August 2017

  • 8/1/17 Homeland Security announces it will waive more than three dozen laws and regulations, mostly environmental review, pertaining to the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. (NBCNews)
  • 8/1/17 Regularly cheats at golf in several ways with such regularity that it is impossible to gauge his actual golfing abilities. (Golf.com)
  • 8/2/17 After claiming that the head of the Boy Scouts called him and said his speech at the jamboree was the greatest speech ever made to them, the Boy Scouts organization states that no such call was made. (USAToday)
  • 8/2/17 After claiming that Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto called him to praise his immigration crackdown and border security efforts, President Nieto makes it clear that no such call was made. (Independent)
  • 8/2/17 Plans to support a plan to cut legal immigration by half within a decade. (NYT)
  • 8/2/17 Is reported that Trump recently said to fellow golfers: "That White House is a real dump." (Golf.com)
  • 8/2/17 Complains openly in a July 19 meeting with top generals that the U.S. should be getting a piece of Afghanistan's mineral wealth in exchange for having a military presence there. He also threatens to fire the generals in the room and "startled the room with a story that seemed to compare [the generals'] advice to that of a paid consultant who cost a tony New York restaurateur profits by offering bad advice." (NBCNews)
  • 8/2/17 Trump's pick to head the USDA Sam Clovis called Democrats during the 2012 primaries "liars, race traders and race ‘traitors.’” (Gizmodo)
  • 8/3/17 The Secret Service vacates Trump Tower and occupies a trailer across the street after a dispute over the terms of the leased space where the agents had their command post. (WaPo)
  • 8/3/17 Senate blocks Trump from being able to make recess appointments as Congress leaves for its August break. (Hill)
  • 8/3/17 In a conversation with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, says "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den." (CNN)
  • 8/3/17 Special Counsel Robert Mueller impanels a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 elections. (WSJ)
  • 8/4/17 Is reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled more than one grand jury, in Washington and Virginia. (USAToday)
  • 8/4/17 The Air Force purchases two Boeing 747s abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline to replace presidential support craft. (Hill)
  • 8/5/17 The White House warns potential Republican candidates against running in 2020. (NYT)
  • 8/7/17 Launches his own video news series on Facebook to fight "fake news." (NBCNews)
  • 8/7/17 The administration refuses to identify members of its deregulation teams, and identified members largely have ties to industry. (NYT)
  • 8/8/17 In response to recent missile launches by North Korea and intelligence indicating that the regime has perfected miniaturized nuclear warheads, says "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." (NBCNews)
    • The wording echoes Harry Truman's nuclear threat to the Japanese in 1945 that "if they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this Earth." (TheWeek w/ video)
    • The threat took aides by surprise and appears completely improvised. (NYT)
  • 8/8/17 Announces that he will beat the opioid epidemic in America with increased law enforcement and border security rather than new treatment or social programs. (Politico)
  • 8/9/17 Sued by five active duty transgender service members for Trump's transgender ban in the military. (CNN)
  • 8/9/17 Deputy Assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka suggests that a recent bombing of a mosque in Minnesota may have been committed by left-wing activists intent on framing right-wing extremists. (Newsweek)
  • 8/9/17 Blames President Obama for a decline in federal drug prosecutions and an increase in opioid deaths. (Politifact)
  • 8/9/17 Since the beginning of his administration, has been receiving a folder twice a day that contains clippings from the press depicting him, Donald Trump, in a positive light. (Vice)
  • 8/10/17 Thanks Putin for expelling 755 staff from US diplomatic staff missions in Russia. (BBC)
  • 8/10/17 Regarding his banning of transgender troops: "As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military. It's been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I'm doing the military a great favor." (Politico)
  • 8/10/17 Doubles down on rhetoric against North Korea. In reference to his "fire and fury" statement on 8/8/17, says: “Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.” (NYT)
  • 8/11/17 Abruptly cuts grant programs to 81 institutions which aimed at ending teen pregnancy. (Hill)
  • 8/11/17 Trump Hotel in Washington has made $2 million in profits in the first four months of 2017. (WSJ)
  • 8/11/17 Threatens Venezuela with military action to quell that country's domestic chaos stemming from recent power-solidifying tactics by President Nicolas Maduro. (NYT)
  • 8/13/17 Refuses to denounce white supremacists in the U.S. in the wake of a vehicular attack by a white supremacists on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. (NYT)
    • 8/14/17 Attacks a pharmaceuticals executive who quit his American Manufacturing Council for not condemning the attacks, tweeting: "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" (NYT)
    • 8/14/17 Condemns neo-Nazis and white supremacists after two days of bipartisan outrage. (ABCNews)
    • 8/14/17 Retweets a tweet by Jack Posobiec which accuses the media of being hypocritical of reporting on Charlottesville and not street crime in Chicago. (LATimes) Posobiec is an alt-right fringe conspiracy theorist. (MediaMatters)
    • 8/15/17 Retweets a cartoon of a "Trump train" running over a CNN reporter, then deletes the tweet. (WaPo)
  • 8/14/17 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis co-author an opinion column in the Wall Street Journal tamping down Trump's war rhetoric towards North Korea, creating a message wholly different from Trump's belligerent statements. (CNN)
  • 8/14/17 California and San Francisco announce they are suing the Trump administration for threatening to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities." (LATimes)
  • 8/15/17 Holds a press conference at Trump Tower in which he angrily declares the following: (CNN - transcript and full video)
    • He didn't make a statement about the Charlottesville violence for two days because, "unlike most politicians," he wanted all the facts first.
