December 2019

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  • 12/4/19 Abruptly leaves a NATO summit in London after a video surfaces revealing the top leaders of Canada, France and Great Britain gossiping and laughing about Trump's decision to hold a press conference immediately upon his arrival to the summit. (NYT
  • 12/5/19 A newly published book alleges that Trump once suggested that the 10 million residents of Seoul could just move to another city if they wanted to avoid the threat of a nuclear detonation by North Korea. (Vox)
  • 12/6/19 Is reported that Trump's rollback of transgender rights has reached all levels and departments of the federal government, causing losses in insurance, loan forgiveness and other federal benefits. (NYT)
  • 12/16/19 Orders a review of toilets, claiming that Americans are flushing "ten times, fifteen times." He prefaced the announcement with the following: “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where it rushes out to sea because you could never handle it. And you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water.”  (USAToday)
  • 12/6/19 Is reported that Trump still uses his personal cell phone for official government business, a line of communication that is widely understood to be compromised to both Chinese and Russian intelligence. (CNN)
  • 12/6/19 The Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to restore the federal executions. (Guardian)
  • 12/8/19 Stokes accusations of anti-Semitism after commenting at the Israeli American Council's National Summit, saying: "A lot of you are in the real estate business, because I know you very well. You're brutal killers. Not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me, you have no choice." (Newsweek
  • 12/9/19 Moves to expand the detention of migrant families. (NYT)
  • 12/10/19 Meets with top Russian spy/diplomat Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office. (CNN)
  • 12/10/19 Trump and his attorney general William Barr escalate their attacks on the F.B.I. a day after an independent watchdog concluded that former F.B.I. officials had adequate reason in 2016 to open the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. (NYT)
  • 12/11/19 The Democrat majority leaders in the House announce two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump: for abuse of power in the holding up of $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to extort political dirt on the Bidens, and obstruction of justice in ordering his aides and staff to not comply with Congressional subpoenas in the course of an investigation. (CNN)
  • 12/11/19 A federal judge in Texas permamently blocks Trump's effort to repurpose $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a border wall, citing a lack of constitutional authority by the exective branch. (Slate)
  • 12/12/19 Publicly mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg for a second time after she is named Time magazine's Person of the Year, tweeting: "So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!" (CNN)
  • 12/19/19 Donald John Trump becomes the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives, charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (CNN)
    • Holds a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan in which he speaks for a record-setting length of time, and rails incoherently about dishwashers, toilets and other appliances with water-saving features, as well as the recycling of light bulbs and other such matters. (transcript via rev.com)
    • Vladimir Putin of Russia immediately defends Trump against the allegations contained in the impeachment. (NYT)
    • 12/21/19 Trump touts Putin's disparagement of Trump's impeachment on Twitter. (MotherJones)
  • 12/20/19 Officially creates the Space Force, the first new military branch in 70 years. The Space Force assumes responsibilities previously occupied by the Air Force, and will rename some Air Force bases "Space Bases." (CNN
  • 12/21/19 A Trump adviser named Justin Clark is heard on an audio recording commenting that the Republican party has traditionally relied on voter suppression to hold power, and plans on doing it again in 2020. (AP)
  • 12/22/19 Released emails show that Trump paused military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after he asked Ukraine's president to investigate the Bidens in exchange for military aid. (NBC)
  • 12/24/19 Adds a "clarification" to a federal policy that ends punishment for bird deaths, endangered or otherwise. (NYT)
  • 12/24/19 The federal database that tracked U.S. pollution in detail by locality, TOXMAP, is shut down after 15 years. (Newsweek)
  • 12/27/19 Retweets an image of a mock political yard sign of Bernie Sanders and the false slogan "Free Shit" planted in a large pile of dog feces. (Newsweek)
  • 12/28/19 Retweets a post that included the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint ultimately led to his impeachment. The publication of the name violates federal laws that protect whistleblowers. (AP)
  • 12/28/19 Offers help to two states on Twitter if they "politely ask": "California and New York must do something about their TREMENDOUS Homeless problems. They are setting records! If their Governors can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and “politely” ask for help. Would be so easy with competence!" (Hill
  • 12/30/19 A Federal Reserve report finds that Trump's tariffs have raised prices, cut employment and hurt the U.S. manufacturers that Trump repeatedly claims to have benefitted from the tariffs. (Salon)
  • 12/30/19 News of a personal phone call between Trump and Putin comes from Moscow and not the White House. 24 hours later, the White House puts out a 63-word description of the call that mirrors the Moscow statement. (CNN)
    • Following the phone call, Putin invites Trump to visit Moscow in 2020. (CNN)