Interactive Trump Tracker

Interactive Trump Tracker
2017
January 13

Trump aide in frequent contact with Russian envoy

President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official said Friday. After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke Dec. 29, a Trump official said late Friday that the transition team was aware of one call on the day President Barack Obama imposed sanctions. TT source
January 14

Donald Trump kicks off MLK weekend by slandering Civil Rights hero John Lewis

@realDonaldTrump: …not to mention crime infection…
While crime in Atlanta is a problem, between 2001 and 2009, Atlanta’s crime rate dropped 40%, with homicides down 57%, rape down 72%, and violent crime overall down 55%.
@realDonaldTrump: All talk, talk, talk – no action or results.
Lewis’ civil rights activism during the 60’s resulted in him being beaten multiple times and even had his group’s bus fire-bombed by the KKK. He was quoted as saying, “We were determined not to let any act of violence keep us from our goal. We knew our lives could be threatened, but we had made up our minds not to turn back.” TT source
January 15

Trump’s first foreign trip as president will be to meet Putin

The U.K. newspaper said Trump and his team told British officials that their first foreign trip would be a summit in Iceland with Putin within weeks of his inauguration. Iceland has not been formally contacted about such an event TT source
January 16

Trump’s cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it

Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary. … After Price offered his bill to provide Zimmer Biomet and other companies relief from the CMS regulation, the company’s political action committee donated to the congressman’s reelection campaign, records show. TT source
January 20

All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website

“President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.” TT source
January 21

President Donald Trump accuses media of lying about inauguration crowds, wrongly says crowd reached Washington monument

January 22

Women lead unprecedented worldwide mass protests against Trump with an estimated total of 4,621,085 people

No reported acts of violence TT source
January 23

Trump Abandons Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama’s Signature Trade Deal

President Trump upended America’s traditional, bipartisan trade policy on Monday as he formally abandoned the ambitious, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership brokered by his predecessor and declared an end to the era of multinational trade agreements that defined global economics for decades. TT source
January 23

Trump issues executive order freezing hiring for federal workforce

In 1982, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined hiring freezes imposed by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and determined that was not an effective strategy. Hiring freezes have “little effect on Federal employment levels,” the GAO said. The report said the freezes “disrupted agency operations, and in some cases, increased costs to the Government.” TT source
January 23

After ethics review, Senate postpones committee vote for Betsy DeVos

January 24

Trump Bans EPA From Talking To Press, Posting On Social Media

President Donald Trump appears to have banned employees with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from speaking with reporters and posting updates on social media. Just a day before, the Huffington Post reported EPA grants had been frozen and agency employees were not allowed to speak about it. TT source
January 24

A Rogue National Park Is Tweeting Out Climate Change Facts in Defiance of Donald Trump

Badlands National Park posted several facts about climate change on its official Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, sharing statistics that might contradict the beliefs of President Donald Trump’s new administration. “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate,” the park tweeted on Tuesday. TT source
January 24

Ryan: ‘No evidence’ of mass voter fraud as Trump claimed

House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated Tuesday that he’s seen “no evidence” of rampant voter fraud during the 2016 election. The Wisconsin Republican’s remarks came one day after President Donald Trump told Ryan and other congressional leaders during a private White House meeting that he lost the popular vote only because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted. “I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol, reiterating his position on Trump’s claim of mass voter fraud. TT source
January 25

Trump White House Senior Staff Have Private RNC Email Accounts

Senior Trump administration staffers, including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon, had until Wednesday active accounts on a Republican National Committee (RNC) email system, Newsweek has learned. The system (rnchq.org) is the same one the George W. Bush administration was accused of using to evade transparency rules after claiming to have “lost” 22 million emails. TT source
January 26

Trump’s Chief Strategist Says News Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party.” TT source
January 26

Mexican president cancels Trump summit

Mr Pena Nieto announced earlier on Thursday he had called off the 31 January trip after Mr Trump suggested he should do just that. “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” the US president wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. TT source
January 26

The State Department’s entire senior management team resigns

‘Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him (undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy) out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations’. TT source
January 27

Trump closes the White House comment line so people are calling his hotels.

