White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August)
Latest News Briefs
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)
March 19: Trump hires attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News contributor who alleges that the Justice Department and FBI have attempt to "frame" the president, in connection with Russian meddling in 2016 election. Three days later, attorney John Dowd resigns.
March 20: Despite emphatic advance warning from advisers not to congratulate Russian president Putin on his electoral victory, widely considered to be a sham, Trump calls to convey congratulations. Nothing is said about election meddling or Russia's role in poisoning of former Russian spy, in Britain.
March 22: Major news services report that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating tie between Trump campaign and Cambridge Analytica. British firm obtained personal data on more than 50 million Facebook members, allegedly for partisan use during 2016 U.S. election.
March 24: Millions participate in "March For Our Lives" protests in 800 cities, worldwide. Initiated by teenage survivors of Parkland (Florida) shooting, the marches demand action on steps to curtail gun violence. "Vote Them Out" is one of the dominant chants heard from participants.
March 25: Two lawyers, expected to be hired by Mr. Trump as part of White House shakeup, decline to accept. Joseph diGenova, the proponent of a theory that the Department of Justice and FBI has attempted to "frame" the president, cited a conflict of interest.
March 31: Blaming Democrats and alleging that "caravans" of immigrants plan to cross U.S.-Mexico border, Trump announces that there will be no DACA "deal" to protect "Dreamers" from deportation.
April 2: China retaliates against Trump's trade moves, placing tariffs on 128 products that are exported to U.S.
April 2: Trump warns against "caravan" of migrants headed for U.S./Mexico border. Buzzfeed news service reports that more than 1,000 people, mainly Hondurans fleeing dangers in that country, are indeed walking and riding north, through Mexico. They hope to be granted asylum or, if possible, cross the border. Migrants are assisted by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a group of volunteers who oppose American anti-immigrant policies.
April 4: Trump to send National Guard troops to Mexican border.
April 4: Trade war with China escalates, as both countries apply tariffs to additional goods imported from the other nation.
April 9: F.B.I. raids office of president's lawyer. Trump calls action an "attack on our country."
Recent News Briefs
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.
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.
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