January 2018 (Year 2)

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

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  • 1/21/18 A day after Trump triggers a federal goverment shutdown by misleading GOP lawmakers on what he would sign and then changing his mind at the last minute, (WaPo) his OMB Chairman Mick Mulvaney is quoted on Sean Hannity's radio show saying: "In fact, I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts the government down is me, which is kind of cool." (CNN)
  • 1/21/18 The White House changes its public voice mail greeting to blame Democrats for the government shutdown. When calling 202-456-1111, the greeting states: "Thank you for calling the White House. Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down." (CNN)
  • 1/21/18 Expresses anger at Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for exempting Florida from a nationwide offshore oil and gas leasing program. (Axios)
  • 1/22/18 Is reported that despite Trump wanting to warm to a deal with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he allowed chief of staff John Kelly and policy advisor Stephen Miller to steer him away to a tougher stance on immigration. (NYT)
  • 1/22/18 Is reported that Trump harshly criticized Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and humiliated him in front of colleagues at a series of Oval Office meetings, including: “These trade deals, they’re terrible. Your understanding of trade is terrible. Your deals are no good. No good.” (Axios)
  • 1/22/18 The Supreme Court unanimously rules against the Trump administration's contention that Clean Water Act litigation should only be heard in federal appeals courts and not federal district courts, making it easier to challenge violations and clarify the law. (Hill)
  • 1/22/18 A watchdog group named Common Cause files complaints to the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission, alleging that the $130,000 that Trump paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to keep quiet about a year-long affair in 2006 was illegally allocated campaign money. (Politico)
  • 1/22/18 Waives dozens of environmental regulations to speed up the construction of a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Hill)
  • 1/23/18 Thousands of protesters march against Trump in Switzerland on the eve of his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Reuters)
  • 1/23/18 Announces tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines, risking a trade ware with China and other U.S. trading partners. (CNN)
  • 1/24/18 Is discovered that the National Security Agency deleted "honesty" and "openness" from its mission statement on its website, and instead states that it is committed to "excellence in the pursuit of our critical mission." (TheIntercept)
  • 1/24/18 Blames Samsung on Twitter for the FBI not being able to find 50,000 text messages wanted in an investigation, reacting to a Fox News segment on the matter. (Hill)
  • 1/25/18 Says he is open to allowing DACA recipients to stay in the U.S. if the Democrats conceded to increased border security and $25 billion for an 800-mile border wall that has yet to be designed. (CNN)(NYT)
  • 1/25/18 Leaves Chief of Staff John Kelly in Washington as he travels to Davos, Switzerland in reaction to allegations that Kelly is managing him and the White House. (WaPo)
  • 1/25/18 Is reported that Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in June 2017, but backed down after White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the order. (NYT)
  • 1/26/18 Is reported that Trump directed senior aides in June 2017 to device and carry out a smear campaign against three FBI officials who he had identified as likely witnesses in Robert Mueller's investigation. (ForeignPolicy)
  • 1/26/18 Is reported that Air Force One's new refrigerators will cost taxpayers about $24 million. The money will go to Boeing to replace two of five chiller units. (CNN)
  • 1/28/18 Is reported that a growing number of State Department employees have hired attorneys and allege political retribution after having been put into dead-end positions because of their previous work on policies associated with President Obama and for being in offices that the Trump administration is looking to shut down. (CNN)
  • 1/29/18 A secret memo created by Republicans to discredit the Mueller investigation indicates that the DOJ suspects Trump campaign associate Carter Page was a Russian agent. (Newsweek)(NYT)
  • 1/28/18 Addressing the polar ice caps in an interview with Piers Morgan: "The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records. They’re at a record level." (Newsweek) The winters of 2016 and 2017 saw artic ice at record low levels and temperatures at record highs. (nsidc.org)
  • 1/28/18 Signs an executive order that suspends the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, saying that it was "to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States." (CNN)
  • 1/29/18 Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe steps down two months earlier than planned in the midst of constant public attacks from Trump. (Hill)
  • 1/29/18 While representing the U.S. at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, meets with a Dubai business partner named Hussain Sajwani. (MotherJones)
  • 1/30/18 Despite the Department of the Treasury publishing a list of 96 Russian oligarchs  and 114 senior Russian political figures who could be subject to sanctions, the Trump administration announces no new sanctions on any of them. (CNN)
    • 1/31/18 Is reported that two top Russian spy chiefs Sergey Naryshkin (head of the Foreign Intelligence Service SVR)  and Alexander Bortnikov (head of the FSB) visited Washington the week before for "consultations" with top CIA counterparts including Director Mike Pompeo despite being on a U.S. blacklist. (WaPo)
  • 1/30/18 Ladies Professional Golf Association legend Suzann Pettersen tells a Norwegian newspaper that she is fond of Trump but that he "cheats like hell" at golf. (Golf)
  • 1/30/18 Signs an executive order to keep the Guantanamo Bay prison open. (CNBC)
  • 1/30/18 The White House offers to scroll anyone's name in the State of the Union's live stream for $35 or more dollars. (USAToday)
  • 1/30/18 Holds his first State of the Union address: (Atlantic)(full transcript via CNN)
    • Speaks for 80 minutes, the second longest in history, next to Bill Clinton..
    • Mentions a "new American moment," a concept taken from Hillary Clinton.
    • Declares victory over "disastrous Obamacare" by finally managing to eliminate the individual mandate that forced citizens to participate in the insurance system.
    • Calls for the U.S. nuclear arsenal to be rebuilt.
    • Does not mention the Russia investigation.
    • The address is followed by chants of "U.S.A." from members of Congress. (YouTube)
  • 1/31/18 Director of the Centers for Disease Control Brenda Fitzegerald abruptly resigns a day after Politico reports that she purchased tobacco stock after taking the director position at the CDC. She also purchased stock in Merck and Bayer, which work closely with the CDC. (Politico)
  • 1/31/18 Sues the Palm Beach County property appraiser over property taxes on his Jupiter, Florida golf course. Has been disputing the fact that he willfully underpaid a tax bill by $101,720, defending his action as having sent "a good faith estimate" of what he owed.(PalmBeachDailyNews)
  • 1/31/18 Is reported that Trump personally asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was "on my team." Rosenstein oversees the Russia probe and appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to lead it. (CNN)
  • 1/31/18 A federal judge excoriates the Trump administration's phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, lamenting Trump's "recurring, redundant drumbeat of anti-Latino commentary... It's extreme, it's recurring, it's vicious." (CNN)
  • 1/31/18 Decides to release a memo created by GOP members of Congress that contains classified information, which he thinks will exonerate him from Russian collusion suspicions, but does not read the memo first. (WaPo)