What They've Done
Year One - A Sample of Horrors You May Have Forgotten
The new Congress is sworn in. Republicans in the House immediately attempt to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, which is supposed to investigate accusations of misconduct by House members.
Trump announces that unlike virtually every previous President, he will not put his assets into a blind trust during his Presidency.
At her confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos refuses to say that guns shouldn't be in schools.
Secretary of Education-nominee Betsy DeVos refuses to say that schools must follow federal laws requiring them to educate children with disabilities.
The Director of National Intelligence reports that the Intelligence Community has high confidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 election in order to help Trump win.
The Republican-controlled North Carolina state legislature begins passing laws to strip their State's incoming Democratic Governor of official powers.
Trump nominates Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, to run the Environment Protection Agency.
Kellyanne Conway introduces Americans to the concept of "Alternative Facts."
This is less than 48 hours into Trump's Presidency.
Trump orders the Department of Homeland Security to withhold federal funds from American cities that do not cooperate with his immigration policies.
Kellyanne Conway announces that Trump will never release his tax returns, despite him repeatedly saying during the campaign that he would do so as soon as his audit is finished.
This makes him the only President in at least the last 40 years to keep his tax returns hidden from the public.
Trump bans refugees from entering the US, as well as people from several muslim-majority countries.
The order was issued without warning, and neither the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of State were consulted. It causes significant confusion and mass protests at airports around the country. People with visas who were on inbound flights when the order was issued are detained at airports and denied entry to the country. Customs officials are confused as to whether the order bars entry to green card holders.
Lawsuits immediately follow, focused particularly on Trump's repeated public calls for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" during the 2016 election campaign.
Trump continues to insist that massive voter fraud occurred, despite zero evidence.
The State Department's entire senior staff resigns.
All were career Foreign Service Officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is unclear whether they were ordered to resign, or whether they did so on their own.
Sally Yates, the Acting Attorney General and an Obama holdover, instructs the Justice Department not to defend Trump's travel ban in court, because she does not believe it is legal.
Trump fires her.
Trump restructures the National Security Council to allow Steve Bannon to attend all NSC meetings.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence will now only attend NSC meetings when the meeting is "relevant to their responsibilities and expertise."
Trump invites FBI Director Jim Comey to a private dinner at which Trump asks Comey for a loyalty pledge, which Comey refuses to give.
Jerry Falwell, President of Liberty University, a school for Christian fundamentalists, is asked to run a White House task force on reforming the US higher education system.
The White House issues a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that omits any mention of Jews or anti-semitism.
The State Department had been going to issue a statement that, as you'd expect, mentions that Jews were among the victims of the Holocaust, but was actively blocked from doing so by the White House.
Trump claims that the US murder rate is the highest in 47 years. It is actually almost the lowest it's been in decades.
Mike Flynn is forced to resign as National Security Advisor.
Before Trump fired her, Sally Yates (then the Acting Attorney General) warned the Trump White House that Mike Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail because he had lied to senior administration officials, including the Vice-President, about the nature of his calls with the Russian Ambassador.
Hours after this becomes public, Mike Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor, after only 24 days in office.
Trump learned that Flynn had lied to the Vice-President on January 26, but did not tell Pence about it until February 9, and did not remove Flynn until February 13.
After Flynn resigns, we learn that he had lied to FBI agents on January 24 about whether he had discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador. Lying to the FBI is a felony.
Trump meets privately with FBI Director Comey, and asks him to consider dropping the FBI investigation into Flynn and "letting Flynn go".
Trump, attempting to justify his travel ban, tells a crowd of supporters about a terrorist attack that happened the night before in Sweden.
There wasn't one. He had apparently been watching someone on Fox News ranting the night before and got confused.
Trump and Republicans in Congress overturn Obama regulations that prevented mining companies from dumping mining debris into streams.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reverse Obama protections that required public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms aligned with their gender identity.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reverses an Obama policy that had been phasing out the use of private prisons to hold federal prisoners.
Trump says that he “just found out” that Obama wiretapped him. He provides zero evidence or explanation.
An Obama spokesperson flatly denies the accusation.
Trump demands that Congress investigate his assertion that Obama wiretapped him.
