In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Trump and the divisions in Washington.

2018 was a year for diplomacy.

In February, tragedy struck in Florida with the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It sparked a new conversation about gun control, but didn’t lead to new legislation.

The massacre did launch a movement among young Americans, including a massive rally in Washington DC in March.

President Trump continued his tough stance on immigration and border security.

In June, the administration defended its controversial policy of separating children from their undocumented parents at the border.

"We have to do our job, we will not apologize for doing for our job, we have sworn to do this job."

Faced with mounting criticism, the President halted the separations.

In November, there was a clash between US border officials and migrants.

"Why is a parent running into an area where they know the tear gas is forming?"

On Foreign Policy, this was the year of the summit for President Trump.

In June, a moment for history, when President Trump sat down with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The first time a sitting US President met with a North Korean leader.
"This is going to be more and more and more and it's a great honor to be with you."

In July, that highly anticipated sitdown in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where the President once again signaled doubts that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

"He just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be."

The next day the president walked that back.

The White House under pressure to take action against Saudi Arabia, after the brutal murder of Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement he would retire, giving the president another opportunity to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court.

"I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh."

But an 11th hour bombshell when Professor Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party when they were in high school, but Kavanaugh denied the allegation.

Their emotional appearances on Capitol Hill, gripping the nation.

"At the same time my greatest fears have been realized and the reality has been far worse than what I expected."

"I've never sexually assaulted Dr. Ford or anyone."
Republicans and Democrats said Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be a big issue for voters in the Midterm Elections.

Republicans kept control of the Senate, but in the House, a blue wave.

Democrats picking up at least 40 seats to take control of the House, promising aggressive scrutiny on the White House.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow is a new day in America."

Throughout the year, President Trump kept up his drumbeat against the media, which appeared to inspire a man in Florida to send explosive devices to CNN, prominent Democrats and critics of Trump.

In November, I asked the President about a poll that found 40% of Americans say he’s encouraging politically motivated violence.

“You're creating violence by your question." "Me?" "You are creating … you."

The special counsel’s Russia probe loomed large. President Trump’s former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort convicted of financial fraud.

His former lawyer, Michael Cohen, sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance violations, those hush money payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump, who has denied the affairs.

Prosecutors saying Cohen acted “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump himself.

"Did you know anything about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?" "No."

The president later said he only knew about the payments after the fact and he’s insisted he never directed Cohen to break the law.

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(This story was originally published on December 27, 2018)

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