January 2018

NOTE: "Year One" of Trump's administration ends January 20, 2018.

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  • 1/1/18 In his first tweet of the year, excoriates nuclear power Pakistan, threatening an end to further anti-terrorism cooperation: "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" (CBSNews)
  • 1/1/18 Decides to send thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in the longest war in U.S. history to beat back a resurgent Taliban and ISIS. (WaPo)
  • 1/2/18 Takes the credit for zero air-travel deaths in 2017, claiming to have been "very strict on Commercial Aviation." There have been no fatal passenger airline crashes since 2009. (Hill)
  • 1/2/18 Publicly addresses the incoming publisher of the New York Times on Twitter: "The Failing New York Times has a new publisher, A.G. Sulzberger. Congratulations! Here is a last chance for the Times to fulfill the vision of its Founder, Adolph Ochs, 'to give the news impartially, without fear or FAVOR, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved.' Get impartial journalists of a much higher standard, lose all of your phony and non-existent “sources,” and treat the President of the United States FAIRLY, so that the next time I (and the people) win, you won’t have to write an apology to your readers for a job poorly done! GL" (Hill)
  • 1/2/18 Tweets the following: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times. Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” (NYT)
  • 1/2/18 Trump's acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan says on national television "We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes." (Hill)
  • 1/3/18 Disbands his commission on election integrity, which was launched after he tweeted that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because of 3-5 million illegal votes. The commission did not produce any evidence of voter fraud. (NYT)
  • 1/3/18 After former senior aide Steve Bannon is cited in a new book asserting that Donald Trump Jr. had been “treasonous” in meeting with Russians and that Ivanka Trump is “dumb as a brick,” Trump responds by distancing himself from having ever associated with Bannon. (NYT)
    • 1/4/18 Lawyers on behalf of Trump send Bannon a letter alleging libel, slander and a breach of a written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement. (ABCNews)
    • 1/6/18 In further response to the book which casts Trump as fickle, unstable, child-like and unintelligent, Trump responds on Twitter, in part: "Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence. Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!” (NYT)
    • 1/7/18 Bannon apologizes at length for insulting the Trump family several days after blowback from Trump, billionaire donor Rebecca Mercer and much of the conservative media establishment. (CNN)
    • 1/9/18 Bannon is fired from Brietbart News Network, the alt-right website that he co-founded and helped to run before and after working for the Trump White House. (NPR)
  • 1/4/18 The White House announces that staffers and guests will no longer be allowed to use their personal cell phones in the West Wing. (NBCNews)
  • 1/4/18 Administration announces that it will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all U.S. waters, lifting protections on more than 100 million offshore acres. (NYT)
  • 1/5/18 Is reported that Trump has been live-tweeting Fox News for his entire presidency thus far, often sending reaction tweets minutes after a trigger has aired. (PoliticoMagazine)
  • 1/5/17 Trump's lawyer John Dowd calls a New York Times report that the Mueller investigation is heating up around Trump a "nothing burger." (Politico)(NYT article in question)
  • 1/7/18 In an effort to erode the functionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the administration proposes a rule to allow small businesses to purchase cheaper health insurance that won't cover the ten "essential health benefits" mandated under the original law. (Hill)
  • 1/7/18 Tweets gushing praise for a New York Post article that flattered Trump, but misquotes the original phrase "consequential president" as "consensual president." (Hill)(original column)
  • 1/8/18 Is revealed from Trump's official schedule that he cordons off 8am to 11am every day as "Executive Time" in order to watch television, and that no meetings start until after 11am. (Axios)
  • 1/8/18 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules against Trump and the Energy Department's attempt to prop up coal and nuclear power, citing that the administration's reasoning that it would strengthen the power grid "does not demonstrate that such an outcome would be just and reasonable." (Reuters)
  • 1/8/18 Demonstrates on live television before a college national championship game (Georgia vs. Alabama), that he know almost none of the lyrics to the National Anthem. (RawStory)
  • 1/8/18 Addressing the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, overstates the recently signed tax cut bill by $4 trillion ($1.5t instead of $5.5t). (NYT)
  • 1/9/18 Announces ending protections for over 250,000 nationals from El Salvador living in the U.S. who immigrated as natural disaster refugees with Temporary Protected Status. They are given until December 2019 to find a different country to live in. (CNN)