They claim that, “by not divesting himself from his businesses, he’s actually creating satellite White Houses all over the world.” Since entering office, Donald Trump has yet to re-open the comments line, which was shut down during the transition process according to ThinkProgress. Now, callers are greeted with a recording that instructs them to instead Facebook message the White House— a feature that doesn’t exist, or, leave comments in the online web form. TT source
January 27

Trump Signs Executive Order Banning Travel From Seven Countries

The executive order bars all people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — or at least 218 million people, based on 2015 data published by the World Bank — from entering the United States. Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as “countries of concern.” TT source
January 28

President Trump’s Muslim ban excludes countries linked to his sprawling business empire

During a campaign rally in Alabama last year, Trump expressed his admiration for the Saudis. “They buy apartment from me,” he said. “They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.” Those comments could cock a few eyebrows, since most of the 9/11 attackers were from Saudi Arabia. TT source
January 29

Donald Trump admitted he met Vladimir Putin in 2015 interview, despite recently saying he hadn’t

January 30

Trump pledges to ‘do a big number’ on Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform

There is nobody better to tell me about Dodd-Frank than [JP Morgan C.E.O.] Jamie [Dimon]. So he has to tell me about it, but we expect to be cutting a lot from Dodd-Frank because, frankly, I have so many people, friends of mine, that have nice businesses, they can’t borrow money,” Trump said Friday morning, shortly before signing the executive orders. “They just can’t get any money because the banks just won’t let them borrow because of the rules and regulations in Dodd-Frank. TT source
January 30

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him

President Trump fired his acting attorney general on Monday night, removing her as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after she defiantly refused to defend his executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries. TT source
January 30

Donald Trump’s first US military raid ‘kills 30 civilians, including 10 women and children

The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families” – Donald Trump TT source
January 31

After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices

Today, after a meeting with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives, he abandoned that pledge, referring to an idea he supported as recently as three weeks ago as a form of “price fixing” that would hurt “smaller, younger companies.” Instead of getting tough, Trump’s new plan is that he’s “going to be lowering taxes” and “getting rid of regulations. TT source
January 31

White House claims 109 affected by travel ban – it’s more like 90,000

“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning.” — PresidentDonald Trump, tweet, Jan. 30, 2017 “Remember we’re talking about a universe of 109 people. There were 325,000 people that came into this country over a 24 hour period from another country. 109 of them were stopped for additional screening.” — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, press briefing, Jan. 30, 2017 But all of these numbers fail to provide the full picture. The real number is about 90,000. TT source
January 31

Betsy DeVos appears to have plagiarized quotes for her Senate questionnaire

After DeVos' confirmation hearing was limited to one round of questions by Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Democrats submitted hundreds of questions to the nominee. In response to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee, on bullying of LGBT students, DeVos almost directly -- and uncited -- quoted Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of Obama's Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. TT source
February 1

Republicans change rules so Democrats can’t block controversial Trump Cabinet picks

Republicans faced a second day of sitting in a half-empty hearing chamber as Democrats launched a boycott of Mr Trump's cabinet nominees. The rule they suspended required at least one Democrat to be present for votes, amid the escalation in partisan tensions in the new Congress. “We took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues,” said Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch. “As I noted earlier, the Senate Finance Committee has traditionally been able to function in even the most divisive political environments. That all changed yesterday.” TT source
February 2

Leaked Draft Of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination

“It would permit organizations receiving federal grants or contracts to provide child welfare services not only to refuse necessary care but to refuse even to “refer the child to another agency or setting that would be protective and affirming and instead place the child in an environment that is aggressively hostile to who that child is, on religious grounds.” TT source
February 2

Donald Trump threatens to withdraw federal funds from Berkeley University after Breitbart editor talk cancelled

Around 1,500 people gathered to peacefully protest Mr Yiannopoulos’ visit before a smaller group of people dressed in black started a wave of vandalism. “This was a group of agitators who were masked up, throwing rocks, commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails at officers,” said UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennet. TT source
February 3

