January 2020

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  • 1/2/20 Trump's reelection campaign announces that it raised $46 million in the last three months and has $103 million on hand. (Politico)
  • 1/2/20 Is reported that the Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the order to hold Ukraine aid came from Trump himself. (CNN)
  • 1/2/20 Authorizes an airstrike in Iraq that kills Iran's top general and second in command Qassem Soleimani. (NBC)
    • 1/4/20 3,500 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. are deployed to Iraq on extreme short notice. (NYT)
    • 1/5/20 A U.S.-led coalition to fight immediately ISIS halts operation. (NYT)
    • 1/5/20 Iran announces a partial end to its nuclear limits. (NYT)
  • 1/3/20 Proposes changes to the 50-year-old National Environment Policy Act that would allow agencies to disregard climate change and "cumulative" environmental consequences of new highways, pipelines and other major infrastructure projects. (NYT)
  • 1/5/20 Threatens to attack 52 sites in Iran if it retaliates against the killing of Soleimani. Some of the sites are cultural heritage sites, which creates a bipartisan and global uproar. (NBC) Doubles down on the threat. (Snopes)
    • 1/6/20 Is noted that destroying cultural heritage site is a violation of the 1954 Hague Convention and the Dept. of Defense's Law of War manual, which mentions cultural property 625 times. (NPR)
  • 1/5/20 Claims that his tweets are sufficient notice to Congress of any possible U.S. military strike on Iran, dismissing his obligations under the War Powers Act of 1973 (WaPo)
  • 1/7/20 Backs off the threat of destroying Iran's cultural heritage sites, saying he is "okay with" following laws that would prevent him from doing so. (CNBC)
  • 1/9/20 Complains about not winning the Nobel Peace Prize several days after threatening to bomb Iranian cultural heritage sites. (NYMag)
  • 1/10/20 Cites GOP Senate impeachment pressure as one of the reasons he ordered the strike on Soleimani. (NYMag)
  • 1/11/20 Brags in a Fox News interview that he sells U.S. troop deployments to Saudi Arabia: “Saudi Arabia is paying us for [our troops]. We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia. I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank.” (RollingStone)
  • 1/13/20 After offering multiple conflicting explanations for why he ordered the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, finally tweets: "It doesn't really matter because of his horrible past." (NYT)
  • 1/13/20 Retweets a manipulated image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Muslim garb with the caption: "The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue #NancyPelosiFakeNews" (Snopes)
  • 1/17/20 Trump's Agriculture Department proposes a rule that would further unravel school nutrition standards set by Michelle Obama when she was first lady, on Mrs. Obama's birthday. (NYT)
  • 1/17/20 Continues a week-long campaign of tweeting a conspiracy theory which claims that Nancy Pelosi has intentionally undermined Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign by delaying the impeachment trial. (NYT)
  • 1/17/20 A book by Pulitzer-prize winning reporters from The Washington Post titled "A Very Stable Genius" reveals a number of moments that highlight Trump's lack of knowledge on a wide range of subjects and his almost complete lack of self control. (NPR)(buy on Amazon)
  • 1/18/20 An audio recording reveals that Trump treated private citizens at his Mar-a-Lago country club to his personal thoughts as well as intimate details of the order to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, saying in part that Soleimani was “talking about bad stuff.” Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” (CNN)(WaPo)
  • 1/19/20 Is reported that Trump picked his legal defense team for his Senate impeachment trial based on how he thought they would perform on televised appearances. (BusinessInsider
    • Hires Ken Starr as part of his defense team. Starr served as president of Baylor University from 2010-2015, and was dismissed after taking no action despite years of systematic rape and sexual assault by the Baylor football team. (NYT)
  • 1/19/20 Tweets regarding climate change: "A massive 200 Billion Dollar Sea Wall, built around New York to protect it from rare storms, is a costly, foolish & environmentally unfriendly idea that, when needed, probably won’t work anyway. It will also look terrible. Sorry, you’ll just have to get your mops & buckets ready!" (Independent)
  • 1/19/20 Is reported that Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall has now exceeded $11 billion, or $20 million per mile, and has become the most expensive wall of its kind anywhere in the world. (NPR)