FBI Director Jim Comey, concerned that Trump's lie will lead to public distrust of the FBI, asks the Department of Justice to publicly deny Trump's claim.
The top Republicans and Democrats on both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees all say that they have seen zero evidence to support Trump’s accusation.
Trump says he’ll present evidence to back up his accusation “soon”.
Trump and Republicans in Congress make it easier for mentally ill people to purchase firearms, by reversing an Obama regulation.
Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn registers with the Justice Department as a foreign agent.
Flynn had apparently been lobbying for the Turkish government during the campaign and until sometime in November 2016.
He did not register as a foreign agent during the campaign, during the transition, or while he was serving as National Security Advisor.
Americans who lobby for foreign governments are required to register with the Justice Department. Intentional failure to do so is a felony.
Trump's Department of Homeland Security is considering a policy of separating children from their mothers at the Mexican border in order to prevent people from crossing the border with their children.
In a Senate hearing, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) points out to Trump's Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security some of the obvious problems with such a policy.
This is more than a year before Trump's child separation policy begins. They had a long time to plan ways to avoid unnecessarily harming these children. But the cruelty is the point.
Trump issues a second travel ban executive order, after the first one is blocked by federal judges.
The new travel ban is blocked by two separate court orders from two separate federal judges, both of whom reason that the true purpose of the order is to begin the muslim ban that Trump has repeatedly and explicitly called for.
Trump asks Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to intervene with FBI Director Comey in order to get the FBI to back off of Mike Flynn.
Trump orders a reversal of Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Staff at the Department of Energy’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy are told to stop using the phrase "climate change" in all written documents.
A cyberwarfare expert tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that part of the reason Russian misinformation campaigns have been so effective is because Trump constantly repeats conspiracy theories pushed by Russian propaganda networks.
Trump and Republicans in Congress repeal Obama internet privacy rules that prevented Internet Service Providers from tracking and selling customers’ browsing history and other personal online data to advertisers without permission.
We learn that Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s top counter-terrorism advisor, publicly supported a violent racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary militia in Hungary.
The Chinese Government gives Ivanka Trump's brand three trademarks in China.
On the same day, Ivanka Trump is having dinner with the Chinese President at dinner at Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida. Coincidentally.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reverses two Obama policies that helped protect student loan borrowers from predatory loan-servicing companies.
The Defense Department's Inspector General says that he is investigating Mike Flynn regarding payments Flynn received from Russian state TV and from a Turkish businessman.
Trump nominates an anti-abortion activist and former president of Americans United for Life to be an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump orders the Interior Department to consider selling offshore oil and gas drilling rights for areas in which Obama had refused to allow drilling.
The Environmental Protection Agency deletes from its website pages containing detailed climate data.
Republicans in the House vote to repeal Obamacare.
This bill cuts Medicaid spending by $880 billion over a decade, which would result in 24 million more Americans losing their health insurance, and allow Republicans to create an $880 billion tax cut, almost all of which will go to billionaires and ultra-millionaires.
It will also allow states to let health insurance companies refuse to cover essential benefits like hospital care, and would allow insurance policies to once again have spending caps and large price increases for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Trump has a phone call with Philippine President Duterte, whose government has openly murdered thousands of its citizens because they are "suspected" of being drug users or drug dealers.
Trump tells Duterte that he's doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem", and invites him to the White House.
Trump announces that Julie Kirchner will be the Ombudsman for the Homeland Security Department's Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.
Kirchner is the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Trump fires FBI Director Jim Comey, who had been overseeing the Russia investigation.
At first, Trump says in a letter that he fired Comey based on the written recommendation of Attorney General Sessions and the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who based their recommendation on Comey’s mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
We learn a year later that, in fact, Trump decided to fire Comey and then asked Sessions and Rosenstein to come up with a reason.
Rosenstein threatens to resign because the White House is pushing the false narrative that Trump acted only because of his recommendation.
The White House says that Comey had lost the confidence of the FBI rank-and-file. The new Acting FBI Director tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that this is false.
Trump meets with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador in the Oval Office, because Putin asked him to. President Obama had refused to grant them an Oval Office meeting. This is one day after Trump fires FBI Director Comey.
A Russian government photographer is in the meeting. No American press is allowed.
During the meeting, Trump tells the Russians, “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."
