White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August 2017)
Latest News Briefs
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.
September 16: Road to confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court hits roadblock as woman alleges sexual assault by the nominee when both were high-schoolers.
September 21: After several days of silence on allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump tweet=attacks the woman who accuses the Supreme Court nominee.
September 21: White House seeks to tighten restrictions on visas and green cards, barring immigrants who receive any sort of public funds (such as food stamps) or are deemed likely to do so. Critics assail subjectivity of such decisions, which would inevitably block low-income persons.
September 23: Accuser of Brett Kavanough, Christine Blasey Ford, agrees to testify in Congress on September 27.
September 25: Speaking to U.N. General Assembly, Trump assails "globalization," vowing that foreign aid will go only to countries that "respect" the U.S. and "are our friends." Early in his speech, the president boasted that his administration had accomplished more than nearly any previous one, drawing laughter from a number of attendees.
September 27: Dr. Blasey Ford testifies calmly but emotionally about sexual assault at a party, when she was 15, in long morning session before Senate Judiciary Committee. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh adopts angry, combative stance in afternoon, totally denying allegations. While acknowledging drinking in high school and college, he denites excessive alcohol consumption to "blackout" level and insists that sexual encounter with Blasey Ford never happened.
September 28: Senate Republicans want immediate vote on Court nomination; Democrats insists that FBI should investigate further before a full Senate vote is taken. Judiciary Committee supports the nomination, but retiring Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) successfully pushes for FBI investigation, with one-week limit.
October 2: After stating that Blasey Ford's testimony had been "credible" and "compelling," Trump lashes out during campaign rally, mocking her words and scoffing at gaps in her recollection of the event.
October 6: At third campaign rally in a week, Trump calls Democrats the "party of crime" and asserts that they are "too dangeorus to govern."
October 8: Trump claims accusation against Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Blasey Ford is a "hoax set up by the Democrats."
October 18: Caravan of migrants is enroute from Honduras toward U.S., via Mexico. Trump warns that unless Mexico halts the marchers, U.S. aid will be cut off to the region and military will be sent to the U.S./Mexico border.
October 24: Pipe bombs sent to 10 notable critics of the president, including Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and actor Robert DeNiro.
October 25: Trump said to be considering sealing the U.S.-Mexico border, to keep all migrants out. (The New York Times
October 26: In stark contrast to anti-immigration stance of Trump administration, Mexico issues temporary work permits to "caravan" migrants. (BBC America)
Recent 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. Some critics call Trump's behavior "disgraceful," 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.
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.
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 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 news conference, Sarah Huckabee Sanders reveals list of nine additional people, each critical of Trump, suggesting that any of them might be next.
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.
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