Kellyanne Conway Appears to Invent Fake Bowling Green Massacre

There is no information about the men having committed violent offenses in Bowling Green, Kentucky. TT source
February 4

Steve Bannon Had to Be Reminded He Wasn’t the President Amidst Travel Ban Infighting

Per two Trump administration officials who spoke with the Post’s Josh Rogin, Kelly apparently rebuffed the attempt, telling Bannon that he only takes orders from the president. The president never weighed in, and Kelly went ahead and issued the waiver, which was made public on Sunday night, ending two full days of confusion and chaos around the question of whether or not permanent U.S. residents from the seven predominantly Muslim nations included in the ban would be allowed to reenter the country. TT source
February 5

O’Reilly told Trump that Putin is a killer. Trump’s reply: ‘You think our country is so innocent?’

February 6

Trump is now speculating that the media is covering up terrorist attacks

“You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said to the assembled military leaders. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.” TT source
February 6

Donald Trump may not be allowed to address Parliament on UK state visit, Speaker says

John Bercow, the Speaker, said he was “strongly opposed” to Mr Trump speaking in the Commons and that being invited was “not an automatic right” but “an earned honour”. “After the imposition of the Migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.” Parts of the Commons erupted into rare spontaneous applause in support of Mr Bercow’s statement. TT source
February 6

Donald Trump says ‘any negative polls are fake news’

President Donald Trump said Monday that “any negative polls are fake news” and that he calls his “own shots.” “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!” he also tweeted. TT source
February 6

Trump Is Attacking Any Institution That Challenges Him

Having lost a series of decisions that blunted, at least temporarily, the impact of his immigration order, he lashed out at a federal judge in Washington state who ordered a nationwide suspension, tweeting on Saturday: “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” He followed that up Sunday, with a tweet that laid a predicate for blaming not just the judge but the American judicial system for a future terrorist attack: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and our court system. People pouring in. Bad!” TT source
February 7

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie

These are the Senators who voted for DeVos and their term ends in 2018: •Flake – Arizona •Wicker – Mississippi •Fischer – Nebraska •Heller – Nevada •Corker – Tennessee •Cruz – Texas •Hatch – Utah •Barrasso – Wyoming TT source
February 8

Spicer: Nordstrom Dropping Ivanka Trump’s Line Is ‘Direct Attack’ On President

When asked why Nordstrom’s decision would be an attack on the President’s daughter after she supposedly removed herself from her company, Spicer said that the attack affects Ivanka Trump because the brand still bears her name. TT source
February 8

Sean Spicer Mistakenly Adds Atlanta Islamist Attack to List of Other Attacks

White House press secretary Sean Soicer has repeatedly pointed to Atlanta, along with San Bernardino and Boston, as one of three U.S. cities that have been attacked by Islamist terrorists to argue that the Trump administration needed to act quickly to prevent another attack in the future.
While the Boston bombing and shootings in San Bernadino were both carried out by Islamist terrorists, neither involved foreign nationals from the seven countries in Trump’s executive order. There has never been an Islamist terror attack in Atlanta. TT source
February 9

Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban

Trump’s response: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” TT source
February 9

Trump paused a call with Putin to make an aide explain a nuclear arms treaty

Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was. Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration. Trump also talked about his own popularity. TT source
February 9

Kellyanne Conway encourages Americans to ‘go buy Ivanka’s stuff,’ potentially violating ethics rules

However, while frowned upon, the president and vice president are exempt from the law barring use of public office for private gain. TT source
February 10

British officials drop plans for Donald Trump to address parliament

UK state visit will take place during recess to avoid snub by MPs – and president’s exposure to public protests will be limited TT source
February 10

Trump border ‘wall’ to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build: Homeland Security internal report

In comparison, NASA’s budget is $19.3 billion. TT source
February 13

Trump is ‘evaluating situation’ about Flynn, spokesman says

The White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive personnel matter, said Flynn now says he may have discussed sanctions, but cannot be 100% certain. TT source
February 13

Senior Advisor Stephen Miller declares: Trump’s national security actions ‘will not be questioned’

"The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned." TT source
February 13

