White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August 2017)
Latest News Briefs
July 15: In Helsinki, Finland, Trump has two-hour meeting with Vladimir Putin, with only translators present. In news conference afterward, U.S. president appears to believe Putin's denial of Russian meddling in 2016 election, even though American intelligence agencies have stated firmly that Russia is the culprit. Additional Trump remarks suggest that he was taking Putin's side on related issues, prompting considerably outrage back home. Some critics call Trump's behavior "disgraceful," and even "treasonous."
July 16-19: Trump faces massive blowback, even from Republicans, for remarks in Helsinki that suggest he believes Putin more than his own intelligense services. Attempts to rectify those comments, claiming to have been "misunderstood," draw even greater criticism.
July 23: Using all capital letters, Trump sends ferocious tweet to Iran's leader, promising "consequenes the likes of which few throughout history" have experienced, if that country ever threatens the U.S. again. Earlier, Iranian president Rouhani had promised that conflict between the two countries would amount to the "mother of all wars"
July 27: Immigration agency misses deadline to reunite remaining detained children with their parents. News agencies report that undreds of parents have already been deported.
July 30: Trump administration considers $100 billion tax break, nearly all for super-wealthy. President expresses willingness to bypass Congress, ordering revision of capital gains rules on his own.
August 1: Trump tweets that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should halt Mueller probe "right now." Meanwhile, president is willing to do in-person interview with Mr. Mueller, who agrees to limit questions on obstruction of justice.
August 13: The New York Times reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking legal steps to support states that have launched restrictive voter-registration laws, upturning actions taken by the Obama administration. Critics assert that minorities, likely to vote Democratic, are most likely to be purged from voter rolls or prevented from registering.
August 15: Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, a leading critic of the president. At a news conference, Sarah Huckabee Sanders reveals list of nine additional people, each critical of Trump, suggesting that any of them might be next to lose clearance.
August 17: CNN says Trump is considering revoking security clearance of Department of Justice Bruce Ohr "very quickly."
August 21: Paul Manafort, one-time Trump campaign manager, found guilty on eight counts of fraud; judge declares mistrial on 10 other charges. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty, stating that he paid "hush money" to two women for the purpose of influencing the 2016 election. Various analysts assert that Cohen's action "implicates" the president.
August 25: Senator John McCain dies, one day after stopping treatment for brain cancer, drawing tremendous praise for his life – from POW in Vietnam to hugely respected, bipartisan work in Senate. McCain's funeral instructions specify desire to have George W. Bush and Barack Obama speak; but Trump, who has often mocked and insulted McCain, is not invited.
August 27: After lowering White House flag to half-staff on Sunday, in respect to death of John McCain, it's raised to full height a day later. Pressure from veterans results in resumption of half-staff position.
August 30: Trump to cancel 2.1 percent pay raise for federal workers, scheduled for January. Later, he claims to be reconsidering the move.
August 31: Trump announces halt to funding of aid to Palestinians via United Nationa Relief and Works Agency. Aid has been supporting 5 million refugees.
September 1: Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama deliver eulogies to John McCain at elegant, touching service in National Cathedral. Some 2,000 guests were invited, but Donald Trump was omitted from that list.
September 13: Contradicting recently-released study, Trump insists that claim of 2,975 deaths resulting from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, in 2017, is a Democratic plot to "make me look as bad as possible." Original estimate had been 64 deaths.
September 14: New York Times columnist notes that total of "false or misleading statements" by Trump has surpassed 5,000.
Recent News Briefs
June 17: Photo of 2-year-old child in tears as her mother is searched by immigration agents spreads rapidly, intensifying criticism of "zero-tolerance" policy initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Distressing audio tape of detained children crying and calling for "Mommy" or "Daddy" adds to backlash.
June 19: Defiant Trump faces growing criticism from opponents of immigration policy that results in separation of children from parents.
June 19: U.S. withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council.
June 19: Trump warns of immigrants who "infest" the U.S. ... during interview on CNN, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski responds to report on 10-year-old with Down Syndrome, taken away from parent at border, by uttering dismissive "Womp Womp."
June 20: Despite his previous insistence that Democrat-initiated "law" prevented halting practice of separating families at Mexican border, Trump signs Executive Order to accomplish that change.
June 27: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement. President quickly reveals list of possible conservative replacements.
June 28: Senate leader Mitch McConnell insists that replacement Justice be selected and vetted quickly, so nominee can be sworn in before November election. Critics charge McConnell with hypocrisy, citing his blockage of Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, until after the 2016 election.
June 28: In Washington D.C., some 600 women are arrested at a protest against continued mistreatment of undocumented migrant children.
June 30: Massive protests demanding humane treatment of migrant children separated from parents take place in cities across the country.
June 30: PBS reports that migrants seeking asylum are compelled to pay a Bond, if they want to released from detention while awaiting a hearing. Minimum Bond cost is $1,500, but some judges are requiring as much as $25,000.
July 5: EPA head Scott Pruitt resigns, amid numerous charges of legal and ethics violations.
July 7: Following meeting on denuclearization with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, North Koreans charge U.S. with making "gangster-like demands" and creating "cancerous" situation.
July 11 : At opening breakfast of NATO Summit in Brussels, Trump assails allies for not spending enough on defense, as a percentage of their Gross Domestic Product. Rather than accept the goal of 2 percent by 2024, agreed to in 2014 , Trump arbitrarily calls for doubling that amount. He lated claims personal victory at the Summit, but allies disagree with his assessment.
July 12 : Mass protests are expected in Britain, Trump's next stop, including floating a huge balloon depicting Trump as a diapered, ill-behaved infant.
July 12-13: Mass protests take place in Britain, Trump's next stop, including floating a huge balloon depicting Trump as a diapered, ill-behaved infant. In interview published in Sun newspaper, Trump criticizes prime minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit situation.
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