He then reveals highly classified information to them both, which is so sensitive that US intelligence isn't cleared to even share it with allies.
This apparently jeopardizes a spy inside ISIS who is working for Israeli intelligence. This puts at risk both a critical source of intelligence on ISIS, and the willingness of American allies to fully share intelligence. The White House later defends this by basically saying that Trump didn't realize what he was doing.
A National Security Agency report shows that, days before the 2016 election, Russian military intelligence launched a cyberattack on a US voting software supplier and made phishing attempts on more than 100 local election officials.
The report only becomes public when it is leaked in June, raising the question of whether the Trump administration was planning on keeping it a secret that the NSA had proof that Russia tried to hack state voting systems.
We later learn that Russians attacked the election system in at least 39 States during the summer and fall of 2016.
The Environmental Protection Agency removes five scientists from a major scientific review board, and suggests that they might be replaced with representatives from polluting industries that the agency is supposed to regulate.
Trump creates an “election integrity” commission to investigate his voter fraud conspiracy theories.
The Commission will be run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has been a vigorous proponent of Republican laws that make it more difficult for racial minorities to vote.
Jeff Sessions reverses an Obama policy in which the Justice Department had avoided seeking maximum sentences for people charged with non-violent, minor drug offenses. Going forward, federal prosecutors will be told to put non-violent, minor offenders in federal prison for as long as possible.
Turkish President Erdogan's security force violently attacks American citizens in the capital of the United States.
The White House and State Department can barely bring themselves to notice.
The Supreme Court rules that the Republican-controlled North Carolina state legislature had unconstitutionally created racially gerrymandered congressional districts.
Trump tries to block the Office of Government Ethics from finding out which former lobbyists were given waivers from the White House allowing them to work on issues that they handled as lobbyists.
By the end of the week the White House backs down, and we learn that at least 16 former lobbyists working in the White House had secretly been given waivers.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds one of the nationwide restraining orders blocking Trump’s travel ban from going into effect by a 10-3 vote, saying that the order “drips with religious intolerance.”
3 Republican Judges would have allowed the travel ban to go into effect.
Trump pulls the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Literally every other country in the world is in the Paris Accord.
The top American diplomat in China resigns because he says he cannot support Trump's action in good conscience as "a parent, a patriot, and a christian."
The Democratic Governors of California, New York, and Washington State establish the United States Climate Alliance in response, members of which pledge to uphold the Paris Accord within their borders.
The White House orders federal agencies to ignore all Congressional oversight requests from Democrats in the House and Senate.
The Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency Director, the Acting FBI Director, and the Deputy Attorney General all testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
They all refuse, under oath, to answer questions from the oversight committee, and provide no legal justification for doing so. Specifically, when asked whether Trump has asked them to interfere with the Russia investigation, they refuse to answer.
If they could have truthfully answered "No", they would have.
When the Special Counsel releases his report in 2019, we learn that in fact,
Saudi Arabia cuts off diplomatic relations with Qatar, and tries to isolate it by imposing a trade and travel ban. Trump takes credit for the move.
Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the middle east. It is not clear that Trump is at all aware of this.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urges Saudi Arabia to ease the blockade of Qatar, saying that it is interfering with US military efforts against ISIS. An hour later, Trump publicly praises Saudi Arabia and criticizes Qatar.
Tillerson’s aides believe that Trump was reading a statement that was literally written for him by the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates, which is joining Saudi Arabia in its move against Qatar.
Almost a year later, we learn that Jared Kushner appears to have backed the Saudi action against Qatar because Qatar refused to invest in the Kushner family firm.
Jim Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. His opening statement details Trump's misconduct.
In response to Comey's testimony that basically amounts to an accusation that Trump obstructed justice, House Speaker Paul Ryan tries to excuse it by saying that Trump is "new at this."
Trump puts his son’s wedding planner in charge of all federal housing programs in New York and New Jersey. These are multi-billion dollar operations.
She has no professional experience in public housing policy.
Because she's a wedding planner.
Maryland and the District of Columbia sue Trump for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting millions of dollars and other benefits from foreign governments through his businesses since becoming President.
A similar lawsuit had been filed in January by former White House ethics lawyers who had worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations.
