December 2018 

 | Jump to Bottom  |

  • 12/3/18 Six White House officials are found in violation of the Hatch Act. Raj Shah, Jessica Ditto, Madeleine Westerhout, Helen Aguirre, Alyssa Farah and Jacob Wood are deemed to have tweeted partisan messages using their Twitter accounts, according Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. (CNN)
  • 12/4/18 Is reported that conservative legal activist Pat Cipollone will begin work as White House counsel after a two month delay. Cipollone is a commercial lawyer and conservative Catholic activist. (Politico)
  • 12/4/18 Prosecutors recommend no jailtime for Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn "given the defendant's substantial assistance and other considerations," according to an FBI memo. (CBS)
  • 12/5/18 The D.C. and Maryland attorney general's office subpoenas on the Trump Organization and a dozen linked entities in a lawsuit challenging Trump's ongoing business ties while in office. (CNN)
  • 12/5/18 Is reported that Saudi Arabia paid Washington lobbyists to book 500 rooms in Trump's D.C. hotel shortly after the 2016 election. (WaPo)
  • 12/6/18 Nominates Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson and former Fox News host, to become the next ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert has no diplomatic experience, and has worked as a spokesperson for 20 months. (NPR)
  • 12/7/18 Nominates William Barr to be his next attorney general. Barr served as attorney general for George W. Bush from 1991-1993 and was selected for his recently published criticism of the Robert Mueller investigation. (BBC)
  • 12/7/18 Trump promises a "major Counter Report" to rival Robert Mueller's report if and when it is released. (WaPo)
  • 12/8/18 Court filings from the Mueller investigation reveal that Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen spoke with Russian representatives about receiving help in the 2016 campaign. (Guardian) Additionally, that Trump directed Cohen to used illegally use campaign funds to buy the silence of two women who Trump had sexual relations with.Cohen's recommended sentence is four years in prison. (WaPo)
  • 12/8/18 In the midst of riots in Paris, Trump implicates the Paris Climate Accord as the cause of the unrest. Tweets: "The Paris Agreement isn't working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting "We Want Trump!" Love France." (CNN)
  • 12/8/18 Announces that John Kelly will step down as Chief of Staff by the end of the year. (NYT)
  • 12/9/18 The Trump administration stalls a U.N. climate summit in Poland after joining Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in failing to "welcome" a landmark study on worldwide climate change. (AP)
  • 12/10/19 Is expected unveil a plan in the following week that will weaken federal clean water rules designed to protect millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams nationwide from pesticide runoff and other pollutants.(NYT)
  • 12/11/18 Threatens to direct the military to build his border wall if the Democrats do not agree to fund it. (ABC)
  • 12/11/18 Denies that he is having problems finding a replacement for Chief of Staff John Kelly and disputes reports that there was no Plan B in place when he decided to let Kelly go at the end of the year. (Politico).
  • 12/12/18 Uses a recent terrorist shooting in France to justify building his border wall, tweeting: "Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!" (NBC)
  • 12/12/18 Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is formally sentenced to three years of imprisonment for numerous crimes, including lying to Congress and violating campaign finance law by paying hush money to two women on behalf of Trump during the 2016 election. (NYT)
    • 12/12/18 Court filings reveal that the parent company of the National Enquirer admitted that Trump sought to silence one of the women, Karen McDougal, with the express purpose of improving Trump's chances in the election, which makes the payment a campaign finance violation since it was not timely or accurately reported to the FEC. (CNN)
    • 12/13/18 It is further revealed that Trump himself was present in at least one of the meetings with Michael Cohen and the National Enquirer with the express intent of arranging hush payment money "in concert with [Trump's] presidential campaign." (DailyMail)
  • 12/12/18 Directs his administration to unilaterally reinterpret a 2008 agreement between U.S. and Vietnam that would allow the deportation of certain Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before 1995. (TheAtlantic)
  • 12/13/18 Federal prosecutors in Manhattan reveal an investigation into Trump's 2017 inaugural committee spending of the record $107 million that it raised from donations, as well as access peddling and illegal influence by donors on the incoming administration. (WSJ)
  • 12/13/18 The Senate approves a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, an affront to Trump's undying support for the Saudi regime. (Hill)
  • 12/13/18 Shocks Republican lawmakers after declaring in a meeting with Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that he would be "proud to shut down the government over border security." (Hill with video)
  • 12/14/18 Is reported that Trump's technology tariffs cost U.S. technology firms $1 billion a month. (Bloomberg)
  • 12/15/18 Coerces the resignation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is under half a dozen ethics investigations and faces possible jailtime even after leaving his position as secretary. (NYT)
  • 12/15/18 Is reported that Obamacare insurance sign-ups are down from the year before, a decrease credited to Trump's dismantling of key parts of the law. (CNBC)
  • 12/15/18 Is revealed that when Trump and his siblings overcharged their father's company in the 1990s to siphon off his wealth, they passed on the costs to the struggling tenants who lived in the dozens of properties across New York. (NYT)
  • 12/17/18 Picks his director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as his Chief of Staff. It is revealed that Mick Mulvaney called Trump a "terrible human being" just before the 2016 election. (WaPo w/ video)
  • 12/17/18 Uses mobster lingo in a tweet: "Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?" (ABC)
  • 12/18/18 Is shown that there are at least 17 investigations into Trump and his associates as of December 18, 2018, less than two years into his administration. (CNN)
    • The Russian Goverment's Election Attack
    • Wikileaks
    • Middle Eastern Influence
    • Paul Manafort's Activity
    • The Trump Tower Moscow Project
    • Other Campaign and Transition Contacts with Russia
    • Obstruction of Justice
    • Campaign Conspiracy and the Trump Organization's Finances
    • Inauguration Funding
