August 2018

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    • 8/1/18 The head of enforcement and removal operations for ICE, Matthew Albence, says at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that immigrant family detention centers are "more like summer camp" than jail. (CNN)
    • 8/1/18 Claims at a Florida rally that because people need to provide a picture ID to buy groceries, they should be required to provide one to register as a voter. People do not need to provide a picture ID to buy groceries. (Independent)
    • 8/1/18 Calls the prosecution of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort "a hoax," and that his Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop the Mueller investigation "right now." The statements raise suspicion of obstruction of justice. (WaPo)
    • 8/1/18 A federal appeals court rules that the Trump administration may not withhold federal funds from California's immigrant-friendly "sanctuary" cities and counties. (LATimes)
    • 8/2/18 Praises Fox News analyst Gregg Jarett's book, which claims that there is a conspiracy to frame Trump for various crimes involving Russia. The book is titled "The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton & Frame Donald Trump." (Hill)
    • 8/2/18 Unveils plans to to stop antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles, weakening a signature Obama policy to combat global warming. (NYT)
    • 8/2/18 The heads of the FBI, Dept of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence (Christopher Wray, Kirstjen Nielsen and Dan Coats) hold a press conference in which they state that there is no doubt that Russia is continuing to interfere in U.S. elections. (NYT)
      • 8/2/18 Within hours of the news conference, Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania calls the investigation into election meddling a "Russian hoax." (CNN)(NYT)
    • 8/3/18 Is reported that the U.S. trade deficit hit $291.2 billion, and is on track to be the biggest since 2008 despite President Trump’s efforts and perpetual rhetoric to slash it. (WaPo)
    • 8/3/18 At least 10 senior White House officials are under investigation for violating the Hatch Act by using the campaign slogan "Make American Great Again" via official government accounts. (NBC)
    • 8/4/18 Tweets an attack on CNN's Don Lemon and NBA star LeBron James, who was on Lemon's show in part to discuss his new school for underprivileged kids in the inner city, as well as divisive politics: "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!" (Vox)
    • 8/4/18 Brags at a rally in Ohio that he "destroys" careers of Republicans who criticize him. “I only destroy their career because they said bad things about me and you fight back and they go down the tubes and that’s OK.” (Hill)
    • 8/5/18 Admits in a tweet that a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, a Russian agent and others was in fact intended to receive damaging information on then-candidate Hillary Clinton. "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics -- and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!" (NYT)(CNN)
      • Trump privately worries that his son broke the law by accident. (WaPo)
    • 8/6/18 Backs Kris Kobach for Kansas governor despite warning against doing so by Republicans at the state and federal level. (NYT)(WBUR)
      • Kobach is an advocate of failed voter ID legislation and in June 2018 was held in contempt of court for flouting federal rules of evidence and court procedure. (NPR)
    • 8/6/18 In his first comments on California wildfires that have raged for weeks, killed seven and driven thousands from their homes, Trump erroneously tweets that that water that could be used to fight the fires was “foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.” (NYT)
    • 8/6/18 The administration announces that it is restoring sanctions against Iran, following the U.S. pullout of the five-nation nuclear disarmament agreement with Iran. Oil sanctions, which are expected to devastate the Iranian economy, will start later in the year. (NYT)
    • 8/7/18 The City of West Hollywood holds a symbolic vote to remove Trump's star from the Walk of Fame sidewalk after it had been defaced and destroyed several times. (CNN)
    • 8/7/18 Is reported that White House adviser Stephen Miller is pushing to expedite a policy to penalize legal immigrants whose families receive public benefits and make it more difficult to get citizenship. (CNN)
    • 8/7/18 The administration proposes a framework to create opportunities for "new uses" of asbestos, a material long identified as one of the most carcinogenic in the construction industry and banned in most countries. Much of the asbestos would come from Russia. (Newsweek)(EPA proposal)
    • 8/7/18 The FBI reveals that it is investigating Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for tax fraud. (Reuters)
    • 8/8/18 The National Security Council and U.S. State Department announce new sanctions on Russia in response to Russia's attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, but the White House makes no acknowledgement of the announcement. (NYT)
    • 8/9/18 Recruits members from his Mar-a-Lago club and resort to advise and run the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The club members, a Palm Beach doctor, a lawyer and a studio executive, have no military or administrative experience. (CNN)
