April 2018

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  • 4/1/18 An hour after tweeting "HAPPY EASTER," tweets "NO MORE DACA DEAL" and further directs Congress to work on aggressive anti-immigration legislation. (WaPo)
  • 4/1/18 Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's name is scrubbed from the State Department's website. (AP)
  • 4/2/18 Is reported that during a call to Putin the month before, that Trump invited Putin to the White House. The invitation came with the news that Russia would be allowed to replace the 60 diplomats expelled from the U.S. in a show of solidarity with Western allies in condemnation of an attempted nerve toxin assassination in London. (Guardian)
  • 4/2/18 Congratulates Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sissi on his landslide reelection victory, an election that many critics internationally derided as a sham. (WaPo)
  • 4/3/18 Standing alongside the leaders of three Baltic countries most concerned abou the potential for aggression or invastion by Russia, says: "“Getting along with Russia is a good thing. I think I could have a very good relationship with Russia and with President Putin, and if I did, that would be a great thing. And there’s also a great possibility that that won’t happen. Who knows?” (Reuters)
  • 4/3/18 Announces that he will place U.S. military troops on the U.S.-Mexico border until his proposed wall is built. (Hill)
  • 4/3/18 Is reported that 17 states and 7 cities have sued the U.S. government to remove a question about citizenship status that is planned to be added to the 2020 Census. (NPR)
  • 4/3/18 Touts an opinion poll on Twitter: "Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling. Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration." (Hill)
  • 4/4/18 China announces that it will match tariffs on $50 billion worth of imported U.S. goods to counter Trump's recent tariff announcement. (WaPo)
  • 4/4/18 Is reported that Trump is using the website LegalZoom to find lawyers to represent him. (Hill)
  • 4/4/18 The Justice Department releases a memo that states that it considers collusion to be a crime. (NewYorker)
  • 4/5/18 In a speech in West Virginia about tax reform, reasserts that millions of immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 election. "Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people, and it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.” (WaPo)
  • 4/5/18 Denies knowing of a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) on his behalf to silence her, jeopardizing his position in a lawsuit by Daniels/Clifford against him which purports that a non-disclosure agreement is invalid. (NYT)
  • 4/5/18 Announces an additional $100 billion in potential tariffs on Chinese goods. (NYT)
  • 4/6/18 Imposes sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 top government officials, following increasingly punitive measures against Russia despite Trump's personally warm stance towards Vladimir Putin. (NYT)
  • 4/6/18 Is reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has thousands of openings that it is unable to fill. (CNN)
  • 4/6/18 Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions orders a "zero tolerance" policy on immigration enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border, directing law enforcement to separate migrant children from their families and hold them in detention centers. (Hill)(the DOJ memo)
  • 4/7/18 The states of Arizona and Texas commit to send 400 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. (Politico)
  • 4/7/18 Is reported that Chief of Staff John Kelly's morale is at an all-time low and that his credibility and influence in the White House has been greatly diminished his eight months in the White House. (WaPo)
  • 4/7/18 A fire breaks out in a residential unit in Trump Tower, killing an occupant and injuring four New York firefighters. Trump tweets even as firefighters battled to control toxic black smoke for several more hours: "Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!" (USAToday)
    • 4/8/18 Is reported that this is the second fire at Trump Tower in 2018, and the tower has no sprinklers in any of its residential units. Trump lobbied in the late 1990s against the city measure to mandate sprinklers. (CBS)
  • 4/8/18 Clashes with top military advisors, who oppose his desire to pull all 2000 U.S. troops out of Syria since it would result in a resurgence of ISIS. (Hill)
  • 4/9/18 Lashes out on Twitter against Putin and Obama for the most recent chemical attacks in Syria. (CNN)
  • 4/9/18 The F.B.I. raids the office, home and hotel room of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, with a warrant obtained by information provided by the Mueller investigation. Investigators search for information on the coverup of Trump's alleged affairs with Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford). (NYT)
  • 4/11/18 In the days following a chemical attack in Syria by the government on civilians, Trump tweets: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"
  • 4/12/18 Tells a gathering of farm-state lawmakers and governors that he was looking into rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he pulled out of days after assuming the presidency. (NYT)
  • 4/13/18 In the wake of coverage of former FBI director James Comey's new memoir, Trump tweets: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and.....untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!" (CNN)
  • 4/13/18 Issues a pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice. (WaPo)
  • 4/13/18 Is reported that federal prosecutors had been investigating Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen for months before they raided his offices and home. (WaPo)
  • 4/13/18 Trump orders a missile strike on three Syrian chemical weapons facilities. The strike is coordinated with French and British bombers and naval vessels, delivering 105 missiles in total to three targets. (NYT)
    • 4/13/18 Tweets: "Mission Accomplished!" (CBS)
  • 4/14/18 Is reported that Trump quietly signed a sweeping executive order earlier in the week that calls on the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and other agencies across the federal government to craft new rules requiring that beneficiaries of a host of programs work or lose their benefits. (Hill)
