White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August)
Latest News Briefs
January 19: As midnight deadline approaches, Senate vote on bill to keep U.S. government operating fails. As the clock strikes 12:00, the government officially shuts down.
January 20: As Trump marks first anniversary in office, massive Women’s March takes place around the country. An estimated 300,000 participants march in Chicago alone.
January 22: Congress passes short-term bill to reopen government. Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promises full discussion and vote on DACA (“Dreamers”) issue prior to February 8, when funding bill is reconsidered.
January 25: While attending Davos Forum in Switzerland, Trump proposes granting legal status to 1.8 million undocumented U.S. residents, more than double the number registered under DACA.
January 26: Accprding to The New York Times, in June 2017, Trump sought to fire Robert Mueller, but backed down when top White House lawyer refused that request and threatened to resign.
January 30: Trump gives one of longest State of the Union speeches ever, promising "New American Moment," drawing lavish praise and applause as well as harsh criticism. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) delivers pointed evaluation of president's record, without naming Trump.
February 2: President agrees to let House Republicans release memo alleging bias by FBI in investigation of Trump administration.
February 3: Trump claims newly-released memo gives him "total vindications" for allegations of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice. Democrats and other critics disagree vehemently.
February 5: Trump calls Democrats who sat motionless during State of the Union speech "treasonous" and "un-American."
February 9: President blocks Democratic memo on Russia investigation, citing national security concerns.
February 12: Trump submits $4.4 billion budget to Congress, including massive hike in military spending, coupled with huge cuts to domestic programs, including Medicare. (The New York Times)
Recent News Briefs
November 12: Trump sends combative tweets, calling those who suggest Russian collusion "haters and fools."
November 27: During ceremony to honor Navajo veterans of World War II, Trump mocks Senator Warren, calling her "Pocahontas."
November 29: Trump retweets violent video issued by far-right, anti-Muslim British group.
December 2: Senate passes massive tax bill in late-night session, with last-minute changes handwritten.
December 4: After period of silence about Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when in his 30s, Trump endorses him in Alabama’s Senate race.
December 6: Trump announces that U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, drawing quick rebukes.
December 12: Democrat Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in Alabama Senatorial election.
December 12: After Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) calls on the president to resign in wake of sexual misconduct allegations, Trump sends angry tweet claiming she “would do anything” for campaign contributions.
December 15: Asked if he plans to pardon Michael Kelly, convicted of lying to F.B.I., Trump replies: “We’ll see what happens.” According to The New York Times, Trump insisted he has “nothing to do with Russia.”
December 20: Congress passes massive tax bill. Trump has called it great Christmas gift to middle-class, while critics assert that it's huge giveaway to corporations and ultra-wealthy, adding $1.5 trillion to 10-year deficit.
December 21: United Nations votes against U.S., 128 to 9, on Trump's decision to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.
January 3, 2018: Trump taunts North Korean leader in retaliatory Tweet, insisting that his “nuclear button” is “bigger and more powerful” than Kim Jong-un’s.
January 6: Reacting to allegations in new book, including assertion that White House aides questioned the president's fitness for office, Trump tweets that he is a "very stable genius."
January 8: Trump orders deportation of 200,000 Salvadorans. Because of massive earthquakes in El Salvador in 2001, persons residing in U.S. (legally or not) were granted right to remain, under Temporary Protection Status program.
January 12: Trump reportedly uses vulgar term to describe Haiti and certain African nations. In White House meeting, he says he'd rather have immigrants from countries like Norway.
January 14: Trump denies using vulgarity during meeting, insisting he is not a "racist." Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), having attended that meeting, says vulgar term was used "repeatedly," while two Republicans claim it was never said.
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