    • 8/9/18 Is reported that National Security Adviser John Bolton rushed to seal a NATO alliance deal behind Trump's back before Trump could arrive at the NATO summit in Brussels on 7/11/18 and disrupt it. (NYT)
    • 8/10/18 Begins selling Space Force-branded apparel "to celebrate President Trump's huge announcement" in a 2020 re-election email to supporters, and asks them to vote on one of six Space Force logos. (NBC)
    • 8/10/18 Unilaterally announces that he is double the rate of tariffs on Turksih steel and aluminum imports, exacerbating an economic crisis in Turkey. The Turkish Lira has lost 40% of its value against the U.S. dollar in 2018. (NYT)
      • 8/10/18 Trump's move increases the chance that Turkey, which borders Iran, Iraq and Syria, will destablize its neighbor's economies with its own crisis. (NYT)
    • 8/10/18 Trump's lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow are scheduled to guest host a radio show normally hosted by Sean Hannity of Fox News. (Hill)
    • 8/11/18 Acknowledges the anniversary of the Charlottesville, VA rally that resulted in a white supremacist running down a protester, tweeting: "We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!" The wording echoes his statement on the incident from last year where he condemned violence "on all sides" of the protests. (USAToday)
    • 8/11/18 Threatens on Twitter "to get involved" in the FBI handling of ex-deputy director Andew McCabe, railing that that haven't yet been turned over to Judicial Watch, a right-leaning private organization. (Hill)
    • 8/11/18 Attacks his attorney general Jeff Sessions in reference to a report that a Justice Department official spoke with former British spy Christopher Steele, tweeting: "I have never seen anything so Rigged in my life. Our A.G. is scared stiff and Missing in Action.” (NYT)
    • 8/12/18 Attacks Harley-Davidson on Twitter: "Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better." (CNN)
    • 8/13/18 The FBI fires Peter Strzok, a counterintelligence agent who came under fire for sending disparaging texts about Trump and other political figures in 2016. (Hill)
    • 8/13/18 Spends 28 minutes talking about a $716 million military spending bill called the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019," but does not mention John McCain once. He spoke to soldiers and senior military leaders at Fort Drum in New York. (NYT)
    • 8/14/18 Calls former White House aide Omarasa Manigault Newman a "dog" and a "crazed, crying lowlife" after her allegations against him of mental problems and racism. (NYT)
    • 8/14/18 White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that she could not guarantee that Americans will never hear Trump on tape saying the word "nigger." (WaPo)
    • 8/14/18 The state of Illinois sues Trump's company for taking 20 million gallons of water from the Chicago River each day and dumping it back at a higher temperature, violating environmental regulations meant to protet fish and aquatic life. (Hill)
    • 8/15/18 Revokes the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan in retaliation for Brennan's criticism of Trump. It is the first time that a president has ever issued or revoked a clearance outside of the established process. (NYT)
      • 8/16/18 Is reported that intelligence officials are concerned that Trump will continue to sideline former officials who are actively assisting in the Russia investigation. (NYT)
    • 8/15/18 The White House proposes slashing the budgets of five Inspector Generals, limiting the watchdog capabilities for the EPA, Homeland Security, State Department, the Treasury, Department of Agriculture and the Troubled Asset Relief Program. (Axios)
    • 8/16/18 In response to over 300 newspapers across the country collectively asserting the importance of a free press and of free speech, Trump responds in a series of tweets accusing them of "collusion" and demands that they "PROVE IT!" without specifying what he was referring to. (NYT)
    • 8/16/18 Cancels his upcoming military parade citing costs, and accusing local officials of price gouging. The cost estimate ballooned from $12 million to $90 million, but most of the cost comes from the Pentagon. Tweets in part: "Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!"  (CNBC)
    • 8/17/18 Weighs in on his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in the middle of jury deliberations, tweeting: “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what’s going on, I think it’s a very sad day for our country. [Manafort] happens to be a very good person, I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.” (WaPo) Manafort is facing five counts of tax fraud, four counts of failing to file foreign bank reports, 4 counts of bank fraud and 5 counts of bank fraud conspiracy. (CNBC)
    • 8/17/18 Is reported that Trump asked the SEC to look into relaxing the requirement that publicly traded businesses report their earnings every quarter and instead require them to report once every six months. (CNN) The quarterly report requirement stems from the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which was passed in order to restore confidence and transparency following the 1929 crash. (CNN)
