White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August)
Latest News Briefs
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, including big boost in military spending, coupled with huge cuts to domestic programs. (The New York Times)
February 17:Reacting to Florida school shooting that killed 17, Trump faults FBI for not acting on tips that the culprit was a threat. In Tweet, he blames that omission on FBI's emphasis on investigation of Russian election meddling.
February 22: Trump's top solution to threat of school shootings: let certain teachers and staff take training and carry concealed guns.
February 26: Speaking to group of governors, Trump says he believes he would have rushed into Florida school at time of mass shooting, even if he had no weapon.
February 27: Jared Kushner, president's adviser and son-in-law, loses his "temporary" top secret clearance.
February 28: Dick's sporting goods, a major chain, announces that it will no longer sell assault-type rifles and will raise gun-buying age limit to 21.
March 2: Surprising many, even in White House, Trump announces tariffs to be applied to imported steel (25 percent) and aluminum (10 percent). Critics charge that tariffs could shrink, not increase, number of U.S. jobs.
March 5: Trump tweets that tariffs might not be applied to Canada and Mexico, if those countries agree to certain limitations.
March 6: White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, an opponent of tariffs, resigns.
March 8: Trump signs bill imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum, but exempts Canada and Mexico - at least for now.
March 8: Kim Jong-un invites U.S. president to meeting on nuclear weapons, in North Korea. Trump plans to attend.
March 10: As reported in The New York Times, Trump delivers "fiery" 75-minute speech at Pennsylvania rally, described as "vintage 2016."
March 13: Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The New York Times reports that Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
March 15: Special counsel Robert Mueller issues subpoena for documents from Trump organization.
March 16: Attorney general Sessions fires Andrew McCabe, 26 hours before retirement of the former FBI deputy director. Trump administration alleges that McCabe "misled Justice Dept. investigators," according to CNN. As a result, McCabe will lose his pension after more than two decades of government work. Hours later, CNN reports that Trump "celebrates" the firing in a tweet.
March 17: President's attorney, John Dowd, calls for halt to Mueller investiation of Russian meddling in 2016 election. (CNN)
Recent News Briefs
January 3: 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 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.
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: According 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, 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.
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