  • 1/9/18 Is reported that the Trump nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar is on track to being confirmed. Azar is a former pharmaceutical executive and is expected to further dismantle the functionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act. (Politico)
  • 1/9/18 In light of Trump boasting that he is a "stable genius," Democrat Representative Brendan Boyle announces a bill that would require presidential candidates to undergo a mental health examination, the "Stable Genius Act." (Hill)
  • 1/9/18 Waives some punishments for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One waiver is granted to Deutsche Bank, which is owed at least $130 million by Trump and his businesses, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.(InternationalBusinessTimes)(DeutscheBank fined)
  • 1/9/17 The full transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, the creators of the Steele dossier, is released. (CNBC)(the Senate-Simpson transcript)
  • 1/9/18 A federal judge in California issues a nationwide injunction to force Trump to re-start the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). (NYT)
  • 1/10/18 Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sues researcher firm Fusion GPS, the publisher of the Steele Dossier, for defamation, tweeting: "Enough is enough of the #fake #RussianDossier. Just filed a defamation action against @BuzzFeedNews for publishing the lie filled document on @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and me!" (Politico) The 35-page dossier makes a number of claims, including: (the Steele Dossier)
    • Trump was compromised by sexual activities he engaged in while visiting Russia.
    • The Russian government admitted stealing Democrats’ emails.
    • Vladimir Putin attempted to cultivate Trump for five years.
    • Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told Putin he paid Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
    • Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen played a critical role in the Trump-Russia relationship.
  • 1/10/18 States that it is unlikely that he will have to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, saying "no collusion" seven times in a single answer to a question on the matter. (CNN)
  • 1/11/18 Tweets opposition to renew an NSA surveillance program, then soonafter tweets in support of it, confusing lawmakers and policymakers and raising concerns that he does not understand the nature or scope of the program. (WaPo)
  • 1/11/18 The IRS suggests to taxpayers in a new guideline that they double-check their paycheck numbers with an online calculator. (WaPo)
  • 1/11/18 In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, says "“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.” States that his fiery insults against the North Korean leader are part of a larger strategy. (WSJ)
    • In the same interview, discusses his border wall: "If you have a wall this thick and it’s solid concrete from ground to 32 feet high which is a high wall, much higher than people planned. You go 32 feet up and you don’t know who’s over here. You’re here, you’ve got the wall and there’s some other people here. If you don’t know who’s there, you’ve got a problem. (Slate)
  • 1/11/18 Announces the cancellation of a visit to London to inaugurate the new U.S. embassy, tweeting the following: "Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" The embassy move was initiated in 2008 before Obama took office. (NYT)
  • 1/11/18 Over 70 psychologists and other professionals send a letter to Trump's physician urging him to include a neurological evaluation in an upcoming physical exam. (Politico)
  • 1/12/18 Documents reveal that three of Trump's golf courses in Scotland have been under investigation for financing backed by the Kremlin. (TheTimes)
  • 1/12/18 The U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley announces his resignation, citing his inability to work with Trump and his policies. (TheIndependent)
  • 1/12/18 Is reported that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 to porn actress Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. Stormy Daniels) in October 2016 to keep quiet about an affair that she had with Donald Trump after meeting him at a 2006 celebrity golf tournament. (NYT) In a 2011 interview with InTouch, Clifford alleges the following: (InTouch)
    • On their first date, found Trump in his hotel room in his pajamas watching TV.
    • Promised her for a year that he would get her on his show at the time, NBC’s The Apprentice, but never did.
    • Asked her to sign a DVD of one of her pornographic films.
    • Did not use protection for any of the intercourse.
    • Trump watched a Shark Week special during dinner and proclaimed his intense hatred of sharks and wished that they would all die.
    • Told her that she reminded him of his daughter Ivanka.
  • 1/12/18 In a discussion with lawmakers in the Oval Office about protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, says: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” and suggested that the U.S. should take in more people from countries like Norway. (WaPo)
    • 1/13/18 Waits 15 hours to respond to the allegation, then denies using the term "shithole" but admits to using "tough" language. (WaPo)
