being presented to President Trump in San Diego, March 2018
President Trump displaying Executive Order 13767.
Trump signed a declaration of national emergency on February 15, 2019.
New border wall near Yuma, Arizona, June 3, 2020
A plaque commemorates the completion of a section of the wall. Yuma, Arizona, 2020.
Replacement border fencing construction. California, 2019.
This is a section of the walls in San Diego, California 2021.
A Build The Wall rally in The Villages, Florida. January 2019.

The Trump wall, commonly referred to as "The Wall", is an expansion of the Mexico–United States barrier that started during the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump and was a critical part of Trump's campaign platform in the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Flynn

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Flynn at Middletown High School, 1977
General Stanley McChrystal and Flynn in Afghanistan, 2010
Flynn speaks during the change of directorship for the Defense Intelligence Agency on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
Flynn with Martin Dempsey and Ashton Carter, June 11, 2013
Flynn's former business associate Bijan Rafiekian was charged with illegally acting as an unregistered agent of Turkey. In 2019, a federal judge threw out the guilty verdicts against Rafiekian, citing insufficient evidence to sustain his conviction on either count.
In December 2015, Flynn attended RT's 10th anniversary gala. Flynn is sitting next to Vladimir Putin during the dinner. Jill Stein (in the foreground) and Mikhail Gorbachev (in background) also attended.
Flynn at a campaign rally, October 2016
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe meets with President-elect Trump, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Flynn in November 2016.
Flynn and Susan Rice in January 2017
Flynn with General Joseph F. Dunford (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), General Joseph Votel and General Raymond A. Thomas at MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, 2017
Full pardon issued on behalf of Flynn by President Donald Trump, November 25, 2020

Michael Thomas Flynn (born December 24, 1958) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who was the 24th U.S. National Security Advisor for the first 22 days of the Trump administration.

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2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria

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Cross-border military operation conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the Syrian National Army (SNA) against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and later Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Syria.

Cross-border military operation conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the Syrian National Army (SNA) against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and later Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Syria.

For a more detailed, up-to-date, interactive map, see here.
U.S. and Turkish troops rendezvous for a joint patrol in the Northern Syria Buffer Zone, 4 October 2019.
Ras al-Ayn bombing on 10 October 2019.
Smoke rising above Qamishli on 10 October 2019
A checkpoint, abandoned by the SDF outside of Ras al-Ayn on 11 October
Battle of Tell Abyad, 9–13 October
SNA advances in Tell Abyad area
SNA advances in the Manbij area
Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a joint press conference in Ankara on 17 October 2019
Battle of Ras al-Ayn, 9–20 October
SNA advances in Ras al-Ayn area
SDF-controlled territory (green) and Turkish-controlled territory (red) in October 2019
Civilians throwing rocks at a Turkish Kirpi MRAP in Kobanî, 5 November 2019
Protest against Turkey's military offensive on 10 October 2019
International reactions to Turkey's 2019 operation in northern Syria at a glance. See Reactions to the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria for citations or more information.
Protest in Berlin against Turkey's military offensive and European arms exports to Turkey
Letter dated 9 October from Donald Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, leaked to US media on the 16th. On 18 October, Erdoğan told reporters that the language of the letter was a big insult, they weren't going to forget it, and they would have some sort of redress when the time comes.
President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Oval Office of the White House, 13 November 2019
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confronts Donald Trump about U.S. withdrawal at a meeting in the White House on 16 October 2019.

On 6 October 2019, the Trump administration ordered American troops to withdraw from northeastern Syria, where the United States had been supporting its Kurdish allies.

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Joe Biden

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American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States.

American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States.

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Biden at Archmere Academy in the 1950s
Biden in the Syracuse 1968 yearbook
Results of the 1972 U.S. Senate election in Delaware
Biden and his second wife, Jill, met in 1975 and married in 1977
Biden with President Jimmy Carter, 1979
Biden shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan, 1984
Biden speaking at the signing of the 1994 Crime Bill with President Bill Clinton in 1994
Senator Biden accompanies President Clinton and other officials to Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 1997
Biden addresses the press after meeting with Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in Baghdad in 2004.
Biden at the White House in 1987
Biden campaigns at a house party in Creston, Iowa, July 2007
Biden speaks at the August 23, 2008, vice presidential announcement at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois
Biden being sworn in as vice president on January 20, 2009
President Obama congratulates Biden for his role in shaping the debt ceiling deal which led to the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Biden during a visit to Baghdad
Biden, Obama and the national security team gathered in the White House Situation Room to monitor the progress of the May 2011 mission to kill Osama bin Laden
Biden and Obama, July 2012
Official vice president portrait, 2013
Biden with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, March 9, 2016
Biden with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on November 10, 2016
Biden with Barack Obama and Donald Trump, at the latter's inauguration on January 20, 2017
Biden at his presidential kickoff rally in Philadelphia, May 2019
Biden takes the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. at the Capitol, January 20, 2021
Biden with his Cabinet, July 2021
Biden meeting with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office, June 7, 2021
Biden in a video conference with Vice President Harris and the U.S. National Security team, discussing the Fall of Kabul on August 15, 2021
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Biden, UK prime minister Boris Johnson and UN secretary-general António Guterres at the opening ceremony of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on November 1, 2021
Biden with Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Oval Office
Biden with refugees from Ukraine in Warsaw, March 2022
President Barack Obama and Biden talk with Xi Jinping, February 14, 2012
President Obama presents Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, January 12, 2017
Biden at a rally on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, February 2020
Biden and Ketanji Brown Jackson watching the U.S. Senate vote on her confirmation, April 2022.

Biden remained in the public eye, endorsing candidates while continuing to comment on politics, climate change, and the presidency of Donald Trump.