June 2018

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  • 6/1/18 Preemptively tweets about a good jobs report, breaking a decades-long protocol aimed at preventing investors from making early trades. (LATimes)
  • 6/1/18 After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacts negatively to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, tweets: "Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time. Highly restrictive on Trade!" In actuality the U.S. runs a $12.5 billion trade surplus with Canada. (Hill)
  • 6/2/18 Is reported that Trump's lawyers Jay Sekulow and John Dowd sent special counsel Robert Mueller a memo that argues Trump cannot obstruct justice, and could “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.” (NYT)(the memo)
    • The memo also reveals that the Trump team pushed a false denial that Trump did not dictate a letter released in Don Jr's name that explained away a meeting with Russian in Trump Tower. (NYT)
  • 6/3/18 Trump's lawyer for the Russia investigation Rudy Giuliani says that Trump "probably" has the power to pardon himself. (Hill) Goes on to state that even if Trump shot James Comey he would not be indicted for a crime, but rather impeached. (HuffPo)
  • 6/4/18 Abruptly disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles, who won the 2018 Super Bowl, from visiting the White House, citing some of their players having protested during the National Anthem before games. Only 10 to 12 players had planned to attend in the first place. (WaPo)
  • 6/4/18 Says the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller is "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL" and reiterated the assertion by his lawyers that he has the power to pardon himself of any crimes. (NYT)
  • 6/4/18 Newly installed U.S. envoy to Germany Richard Grenell states that he will promote far right political groups in Europe to combat "the failed policies of the left," violating long-standing protocols barring diplomats from wading into their foreign host's domestic politics. (NYT)
  • 6/5/18 The United Nations human rights office determines that Trump is violating international law by separating migrant children from their families the border. (NYT)
  • 6/6/18 Grants clemency to Alice Marie Johnson for drug-related offenses after meeting with celebrity Kim Kardashian in the White House. (NYT)
  • 6/6/18 Tells Canada PM Justin Trudeau "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" while defending his tariffs against Canada. (CNN)
  • 6/7/18 Strikes a deal with China which allows ZTE, a Beijing-controlled telecom that was previously banned by the U.S. for espionage concerns, to continue doing business in the U.S. in exchange for $1 billion payable to the U.S. Treasury. (NYT)
  • 6/7/18 Capitulating to aggressive lobbying, Trump's EPA lifts restrictions on chemical companies to evaluate hundreds of toxic chemicals for exposure to air, ground and water. (NYT)
  • 6/7/18 Seizes the phone and computer records of New York Times journalist Ali Watkins in an investigation of White House leaks, continuing a tactic started by President Obama. (NYT)
  • 6/7/18 Provokes French president Emmanuel Macron to threaten to exclude Trump from a joint declaration of unity at the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec after Trump's recent rash of trade tariffs against allied nations. (WaPo)
  • 6/7/18 The Justice Department tells a federal court that it will not defend the Affordable Care Act against a 20 GOP-state legal challenge to its constititionality, breaking from the executive branch’s tradition of arguing to uphold existing statutes. (WaPo)
  • 6/7/18 Immigration and Customs Enforcement announces the transfer of about 1,600 immigration detainees, including asylum seekers, into federal prisons in the first large-scale use of prisons for this purpose. (Reuters)
  • 6/8/18 On the first day of the G7 summit in Quebec, makes a surprise call upon allies to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations. (NYT)
    • 6/9/18 Threatens to impose penalties on foreign vehicle imports, and announces his withdrawal from a joint statement with the other G7 nations hours after backing it, citing Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's "false statements." (WaPo)
    • 6/9/18 Escalates his feud with Trudeau via Twitter on his plane ride back to Washington, tweeting, in part: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" (NYT)
    • Is reported that Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that migration is a huge issue in Europe and “Shinzo, you don’t have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you’ll be out of office very soon." He also told French President Emmanuel Macron that "all the terrorists are in Paris." (WSJ)
    • Is reported that Trump threw two pieces of Starburst candies at German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of other world leaders and said "Here, Angela. Don't say I never give you anything." (Newsweek)
  • 6/8/18 Russian president Vladimir Putin says that Trump's tariffs are a lesson for Europe. (WaPo)
  • 6/8/18 Says he is considering a pardon for Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), who died in 2016, for the conviction of refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam War, even thought Ali's conviction was overturned in the the 1971 Supreme Court case Clay v. United States, in which the court ruled 8-0 in Ali's favor. (NYT)