200 Democratic members of Congress file a third lawsuit along the same lines later in the week.
Since becoming President, a majority of Trump’s companies' real estate sales have been to shell companies with hidden owners.
Trump's Department of Homeland Security cuts a $400,000 grant that it had previously approved under President Obama, for Life After Hate, an organization that de-radicalizes neo-Nazis and opposes white supremacists.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Obamacare repeal bill being pushed by Senate Republicans will cause 32 million Americans to lose their health insurance over the next decade.
We learn that Russian efforts to penetrate State and local voter databases during the 2016 election was more successful than previously known, and included attempts to alter voter information and the theft of thousands of voter records.
Trump has not held even a single meeting on the topic of preventing this from happening in the 2020 elections.
Trump's voter suppression commission, which he set up to investigate the imaginary massive voter fraud that he thinks resulted in his losing the popular vote in the 2016 election, requests confidential, personally-identifiable voter information from each State.
The Commission asks for "the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information."
44 States refuse to comply with this request.
We learn that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was paid more than $17 million to work for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party known for its anti-American rhetoric that has contributed to violence against US Marines.
The Supreme Court allows part of Trump’s travel ban to go into effect.
Three Republicans on the Court write a separate opinion to say that they wanted to let the full travel ban go into effect.
Trump meets with Putin at the G20 summit in Germany. They are scheduled for a 30 minute meeting, but end up talking for more than two hours.
According to the White House, Trump had “no specific agenda” for the meeting. Which is insane, because Putin most certainly had one, which means the entire conversation was on Putin’s terms.
The only people at the meeting are Trump, Putin, Secretary of State Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, and translators. This is unusual, as this type of meeting would normally have other staff in the room, as well as people taking notes so there would be an objective record of what was said.
Trump and Putin agree to set up a joint cyber-security unit.
There are differing accounts from each side about how the discussion of election interference and sanctions went. Lavrov says that Trump accepted Putin’s denial of Russian election interference. Tillerson says that didn’t happen. This is exactly why having a meeting with no staffers or notetakers is a crazy idea.
The truth is that we have absolutely no idea what they were actually talking about for over two hours.
We learn that Trump and Putin had a second, previously unreported meeting at the G20 summit.
At first the White House describes the interaction as nothing more than a brief greeting at a social dinner for the G20 leaders and their spouses.
We then learn that in fact, Trump and Putin spoke for about an hour, which the White House continues to deny.
We also learn that the US has no record of the conversation, because while Putin had a Kremlin translator with him, Trump did not have an American translator. At best, this demonstrates an absolutely insane level of incompetence, and at worst, it's worth remembering that two months earlier Trump gave highly classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador.
Literally nobody in the US government has any idea what Putin and Trump may have told each other.
Hackers suspected of working for Russia have recently breached at least a dozen US power plants, including a nuclear plant in Kansas.
North Korea successfully tests its first intercontinental ballistic missile. It can now reach Alaska and Hawaii.
Russia blocks the UN Security Council from condemning the missile launch.
We learn almost two years later, in February 2019, that when US intelligence officials inform Trump that North Korea had tested this missile, he refuses to believe them because Russian President Putin had told him that North Korea didn’t have the technical capability to launch such missiles.
When shown the actual evidence, he literally tells his own intelligence officials, "I don't care. I believe Putin."
18 States and DC sue Education Secretary Betsy Devos for illegally delaying Obama regulations that help cancel the student-loan debt of people defrauded by predatory colleges.
The Director of the US Office of Government Ethics resigns, saying “There isn’t much more I could accomplish at the Office of Government Ethics, given the current situation.”
The New York Times reports that during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump Jr met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin.
Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort (Trump's campaign chairman at the time), and Jared Kushner were all at the meeting on June 9, 2016.
Donald Trump Jr. initially says the meeting was about the issue of Russia blocking the adoption of Russian children by Americans, in response to American sanctions. (We learn next month that President Trump personally dictated this misleading statement.)
The Times then reports that the Russian lawyer had promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. then confirms this, but says that once the meeting began it became clear that she had no information and had merely used the promise of information on Clinton as a pretext to get the meeting. He also gives no indication that he had any reason to think the lawyer might be acting on behalf of the Russian government.