Flynn Resigns Amid Russia Controversy

Flynn initially told Trump advisers that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian envoy during the transition. Vice President Mike Pence, apparently relying on information from Flynn, publicly vouched for the national security adviser. Flynn later told White House officials that he may have discussed sanctions with the ambassador. TT source
February 14

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. ... Mr. Manafort added, “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’” TT source
February 14

Trump signs repeal of transparency rule for oil companies

President Trump signed legislation Tuesday to repeal a controversial regulation that would have required energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. TT source
February 15

‘I’d Like To See You Hold Back On Settlements,’ Trump Tells Netanyahu

“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state — and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said when asked about the subject alongside Netanyahu at the formal news conference around midday Wednesday. “I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,” Trump continued. “I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if Bibi and if the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.” TT source
February 16

Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and former U.S. officials said. TT source
February 16

Trump’s pick to replace Flynn turns down offer

President Trump’s pick to replace his former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the president he could not accept the position, according to reports Thursday. Trump was reportedly “a bit surprised when Harward responded by saying he needed a couple of days to think it over,” according to Foreign Policy. TT source
February 17

Trump tweets: The ‘FAKE NEWS media’ is the ‘enemy of the American people’

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

TT source

February 17

Donald Trump overturns law preventing companies dumping coal mining debris in streams and rivers

The Senate’s 54-45 vote sends the measure to President Donald Trump. Republicans and some Democrats say the rule could eliminate thousands of coal-related jobs and ignores dozens of federal, state and local regulations already in place. The Interior Department said in announcing the rule in December that it would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests, preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby waters. TT source  
February 18

Angela Merkel and European leaders resist Donald Trump’s ultimatum to increase defense spending or risk losing US commitment to Nato

European leaders have pushed back at Donald Trump’s ultimatum that they increase defence spending or risk America scaling back its commitment to Transatlantic protection. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said her country would not accelerate existing, long-term plans to ramp up the military budget by 2024 despite a demand by the US this week that countries increase spending by the end of the year. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, also said countries must not cave in to US demands. TT source
February 18

Trump cites a nonexistent incident in Sweden during his rally on Saturday

“You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden … Sweden … who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world,” Trump said. No incident occurred in Sweden on Friday night. TT source
February 19

Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments, anonymous sources say.

A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers.   But current and former administration officials say Deare’s termination was linked to remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. TT source
February 19

Trump clarifies ‘Sweden’ remark, says he was referring to Fox News report

President Trump on Sunday attempted to clarify his remark at a weekend rally that suggested a terror attack had taken place Friday night in Sweden. “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” the president tweeted. TT source    
February 20

Trump’s first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year

The Washington Post reports that those three trips “probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million, based on figures used in an October government report analyzing White House travel, including money for Coast Guard units to patrol the exposed shoreline and other military, security and staffing expenses associated with moving the apparatus of the presidency.”

The three Mar-a-Lago getaways, combined with the hundreds of thousands of public dollars spent on Secret Service protection during two international trips Trump’s adult sons have taken to promote their father’s business, cost taxpayers about $11.3 million over the first month’s of Trump’s presidency, according to the UK-based Independent. President Obama, by contrast, spent an average of $12.1 million on travel each year.

TT source

February 20

President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser

President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. TT source
February 22

Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms

President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.  TT source
February 23

Trump wants to expand U.S. nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. TT source  
February 24

CNN and other news organizations were blocked Friday from a White House press briefing

CNN and other news outlets were blocked Friday from an off-camera White House press briefing, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded from the meeting, which is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. The gaggle was held by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

TT source

February 24

Spicer: Feds could step up enforcement against marijuana use in states

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal laws against marijuana use, a move that could undercut the growing number of jurisdictions moving to legalize the drug for recreational purposes. Spicer, speaking at a White House press briefing, said that President Trump sees “a big difference” between use of marijuana for medical purposes and for recreational purposes. TT source
February 24

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate. TT source
February 25

Mexico threatens trade war over Trump wall tax

Mexico has threatened to retaliate if US President Donald Trump imposes a border tax to pay for his controversial wall.

