January 2019 (Year Two)

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  • 1/1/19 In the wake of former Army general Stanley McChrystal stating that he would never work for "immoral" Trump, Trump tweets: "“General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!" (ABC)
  • 1/1/19 Issues an executive order freezing federal workers' pay for 2019, halting a scheduled 2.1% pay increase in the midst of a partial government shutdown. Also cancels a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where workers are posted. 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and 420,000 are working without pay. (CNN)
  • 1/1/19 Praises newly elected Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing nationalist who has expressed open admiration for Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship. (CNBC)
  • 1/2/19 Holds a cabinet meeting in which he talks with reporters for an hour and a half, saying the following: (Insider)
    • "I was here on Christmas evening; I was all by myself in the White House. That's a big, big house. Except for all the guys out on the lawn with machine guns. I was waving to them. I never saw so many guys with machine guns in my life."
    • "When I became president, I had a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals. They were like from a movie, better-looking than Tom Cruise — and stronger."
    • "We've established a very good relationship [with North Korea], we're given no credit for it. Frankly if this administration didn't take place, if another administration came in instead of this administration ... you'd be at war right now, you'd be having a nice, big, fat war in Asia."
    • Recalls the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and incorrectly claims that the invasion was the cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union. (WaPo)
  • 1/2/19 Places a large print-out of a poster featuring Trump himself and the words "Sanctions Are Coming" in a Game of Thrones TV show typeset in front of him for the duration of a Cabinet meeting at the White House. He had previously tweeted the image in November 2018 and provoked HBO, the owner of the rights to Game of Thrones, to respond that they disapproved of trademark misappropriation. (CNN)
  • 1/3/19 References Game of Thrones again on Twitter by tweeting a close-up image of his face with the words "The Wall is Coming" in Game of Thrones typeset. (Deadline)
  • 1/3/19 Requests more troops be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border in order to place 160 miles of concertina wire on top of existing border fencing. (NBC)
  • 1/3/19 Officials at the Justice Department state for a second time that they will not retract or correct a report released in 2018 which implied a link betwee terrorism in the U.S. and immigration, despite acknowledging errors and deficiencies in the report. (WaPo)(the report)
  • 1/4/19 A poll reveals that a record 16% of Americans want to expatriate from the U.S., a spike that coincided with Trump taking office. (Hill)
  • 1/5/19 In a 15-minute, profanity-laced rant during a meeting with Congressional leaders, states that he prefers the term "strike" to refer to the government shutdown under way on account of his holding out for border wall funding. (Hill) The shutdown affects about 800,000 federal workers, who owe a combined $249 million in monthly mortgage payments at the beginning of January. (NYT)
  • 1/6/18 National Security Adviser John Bolton reverses Trump's declaration to withdraw troops from Syria, naming conditions that will delay the withdrawal by months or years. (NYT)
  • 1/7/19 Threatens to declare a national emergency over the border wall. (Guardian)
  • 1/10/19 During a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border to lobby for his border wall, says: "They say ‘a wall is medieval.’ Well, so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. The wheel is older than the wall, you know that? There are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works. Nothing like a wall." (USAToday)
  • 1/10/18 Hundreds of furloughed federal workers protest in front of the White House, demanding an end to the partial shutdown. (NBC)
  • 1/11/19 Claims that he never meant that he would make Mexico pay for his border wall, despite explicitly repeating the claim at rallies dozens or hundreds of times over the past two years. (Independent)
  • 1/11/19 Rejects a government shutdown relief deal that was negotiated entirely by Republicans. (Politico)
  • 1/11/19 Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says that Trump's legal team should be allowed to “correct” special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report before Congress or the American people get the chance to read it. (Hill)
  • 1/11/19 TSA agents refuse to work en masse during the government shutdown for little or no pay, leading to growing security and backlog concerns at airports nationwide. (NYT)
  • 1/11/19 Is reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation in the days after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, trying to determine if Trump was working on behalf of Russia against American interests. (NYT)
    • 1/12/19 Tweets for two hours straight attacking the F.B.I. and stating a lengthy, ranting series of lies about Hilary Clinton, Robert Mueller and James Comey. (NYT)
  • 1/11/19 Is reported that there are no detailed notes or recordings of five personal meetings between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin. In at least one case, Trump personally confiscated the notes of an interpreter present between the two leaders, and has otherwise gone to "extraordinary lengths" to conceal the details of their meetings. (WaPo)(CNN)
  • 1/11/19 A lobbyist for the mortgage industry named Robert Broeksmit calls the IRS and requests that their employees be exempted from the partial government shutdown, and receive an answer the following day that grants his request. (WaPo)
  • 1/14/19 Continuing his assault on Senator Elizabeth Warren's claim of Native American heritage, tweets: "If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!" (WaPo)
    • Congress officially apologized for the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1990, an incident on December 29, 1890 in which 150-400 Sioux men, women and children were killed by the 7th Cavalry on their reservation in South Dakota. (AP)
  • 1/14/19 Denies working for Russia, calling the assertion "a big fat hoax." And labels the former FBI officials who launched the counterintelligence probe on him "known scoundrels." (WaPo)
  • 1/14/19 A federal court in Philadelphia issues a nationwide injunction on the Trump administration's attempt to interfere with women's access to free birth control guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. (NYT)
  • 1/14/19 Is reported that several times over the course of 2018, Trump discussed pulling the United States out of the NATO alliance, an act that would severely weaken the alliance. (NYT)
  • 1/15/19 Extends the U.S. military mission along the southern border through September 2019, which includes laying diwb 116 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry. (ABC)
  • 1/15/19 A federal judge rules against the Trump administrations attempt to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 census. (Politico)
  • 1/15/19 Shares an article on Twitter that blasts federal workers as disloyal, and calls for a longer government shutdown. (Hill)
  • 1/15/19 Hosts a dinner for the NCAA football championship football team from Clemson University at the White House, serving a buffet catered entirely by McDonalds. (NYT)
    • Praises the Clemson team for eating all 1,000 of the burgers that he bought with his own money, but earlier told reporters that he purchased 300 burgers. And spells it "hamberders" in a tweet. (Independent)(NYT)
  • 1/16/19 Lifts sanctions on companies linked to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to Vladimir Putin. (CNBC)
  • 1/16/19 The deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Pam Patenaude, resigns in protest of the Trump administration's efforts to block federal relief monty to Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. (Hill)
  • 1/16/19 Lifts sanctions on companies linked to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to Vladimir Putin. (CNBC)
  • 1/17/19 Government inspectors uncover evidence that the Trump administration detained thousands more migrant children than it had previously reported. (NYT)
  • 1/17/18 Former Trump lawyer and recently convicted felon Michael Cohen admits that he was ordered by Trump to contract with an IT specialist to rig online poll numbers during the 2016 election in order to create the false impression that Trump was faring better than he actually was. (NPR)
  • 1/18/19 Tweets a false rumor about Muslims entering the U.S. through the Mexico border: "Border rancher: “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal.” Washington Examiner People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise." (NYT)