The Times then reports that before the meeting, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that he would be meeting a “Russian government attorney”, that she would offer information damaging to Clinton, and that “this is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Donald Trump Jr responds “If it’s what you say I love it”.
Later in the week we learn that Rinat Akhmatshin, a “lobbyist” and former Soviet intelligence officer was also at the meeting.
President Trump's lawyers say he was not aware of the meeting, but the same day that his son agreed to the meeting, Trump says that he is going to give a “major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons...Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her private hedge fund — the Russians, the Saudis, the Chinese — all gave money to Bill and Hillary, and got favorable treatment in return.” He never ends up giving the speech.
Jared Kushner sends the FBI an update to a list of foreign contacts that he had earlier submitted in order to get a security clearance. The update has more than 100 names on it that he had apparently “forgotten” to tell the FBI about.
Trump nominates Sam Clovis, a policy advisor to the Trump campaign, to be the chief USDA scientist, overseeing all scientists at USDA.
Clovis is not a scientist. He has no scientific credentials. He is a climate change skeptic and right-wing talk radio host, and has written that progressives were “liars, race traders and race ‘traitors.’”
During the 2016 campaign, Clovis was the direct supervisor of George Papadopolous, who in October 2017 will plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government during the campaign.
North Korea successfully launches a second intercontinental ballistic missile. It can now reach the US mainland.
Jeff Sessions reverses an Obama policy and returns full authority to police to seize money and property from people “suspected” of criminal activity without actually charging them with a crime.
A rally of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members in Charlottesville, Virginia ends with a Nazi driving his car into a crowd of anti-Nazi protestors, murdering one person and injuring more than a dozen.
Trump’s initial statement seems to equate racists with their opponents. White supremacist groups are openly thrilled at his statement.
After two days of massive criticism, Trump manages to force himself to explicitly say that "racism is evil".
The next day, Trump has a news conference where he repeats white supremacist talking points and defends the white nationalists who protested in Charlottesville, saying they included “some very fine people,” and equates white supremacists and Nazis with the "alt-left". Former Klan leader David Duke responds on twitter, “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth.”
Trump announces that the US military will not “accept or allow” transgender people to serve.
This announcement was made in a series of three tweets. The first one said “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......” followed by a nine minute pause, during which top Pentagon officials thought that Trump might be announcing a major military strike on North Korea or something similar without any advance notice to US military commanders.
Trump tries to justify his position by complaining about how much the military spends on gender reassignment-related medical care. The military spends more than 10 times as much on Viagra.
The Secretary of Defense is on vacation, and was apparently not consulted about Trump’s announcement. Neither were the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Transgender service members are currently serving openly in the military, including in forward operating positions, since an Obama policy change last year.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs tells the Pentagon that, in essence, the military doesn’t take orders via twitter, and that nothing will change unless and until the President gives a formal, detailed order to the Secretary of Defense.
The House votes 419-3 to impose new sanctions on Russia in response to its attack on the 2016 American elections. The Senate votes 98-2.
The bill also makes it illegal for Trump to undo the sanctions without congressional approval.
Trump had strongly opposed the bill, but signs it the following week. After signing, Trump says that Congress, not Russia, is to blame for US-Russian relations being “at an all-time & very dangerous low.”
Russia responds by ordering the US Embassy in Moscow to reduce its staff, and to close two other American diplomatic properties in Russia. Trump says that he’s “very thankful” to Putin because now the US can save money on diplomatic salaries.
Trump gives a speech to police officers in which he encourages them to commit acts of police brutality.
The acting head of the DEA, an Obama holdover, criticizes Trump's speech, saying that it “condoned police misconduct.”
Trump gives a speech to the National Boy Scout Jamboree, in which he attacks Obama and Clinton, warns about the “fake media”, and tells the audience of boy scouts a bizarre, somewhat incoherent story involving the sexual escapades of a rich acquaintance of his.
The head of the Boy Scouts later apologizes for Trump’s remarks.
A week later, Trump claims that the head of the Boy Scouts called to praise him for this speech. The Boy Scouts deny that any phone call occurred.
Trump claims that the President of Mexico called to praise him for the drop in people trying to cross the border.
The Mexican government denies that any phone call occurred.