    • Trump SuperPAC Funding
    • Foreign Lobbying
    • Marina Butina and the NRA
    • Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova
    • Turkish Influence
    • Tax Case
    • The Trump Foundation
    • Emoluments Lawsuit
  • 12/18/18 SIgnals a retreat from the threat to shut down the government over border wall funding. WH spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says: “At the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border.” (NYT)
  • 12/19/18 Announces the full and sudden withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, claiming "We have won against ISIS." The move cedes to Russian and Iranian strategy and is counter to many of his military and civilian advisors. (NYT)
    • The withdrawal is considered a betrayal of Syria's ethnic Kurds, who the U.S. was supporting. (NYT)
    • 12/20/18 Russia President Vladimir Putin calls the withdrawal "correct" in his yearly news conference. (NYT)
    • 12/20/18 Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis tenders his resignation in immediate response to the withdrawal, citing that his views on supporting allies and other matters are not "aligned" with Trump's. (CNN)
  • 12/20/18 The Trump Foundation is shuttered after overwhelming findings by federal investigators of a "shocking pattern of illegality." (NYT)
  • 12/21/18 Directs the Department of Agriculture's USDA to create a workaround the farm bill that would cut nutritional assistance to 755,000 Americans. (Vox)
  • 12/22/18 Chief Justice John Roberts sides with the four liberal justices in upholding a block on Trump's asylum ban, preventing new restrictions on asylum-seekers. (CNN)
  • 12/23/18 Accelerates the dismissal of Jim Mattis as Secretary of State by two months after watching TV analysts discuss Mattis' letter of resignation. (NYT)
  • 12/23/18 The U.S. special presidential envoy for the Coalition to Defeat IS, Brett McGurk, resigns from his position after Trump's decision to suddenly withdraw troops from Syria. (BBC) Trump dismisses the resignation, claiming that he didn't even know McGurk. (Slate)
  • 12/24/18 A CNBC survey indicates that Trump is losing the support of Republican millionaires and billionaires. (Newsweek)
  • 12/24/18 Refuses to signal his support of any budget agreement that doesn't include $5 billion for a border wall, leading to a partial shutdown of the federal government during Christmas. Over 420,000 federal workers are forced to work without pay until the shutdown is over. (CBS)
    • 12/24/18 The National Christmas Tree near the White House is reopened after a private foundation steps in with the necessary funds. (CBS)
    • 12/26/18 The Department of Agriculture reports that staffing for Food and Nutrition services, which includes Child Nutrition, SNAP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will be slashed by 95%. (CNN)
    • 12/27/18 Tweets that "most of the people not getting paid are Democrats," without citing any source or evidence for the claim. (CBS)
    • 12/29/18 Is reported that the Trump administration leaves out the Coast Guard while other military branches get paid during the shutdown. (ABC)
  • 12/24/18 After a phone call with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tweets that he is handing over all responsibilities in Syria to Turkey, writing in part: "Ok, i'ts all yours. We are done." (CNN)
  • 12/25/18 On a phone call with a 7-year-old girl during Christmas, asks: “How old are you? ... Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?" (Hill)
  • 12/25/18 In an address to reporters on Christmas Day, rails against immigrants and Democrats, concluding: "It's a disgrace, what's happening in our country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very merry Christmas." (CNN)
  • 12/25/18 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement drops off 200 migrants at an El Paso bus station on Christmas Day without warning to local authorities or local charities. They are expected to drop off another 200 migrants the following day. (CBS)
  • 12/26/18 Is reported that acting attorney General Matthew Whittaker falsely claimed on his resume and in goverment forms that he was named an Academic All-American while playing football at the University of Iowa between 1990 and 1992. (DailyNews)
  • 12/26/18 Is reported that Trump's bone spur diagnosis in 1968 came from a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Fred Trump, Dr. Larry Braunstein, and whose daughters claim that their father Dr. Braunstein often told the story of issuing the false diagnosis as a courtesy to his landlord. (NYT)
  • 12/27/18 Brags to U.S. at al-Asad Airbase in Iraq that he gave them a 10% pay raise that was only 2.6%, which is a regular yearly pay raise that has been instituted for decades. Also claims falsely that service members haven't gotten a raise in 10 years. (NBC)
  • 12/27/18 During a visit of troops in Iraq, requests a selfie with a servicemember, openly and globally revealing the name and face of a Navy SEAL under secret deployment, a reported first in presidential and Navy SEAL history. (USAToday)
  • 12/29/18 Targets the Obama-era rule called the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, an $18-billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from coal-fired power plants, attacking the authority of the rule and claiming that it only produced a few million dollars a year in measurable health benefits and was not "appropriate and necessary." (NBC)
  • 12/29/18 Blames the recent death of two migrant children in the custody of Border Patrol on the Democrats, tweeting: "Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try! The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!" (Vox)
  • 12/29/18 Is reported that federal and state investigators are looking into launching a probe into the hiring practices of Trump's New Jersey golf club, having recently discovered a number of illegal immigrants hired at the club who were provided fake green cards and Social Security numbers by Trump golf club supervisors. (WaPo)
  • 12/30/18 An office of the White House (Office of Personnel Management) sends out a tweet that suggests that government employees working without pay use their sample letters, negotiate with creditors and landlords and hire an attorney to cope with their lack of a paycheck. (Hill)
  • 12/30/18 Tweets: "President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!" (Hill)
  • 12/31/18 Skips a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in which club members paid $1000 per ticket for a chance to meet and greet him. (HuffPo)
  • 12/31/18 Federal workers under the American Federation of Government Employees file a lawsuit against the U.S. government for being forced to work without pay during the government shutdown that began on December 22. (ABC)