August 2019

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  • 8/1/19 End a major Cold War missile treaty, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement. (NYT)
  • 8/2/19 Nominee to serve as Director of National Intelligence Dan Ratcliffe withdraws himself from consideration after bipartisan opposition, including because the Texas representative has no intelligence experience and submitted multiple false statements about his record as a public servant. (CNN)
  • 8/2/19 Shrugs off multiple new North Korea missile test launches. (USAToday)
  • 8/3/10 At the time of two mass shootings within 24 hours of each other, one at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas that leaves 22 dead and over two dozen injured, and another in Dayton, Ohio that leaves 10 dead and 27 injured, does the following:
    • 8/4/19 Finds time to crash a wedding at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (NYDailyNews)
    • 8/5/19 Suggests tying background checks to immigration reform despite the fact that both shooters expressed white nationalism or white supremacy online. (Hill)
    • 8/5/19 Says that "fake news has contributed greatly to the anger and rage." (Hill)
    • 8/8/19 While visiting El Paso medical staff, brags about the crowd size at one of his rallies from February. (CNN)
    • 8/8/19 After visiting with officials in Ohio, tweets insults about them, tweeting in part "failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally misrepresent[ed] what took place inside of the hospital." Brown has never run for president and there is no record of her disparaging anything that Trump said or did during his visit. (Insider)
    • 8/9/19 Wife Melania posts a photo of herself and husband smiling and giving a thumbs up, with Melania smiling and holding a baby whose mother and father were both killed in the El Paso shooting. (Slate)
  • 8/6/19 Is reported that his campaign has run over 2,000 immigration "invasion" ads on Facebook to date. (CNN)
  • 8/8/19 Conducts the largest single-day, single-city immigration raid in U.S. history, with ICE agents arresting 680 suspected migrants from seven food processing facilities in Mississippi. (CNN)
  • 8/9/19 Threatens any country that issues travel warnings to its citizens against the U.S. with reciprocal travel warnings, including Japan and Uruguay. (Hill)
  • 8/10/19 Flaunts another "beautiful letter" that he received from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. (Insider)
  • 8/12/19 Acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Ken Cuccinelli informs the public that the Trump administration will increase rejection for permanent immigrant status any immigrants who require any public assistance. He cites the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, which reads in part: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (NYT) But he rephrases it as: "Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge." (CNN)
  • 8/12/19 Significantly weakens the Endangered Species Act, making it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for threatened species. Regulators will also be allowed to conduct economic and business profit assessments when deciding whether a species warrants protection. (NYT)
  • 8/12/19 Is reported that Trump has made over 12,019 false statements in the past 928 days. (WaPo)
  • 8/13/19 Retweets a conspiracy theory that postulates that the Clintons were behind the jail suicide of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, then defends his action by saying: "The retweet — which is what it was, it was a retweet — was from somebody that is a very respected conservative pundit. So I think it was fine." (Hill)
  • 8/15/19 Upon news of Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar planning to visit Israel, tweets: "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!" The tweet triggers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu to ban the Congresswomen from entering Israel. (NYT)
  • 8/16/19 Inquires about buying Greenland from Denmark, which is not for sale. (WSJ)
  • 8/16/19 The sitting chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission Ellen Weintraub challenges Trump to provide evidence to back his claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire, and publically claims that his baseless assertions undermine democracy. (CNN)
  • 8/17/19 Repeats a claim at a rally in New Hampshire that he won a Michigan "man of the year" award, when in fact he only received a framed copy of the Gettysburg Address from a Michigan congressman in 2013. (Insider)
  • 8/17/19 Ahead of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon, tweets of counterdemonstrators: “Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR. Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!” (Vox)
  • 8/17/19 Trump's Justice Department asks the Supreme Court to set a legal precedent to allow employers to fire employees on the basis that they are transgendered. (Time)
  • 8/18/19 Is reported that Trump's senior advisor Stephen Miller worked for months to prevent immigrant children living in the U.S. illegally from attending school. (BusinessInsider)
  • 8/20/19 Mocks the tears of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who became emotional when describing visits she made to her grandmother on the West Bank. Trump recently convinced Israel to ban Tlaib from visiting Israel, but Israel later reversed the decision. (CNN)
  • 8/20/19 Orders his cabinet members to alleviate discontent in Farm Belt states over his administration's decision to give 31 small refineries exemptions from U.S. biofuel laws. (Reuters)
  • 8/20/19 Says that Russia should be readmitted to the G7 (NYT). 
