Reporters’ Notebook: What it’s like to cover Donald Trump over the first 100 days

As reporters for ABC News, our journey covering now-President Donald Trump began with on the campaign trail, where we covered his opponents during the primaries. Ever since, it has been the story of our careers, unlike anything we have previously reported on. The 2016 race featured two completely different candidates, and expectations for a Hillary Clinton win. Now, Trump’s 100 days have represented a true shakeup in Washington, D.C.

True to his campaign and life leading up to moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Trump has proven anything but predictable.

The following ABC News Reporters’ Notebook includes a few highlights from our firsthand accounts of the days that have defined and sometimes rocked the young administration.

Jan. 20 – 4:30 a.m.

I step out of my Uber a couple of blocks from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the closest I can get to the White House because of beefed-up security on Inauguration Day. I walk over to take my place in line with the other journalists waiting to move through the extra layer of magnetometers that the Secret Service has set up for the day.

The feeling of history is palpable in the dark, early morning hours, and the sun would soon rise on President Barack Obama’s final morning in the White House. By sunset, the presidential mansion would be home to a new resident: President Donald J. Trump.

-Jordyn Phelps

Jan. 20 – 1:00 p.m.

An eerie state of silence and emptiness permeates the West Wing.

The wall in the press office that was decorated with newspaper clippings of pinnacle moments from the Obama administration –- the killing of Osama bin Laden and other major milestones — is now just a blank space.

The frames throughout the West Wing that once featured photographs of Obama and administration officials now hang empty on the wall.

The offices and desks once occupied by the familiar faces of Obama’s press aides are empty as well, soon to be filled with new, fresh-faced government employees.

But for a couple of hours at least, the White House is empty of its usual gatekeepers and occupants.

-Jordyn Phelps

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President Donald Trump takes reporters questions during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017.

Feb. 13 – 5:00 p.m.

Reporters are gathered outside of Sean Spicer‘s office, trying to find out from the White House press secretary if the president continues to have confidence in his embattled national security adviser, Michael Flynn, amid revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence.

After Spicer’s door closes, it appears we’re in for a long wait.

But then, the president unexpectedly walks by — apparently making his way from the Oval Office to the White House residence.

Reporters fumble with their phones to record the moment, as the president pauses by a framed photo on the wall from his inauguration the previous month.

“That’s amazing,” the president says,…

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