February 2017

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  • 2/1/17 Announces that he will be changing the Countering Violent Extremism program to the Countering Islamic Extremism, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists. (Reuters)
  • 2/1/17 Verbally lambasts the prime minister of Australia over a previously agreed-to deal to take 1,250 refugees, brags about his electoral college win, then hangs up on the prime minister 25 minutes into a scheduled 60 minute phone meeting. (WaPo)
  • 2/1/17 Is reported that he stated to President Pena Nieto on Jan 27: "You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren't doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it." (ABCNews)
  • 2/2/17 After mass protests at U.C. Berkeley of a planned speech by Brietbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos in which no one was injured, tweets "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" (NYT)
  • 2/2/17 Relaxes restrictions on U.S. transactions with the FSB. The restrictions had been put in place a couple months before in response to Russia's election interference. (CBSNews)(authorization paperwork)
  • 2/2/17 A Maryland judge dismisses a $150 million lawsuit brought by Melania Trump against the UK's Daily Mail for want of jurisdiction. In Sept 2016 The Daily Mail asserted and retracted that Melania had once been an escort. (Hill)
  • 2/2/17 Is reported that the administration rejected a Holocaust Remembrance Day speech written by outgoing State Department staff which mentioned Jews in favor of one in which they wrote, which did not mention Jews. (Politico)
  • 2/3/17 Justice Department lawyer states that 100,000 visas were instantly cancelled as a result of the 1/27 immigration ban. (WaPo) The State Department claims only 60,000 revoked.
  • 2/3/27 A federal judge in Seattle orders a nationwide lift on the Muslim Ban order. (NYT)
  • 2/4/17 Defends Vladimir Putin as a murderer in an interview with Bill O'Reilly by responding: "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?" (Hill)
  • 2/4/17 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejects a government request to lift the suspension of the travel ban. (NYT)
  • 2/4/17 Documents confirm that Trump retains a direct tie to his businesses through an offshore revocable trust tied to his social security number, of which he is the sole beneficiary. (ABC)(leaked document)
  • 2/5/17 Report by New York Times states: (NYT)
    • Trump retires each day at 6:30 pm
    • He spends most of his time alone, and sometimes explores the White House to figure it out
    • He watches cable news in a bathrobe for much of the evening
    • White House aides confer in the dark because they can't find the light switches
    • Attempts to receive as many visitors in the Oval Office as possible, and has long discussions about the decor
    • Keeps only one family photo in his office, that of his father Frederick Christ Trump
  • 2/6/17 Speaker for the U.K. Parliament announces it will not allow Trump to address Parliament on his upcoming visit, citing Trump's racism and sexism. (Independent)
  • 2/6/17 Tweets "Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting." (Independent)
  • 2/6/17 In his first address to military service members, claims at length that the media is not reporting terrorist attacks, and the WH later releases a list of 78 attacks, many of which have been covered extensively by the media. (Hill)(USAToday)
  • 2/7/17 More leaks from the White House detail the following about Trump: (HuffPo)
    • Calls Michael Flynn at 3am to ask him if it's good to have a strong dollar or a weak dollar. Flynn says he doesn't know and Trump gets upset.
    • Requires that all memos not be more than one page and have bullet points but not more than nine points per page.
    • Lodges a complaint about the towels on Air Force One not being soft enough.
    • Makes the decision on 1/26 to green-light the poorly informed SEAL Team raid in Yemen over dinner with a handful of personal advisors. (CNN)
  • 2/7/17 Melania Trump refiles a lawsuit in state court against The Daily Mail for alleging that she was an escort in 1990, this time including language in the filings that state The Daily Mail has harmed her "once-in-a-lifetime" "major business opportunities" to land "multi-million dollar business deals" off her "broad-based commercial brand" as the First Lady of the U.S. (NYT)
  • 2/8/17 Lashes out in front of a group of major city police officers about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals review of his immigration ban, saying that even "a bad high school student" would understand his executive authority on the matter. (ABC) His SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch is quoted as calling Trump's attacks on the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing." (WaPo)
  • 2/9/17 The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejects Trump's argument that his immigration and refugee ban on seven Muslim countries is an act of unreviewable executive power. (Hill) Tweets that it is "a disgraceful decision." (Hill)