    • 8/17/18 DOJ lawyers work to keep the financial records of Trump's DC hotel from being released in the course of an ongoing lawsuit. (Hill)
    • 8/17/18 Is reported that Trump attempted to steer his wife Melania away from advocating against cyberbullying, suggesting that she choose another topic. (NYT)
    • 8/17/17 Is reported that Trump is considering the proposal of Erik Prince to privatize the U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan. (NBC)
    • 8/17/18 Is reported that Trump replaced furniture that his wife Melania chose for the White House. (NYT)
    • 8/18/18 Weighs in on the continued revocation of Alex Jones's Infowars channels on various online platforms, tweeting that "good and bad" voices must be allowed to be heard.  Alex Jones has been removed from social media and other platforms for violating terms of use that prohibits hate speech and discriminatory language. (Hill)
    • 8/18/18 Plans to unveil a proposal that will empower states to establish their own coal plant emission standards. The reversal of the Obama-era initiative would release 12 times the carbon dioxide as the existing plan over the next ten years. (WaPo)
    • 8/19/18 Compares the Mueller investigation to McCarthyism, tweeting: "Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby! Rigged Witch Hunt!" (CNN)
    • 8/19/18 The EPA's top air pollution official, William Wehrum, succeeds in pushing through a rollback of air pollution rules on behalf of chemical manufacturers, refineries, oil drillers and coal-burning power plants. Wehrum worked for years as a corporate lawyer advocating on behalf of these industries. (NYT)
    • 8/19/18 Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is reported to be under investigation for bank and tax fraud involving his family's taxi business in the order of over $20 million. (NYT)
    • 8/20/18 Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says that "truth is not truth" in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press. (CNN)
    • 8/20/18 At an event in the White House honoring immigration agents, Trump says of Officer Adrian Anzaldua, a Hispanic-American Border Patrol agent, "Speaks perfect English." (NYT)
    • 8/20/18 A federal court determines that Levy Jaen, father of four, was held in a New Jersey ICE detention facility for two years even though he was a U.S. citizen. (Hill)
    • 8/20/18 Threatens the security clearance of former FBI official Phil Mudd after Mudd's appearance on CNN, tweeting: "Just watched former Intelligence Official Phillip Mudd become totally unglued and weird while debating wonderful @PARISDENNARD over Brennan’s Security Clearance. Dennard destroyed him but Mudd is in no mental condition to have such a Clearance. Should be REVOKED? @seanhannity" (Hill)
    • 8/20/18 Says of the Russia investigation: "I can go in, and I could do whatever - I could run it if I want." (WaPo)
    • 8/21/18 The Microsoft Corporation reports publicly that it detected and seized websites that were created in recent weeks by hackers linked to the Russian cyberwarfare unit formerly known as the G.R.U., and that the sites were intended to infiltrate American conservative think tanks which have criticized Russia, Putin and Trump. (NYT)
    • 8/21/18 Former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to eight charges: five of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution and two counts of campaign contribution violations. (CBSNews)
      • Cohen admits in court that "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" he made payments to at least two women for their silence regarding affairs with Trump, which implicates Trump in the violation of campaign finance law. (NYT)
    • 8/21/18 Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty on eight of 18 counts: five counts of submitting false tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud, for a minimum of 80 years in prison. (USAToday)
    • 8/22/18 Trump-backed candidate in Wyoming's GOP governor race, Foster Friess, loses. (NYT)
    • 8/22/18 Admits in an interview on Fox News that hush money was paid to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, but falsely claims that such payments were illegal because they didn't come from campaign funds. (Hill)
    • 8/23/18 Gives himself an A+ for his time in office thus far. (Hill)
    • 8/23/18 A 25% tariff on $16 billion worth of Chinese goods goes into effect, triggering retaliatory tariffs from Beijing in the same amount. (CNN)
    • 8/23/18 Launches a series of attacks against his attorney general Jeff Sessions, lamenting that Sessions "never took control of the Justice Department." (CNN)
    • 8/23/18 Trump's top lawyer Rudy Giuliani says that Trump recently explored the possibility of pardoning Paul Manafort and other aides. (WaPo)
    • 8/23/18 Re-tweets a false claim being made by a South African white supremacist group that white farmers in South Africa are being systematically killed and forced off of their land. The tweet was the result of a false news story that had just aired on Fox News. (NYT)
