February 2019

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  • 2/1/19 Announces in a statement that the U.S. suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, citing alleged Russian violations of the 32-year-long agreement. (Independent)
    • 2/2/19 Russia withdraws from the INF treaty. (NYT)
  • 2/2/19 Appoints Ronny Jackson as chief medical adviser and assistant to the president, and announces his nomination for Jackson to receive the rank of Two-Star Admiral. Jackson withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Veteran Affairs after it was revealed that he crashed a government car while drunk, dispensed prescription drugs on presidential flights, and creating a hostile work environment for years. (Politico)
  • 2/3/19 A leaked schedule reveals that Trump spends 60% of his time as unstructured "executive time." According to several sources, this time is filled with watching television, reading the newspaper and tweeting reactions to both. (Axios)(every page of the leaked three-month schedule)
  • 2/4/19 Is reported that Trump's harsh immigration policies are actually benefitting smugglers in Mexico by driving up the demand for illegal human trafficking and enriching the violent groups that run the smuggling rings. (USAToday)
  • 2/4/19 Officials of Trump’s inaugural committee are ordered by federal prosecutors to turn over documents about donors, finances and activities after serious suspicions have grown about how a record $107 million was raised. (NYT)
  • 2/4/19 Nominates former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead the Department of the Interior. (CNN)
  • 2/6/19 Trump's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Kathleen Kraninger moves to roll back restrictions on payday lenders, whose business model is to entrap low-income borrowers in spiraling debt obligations. (NYT)
  • 2/9/19 The Trump administration refuses to respond to a request from Senators to provide a report determining who killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a murder which U.S. intelligence officials have all but concluded was ordered by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. (BBC)
  • 2/10/19 Is reported that taxpayers are discovering that Trump's "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" does not fulfill Trump's promise of lower taxes, and in fact has raised federal tax liabilities for many of them. (DailyMail)
  • 2/10/19 Tweets a joke about the Trail of Tears, a forced march of Native Americans that left thousands of men, women and children dead: "Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” he wrote on Twitter. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” (Newsweek)
  • 2/10/19 Former chief public health official Ronald Klain calls Dr. Sean Conley's official assessment that Trump is "in very good health [and] will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond" a disgrace, as physicians are unable to predict the health of their patients. (HuffPo)
  • 2/11/19 Following a second leak of his official schedule, which reveals that he spends half of his day in unstructured "Executive Time," tweets "No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!" (Hill)
  • 2/12/19 At a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, repeats a lie that a border wall near the city greatly decreased crime in the area. (NYT)
  • 2/14/19 The Trump Organization calls off its initiative announced at the beginning of Trump's presidency to launch two new hotel chains, blaming the political climate. (NYT)
  • 2/14/19 Trump is officially obese at 243 pounds, according to his latest medical exam by White House physician Dr. Sean Conley. His actual weight is undisclosed. (NYT)
  • 2/14/19 Former deputy F.B.I. director Andrew McCabe says in an interview that top Justice Department officials became so alarmed by Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire FBI Director James Comey that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. (NYT)
  • 2/14/19 The U.S. Senate confirms Trump nominee William Barr to the position of Attorney General. Barr's qualification was questioned heavily over his 19-page memo from the summer of 2018 in which he declared that Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice over the firing of FBI Director James Comey. (NYT)(Barr's 19-page memo)
  • 2/15/19 Declares a national emergency in order to fund his border wall. It is the first time in history that a president has done so in order to fund a non-emergency domestic construction project. (NYT)
    • 2/15/19 The money targeted by Trump to fund the wall comes from Pentagon funds already earmarked for badly needed military base construction and repairs, such as in hospitals and barracks housing. He will additionally raid $2.5 billion from counterdrug operations. (WaPo)
    • 2/18/19 Sixteen states sue Trump in order to stop the use of emergency powers to fund his wall. (NYT)
  • 2/15/19 Sings praise for Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham in a Rose Garden news conference, hailing their support of his use of emergency powers to build a wall. (NYT)
  • 2/17/19 Calls for vengeance upon Saturday Night Live, tweeting: "Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!" (NYT)
  • 2/17/19 Is revealed that the White House asked the Japanese government to nominate Donald Trump for a Nobel prize. (Quartz)
  • 2/17/19 Threatens the European Union that if they do not take 800 captured ISIS fighters and try them in European courts, that he will order their release, and suggests that they would then commit acts of terror in Europe. (BBC)
  • 2/19/19 Multiple whistleblowers raise concerns over White House efforts to transfer sensitve nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. (oversight.house.gov)
  • 2/20/19 Is reported that Trump asked then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in late 2018 if he could appoint a U.S. attorney to oversee the Russia investigation even after that U.S. attorney had recused himself from the probe. (CNN)
  • 2/20/19 Is reported that Deutsche Bank at one point considered restructuring $340 million in loans to the Trump Organization over fears that Trump might default on loans while in office and suffer a PR disaster. (BusinessInsider)
  • 2/20/19 Refreshes a familiar attack on the New York Times, tweeting: "The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" (NYT)
  • 2/20/19 A White House memo reveals that Trump is preparing to assemble a panel to examine whether climate change affects national security, despite reports from his administration that already confirms as much. The panel will include a climate change denialist named William Happer. (NYT)
  • 2/22/19 House Democrats push forward a measure to terminate Trump's emergency declaration meant to circumvent Congress and fund a border wall. (NBC)
  • 2/22/19 Is revealed that when migrant children held in federal detention turn 18 while in custody, they shackled and transferred to adult detention facilities. (NPR)
  • 2/23/19 Nominates Kelly Knight Craft, currently ambassador to Canada, to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Craft is the wife of billionaire coal mining executive Joe Craft, and both have contributed heavily to the Republican party and to Trump. (CNN)
    • 2/23/19 Kelly Craft states that she believes "both sides" of climate change science. (Independent)
  • 2/24/19 Is noted that the Trump administration has filed more briefs in religious liberty cases in two years than the 16 years of Obama and Bush combined. (NBC)
  • 2/25/19 Over 50 ex-national security officials sign a letter telling Trump that his national emergency to build a wall is not justified. (NBC)
  • 2/25/19 Former Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson sues Trump, alleging that in August 2016 Trump forced a kiss on her in a campaign RV. (CNN)
  • 2/26/19 Data from the Department of Health and Human Services reveals that they received over 4,500 allegations of sexual abuse and harrassment between 2015 and 2018 of unaccompanied migrant children. (NPR)
  • 2/27/19 Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testifies before Congress under oath, labeling Trump a liar, a cheat and a conman. Cohen also accuses Trump of lying to the public about business interests in Russia during the election, lying to reporters about stolen Democratic emails, and of telling Cohen to lie about hush money payments to cover up sexual misconduct. (NYT)