  • 6/9/18 At a press conference, again calls repeatedly for the reinstatement of Russia to the G7, and blames Obama for Russia's forced annexation of Crimea in 2014. "You'll have to ask Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away. He allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude." (CNN)
  • 6/10/18 Is reported that Chief of Staff John Kelly told visiting senators that the White House is "a miserable place to work." (NYT)
  • 6/11/18 Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions decides to preclude entry to the U.S. for all asylum seekers who cite fear of gang violence or domestic abuse. (NYT)
  • 6/12/18 Former White House aide Solomon Lartey explains to reporters how his job was to spend hours each day taping together documents and articles hand-shredded by Trump, having to preserve them since they were of the presidential record. (CNN)(case details via Oyez.com)
  • 6/12/18 Meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the island of Sentosa in Singapore, signing a one-page agreement that vaguely outlines denuclearization of "the Korean Peninsula." (CNN)(the signed letter)
    • Without consulting with the Pentagon or South Korea on the matter, announces that he will stop the joint military exercises with South Korea which North Korea have long protested. (CNN)
    • Is reported that China knew about Trump's intentions to pull out of the three annual military drills with South Korea before anyone at the Pentagon was informed. (BusinessInsider)
    • Footage reveals Trump saluting a North Korean general in an unprecedented display of respect for a foreign military leader, and is reported that Trump was briefed before the meetings to not salute any foreign military leaders. (CNN)
  • 6/12/18 The Trump administration is considering building tent cities at military posts around Texas to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention. (McClatchy)
  • 6/14/18 The New York State attorney general sues the Donald J. Trump Foundation for sweeping violations of campaign fianance law, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign. The suit seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar Trump and his three children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, from serving on nonprofit organizations. (NYT)
  • 6/14/18 A report on a former Wal-Mart, now called "Casa Padre," being used to detain 1,500 immigrant boys reveals: (Texas Tribune)
    • A U.S. senator was turned away from a child detention site when he tried to visit, authorities citing national security concerns.
    • Has a mural of President Obama, with a quote in English and Spanish that reads: "My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”
  • 6/15/18 Trump escalates a trade war with China by moving ahead with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. (NYT)
    • 6/15/18 The Chinese government retaliates with an additional 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. imports. (BBC)
  • 6/16/18 Repeats his false claim that separating migrant children from their families at the border is the doing of Democrats, tweeting: “Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!” (NYT) The zero-tolerance enforcement policy was announced by the White House on May 7, 2018. (NYT)
    • 6/18/18 Defends the policy of separating children from their parents, arguing that criminals are using children in a Trojan horse-style operation to cross the U.S. border. (Hill)
  • 6/17/18 Is reported that as a result of Trump's slashing prison budgets, prisons now compel teachers, nurses, secretaries and other prison support staff to also work as guards. (NYT)
  • 6/18/18 Makes a false claim about crime and immigration in Germany: "The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" (Hill)
  • 6/18/18 Announces to Pentagon officials and defense contractors that he is ordering the creation of a sixth miltary branch, saying in part: "We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force: separate but equal." (CNN)
  • 6/19/18 Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions distinguishes the separation of migrant children from their families from Nazi concentration camps: "Well, it's a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country." (CNN)
  • 6/19/18 Is reported that Trump is tweeting more than ever, at an average of 11.3 messages per day, and that he has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days, or 6.5 such claims per day. (WaPo)
  • 6/19/18 Trump's immigrant child detention provides $458 million for the Texas nonprofit Southwest Key Programs, Inc., which runs about a dozen facilities in Texas, one of which is a former Wal-Mart in Brownsville. (Bloomberg)
  • 6/20/18 The United States withdraws from the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias," and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley describing it as a "hypocritical and self-serving organisation" that displayed "unending hostility towards Israel". (BBC)
  • 6/20/18 Reverses course on separating migrant children from their families at the border, signing an executive order to end the practice after days of insisting that only Congress had the power to end the zero-tolerance policy that he enacted the month before: (WaPo)(the EO)
    • The title of the executive order is "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Seperation (sic)."