  • 2/9/17 Falsely claims that thousands of voters were bussed into New Hampshire on election day to cast fraudulent ballots that cost him the state, not citing any evidence. (WaPo)(HuffPo)
  • 2/10/17 Signs an executive order directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a "Task Force of Crime Reduction and Public Safety," and another order that will increase punishments for crimes against law enforcement officers. (CNN)
  • 2/11/17 Sears and Kmart discontinue online sales of 31 Trump Home items. (Reuters)
  • 2/12/17 Confuses a joke by Senator Bernie Sanders on CNN as an attack on CNN, and conflates a commercial break with a deliberate attempt to cut off Senator Sanders. (Hill)
  • 2/12/17 Federal immigration enforcement agents raid houses across the U.S. and arrest over 600 immigrants in one week. Trump proclaims: "The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!" (NYT)
  • 2/13/17 Fields a phone call regarding a North Korean missile launch at the dinner table with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and his wife, and openly discusses available strategies with everyone at the table, within earshot of nearby diners. (CNN)(timeline with aerial photos)
  • 2/13/17 National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after admitting that he lied to Vice President Pence about illegal discussions of sanctions with Russia. (NYT)
  • 2/14/17 Four American officials admit that multiple members of Trump's campaign made regular contact with senior Russian intelligence during the campaign. (NYT)
  • 2/14/17 Is reported that Trump will vacation at his Mar-A-Lago golf club-and-resort for the third weekend in a row. Each weekend trip costs taxpayers $3 million and contradicts years of Trump's criticisms of President Obama's vacationing schedule. (Indy100)
  • 2/14/17 Signs a law that repeals a regulation which made oil companies disclose payments to foreign governments, which was intended to fight corruption in resource-rich countries. (Hill)
  • 2/15/17 FBI releases hundreds of pages of its notes from the 1972-74 investigation of racial discrimination in housing units owned by Trump Management Co. (Hill)(the hundreds of pages)
  • 2/15/17 Answers a question about anti-Semitism during a joint press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu by launching into a long brag about his electoral win in 2016. (VanityFair)
  • 2/15/17 U.S. intelligence officials admit that they have been holding back sensitive intelligence from Trump because they can't trust him with the information. (Hill)(WSJ)
  • 2/15/17 Is reported that Trump this week received an extremely valuable foreign trademark from China after capitulating to the One China Policy that he had initially bucked against shortly before office. The gift violates the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless explicitly approved by Congress. (ABC)(TruthExaminer)
  • 2/16/17 In his first full-fledged press conference as president, says the following falsehoods: (transcript of press conference)(analysis of falsehoods via NYT)
    • "It was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan." When pressed on the gross inaccuracy, says "I was given that information."
    • "[The 9th] circuit is in chaos and that circuit is frankly in turmoil." The 9th Circuit is not known to be suffering from any particular crisis.
    • "Our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess." The unemployment in January was 4.8% compared with 7.8% in 2008, and 227,000 jobs were added the month Trump took office.
    • "We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right?" Nine different federal agencies sold 20% of U.S. uranium capacity to a Toronto-based company, and Clinton did not have the personal authority to sign off on the deal.
    • "Let me tell you about the travel ban. We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban." The travel ban created immediate chaos for hundreds of thousands of travelers, triggered mass protests at major airports and was overturned in multiple federal courts in days.
    • "The leaks are absolutely real but the news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”

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    • When asked if Trump would include the Congressional Black Caucus in his inner city consultations by a black reporter, Trump asks if the Caucus were "friends of hers" and if she wanted to "set up the meeting."
    • Says: "You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.”
    • When asked about the uptick in attacks on Jewish centers by a Hasidic reporter, responds "Sit down. So here’s the story. Number one I am the least anti-Semitic person you’ll ever see in your entire life.” Then when the reporter attempted a follow-up question, Trump says "Quiet, quiet!" followed with a reminded that Benjamin Netanyahu praised him the day before, then "You should take that instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question."
    • Referring to the reporters: “I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you you’re dishonest people.”