Mr Trump has used almost every post-election speech to reiterate his promise to build a barrierseparating his country from its southern neighbour. Proposals are to be sought next month for the wall’s design.
TT source
February 26

Donald Trump Says He Will Not Attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

He will be the first president to skip the dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981, who missed the dinner while recovering from an assassination attempt, but still delivered remarks over the phone. TT source
February 27

‘I think he is behind it’: Trump suggests Obama is organizing protests against him

When asked if Obama was responsible for organizing some of the protests – including the widely-publicized demonstrations at GOP town hall meetings of late – Trump had this response:
“No, I think he is behind it, I also think it’s politics, that’s the way it is,” Trump said in a preview of an interview with “Fox and Friends” released Monday night.
“You never know what’s exactly happening behind the scenes,” Trump said. “You never know.”
February 27

Trump’s pick for commerce secretary shares a business circle with Putin associates

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as his commerce secretary, has been the top shareholder in a Cypriot bank with deep Russian ties and investors who made their fortunes under Russian President Vladimir Putin. TT source
February 27

Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides’ contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations TT source
February 27

Trump states: ‘Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated’

President Trump said Monday that “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated,” as Republicans have been slow to unite around a replacement plan for ObamaCare. “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said after a meeting with conservative governors at the White House. TT source
February 28

229 House Republicans vote to keep Trump’s tax returns secret

“The American people have the right to know whether or not their president is operating under conflicts of interest related to international affairs, tax reform, government contracts or otherwise,” Pascrell said.

Republicans in the House disagreed, virtually unanimously. Nearly every Republican voted to kill Pascrell’s resolution and keep Trump’s tax returns secret. No Republicans voted to require Trump to hand over his tax returns. (Two Republicans, including Mark Sanford of South Carolina, voted “present.”)

185 Democrats voted in favor of Pascrell’s efforts.

TT source

February 28

Donald Trump Blames SEAL’s Death On Military: ‘They Lost Ryan’

“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do,” Trump said. “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do. The generals — who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan,” he added. “This was something that they were looking at for a long time doing, and according to [Defense Secretary Jim] Mattis, it was a very successful mission. They got tremendous amounts of information.” … While Trump and White House spokesman Sean Spicer have repeatedly called the operation a roaring success, US officials told NBC News on Monday that the raid produced little if any useful informationTT source
February 28

Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM

President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering and math. TT source
March 1

White House Says Kellyanne Conway Won’t Be Disciplined for Telling the Public to Buy Ivanka’s Products

The White House letter concluded that Conway acted “inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again.”
Passantino also contends that Conway’s remarks were made without ill intent. TT source
March 1

Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during Trump’s presidential campaign, Justice officials say

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. TT source
March 2

ACLU Calls for Investigation Into Potential Perjury By Sessions

Jeff Sessions took an oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and it is now clear that he broke that oath in his confirmation hearing. If senators of both parties allow an attorney general nominee to plainly lie under oath with no repercussions, they will render our government’s cabinet confirmation process no more than kabuki theater. This matter must not and cannot be seen as a partisan issue, as it goes to the heart of the credibility of our democracy. The American people deserve a full investigation into whether Sessions perjured himself and if he is indeed fit to serve as our nation’s highest law enforcement official. No one is above the law — certainly not those sworn to uphold it.” TT source
March 2

Jeff Sessions recuses himself from all Trump campaign-related investigations

Under growing pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike, Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed Thursday to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His action followed revelations he twice met with the Russian ambassador and didn’t say so when pressed by Congress.TT source
March 3

Donald Trump tweets photo of Democrat Chuck Schumer with Vladimir Putin, Schumer replies: I’ll talk about my Putin meeting, will you?