    • The order includes the following admission: It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law."
    • The order does not address the nearly 2,300 children currently separated from their families being held in detention centers around the country.
  • 6/20/18 A federal public defender in El Paso, Texas describes that in the process of separating migrant children from their families, no paperwork or information about the children's location is issued to the families at the time of or after separation. (WaPo)
  • 6/21/18 The Dept. of Health and Human Services asks the Pentagon to make preparations to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American bases in makeshift detention units. (NYT)
  • 6/21/18 At a meeting in the Cabinet Room, mischaracterizes the one-page agreement signed with North Korea, claiming that the DPRK had agreed to begin "total denuclearization" right away, when in fact it only committed to continue work already underway with no deadline or concrete steps. (CNN)
  • 6/21/18 Reverses President Obama's 2010 national ocean policy that established a "stewardship" of the sea and prevented exploitation by businesses. Claims to be "rolling back excessive bureaucracy" and focusing on "growing the ocean economy." (NBC)
  • 6/21/18 A previously suppressed report surfaces revealing that the White House concluded that groundwater across the nation, especially around military bases, was contaminated with more toxins than the government realized. Aides to Trump and the EPA pressured the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to hide the report in January 2018 for fear of bad publicity. (NewRepublic)
  • 6/21/18 Is reported that Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago as president have cost taxpayers $20 million in Coast Guard protection alone. (USAToday)
  • 6/22/18 Sabotages a compromise immigration bill in Congress by tweeting that Republicans should "stop wasting their time" on immigration and to wait until after the November midterm elections to start work on a bill. (WaPo)
  • 6/22/18 Stages an appearance in front of family members of victims of undocumented immigrants, who he called "angel families," lamenting the "death and destruction cause by people that shouldn't be here." (NYT) Repeats a false claim by an Iowa Republican congressman from 2006 that immigrants committed 63,000 murders in the U.S. since 9/11/01. (Independent)
  • 6/22/18 Threatens a 20% tariff on cars imported from the E.U. unless it removes import duties and other barriers to U.S. goods, endangering $300 billion in commerce. (Bloomberg)
  • 6/24/18 On his way to a golf course in Virginia, tweets a call for the expulsion of immigrants who illegally cross the border into the U.S. without any due process rights: "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.” He has also expressed regret about signing the executive order to end child separations. (NYT)
  • 6/24/18 White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders violates federal ethics law 5 CFR 2635.702(a) by tweeting via her official Twitter account about being asked to leave a restaurant. The law prohibits government employees from flaunting their position for private gain or retribution. (Slate)
    • 6/25/18 Trump tweets an attack on the restaurant that asked Sander to leave: "The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!" (Hill)
  • 6/26/18 Tells members of Congress that the country's immigration policy should be clear: "It's so simple. It's called, 'I'm sorry you can't come in." (Hill)
  • 6/26/18 Seventeen states and the District of Columbia sue the Trump administration over Trump's family separation policy, asserting that the practice is “an affront to States’ sovereign interests in enforcing their laws governing minimum standards of care for children.” (WaPo)
  • 6/27/18 Immigrants as young as toddler age are ordered to appear in immigration court alone. (TexasTribune)
  • 6/28/18 Formally ends seven decades of military presence in the South Korean capitol of Seoul. (Bloomberg)