April 2017

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  • 4/1/17 Storms out of an executive order signing ceremony amid Russia questions without signing any orders, leaving VP Pence to collect the documents for him to sign later. (Independent)
  • 4/2/17 A federal judge in Kentucky refuses to dismiss a suit in which Trump is accused of inciting violence at a rally, stating that speech which incites violence is not protected by the First Amendment. (WaPo)
  • 4/2/17 Says of the North Korean political impasse with the rest of the world: “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you." When pressed about whether he could do it one-on-one without China’s help, says, “I don’t have to say any more. Totally.” (Bloomberg)
  • 4/3/17 Signs a bill that repeals regulations adopted in October by Obama's FCC requiring internet service providers do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc. (Reuters)
  • 4/5/17 Trump's EPA proposes a budget that would dismantle programs that protect children from lead paint, saving $16.6 million. (WaPo)(EPA budget)
  • 4/6/17 After the Dept. of Homeland Security issued an order seeking to reveal a Twitter user who was critical of Trump, Twitter files a lawsuit to block the order. This is the first time the U.S. government has attempted to use its power to expose an anonymous critic. (WaPo
  • 4/6/17 In his first order to use military force, orders a missile strike against a Syrian government air base after President Assad's forces released sarin gas on a small town and killed 80 civilians, many of them children. This strike is the first time that the U.S. has used military action against forces loyal to President Assad. (NYT)
    • 4/7/17 Russia suspends military cooperation with the U.S. after Trump's attack. (NYT)
    • 4/7/17 Russia releases drone footage showing that the attacked Syrian airbase suffered no damage to aircraft, hangars or airstrips. (NBC)
    • 4/8/17 Syrian government forces attack the same town that suffered the sarin gas attack, launching aircraft from the same airfield that Trump attacked. (CNN)
    • 4/10/17 American ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley calls for regime change in Syria while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asserts that defeating ISIS is the top priority, confusing U.S. allies. (CNN)
  • 4/10/17 Takes credit for a $1.33 billion investment by Toyota into an existing U.S. factory that had been in the works for years. (Bloomberg)
  • 4/11/17 The Government Accountability Office begins a review of Trump's transition to the White House, including tax-payer expenditures, ethics disclosures and services tied to the transition team. (Hill)
  • 4/11/17 Suspends sanctuary city shaming reports. (CNN)
  • 4/12/17 An internal DHS document indicates that Trump's plan to expand nationwide deportation has expanded by 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants. (WaPo)(DHS document)
  • 4/12/17 Names Republican Tom Marino to become the Drug Czar. Marino recently said he would put nonviolent drug offenders in some sort of "hospital-slash-prison." (WaPo)
  • 4/10/17 Quietly nominates state senator Don Benton to be the director of the Selective Service System, which operates the military draft. He is the first to have served as director without any military experience, and was transferred from a potential position in the EPA for interrupting meetings with bizarre comments. (HuffPo)
  • 4/13/17 Signs legislation aimed at cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood by allowing state and local governments to withhold federal funding for family planning services related to a long list of women's health issues. (NYT)
  • 4/13/17 Signs a policy that makes it more difficult for insureds to change their insurance policy in 2018, especially those whose circumstances change during the year, and cuts the length of the sign-up period in half. (HuffPo)
  • 4/14/17 The White House announces it will cut off public access to visitor logs revealing who is entering the White House complex and which officials they are meeting, casting a cloak of secrecy over the basic day-to-day workings of the government. (NYT)
  • 4/14/17 Trump's travel ban causes a dip in tourist dollars to the U.S., causing an estimated $7.4 billion in lost revenue for 2017. (WaPo)
  • 4/15/17 At least two Trump executive appointments have violated the administration's own ethics rules, but cannot be investigated because of secret waivers to those rules for the individuals appointed. (NYT)
  • 4/15/17 Trump's 2020 reelection campaign has thus far raised $13.2 million and pays an unusually large staff of twenty. (Politico)
  • 4/17/17 Calls and congratulates Turkey's president Erdogan after a referendum that ended democracy in favor of autocratic rule. (NYT)
  • 4/19/17 Is reported that Trump raised almost $107 million for his 2017 inauguration, but that the ceremonies were in fact scaled back and that where or how the remaining money would be spent remains a secret. (NPR)
  • 4/20/17 Blows his 90-day deadline to develop an anti-hacking program, having failed to produce a team, a plan or an answer as to who might work on what. (Politico)
  • 4/20/17 The Secret Service announces it will permanently end public access to a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House. (Reuters)
  • 4/20/17 Trump lawyers argue that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights. (court filing)(Politico)
  • 4/21/17 Vows to unveil a "massive" tax cut plan in a few days, leaving Treasury officials confused as to what he was referring to. (NYT)
  • 4/23/17 Tweets that he "would still beat Hillary in popular vote," even though he lost the popular vote. (Mediaite)
  • 4/23/17 Pushes congressional Republicans to use the threat of a government shutdown to force Democrats to include funding for his Mexico border wall. (NYT) No congressman from the border states, Republican or Democrat, support the funding of the wall. (WSJ)
  • 4/24/17 Brags of his ratings to the Associated Press: "“It's the highest for 'Face the Nation' or as I call it, 'Deface the Nation. It's the highest for 'Deface the Nation' since the World Trade Center — since the World Trade Center came down.” (WaPo)
  • 4/24/17 After widespread backlash, the State Department removes a gushing description of Mar-a-Lago as a tourist destination. (WaPo)
  • 4/24/17 Announces that the U.S. will impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber, ranging from 3% to 24%, to also be collected 90 days retroactively. (NYT)
  • 4/25/17 A federal judge in San Francisco blocks Trump's efforts to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. (NYT)
  • 4/26/17 Proposes a one-page tax overhaul, which would cut individual and corporate taxes by reducing the brackets to 10%, 25% and 35%. There is no proposing how to make up for the budget shortfall it would create. (NYT)(WaPo)
  • 4/26/17 Retracts from administration statements hours earlier and from campaign promises about pulling out of NAFTA, stating now that he would negotiate with Canada and Mexico. (NYT)
  • 4/28/17 In light of decisions blocking his travel bans and retribution against sanctuary cities, that he is "absolutely" looking into breaking up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (WashExaminer)
  • 4/28/17 In an interview with Fox News, says "I couldn't care less about golf," and that his frequent visits to his various golf clubs "costs almost nothing" to the taxpayer. (Hill) Trump has spent 31 out of 99 days of his presidency at one of his properties, including 19 visits to his golf clubs. (NYT)
  • 4/28/17 In an interview with Reuters, says "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." (Reuters)
  • 4/28/17 Brags about his 2016 electoral win at an NRA forum, and says that in 2020 he would be running against "Pocahontas," referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren. (NBCNews)
  • 4/29/17 On his 100th day in office, instead of attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner in D.C., holds a rally in Harrisburg Pennsylvania: (CNN) First time in 36 years that a president has not attended and spoken at the WHCD, with Reagan having missed it because he was recovering from an assassination attempt. (CNN)
  • 4/29/17 In an interview with Fox News, discusses his desire to consolidate power by reforming the basic rules of the Legislature. (WaPo)
  • 4/29/17 Abruptly ends an interview after being asked about his allegation that the Obama White House tapped his phones at Trump Tower. (Politico)
  • 4/30/17 Invites Phillipines strongman president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. (NYT) Duterte waives off the invitation, claiming a busy schedule. (NYT)