  • 2/16/17 Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward declines an offer to become the next National Security Advisor, in part because he would not be able to fire some of former NSA Flynn's staff. Refers to the offer by Trump as a "shit sandwich." (Slate)
  • 2/16/17 An assessment of the strain on the Secret Service in guarding the Trump family at Mar-a-Lago and international trips for both government and Trump businesses indicate that a four-year term would lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money on security. (WaPo)
  • 2/16/17 Signs legislation ending an Obama administration coal mining rule that protects waterways from dumping toxic mining byproduct, citing job creation. The repeal creates almost no new jobs. (Hill)(MotherJones)
  • 2/17/17 Continues an almost non-stop attack on the press by tweeting: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!" (MotherJones)
  • 2/17/17 Seven congressional committees prepare to investigate Trump's connect to Russia. (PoliticusUSA)(Vox)
  • 2/17/17 The Trump Administration releases a preliminary growth forecast that contains grossly misleading numbers compared to independent agencies and most private forecasters. (WSJ)(WaPo)
  • 2/18/17 The FBI is pursuing at least three separate probes into Russian hacking of the U.S. election. (Reuters)
  • 2/18/17 A secret audio recording of Trump is released, revealing him repeatedly inviting partygoers at his New Jersey golf club to attend his scheduled interviews with potential cabinet members and White House staff. “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything. You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.” (Politico)
  • 2/19/17 The Swedish Embassy in D.C. offers to teach Trump about its country's immigration policies after Trump falsely suggested at a rally that Sweden had suffered a refugee terrorism attack. (Hill)
  • 2/19/17 Senator John McCain comments on Trump's attack on the press: "If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started." (NBC)
  • 2/20/17 Bolsters the anti-vaccine movement in Texas by meeting with anti-vaccine advocates. (WaPo)(Mediaite)
  • 2/21/17 An analysis of Trump's first month in office reveals that he spent 24.3% of the time at Mar-a-Lago and nearby golf clubs, 293 hours not working in D.C., 13 hours tweeting and 6 hours in intelligence briefings. (WP)
  • 2/21/17 Homeland Security release memos that instruct all agents, including ICE and CBP, to identify, capture and deport every single undocumented immigrant they encounter as quickly as possible, with all such individuals to be placed in detention until they can be processed. (USAToday)
  • 2/21/17 The White House deletes all of the data on its open data portal, a public clearinghouse for a wide range of public access government data. (Hill)
  • 2/21/17 Sells a $15.8 million penthouse to a Chinese-American businessman, Xiao Yan Chen, who runs a company that touts its ability to exploit connections with powerful people in China. (Mother Jones)(Property Sales Record)
  • 2/22/17 Rescinds protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, with AG Sessions pushing on Secretary of Education DeVos to relent on the matter. (NYT)
  • 2/22/17 The Air Force is unable to identify where $1 billion was saved by Trump on two new Boeing jets slated to serve as Air Force One. (Bloomberg)
  • 2/23/17 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sends out a memo rescinding President Obama's August 16th order to end the use of private prisons. (Hill)
  • 2/23/17 In a meeting with business leaders, describes his push for mass deportations of illegal immigrants as a "military operation." "We're getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before. And they're the bad ones. And it's a military operation... All of a sudden for the first time, we're getting gang members out. We're getting drug lords out." (CNN)
  • 2/23/17 Says he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack." (Reuters)
  • 2/24/17 The White House does not let reporters from The New York Times, BuzzFeed, CNN, Politico and The Los Angeles Times enter the West Wing office of the press secretary for a news briefing. (NYT)(CNN)
  • 2/24/17 At a major conservative conference, delivers another stinging rebuke of the mainstream journalist establishment by calling them "fake news." In the speech, he makes ten misleading or outright false statements. (NYT)
  • 2/24/17 A Homeland Security Department intelligence report finds insufficient evidence showing that Trump's travel ban would make the U.S. any safer. (AP)
  • 2/25/17 Announces that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in D.C., the first president to do so since Reagan in 1981, who was unable to attend after recovering from a gunshot wound. (Politico)
  • 2/26/17 White House press secretary Sean Spicer makes his entire staff dump their cell phones on a table for a "phone check," in an effort to uncover the source of leaks in his office. (Politico)
  • 2/26/17 Announces a plan to ask for a 10% increase in military spending ($54 billion), offset by deep cuts in programs in foreign aid, the EPA and most non-defense federal agencies. (NYT)(CNN analysis) "We have to start winning wars again." (CNN)
  • 2/26/17 Philip Bilden, the nominee for Secretary of the Navy, withdraws citing privacy concerns and an inability to separate himself from his business, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm. (Politico)
  • 2/27/17 Former President George W. Bush, in response to Trump's attacks on the media, states "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy." (Politico)
  • 2/27/17 The Justice Department drops a lawsuit again the controversial Texas voter ID law which opponents say is intended to keep minorities from voting. (NYT)
  • 2/27/17 229 House Republicans vote to keep Trump's tax returns a secret, with 185 Democrats voting to release them. (ThinkProgress)(Hill)
  • 2/28/17 In an interview on Fox News addressing thousands of unfilled political appointments, says "A lot of those jobs, I don’t want to appoint, because they’re unnecessary to have. You know, we have so many people in government, even me. I look at some of the jobs and it’s people over people over people. I say, ‘What do all these people do?’ You don’t need all those jobs." (FoxNews)
  • 2/28/17 On Fox News states that he believes President Obama to be behind his administration leaks and the angry town halls across the U.S. "I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it." (CNN)
  • 2/28/17 Tells reporters that he wants to pass an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. (CNN) The meeting with reporters was private and he asked to be quoted only as a "senior administration official," requesting the same kind of anonymity he excoriated on 2/24/17. (Buzzfeed)
  • 2/28/17 According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Trump in response to the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks around the country, in which dozens of Jewish community centers and cemeteries have been targeted by bomb threats and vandalism, said, "Sometimes it's the reverse, to make people—or to make others—look bad." (MotherJones)
  • 2/28/17 Signs a bill that kills an Obama administration rule that required the Social Security Administration to submit records of mentally disabled people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI database used to determine whether someone can buy a firearm under the 1993 Brady Bill. (USAToday)