US intelligence agencies conclude that North Korea now has nuclear warheads that can fit on intercontinental ballistic missiles.
They have already developed an ICBM that can reach deep into North America. If they develop the technology to allow their warheads to survive atmospheric re-entry, then they will be able to launch a nuclear missile attack targeting the US mainland.
Seven months into Trump's Presidency, there is still no Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Trump hasn’t even nominated anybody.
A bipartisan panel of three federal judges rules that two Texas congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn because they were designed by Republicans to intentionally deprive Hispanic citizens of their voting rights.
Trump pardons former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio had been convicted of criminal contempt for violating a court order to stop racially profiling and illegally detaining Latino drivers.
Trump formally orders the Defense Department to reject openly transgender recruits and to stop paying for gender reassignment surgery.
North Korea fires a ballistic missile that flies over Japan, and days later tests a hydrogen bomb, which is significantly more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
The US has a treaty obligation to go to war if Japan is attacked by North Korea.
Meanwhile, Trump is pushing to withdraw from a trade deal with South Korea, a move opposed by his own Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, and National Economic Council Director.
Trump announces that he is ending Obama’s DACA program, which allows approximately 800,000 undocumented adults to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation.
The average DACA registrant was brought to the US when they were six years old. 91% of them are employed, and none of them have a criminal record.
Trump nominates Jeff Mateer to be a federal judge.
Mateer has described transgender children as proof that “Satan’s plan is working”, said that same-sex couples are disgusting, and supported so-called “conversion therapy” to “cure” homosexuality.
While the almost 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico are suffering through massive shortages of food, water, and electricity in the aftermath of two hurricanes, Trump focuses on other things.
He disinvites Steph Curry, and apparently the rest of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, from the traditional visit at the White House, and then criticizes NFL players for kneeling respectfully during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.
The contrast between his grudging unwillingness to criticize Nazis and his apparent enthusiasm for criticizing black athletes is hard to miss.
When Trump finally gets around to focusing on the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, he attacks the Mayor of San Juan, the capital, after she literally begs for a stronger federal response to the disaster.
Trump nominates Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine to be the next NASA Administrator.
NASA conducts a huge amount of climate change research. Bridenstine rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. He also lacks formal qualifications in science or engineering.
Bridenstine's facebook, youtube, and twitter accounts have been deleted, so it isn't possible to determine what other crazy things he believes.
Members of Trump’s voter suppression commission accuse thousands of New Hampshire voters of committing fraud.
North Korea fires another ballistic missile over Japan.
Trump’s Office of Government Ethics reverses a 14 year old policy, and will now allow lobbyists to donate to the legal defense funds of White House staff without disclosing the donations to the public.
The Department of Homeland Security notifies at least 21 States that their election systems had been targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election.
We also learn that during the 2016 election campaign, Russian propagandists used facebook to push pro-trump rallies in at least 17 American cities.
Trump continues to insist that Russian interference is a "hoax."
Trump's temporary travel ban expires, and is replaced with his third attempt: indefinite limits on travel from most of the same countries.
We learn that Jared Kushner and several other Trump administration officials have been using private email accounts and private, unsecured phones to conduct government business, despite being warned by the NSA not to do so for security reasons.
Kushner apparently had kept his use of a private email account secret from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Roy Moore wins the Republican primary to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.
Moore has said that placing man-made law above the Bible is an act of apostasy which caused, among other things, the 9/11 attacks and Chicago's murder rates, that "homosexual conduct should be illegal", and that muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress.
Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, resigns after it becomes public that he has spent close to half a million dollars of taxpayer money on unnecessary charter flights.
At least three other cabinet secretaries have also taken seemingly unnecessary charter or military flights at taxpayer expense, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who has cost taxpayers more than $800,000 flying on military aircraft.
Trump refers to Americans in Puerto Rico, suffering possibly the worst disaster in the island’s history, as “politically motivated ingrates”.
Later in the week, Trump goes to Puerto Rico, where 34 Americans are so far reported to have died in the devastation from the hurricanes. He tells residents that they should feel “very proud” that hundreds haven’t died like in “a real catastrophe like Katrina.”
Ultimately, almost 3,000 Americans will die in Puerto Rico as a result of the hurricanes. Trump will later describe this as an "incredible success."