    • 8/24/18 Is reported that the chairman of American Media, Inc, the parent company of the tabloid National Inquirer, was granted immunity for possible crimes related to Trump's election-period hush money payments, in exchange for providing investigators with a trove of silenced stories involving Trump scandals from the recent and distant past. (NYT)
    • 8/24/18 Is reported that the Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was granted immunity for possible election regulation crimes committed when authorizing the hush money payments to Trump's mistresses and writing it off as a business expense. (NBC)
    • 8/24/18 Withdraws $200 million in aid to Palestine. (CNN)
    • 8/25/18 During a photo op with grade school children coloring in blank American flags, colors in one of the stripes blue. (Slate)
    • 8/25/18 A federal judge strikes down key provisions in several of Trump's executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire federal employees. (NPR)
    • 8/25/18 Is reported that Trump has spent 150 days, or 25% of his presidency, at Trump-owned golf clubs. Each visit requires that Secret Service and other staff pay Trump for golf cart fees, food and a variety of other accomodations. (Newsweek)
    • 8/26/18 Upon the death of six-term Arizona Republican senator and Navy hero John McCain, Trump refuses to answer multiple questions about McCain's passing, and prematurely raises the White House flag to full staff after only a day, then lowers it to half-staff the next day after pressure from aides, Republicans and the general public. (CNN)
    • 8/27/18 Reaches a tentative trade agreement with Mexico that is intended to replace NAFTA, but does not include Canada in the negotiations. (NYT)
    • 8/27/18 Targets the security clearance of former federal prosecutor Bruce Ohr and attacks him publicly. Ohr has long worked with the F.B.I. to prosecute the crimes of members of the Russian mafia. (NYT)
    • 8/27/18 Does not mention a widely covered mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida at a video game tournament that left several dead and instead tweets about a variety of other topics throughout the day (Salon)
    • 8/28/18 Attacks Google's search engine as being "rigged" after discovering that search results of him produce an overwhelming number of negative stories and coverage. Suggests that Google's search engine is doing something illegal. (CNN)
    • 8/28/18 Holds a quasi-state dinner for evangelical leaders at the White House in which he:
      • Claims to them that he got "rid of" a law that forbids churches and charitable organizations from endorsing political candidates, and tells them "You're one election away from losing everything that you've got." (NBC)
      • Claims that violence will ensue unless Republicans win in the midterms, claiming that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently." (NYT)
    • 8/28/18 Is reported that at the start of a meeting between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump told Abe "I remember Pearl Harbor," exasperating the Japanese leader who kept his silence on the matter. Trump was born almost five years after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Hill)
    • 8/28/18 Complains to staff that media coverage of Senator John McCain's passing was "over the top" and that it interfered with coverage of his recent trade negotiations with Mexico. (Newsweek)
    • 8/29/18 Fires White House Counsel Don McGahn by tweet before notifying McGahn. McGahn was recently revealed to have spent thirty hours in total interviewing with Mueller investigators on at least three separate occasions, the contents of the meetings not being known to Trump or other White House officials. (CNN)
    • 8/29/18 The U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously overturns Trump's tariffs on Canadian newsprint. (Hill)(Trade Commission Statement)
    • 8/29/18 Tweets that his approval rating is at 52%, a number he has never reached in any known or published poll past or present. (AP)
    • 8/29/18 The F.B.I. refutes Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton's email server was hacked by a Chinese-owned company. (CNN)
    • 8/30/18 Cancels a Senate-approved 1.9% pay raise for all civilian federal employees scheduled for 2019, citingthe need to "maintain efforts to put our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course." (Bloomberg)
    • 8/30/18 The advocacy group Americans United for Separation of Church and State announce the filing a complaint against Trump's evangelical advisory board for operating in secret, which is a violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (WaPo)
    • 8/30/18 Accuses Lester Holt of NBC News of altering the video of a May 11, 2017 interview in which he explains his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, tweeting: "When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!" Holt was not caught doing anything. (CNBC)(transcript of the interview)

  • 8/31/18 Threatens in an interview to pull out of the World Trade Organization, citing unfair treatment in the handling of complaints by other nations of his unilateral tariffs. (BBC)
  • 8/31/18 A man named Robert Chain is arrested by the F.B.I. for repeatedly calling the Boston Globe and threatening to shoot reporters, calling journalists the "enemy of the people," the smae phrase that Trump has used to describe the press for two years. (BBC)