    • Says the labeling of the white nationalist who mowed down a crowd and killed one person as a "murderer" or "terrorist" is a matter of "legal semantics."
    • Labels anti-nationalist protestors the "alt-left" and says: "you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent."
    • Justifies some of the white nationalists as merely protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, defending their heritage and trying to keep history from being changed.
    • Argues that first it's statues of Robert E. Lee, then it will be George Washington and Thomas Jefferson that will be removed because they were slave owners too.
    • States that the millions of jobs he will create is "going to have a tremendous positive impact on race relations."
    • Says he has not reached out to the mother of the Charlottesville victim but that he liked her statement.
  • 8/16/17 Disbands his manufacturing council and strategy council after droves of CEOs leave in protest. (USAToday)
  • 8/16/17 In a rare move, five U.S. Joint Chiefs issue public condemnations of white supremacist groups, distancing themselves from Trump. (CNN)
  • 8/17/17 Defends his defense of Confederate monuments on Twitter: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!" (NYT)
  • 8/17/17 Lead personal attorney for Trump John Dowd sends an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that casts Robert E. Lee in a positive light. “You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington. There literally is no difference between the two men.” (NYT)
  • 8/17/17 Scraps plans to form a council of outside advisors on a trillion dollar infrastructure plan. (Bloomberg)
  • 8/17/17 In the wake of a car attack in Barcelona, tweets: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" There is no evidence of the claim which has routinely debunked that U.S. Army General Joseph Pershing dipped bullets in pigs’ blood before using them to execute Muslim insurgents in the Philippines around the turn of the 19th century. The legend is born from a 1939 movie starring Gary Cooper. (NYT)(Politifact)
  • 8/17/17 Ends a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles at some national parks, announced in a statement that closely tracks the arguments of a campaign by the International Bottled Water Association which opposed the ban. Decision comes three weeks after Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt as deputy interior secretary, who is a former lobbyist for one of the biggest bottlers in the U.S., Nestle Waters. (WaPo)
  • 8/18/17 All 16 of the members of Trump's Committee on the Arts and Humanities resign in protest of Trump's defense of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA. (NYT) Trump releases a statement claiming that he was going to dissolved the committee later in the year anyway to save taxpayer money, although the committee was voluntary and members were not paid. (WashJourn)
  • 8/20/17 Disbands the National Climate Assessment, a federal advisory panel on climate change aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate climate analysis in long-term planning. (WaPo)
  • 8/22/17 Gazes at a partial (from his location) solar eclipse without glasses. (WaPo)
  • 8/21/17 The Secret Service has depleted its funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel and large family. (USAToday)
  • 8/21/17 Trump's nominee for chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture Sam Clovis has argued that homosexuality is a choice and that the sanctioning of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of pedophilia. (CNN)(YouTube video)
  • 8/21/17 Halts a study of mountaintop coal mining's health effects. (WaPo)
  • 8/21/17 When asked to comment on the news of a collision of a U.S. Navy destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore that left ten sailors dead and five injured, responds only with: "That's too bad." (Independent)
  • 8/21/17 Following lumber sanctions against Canada, U.S. imports of Russia softwood lumber increase 42% within a few months. (GlobeandMail)
  • 8/22/17 Holds a rally in Phoenix, AZ at which he rants against the media, defends his reaction to the Charlottesville rioting by selectively reading his own quotes for 16 minutes, hints at pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, suggests that he will shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for a Mexico border wall, and repeatedly calls protestors outside his venue "thugs." (NYT)
    • Later in the day calls for unity at the American Legion's 99th National Convention: "It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us, and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us. We are one people, with one home and one flag.” (WaPo)
  • 8/24/17 Wipes most references to "climate change" from The National Institutes of Health Environmental Science division website. (Environmental Data & Governance Initiative report)(Hill)
  • 8/25/17 The person responsible for gathering positive news clippings about Trump for Trump 17 hours a day quits. (Independent)
  • 8/25/17 Signs a directive banning transgender military recruits, following up on a tweet a month earlier to the same effect. (CNN)
  • 8/25/17 Privately reacts with fury at National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn's public condemnation of his defense of neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, but does not immediately fire Cohn. (WaPo)
  • 8/25/17 Exempts Venezuela-owned Citgo from sanctions he levies against the nation of Venezuela. (Hill)
  • 8/25/17 The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration removes data on worker fatalities from the homepage of its website. (Politico)
  • 8/26/17 Pardons Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of a conviction of criminal contempt of court for defying an order to not detain Latinos simply because they looked like they might be illegal immigrants. (CNN)
    • A guide to Joe Arpaio's misdeeds. (NYT)
  • 8/27/17 Restores transfer of surplus military equipment to local police forces. (NYT)
  • 8/27/17 Tells his closes aides in the Oval Office "I want tariffs. Bring me some tariffs." (Axios)
  • 8/28/17 Claims that he timed the pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio to attract maximum attention from television viewers who were watching Hurricane Harvey storm coverage. (NYT)
  • 8/28/17 Disciplines longtime political aide George Gigicos after a disappointingly small turnout at his Phoenix rally on 8/22/17. (Hill)
  • 8/28/17 Tells members of the intelligence community to find a way to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement. (TheGuardian)
  • 8/29/17 The president of Finland denies Trump's claim that Finland is buying five dozen fighter jets from Boeing after Trump openly boasts of both the deal and the superiority of the jets. (NYT)
  • 8/30/17 Ends an Obama-era policy that would have required business owners to document how much they pay their workers alongside their gender, race and ethnicity. (WSJ)(Newsweek)