July 2018

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  • 7/1/18 Tells Fox News that he did not make any concessions to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when he actually ended all joint military exercises with South Korea within days of meeting with Kim. (Guardian)
  • 7/1/18 Continues to attack Harley-Davidson after it announced that it would be moving some manufacturing overseas in response to Trump's enacted and planned tariffs, tweeting in part: “If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end — they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!” (Politico) An investigation in 2016 revealed that Trump's own companies outsource production to 12 different countries. (WaPo)
  • 7/2/18 A draft proposal, titled the "United States Fair And Reciprocal Tariff Act" (U.S.F.A.R.T.A.), leaked by a Trump administration official reveals a bill that would have the U.S. abandon key World Trade Organization principles and offer Trump significantly more personal discretion over U.S. trade policy. (CNN)
  • 7/2/18 Is reported that Trump sent letters to the leaders of NATO allies, including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada, demanding that they increase their defense spending and threatening to alter the U.S. global military presence if they did not. (NYT)
  • 7/2/18 Is reported that Trump will be meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland without any aides present. (CNN)
  • 7/3/18 The administration announces that it is abandoning Obama-era policies that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses. (NYT)
  • 7/3/18 Tweets an attack on Obama based on a false news report from Fox News: "Just out that Obama Administration granted citizenship, during the terrible Iran Deal negotiation, to 2,500 Iranians - including to government officials. How big (and bad) is that?" (CNN)
  • 7/3/18 Interviews Amy Coney Barrett as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is set to retire from the Supreme Court. Barrett has been on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for one year, and belongs to an obscure gender-divided religious organization called "People of Praise." (Slate)
  • 7/4/18 Is reported that in August 2017 Trump repeatedly questioned aides about why he shouldn't invade Venezuela. (AP)
  • 7/5/18 EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns after becoming the subject of 19 separate investigations, for ethics violations such as spending abuses, first-class travel, secret meetings with lobbyists and energy industry leaders and enlisting aides to seek favors for friends and family. Pruitt also attempted to roll back as many environmental regulations that his office would allow. His office is to be filled by deputy director of the EPA Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, until a replacement can be nominated and confirmed. (NYT)
  • 7/5/18 Announces that former Fox News executive Bill Shine will join the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications. Shine left Fox in 2017 amid scrutiny over his handling of sexual harassment allegations. (Hill)
  • 7/5/18 Makes $34 billion in tariffs against Chinese products official, prompting Beijing to immediately impose similarly sized tariffs on American goods, including pork, soybeans and automobiles. (NYT)
  • 7/6/18 At a rally in Montana, mocks the #MeToo movement, calls for Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren to prove her Native American heritage with a DNA test, and labels Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters as someone with an I.Q. in the "mid-60s," while also swiping at Senator John McCain and former president George H.W. Bush, who are both in failing health. (CNN)
  • 7/7/18 North Korea lambasts the U.S. after officials meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling the meeting "regrettable," the U.S. "gangster-like" and "cancerous," and claiming that the U.S. had betrayed the spirit of the June 12 Singapore summit. (WaPo)
  • 7/7/18 Is reported that the federal government must resort to DNA testing in order to reunite immigrant families that were separated from their children at the border since little to no paperwork was executed at the time of the separation. (Reuters)
  • 7/7/18 Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, halts billions of dollars in annual payments required under the law to even out the cost to insurers whose customers need expensive medical coverage. (WaPo)
  • 7/8/18 Two U.S. warships pass through the straight separating China and Taiwan, bringing attention to newly improving relations between the U.S. and Taiwan in the midst of a U.S.-China trade war. (LATimes)
  • 7/9/18 At the U.N.-affiliated World Health Assembly, the U.S. delegation led by the DHHS attempts to shut down a widely studied and approved resolution to encourage breastfeeding globally, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers. After failing to upend the resolution, the delegation begins levying threats of pulling trade and military aid to individual countries such as Ecuador. When Russia speaks up in support of the measure, the U.S. delegation does not threaten them. (NYT)