FEMA deletes statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from its website. The day before the statistics were removed, the website reported that only half of Puerto Rico had access to drinking water and only 5% of the island had electricity. After widespread complaints, FEMA restores the statistics to its site.
A man shoots into a crowded music festival in Las Vegas, murdering 58 people and injuring 422 more.
Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress do nothing.
Trump tells Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he is “wasting his time” by talking with North Korea.
Later in the week, we learn that back in July, after a meeting at the Pentagon during which top military officials struggled to explain to Trump that increasing the US nuclear arsenal by 10x was both insanely expensive and completely unnecessary because the US has a much stronger military now than it did in the late 1960s despite having fewer nuclear weapons, Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron.”
After this is reported, Trump suggests that the FCC should revoke television licenses from news channels, saying “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders federal agencies to allow religious liberty claims to override civil rights and anti-discrimination protections.
Trump announces that any employer can avoid Obamacare’s required coverage of birth control in its employees’ health insurance plan by claiming to have a religious or moral objection.
We learn that Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services has been attempting to sabotage the ability of Americans to get health insurance, by cutting the enrollment period for health insurance in half, cutting the Obamacare advertising budget by 90%, and scheduling outages on Healthcare.gov to coincide with the times when people are most likely to be trying to access the website.
Trump nominates Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist, to be the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the #2 position at the agency.
Republican Congressman Tim Murphy resigns after it is reported that the vocally anti-abortion Congressman had cheated on his wife with a married woman, impregnated her, and then urged her to have an abortion.
Trump has failed to comply with the law requiring imposition of new sanctions on Russia, which was passed by overwhelming margins back in July. The law requires that by October 1, 2017, the administration indicate which individuals connected to Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors would be targeted by new sanctions.
As of three weeks after the October 1 deadline, Trump is still in violation of this law, having still not identified any targets for any new sanctions.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has eliminated the office of the Coordinator for Sanctions Policy.
Bob Corker, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says that Trump is behaving recklessly, treating the Presidency like a reality show, that he could set the country “on the path to World War III", and suggests that a large number of Republican politicians believe that Trump is a threat to national security, but are too gutless to tell the public what they think.
Trump threatens to pull FEMA out of Puerto Rico.
It's been only 21 days since Hurricane Maria. According to FEMA, 84% of Americans on the island have no electricity and only 63% have drinkable water.
Republican Senators make it easier for Trump to confirm his extremist judges, by ending the long-standing “blue slip” process by which individual Senators are able to block judicial nominations they disapprove of to fill vacancies in their own State.
Trump announces that he will stop the government from paying Obamacare subsidies to health insurers, even though federal law requires it.
This will harm millions of middle-income and low-income Americans, and will also cause everyone's insurance premiums to rise.
Trump nominates Kathleen Hartnett White, who has described belief in global warming as a "kind of paganism" for "secular elites", to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In that role she would be the senior White House advisor on environmental policy.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announces that the EPA will repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan that would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
We learn that Republican Congressman Tom Marino, Trump’s nominee to run the Office of National Drug Control Policy, had helped the pharmaceutical industry push a law through Congress in April 2016 that prevented the DEA from freezing suspicious opioid shipments coming from pharmaceutical companies.
Trump nominates Barry Myers, CEO of Accuweather, to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Myers has advocated for limiting the information that the National Weather Service, which is part of NOAA, offers to the public, so that companies like his can make more money selling the same kinds of information. If confirmed, he will be able to impose those limits.
Republicans in the Senate vote to make it virtually impossible for people to sue banks and credit reporting agencies, after heavy lobbying by the financial services industry.
Trump orders the shrinking of two national monument areas in Utah, the Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante, in order to open the areas to mining and drilling companies.
Two federal judges issue two separate restraining orders partially blocking Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban.
Both judges reason that Trump’s own statements show that this ban, like the two before it, is the beginning of an attempt at his promised Muslim ban.
Nancy Beck, a Trump appointee to the EPA’s toxic chemical unit and a former executive at the American Chemical Council, has rewritten an EPA rule in order to make it harder for the EPA to track a chemical that causes birth defects and kidney cancer by contaminating drinking water.
George Papadopolous, a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, pleads guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government.