March 4

Trump tweets Trump Tower tirade at 3am claiming Barack Obama ordered ‘wire tap’, but provides no evidence

March 6

White House spokeswoman: Trump doesn’t believe Comey that Obama didn’t wiretap

President Donald Trump does not accept an assertion from FBI Director James Comey that former President Barack Obama did not order an illegal wiretap of Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign, a White House spokeswoman said Monday. TT source
March 6

Trump Signs New Order Blocking Arrivals From 6 Majority-Muslim Countries, instead of 7

Like the initial order signed Jan. 27, the new executive order bars arrivals from specific majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and suspends the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days. It also caps the total number of refugees admitted this fiscal year at 50,000, instead of 110,000. TT source
March 6

The White House copies and pastes a paragraph from an ExxonMobil press release into a Trump statement

A White House press release sent to reporters today contained a paragraph identical to a paragraph in an ExxonMobil press release, published an hour before. The White House release, titled “President Trump Congratulates Exxon Mobil for Job-Creating Investment Program,” applauded the company for new oil refining and chemical manufacturing developments along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. Washington Post data reporter Christopher Ingraham noticed the identical paragraph in both releases. TT source
March 7

Trump blames Obama for 122 ‘vicious’ Guantanamo prisoners returning ‘to the battlefield’ — but 113 of them were released under Bush

As NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander pointed out on Twitter, a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence indicates that 113 of the 122 former Guantanamo detainees cited by Trump were released under President George W. Bush, compared with only nine under Obama. TT source
March 7

Trump personally met with Russian ambassador during campaign

Trump personally met with the Russian ambassador on April 27, 2016, prior to a major foreign policy speech. The Wall Street Journal, in a report that was little-noticed at the time but was recently picked up by AMERICABlog News, reported the meeting last year.

A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.

Kislyak, according to multiple contemporaneous news reports, was seated in the front row. It was an invitation-only event. TT source

March 8

Trump administration looks to resume Saudi arms sale

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war. The proposal from the State Department would reverse a decision made late in the Obama administration to suspend the sale of precision guided munitions to Riyadh, which leads a mostly Arab coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. TT Source  
March 9

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “But we don’t know that yet. … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.” TT source  
March 9

House committee approves the Republican Party’s Obamacare repeal bill

A second House committee approved the Republican Party’s Obamacare repeal bill Thursday, as President Donald Trump flexed his deal-making skills to build momentum behind the legislation amid growing concern among prominent GOP figures that fast-tracking the measure could back fire. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to move the bill to the House floor after a marathon hearing lasting 27 hours and 18 minutes, hours after the Ways and Means panel registered the first milestone for the American Health Care Act, endorsing it after their own 18-hour session. TT Source
March 9

Trump unaware that Michael Flynn was a ‘foreign agent’, Sean Spicer says

Donald Trump was unaware his former national security adviser Michael Flynn was working as a “foreign agent” when he gave him the job, according to his press secretary. “I don’t believe that was known,” said Sean Spicer, when asked by reporters at his regular press briefing on Thursday. TT source
March 10

Top Democrat sent letter to Mike Pence in November warning of Michael Flynn’s Turkey lobbying

In an interview with Fox on Thursday night, Vice President Mike Pence said he was not aware, and that he only heard about it as reports surfaced on Thursday that Flynn had registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department earlier this week. … But Rep. Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent Pence a letter on November 18 requesting more information about the potential conflicts of interest posed by Flynn’s lobbying work. TT source
March 11

US attorney Preet Bharara fired after refusing Jeff Sessions’ order to resign

Preet Bharara, the powerful Manhattan prosecutor, was fired on Saturday after he refused to resign, in reference to an order from attorney general Jeff Sessions. “I did not resign,” Bharara tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “Moments ago I was fired.” … The afternoon announcement came less than a day after the Justice Department asked 46 holdover U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration to submit their resignationsTT source
March 12

Trump’s revised travel ban order loses its first court battle

U.S. District Judge William Conley on Friday blocked President Trump’s administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family looking to escape their war-torn homeland by fleeing to Wisconsin. TT source
March 15

Trump wiretap claims: White House softens stance on unproven tweets

Unsubstantiated claims by US President Donald Trump that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama were not meant literally, the White House press secretary says. Sean Spicer said Mr Trump had broadly meant “surveillance and other activities” when he made the allegation in a tweet earlier this month. He also suggested the president was not accusing his predecessor specifically. TT source