  • 7/9/18 Longtime personal driver Noel Cintron sues Trump, claiming that he was stiffed overtime payment for more than two decades. (DailyNews)
  • 7/9/18 Nominates Brett Kavanaugh, 53, to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh worked for Independent Council Kenneth Star's investigation, which led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, is hailed as an originalist. (Politico) Kavanaugh has written that the prospect of a criminal trial of a sitting president would "cripple the federal government." (Minnesota Law Review, 2009)
    • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asks all 93 federal prosecutors to each provide three attorneys to review the government documents of Brett Kavanaugh. (NYT)
  • 7/10/18 Pardons Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who were sentenced to seven years federal prison for arson on public lands in protest of federal grazing rules, incarcerations which sparked the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife REfute in early 2016. (WaPo)
  • 7/10/18 The U.S. embassy in London warns Americans there to "keep a low profile" during Trump's upcoming visit. (Guardian)
  • 7/10/18 Four "eligible" migrant children separated from their families are reunited before the court-ordered deadline, leaving 2,000-3,000 children in limbo. Only 102 children out were identified for the deadline. (CNN)
  • 7/10/18 Leaving for the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, says that he was ready to fight European allies and that it would probably be easier to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin than European leaders. (WaPo)
  • 7/10/18 Threatens China with $200 billion in additional tariffs on fish, petroleum, chemicals, handbags, textiles and other products if Beijing doesn't reduce its trade surplus with the U.S. and halt intellectual property theft. (NYT)
  • 7/10/18 The Trump administration announces that it is slashing grants to nonprofit organizations that help people obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (NYT)
  • 7/11/18 A Russian mining firm puts a stamp of Trump's face on every one of its shipments containing asbestos, rejoicing on Facebook that (former) EPA director Scott Pruitt lifted import restrictions on their asbestos-containing products. The stamp reads in Russian: "Approved by Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States” (Guardian)
  • 7/11/18 At the NATO summit in Brussels, accuses Germany of being under the control of Russia, and demands that countries double their military spending commitments after loosely threatening to pull the U.S. out of NATO. (WaPo)
    • According to witnesses, says behind closed doors: 'Well, we have to ask our parliaments. We have a process; we can't just tell you we're going to spend more, we have a legal process." then turns around to Turkish dictator Recep Erdogan, and says, "Except for Erdogan over here. He does things the right way," and then fist-bumps the Turkish president. (CBSNews)
    • Ends his visit of the NATO summit by taking credit for a defense spending increase that was planned years ago, and signs the NATO communique that, in part, condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea. (NYT)
  • 7/12/18 During a visit to Britain where he is met with widespread protests, criticizes Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit talks and then denies it. (protests- Variety)(complaint-Sun)(denial- CNN)
  • 7/12/18 U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, a firece critic of Trump's immigration policies, illegally crossed the U.S-Mexico border at El Paso during a visit. (AP)
  • 7/12/18 In a personal negotiation with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, stipulates that he wants the new Air Force One to looke "more American" with a red, white and blue paint job, as well as have a bigger bed. (Axios)
  • 7/13/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election issues an indictment of 12 Russian GRU (Generalnogo Shtaba or "Main Intelligence Directorate") officers on Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign. (NYT)(the 29-page indictment)
    • The 11-count indictment includes a detailed list of brazen Russian subterfuge operations intended to create chaos in the months before Election Day.
    • The indictment describes how Russian intelligence officers 1) Hacked into email accounts of Hillary Clinton as well as 2) hacked in to the computer networks of the D.N.C. and 3) used online personas and WikiLeaks, to 4) release stolen emails and documents to the Trump administration and the press at strategic times.
    • Russian agents used cryptocurrency to hire additional hackers.
    • More than 300 people affiliated with the Clinton campaign were targeted.