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates are indicted on 12 criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States and being an unregistered agent of a foreign power.
Whitefish Energy, a firm based in the hometown of Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is given a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico’s electrical grid.
Zinke and the company’s owner know each other, and Zinke’s son works for the owner. Coincidentally.
A federal judge in DC blocks Trump’s order barring military service by transgender troops, finding that the order was based on “disapproval of transgender people generally”, and that there was “absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effect on the military at all.”
A gunman shoots and kills 26 people, including children, and injures 20 more at a church in Texas.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee approve Trump's judicial nomination of Brett Talley.
Talley has never tried a case, has previously pledged his "total support" for the NRA “financially, politically and intellectually", and has written approvingly about the founder of the KKK.
At his hearing, Talley refuses to say that he would recuse himself from cases involving the NRA.
Talley was rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association, which rates all federal judicial nominees. From 1989-2016 the ABA has only twice given a nominee a unanimous "not qualified" rating.
Later, we learn that Talley hid from the Senate Judiciary Committee the fact that he is married to the White House Counsel's chief of staff.
We learn that more than 150 million Americans were unknowingly exposed to Russian-government propaganda on Facebook and Instagram during the 2016 election.
Trump meets with Putin during an economic summit in Asia. Afterwards, he again says that he believes Putin's denial that Russia had anything to do with the interference in the American election.
Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of molesting a 14 year old girl in 1979, when he was 32.
Moore denies the accusation about the 14 year-old, but doesn't rule out that he may have "gone on dates" with teenagers when he was in his 30s.
Over the next several weeks, several more women accuse Moore of inappropriate sexual behavior.
We learn that billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a close business relationship with Putin’s immediate family, and that he hid that fact from the Senate during his confirmation.
We learn that Donald Trump Jr had been secretly communicating with Wikileaks throughout the presidential campaign and until at least July 2017.
A gunman kills four people at a Northern California elementary school.
Trump literally copy/pastes his response to the previous week's mass shooting in a Texas church.
Trump's FCC chairman repeals a rule in place since the 1970s, making it even easier for massive corporations to control even more of the newsmedia.
A Trump appointee at the Homeland Security department resigns after reports that he had said the black community was responsible for turning cities into “slums”, and that Islam’s only contribution to society was “oil and dead bodies."
Trump is considering putting Thomas Brunell, who has said he believes that "competitive elections are bad for America", in charge of the 2020 census.
The census will determine how many House seats and how much federal funding each State gets for the next 10 years.
Trump reverses Obama’s ban on importing hunted elephant trophies from Africa.
Coincidentally, his adult sons like to hunt big game.
Trump retweets anti-muslim propaganda videos posted by a British far-right fringe group.
Trump now says that the Access Hollywood recording in which he brags about sexually assaulting numerous women, and for which he has previously apologized, is fake.
Republicans pass their $1.5 trillion tax bill, 82% of which will go to the richest 1% of the country (people with annual incomes above $830,000.)
A few days later, the Koch brothers give Speaker Paul Ryan a $500,000 "donation."
Trump tells friends at his Mar-a-Lago resort (where membership fees are $200,000), "You all just got a lot richer".
Mike Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI.
Trump officially endorses accused child molester and Christian extremist Roy Moore in the Alabama special Senate election.
The Republican National Committee follows his lead, and begins backing the accused child molester as well.
Republicans in the House pass a top priority bill for the NRA, which would allow a person with a conceal carry license to conceal carry in other States, extending the gun laws of the least restrictive State into every other State in the country.
While being questioned by the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr refuses to answer questions about conversations he had with his father, citing attorney-client privilege.
Neither Trump or his son is an attorney.
Trump’s Veterans Affairs Department tries to end a $460 million program that has significantly lowered homelessness among chronically sick and vulnerable veterans.
The Republican-controlled FCC votes along party lines to repeal Obama's net neutrality regulations.
Trump reduces fines against nursing homes that harm elderly residents, at the request of the nursing home industry.
Trump orders the Centers for Disease Control to stop using the following words in all official documents: transgender, evidence-based, diversity, fetus, science-based, vulnerable, entitlement.
Trump fires the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, 6 members of which had resigned in protest against Trump's position on health policies.
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