  • 8/21/18 Tweets this to all American Jews, referring to Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: "Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this -- even three years ago -- of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people -- I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel? I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat -- it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." (CNN)
  • 8/21/19 Announces a policy that would allow federal authorities to detain unauthorized immigrants with their children indefinitely. (NPR)
  • 8/21/19 Quotes conservative radio host and conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root, directly quoting Root's words on his own Twitter account: “Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him....like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore..." (CBS)
  • 8/21/19 Claims that he wants to rescind "ridiculous birthright citizenship," a right promulgated in the 14th Amendment in 1789. Also claims that the U.S. is the only country in the world with such a right, despite the fact that 32 other nations also have this right. (Newsweek)
  • 8/22/19 Quips to a press pool, with no indication of humor: “Let me tell you. In six years – or maybe 10 or maybe 14, right? – in six years, when I’m not here, the New York Times goes out of business very quickly.” (Independent)
  • 8/24/19 Arrives in France for the G7 summit and in one day:(NYT)
    • calls his own Federal Reserve chief an enemy of the state for not buoying the economy with interest rates
    • urges American companies to stop doing business with China
    • announces that he will increase existing tariffs on Chinese goods and add new ones
  • 8/26/19 Skips a major climate summit at the G7, and has aides claim a scheduling conflict. (CNN)
  • 8/26/19 Suggests that since the U.S. is hosting the G7 summit in 2020, it should be at his golf resort in Doral, Florida. “It’s got tremendous acreage, many hundreds of acres, so we can handle whatever happens. People are really liking it and plus it has buildings that have 50 to 70 units. And so each delegation can have its own building.” (NYT)
    • 8/29/19 Current and former U.S. intelligence officials assert that in light of his advocacy of Russia at G7, Trump is without a doubt either a Russian agent, asset or useful idiot. (BusinessInsider)
  • 8/26/19 Blames Barack Obama and other nations for Russia's forced annexation of Crimea, and again advocates that Russia should be readmitted to the G7. (DailyBeast)
  • 8/27/19 Discusses at length a phone call he had with top Chinese officials on ending the trade war, while China categorically denies that any such conversation occured. (Bloomberg)
  • 8/27/19 Attorney General William Barr books a $30,000 birthday party at Trump's D.C. hotel. (WaPo)
  • 8/27/19 As Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Dorian, FEMA and DHS divert $271 million to Trump's border security operations. (NPR
  • 8/27/19 Complains on Twitter about the media coverage of Elizabeth Warren's crowd size at her campaign events. (USAToday)
  • 8/28/19 Offers to pardon any federal agents who carry out his orders at the border, if they happen to also violate human rights or the law. (Hill)
  • 8/28/19 Plans to end automatic American citizenship for some children born abroad to military and federal workers.(WaPo)
  • 8/29/19 Trump's EPA plans to roll back regulations on methane, a greenhouse gas 12 times more potent than carbon dioxide. (NYT)
  • 8/30/19 Tweets a snapshot that he took of his own highly classified intelligence briefing which shows an ultra-high resolution satellite image of a failed Iranian satellite launch in order to taunt Iran. The photo exposes a decades-long secret U.S. surveillance program to the entire world. (Vox)
  • 8/30/19 Amidst pushback from American companies suffering from tariff's and worries of a recession, Trump responds by tweeting: “Badly run and weak companies are smartly blaming these small Tariffs instead of themselves for bad management...and who can really blame them for doing that? Excuses!” (NYT)
  • 8/31/19 Is reported that Trump's tax breaks touted as helping the poor have only been a boon for ultra-rich urban developers, including many of Trump's own family members and advisors. (NYT)