June 2017

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  • 6/1/17 Trump withdraws the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, triggering a withdrawal process that will last until November 2020. The U.S. joins Syria and Nicaragua in not participating. (CNN)(Paris Climate Accord explanation)
  • 6/1/17 As the hurricane season starts in the U.S., there is still no FEMA or NOAA director appointed. (NPR)
  • 6/2/17 Submits a petition for the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case for the Muslim travel ban, the second and most recent iteration of which was struck down by the Fourth Circuit. (NYT)(WH brief)
  • 6/2/17 The White House begins a process that will likely lead to the permanent sealing or destruction of a 6,700-page Senate report from 2014 about secret C.I.A. jails in which prisoners were tortured. (NYT)
  • 6/2/17 White House formally orders federal agencies to ignore oversight requests made by Democratic lawmakers. (Politico)
  • 6/4/17 Criticizes the mayor of London on the heels of a terrorist attack in London, tweeting: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"" (Hill)
  • 6/5/17 Renews his attack on the mayor of London, tweeting: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!" (CNN)
  • 6/5/17 Sources reveals that Trump's speech to NATO was changed at the last minute with the help of Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller to exclude language reaffirming the U.S. commitment to NATO, suprising national security advisor H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Politico)
  • 6/5/17 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed changes to exempt major industries from restricting worker exposure to beryllium, and has put off enforcement of restricted exposure to silica as well as electronically reported workplace injuries. (NYT)
  • 6/6/17 Takes credit for Saudi Arabia's move to isolate Qatar, damaging the national security relationship with Qatar, the leadership of which he met with the month before. (NYT)
  • 6/7/17 Picks former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray as F.B.I. director. Wray is a partner at King & Spalding, a firm which has worked for Trump's family. (NYT)
  • 6/8/17 Former F.B.I. director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Testifies to the following: (NYT)(full transcript)
    • Trump told everyone to leave his office before speaking with Comey regarding loosening up on the investigation of Flynn. "Why did he kick everybody out of the Oval Office? That to me as an investigator, is a very significant fact."
    • Regarding one meeting: "I was honestly concerned that he would lie about the nature of our meeting."
    • Regarding ceasing the investigation of Michael Flynn, suspected Russian colluder: "I took it as a direction... I took it as this is what he wants me to do."
    • "I was fired because of the Russian investigation. I was fired in some way to change the way the Russian investigation was being conducted."
    • "There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that."
  • 6/9/17 Tweets in response to Comey's testimony: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" (NBCNews)
  • 6/11/17 In further response to Comey's testimony: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" (WaPo)
  • 6/12/17 Attorneys general of Maryland and Washington D.C. announce they will sue Trump for violating the anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution for accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments as president. It is the first corruption lawsuit to be brought by government entities. (WaPo)
  • 6/12/17 A second court, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals rules against his revised Muslim travel ban, affirming a federal court decision out of Hawaii in March. (NYT)
  • 6/12/17 At the first full meeting of the president and his cabinet, many cabinet members use the opportunity to heap praise and flattery on Trump. (NBCNews)
  • 6/12/17 Wife Melania Trump moves into the White House after several months of living in Trump Tower's penthouse in New York City. (CNN)
  • 6/12/17 Cancels a proposed limit on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed or injured by sword-fishing nets on the West Coast. (LATimes)
  • 6/14/17 Almost 200 U.S. congressmen sue Trump under the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Their claim to standing is that the clause states that only Congress may approve foreign gifts and payments. (CBSNews)
  • 6/14/17 In conflict with a statement on 6/6/17 condemning Qatar as aiding and abetting terrorists, Trump's Pentagon agrees to a $12 billion sale of F-15 jet fighters to Qatar. (CNN)
  • 6/15/17 Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller begins an investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice, scheduling interviews with three top intelligence officials. (CNN)
  • 6/15/17 Chooses his family event planner to run New York federal housing programs. Lynne Patton claims to have a law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, which the school denies giving her. (DailyNews)
  • 6/16/17 Special investigator Robert Mueller's staff grows to 13 attorneys and more to come as his investigation expands to include potential obstruction of justice charges against Trump. (Politico)
  • 6/17/17 Signs a directive outlining a reversal of Obama's Cuba policy, leaving diplomatic relations open and Cuban imports but strictly enforcing travel restrictions and embargoes. (CNN)
  • 6/18/17 Trump legal team member Jay Sekulow repeats on several Sunday talk shows that Trump is not under investigation for obstruction of justice, at times stumbling into self-contradiction during interviews. (WaPo) His statements directly contradict tweets by Trump stating that he is under investigation. (NBCNews)
  • 6/19/17 Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resign in protest of the administration, alleging "no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic." (Newsweek op-ed)(NBCNews)
  • 6/19/17 White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer conducts off-camera briefings instead of publicly broadcast briefings. Cameras and broadcasting the new briefings is forbidden. (Hill)
  • 6/21/17 Holds a rally in Iowa and states the following: He will introduce legislation to bar all immigrants entering the U.S. from welfare for at least the first five years. He wants to use solar panels on the Mexico border wall that he has pledged to build. (WaPo) The proposal to bar immigrants from welfare for five years has already been law for over 20 years, having been signed into law in 1996 under the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act" under Bill Clinton. (USAToday)
  • 6/23/17 Claims that his tweeting about threatening to release tapes of his conversations with Comey was intended to influence Comey into telling the truth, and that he committed "no obstruction" of the inquiries of his campaign's connection to Russia. Speaking on Fox and Friends, he said: "But I didn’t tape, and I don’t have any tape and I didn’t tape.” (NYT)
  • 6/24/17 Ends a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House. (ABCNews)
  • 6/26/17 Is reported that Trump has handed off several presidential military powers to the Pentagon, including complete discretion on setting troop levels in Afghanistan, as well as the power to launch raids in Yemen and Somalia without authorization from the White House. (CNN)
  • 6/26/17 Demands that investigators apologize for looking into Russian interference and possible collusion with his 2016 campaign, accusing President Obama of having "colluded or obstructed." (Reuters)
  • 6/27/17 A U.S. company will pay at least $6 million to release itself from its Toronto hotel complex being branded with the "Trump" name, with the signage to come down within weeks. (Bloomberg)
  • 6/27/17 Time Magazine asks Trump Organization to remove a fake Time cover featuring Trump that hangs framed in at least four of Trump's golf clubs. (NBCNews)
  • 6/28/17 Eyes a female Irish reporter in a pool of reporters in the Oval Office while on the phone with the new prime minister of Ireland, summons her to his desk, calls her beautiful and compliments her smile to the Prime Minister. (WaPo w/video)
  • 6/29/17 Attacks Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe talk show, tweeting: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"  (WaPo)
  • 6/30/17 The last three employees in the science division of the White House Office of Science and Technology leave the office (Hill)