    • 1/14/18 Conservative columnist Erick Erickson says that Trump called to brag to his friends after using the term. (Hill)
    • 1/14/18 The ensuing backlash diminish any hope to pass a bipartisan deal to save the DACA program. (NYT)
    • 1/17/18 The administration announces the end of granting visas to Haitian immigrants for low-skilled work. (Reuters)
  • 1/15/18 Spends the entirety of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at his golf course in Florida. (Politico)
  • 1/16/18 CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is yelled at by White House press staffers while trying to ask Trump questions in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, and is dismissed from the room by Trump, who points at him and says "Out." (Hill)
  • 1/17/18 Debuts his "Fake News Awards," which is a website containing a typed out list of journalists and newspapers. The number one spot on the list names NYT opinion columnist Paul Krugman, and then lists a number of media outlets which published and then quickly corrected reporting mistakes. The list ends with Trump naming the Russian election interference investigation. (WaPo)(NYT)
  • 1/18/18 After White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson gives Trump a perfect bill of health and reports that he is 239 pounds, one pound shy of obesity, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN asks Jackson about specific blood tests and both doctors agree that Trump beyond a shadow of a doubt has heart disease. (CNN)
  • 1/18/18 After scoring 30 out of 30 questions correctly on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Trump attacks former presidents Clinton, Bush Jr and Obama regarding the handling of North Korea, stating: “I guess they all realized they're going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests. What can I tell you?" (CNN)
    • The Montreal Cognitive Assessment screens for illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, and challenges the tester to identify pictures of zoo animals, and remember sequences of five. (TheGuardian, including the actual test)
  • 1/18/18 Is reported that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen used a privately owned company and pseudonyms to pay porn actress Stephanie Clifford in October of 2016 to keep quiet about a year-long affair that she had with Donald Trump after meeting him at a 2006 celebrity golf tournament. (WSJ-private company)(NYT-original report)
  • 1/18/18 The Trump appointee to lead the Corporation for National and Community Service Carl Higbie resigns after reporters uncover extraordinary remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants. (CNN)
  • 1/18/18 Millions of dollars raised for Trump's inauguration and pledged to various charities remains missing after one year. (Newsweek)
  • 1/18/18 Gives expanded religious freedom protections to doctors, nurses and other health care workers who object to performing procedures like abortion and gender reassignment surgery, and creates a new oversight entity in the Dept. of Health and Human Services called the Conscience and Religion Freedom Division. (NYT)
  • 1/19/18 Is set to host a gala at Mar-a-Lago to celebrate the anniversary of his year in office, charging $100,000 per couple for dinner and a photograph with him, or $250,000 for closer access at a "roundtable." (Bloomberg)
    • 1/19/18 Cancels his appearance at Mar-a-Lago in the midst of a federal government shutdown. (CNN)
    • Is reported that Trump is again using the re-election money raised to rent a Mar-a-Lago ballroom from himself in order to convert political donation money into private wealth. (ChicagoTribune)
  • 1/20/18 Triggers a government shutdown after sending mixed signals to his party in Congress on what he would or wouldn’t sign. (WaPo)
  • 1/20/18 On the one-year anniversary of Trump in the White House:
    • Is reported, after aggregating polls, that Trump is the most unpopular president at the first year mark in history, with an average approval rating of 40%, followed by Ford with 44% in 1974 and Obama with 50% in 2009. (FiveThirtyEight)
    • Five of Trump's top staffers still have not secured final approval of their financial reports, which is needed to ensure that they are not personally benefiting from their position at the White House. (McClatchyDC)
    • Protesters gather in hundreds of cities around the world for the Women's March. (Hill) More than 300,000 people march in Chicago. (ABC7Chicago)
    • Releases a television ad that features the following words and images: "President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now," showing clips of Democratic minority leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants." (Hill)

 

One Year in Office: (Guardian)

  • Nominated 58 people for lifetime federal judgeships, 47 of who are men.
  • Spent 11 weekends at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
  • Spent 73 days playing golf. (20% of the year as president)
  • Spent 117 days visiting a Trump property. (32% of the year)
  • Removed 30 environmental rules.
  • Oversaw 15 firings or resignations of White House officials.
  • Passed a tax cut that will save Trump himself $1 billion and add $1.4 trillion to the national deficit.
  • Tweeted about Fox & Friends 46 times.
  • Reduced the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. from 84,995 to 53,716. (NPR)