    • Russian hackers tried to break into Clinton's email servers for the first time on July 27, 2016, the same day that Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Mrs. Clinton's emails. (the 7/27/16 invitation)
    • The Russian agents extracted large volumes of data as part of their focus on state-level election systems, as well as the voter information of 500,000 Americans. (NYT)
    • Trump responds to the indictment with two tweets: "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?" And "....Where is the DNC Server, and why didn’t the FBI take possession of it? Deep State?" (NYT)
  • 7/13/18 During his visit with Queen Elizabeth II of England, violates several protocols of etiquette: kept her waiting for ten minutes, shook her hand instead of bowing, turned his back on her for a few seconds by walking in front of her, and left his jacket open and flapping around along with his too-long tie trailing. (USAToday)
    • 7/17/18 Trump claims that during his visit, Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her Guard of Honor for the first time in 70 years, when in fact she has only been queen for 65 years and has reviewed her guard countless times. (CBS)
  • 7/14/18 Visits his golf course in Scotland, Trump Turnberry, and promotes the club which has been hemorraging money since its opening, while protesters gather on a nearby beach. (NYT)
  • 7/15/18 Just before his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin, calls the European Union a trade “foe” and says that he has not considered asking about the extradition of the 12 Russian intelligence agents just indicted for hacking and election interference. (NYT)
    • 7/15/18 On his flight to Helsinki, Finland to meet Vladimir Putin, tweets that “much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people.” (Axios)
    • 7/15/18 Before meeting Putin, congratulates him via Twitter for “putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament – one of the best ever!” (Hill)
  • 7/16/18 At the press conference preceding Trump's private meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland:
    • After Putin flatly denies interfering in the U.S. elections, Trump says: "I think it's a disgrace we can't get Hillary Clinton's 33,000 e-mails. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be" Russia. (CNBC)(NYT)
    • Trump says that Putin "offered to have the people working on the [Mueller investigation into Russian election interference] come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer." (CNBC)
  • 7/16/18 Trump talks with Vladimir Putin for two hours behind closed doors, without aides, photographers, stenographers or anyone else besides two interpreters. (NPR)
  • 7/16/18 The top intelligence official Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issues a statement, saying that the intelligence community stands by its assessment that Russia interefered in the 2016 election. (CNN)
  • 7/16/18 In an interview with Fox News, Vladimir Putin denies involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, but justifies that it was worth doing since it revealed the truth. (CNN)
  • 7/17/18 The Russian political and media establishment heralds the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve. (Reuters)
  • 7/17/18 Under pressure from Republicans, aides and Fox News, Trump claims that he does in fact agree with the U.S. intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, saying that he misspoke when he said "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, when he meant to say "wouldn't be" Russia. (NYT)
  • 7/17/18 Iran officially sues the U.S. in the International Court of Justice for leaving the nuclear agreement that was signed by the U.S. and five other nations in 2015. (Newsweek)
  • 7/17/18 One day after the Russian agent Maria Butina is arrested for secretly trying to influence U.S. politics, partially through the N.R.A., the Trump administration announces that it will no longer force some tax-exempt organizations, including the NRA, to identify their contributors to federal tax officials. (Butina arrest- Vox)(IRS - USAToday)
  • 7/18/18 Tweets: "Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along. There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!" (CNN)
  • 7/18/18 A federal report reveals that detention centers holding migrant children separated from their families at the border, as well as adults detained at the border, include: (the federal report)(Time)
    • frozen and rotten food and visibly dirty water served
    • enforced dehydration and starvation
    • filthy bathrooms with no soap and little running water
    • no dry clothes provided for days upon entry
    • sleep on cold concrete floors in freezing cold air conditioning
    • no medical treatment for measles and high fever
    • no showers
    • lights shining bright 24 hours a day
    • guards kicking the feet of detainees while they attempt to sleep
    • children kept from speaking with their parents for more than a couple minutes a day