  • 4/15/18 Without mentioning Robert Mueller by name, Trump lawyers urge the Supreme Court to bolster his power to fire executive officials. (LATimes)
  • 4/15/18 The Federal Election Commission reveals that Trump has spent more than 22% of his 2020 reelection campaign, about $835,000, on legal fees in the first few months of 2018. (FEC)(Hill)
  • 4/15/18 High profile white collar litigator Steven Molo turns down an offer to represent Trump, citing an unidentified conflict of interest. (CNN)
  • 4/16/18 Fox News host Sean Hannity is identified as a client of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney who has been revealed paying off women to keep affairs quiet for both Trump and a high-profile Republican donor Elliott Broidy. (NYT)
  • 4/16/18 Puts a sudden and full halt to new Russian sanctions a day after U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announces the sanctions. (WaPo) Is reported that Trump saw Haley announce the sanctions while watching TV, became angry, and ordered a reverse course on the sanctions. (NYT)
  • 4/16/18 California rejects the federal government's plan to put National Guard troops on the Mexico border, rejecting all border-related "mission support" from its state-controlled troops. (Time)
  • 4/17/18 Announces that the U.S. held back-channel talks with North Korea's Kim Jung Un over the weekend, with CIA director and nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with Un in secret. (CBS)(ChicagoTribune)
  • 4/19/18 Announces a policy to greatly expand the international sales of armed drones, saying: “It would be, in some cases, years before orders would take place because of bureaucracy with Department of Defense, State Department. We are short-circuiting that. It’s now going to be a matter of days. If they’re our allies, we are going to help them get this very important, great military equipment.” (NYT)
  • 4/19/18 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani announces that he will join Trump's legal team in an effort to "quickly" resolve the Mueller investigation, along with Jane Raskin and Martin Raskin, former federal prosecutors based in Florida. (NYT)
  • 4/20/18 The Democratic Party sues Russia, the Trump campaign and Wikileaks, alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election toTrump. (WaPo)
  • 4/20/18 Is reported that Trump pressed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on 1/22/18 to fire two FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who sent anti-Trump text messages, and to find negative information on them that could be used against them. (Vox)
  • 4/20/18 Is noted that in May 1984, Trump called a Forbes reporter named Jonathan Greenberg, posing as a Trump Organization employee named "John Barron," and insisted that he was worth at least $100 million. At the time Trump was worth about $5 million. (WaPo)
  • 4/21/18 The European Union and Mexico announce a major update to their existing free trade pact signed nearly two decades ago, a development that will allow almost all goods, including agricultural products, to move between Europe and Mexico duty-free. (NYT)
  • 4/21/18 Does not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, but tweets his condolences during the funeral. (CNN)
  • 4/23/18 Flight records, as well as congressional testimony from Trump's bodyguard, reveal that Trump did in fact spend a night in Moscow in 2013 on the alleged night that he consorted with hookers and requested that they urinate on the same bed that the Obamas had once slept on. Trump had recently denied being in Moscow overnight at that time. (Politico)
  • 4/24/18 At a meeting in the Cabinet Room with French president Emmanuel Macron, says "Kim Jong Un, he really has been very open and I think very honorable from everything we’re seeing.” (WaPo)
  • 4/24/18 A third federal judge rejects the Trump administration's reasoning for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivales (DACA) program in a scathing 60-page ruling. (USAToday)
  • 4/25/18 A federal district court judge in blocks Trump's attempt to cut short grants awarded to Planned Parenthood through a federal teen pregnancy prevention program. (Hill)
  • 4/25/18 The Dept. of Homeland Security prepares to cancel the temporary residency permits of about 9,000 Nepalese immigrants, giving them until June 24, 2019 before they are deported. The immigrants were given temporary status in the U.S. after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. (WaPo)
  • 4/26/18 Nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs Ronny Jackson, who is currently the White House physician, withdraws his nomination after over 20 whistleblowers allege that in the past he: handed out Percocets and Ambien to White House staff "like candy," crashed a government car, banged on a female employee's hotel door in the middle of the night, was too drunk to to roused during a medical emergency of a staff member and has a reputation for psychologically and verbally abusing staff. (Hill)
    • 4/28/18 Trump calls on the resignation of Senator Jon Tester, who announced the allegations of the Ronny Jackson whistleblowers, and threatens to spread allegations about Tester in retaliation for thwarting the nomination. (NYT)
  • 4/27/18 Calls into the morning show Fox & Friends and vents for 30 minutes almost completely uninterrupted, accidentally admitting that Michael Cohen is representing in the ongoing Stormy Daniels legal matters. (CNN) Hosts have to eventually cut him off. (CNN)
  • 4/28/18 Speaking at the White House in a ceremony for the Paralympic Games, says that it is "tought to watch too much" of the Paralympics, "but I watched as much as I could." (WaPo)
  • 4/28/18 NASA administrators suddenly cancels its only lunar rover currently in development, with no explanation to the public or to the engineers working on the project. (WaPo)
  • 4/30/18 Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford) sues Trump for a tweet of his that called a forensic sketch of a man who allegedly threatened her in 2011 a "total con job." (NBC)