  • 7/18/18 Nominates Scott Hutchins, a long-time pesticide executive, to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hutchins would be the third executive from Dow Chemical's pesticide division to be given a top position at the USDA. (MotherJones)
  • 7/18/18 The White House announces that Trump will convene a team to discuss Putin's offer of inviting Robert Mueller's investigators to Russia to observe Russian intelligence officers question the 12 Russian agents indicted by the U.S. for election tampering and hacking. Putin's offer also included having Russian intelligence agents interrogate at least one former U.S. diplomat on U.S. soil. (Hill)
  • 7/18/18 Says that Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections with intentions of interfering, contradicting the direct findings of the U.S. intelligence community. (Reuters)
    • 7/18/18 The White House says that when Trump said "no" to being asked about Russia still interfering with U.S. elections, he meant "no" to any more questions from reporters. (NPR)
  • 7/18/18 Tells CBS News that he laid down the law with Putin at the Helsinki summit, saying "“I let him know we can’t have this. We’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be.” (NYT)
  • 7/18/18 Trump’s tax cuts bill have resulted in a fall in real average hourly compensation in the first two quarters since his signing it into law. (Bloomberg)
  • 7/19/18 Criticizes the Federal Reserve chairman's decision to raise interest rates, breaking a long-standing protocol of interfering or weighing in with the decisions of the Federal Reserve. (WSJ)
  • 7/19/18 Announces that he will be inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House for a visit in the fall, catching Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. (NPR)
  • 7/19/18 The Interior Department proposes a sweeping set of changes to the Endangered Species Act, the law that brought the bald eagle and the Yellowstone grizzly bear back from the edge of extinction. The proposed revisions make it easier for roads, pipelines and other construction projects to gain approvals. (NYT)
  • 7/20/18 Tweets that NFL players who do not bend the knee at the National Anthem should be banned for the season without pay. (USAToday)
  • 7/20/18 A federal court filing reveals that the Trump administration only plans to reunite 60% of migrant children separated from their families. Over 900 remain "ineligible" under Trump's interpretation of the long-standing immigration laws. (TPM)
  • 7/20/18 Officials estimate Trump's planned military parade to include 5,000-7,000 service members, at a cost ranging from $10 million to $30 million. (ABC)
  • 7/21/18 Is reported that Trump complained about a question from a reporter, one that he refused to answer on the grounds that it was too difficult. The question from AP's Jonathan Lemire was if Trump would, "with the whole world watching, tell President Putin that you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again?” (WaPo)
  • 7/22/18 The administration announces that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is hiring dozens of lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of already-naturalized American citizens. (Hill)
  • 7/23/18 Reverses course on his stance on Russian interference for a fourth time in a week, tweeting: “So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why.” (AP)
    • 7/24/18 Again reverses his stance on Russian election interference, tweeting: "I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!" (Hill)
  • 7/23/18 Announces that he is considering stripping a half-dozen former national security officials of their security clearances as punishment for their criticism of his administration. The move would be an unprecedented use of presidential authority to punish political rivals. (CNN)
  • 7/23/18 The Trump administration says in a court filing that 463 parents of migrant children may have already been deported without being reunited with their children, who are being held in substandard detention facilities. (ChicagoTribune)
  • 7/24/18 The administration announces that it will give up to $12 billion in emergency relief for farmers hurt by Trump's trade war, insulating them from looming financial losses caused by Trump's unilateral tariff decisions. (NYT)
    • In support of his tariffs, tweets: "Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. It’s as simple as that - and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the “piggy bank” that’s being robbed. All will be Great!" (Hill)
  • 7/25/18 Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen releases a secret recording of a conversation with Trump which reveals Trump discussing hush money payments to Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who claims Trump had an affair with. In the conversation that took place two months before the 2016 presidential eleciton, Trump is heard suggesting that Cohen pay her in cash. (NYT)
  • 7/25/18 Releases $195 million in military aid to Egypt, funds that had been previously withheld due to the country's human rights record under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (CNN)
  • 7/25/18 The White House bans network pool reporter Kaitlan Collins from a Rose Garden event for no discernable reason. The ban is instituted by newly hired WH communications official Bill Shine, a recently disgraced Fox News executive. (CNN)
  • 7/25/18 Is reported that the Trump administration was warned in October 2017 that ending U.S. protections fore more than 300,000 Central Americans would strengthen and grow MS-13 and gangs rhetorically targeted by Trump, but that the administration followed through with its policy anyway. (CNN)(warning letter from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson)
  • 7/25/18 At a speech in Kansas City at the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention, says: "Stick with us. Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. ... What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening." (CNN)
  • 7/25/18 Reports indicate that Trump's tax cut bill has plunged corporate taxes collected and increased the federal budget much faster than economists had originally predicted. (NYT)
  • 7/26/18 Dodges reporters on his way out of the White House on a trip to Iowa and Illinois, citing bad weather despite clear skies. (Hill)
  • 7/26/18 In a trade meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Juncker uses colorful cards with simplified explainers on each to communicate trade concepts to Trump. "We knew this wasn't an academic seminar. It had to be very simple," said Juncker. (NewYorkMag)(WSJ)
    • 7/26/18 Brags about having "opened up Europe" after an initial discussion with Juncker that resulted in no deal or firm agreement. (Hill)
  • 7/26/18 Is reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing Trump's tweets and negative statements about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI director James Comey for elements of obstruction of justice. (NYT)
  • 7/26/18 A federal judge defines "emoluments" for the first time in U.S. history, generally defining it as improper "profit, gain or advantage."(the federal ruling)
    • The Foreign Emoluments Clause — specifically, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution — declares that “no Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” The Domestic Emoluments Clause — Article II, Section 1, Clause 7 — states that “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.” (wikipedia)
  • 7/27/18 Moves to roll back an Obama-era safety rule requiring large employers to submit detailed logs of workplace injuries and illnesses to the federal government. (NBC)(OSHA annoucement)
  • 7/28/18 Is reported that Trump nominated Peter Wright in March to be assistant administrator at the EPA to oversee the Superfund program. Wright spent over ten years representing Dow Chemical in defending against Superfund cleanup efforts, during which time Dow was accused of submitting disputed data, misrepresenting scientific evidence and delaying cleanup. (NYT)
  • 7/29/18 Threatens to shut down the government around the time of the 2018 Midterm Elections if Congress does not pass sweeping changes to immigration laws, including appropriating more public money to fund his border wall. (WaPo)
    • 7/30/18 The threat disrupts Republican leaders' careful plan to avoid a politically disastrous shutdown. (WaPo)
  • 7/29/18 Government documents reveal that Trump's business partially destroyed legally protected sand dunes north of Aberdeen, Scotland in order to build a golf course. The construction of Trump International Golf Links Scotland "led to the direct loss" of up to 168 acres of the 4,000 year old moving dunes, virtually erasing the geomorphological phenomenon from existence. (WaPo)
  • 7/29/18 Unleashes a lengthy tirade against the media on Twitter, calling reporters "unpatriotic" for reporting on the inner workings of government, singling out NYT and WaPo for writing "bad stories" about his administration which he equates to "[selling] out" the country. (Hill)
  • 7/29/18 Attacks the Mueller investigation on Twitter, writing in part: ""There is No Collusion. The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!" (CNN)
  • 7/29/18 Is reported that the Transportation Security Administration has been secretly tracking American citizens who are traveling based largely on race. (BostonGlobe)
  • 7/30/18 After meeting with the publisher of the New York Times A.G. Sulzberger, mischaracterizes the meeting in a tweet: "Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!” (WaPo)
  • 7/30/18 Is reported that Trump's new tax law has caused a trend of corporate executives being given unprecedented massive payouts from stock buybacks. (Politico)
  • 7/30/18 The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut for the wealthy, cutting capital gains taxation. (NYT)
  • 7/31/18 Echoing his lawyer Rudy Giuliani's recent statements, Trump tweets: "Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!" (NBC)
  • 7/31/18 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the creation of a "religious liberty task force" to "help the department fully implement our religious guidance." (CNN)