June 2019

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  • 6/4/19 Announces major new travel restrictions on U.S. citizens trying to travel to Cuba, eliminating the tourist groups and banning U.S. cruise ships from stopping at the island. (CNN)
  • 6/4/19 Trump's White House instructs former top Trump aide and confidante Hope Hicks not to hand over documents to the House Judiciary Committee (CBS)
  • 6/5/19 Trump's Health and Human Services Dept. imposes new restrictions on federal use of fetal tissue obtained from abortions, barring government scientists at NIH from doing such research, and canceling an existing HIV research contract with U.C. San Francisco.HHS announced new ethics reviews on government-funded research seeking to use fetal tissue, jeopardizing over $100 million in contracts. (Politico)
  • 6/7/19 Calls off plans to impose tariffs on Mexico for not stopping illegal crossings by migrants at the southern border. (NYT)
    • 6/8/19 Touts an agreement with Mexico to take on increased border action as the result of his recent threat, but is immediately reported that the agreement was made with Mexico months ago. (NYT)
  • 6/7/19 The Trump administration will allow high-tech U.S. bomb parts to be manufactured in Saudi Arabia, giving Riyadh unprecedented access to a sensitive weapons technology. (NBC)
  • 6/7/19 Trump's White House moves forward with plans to significantly weaken vehicle pollution standards, rejecting a last-minute appeal to Trump by some of the world’s largest car manufacturers to restart negotiations with California. (LATimes)
  • 6/7/19 Signs a D-Day declaration on its 75th anniversary along with 15 other major world leaders, but signs the document at the top, above the title of the document, while all other leaders sign together at the bottom. (Hill)
  • 6/8/19 Trump's White House blocks a State Department senior intelligence analyst's congressional testimony on climate change being "potentially catastrophic" because it didn't "jibe" with the Trump administration's views on the matter. (Newsweek)
  • 6/11/19 Tells reporters that he promised Kim Jung Un of North Korea that he would no longer allow the CIA to spy on that nation. (VanityFair)
  • 6/12/19 The Congressional Oversight and Reform Committee votes 24-15 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for defying subpoenas for documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census. (USAToday)
  • 6/12/19 When asked in an interview if he would accept dirt on an opponent from a foreign country, responds that it would not be foreign interference but rather "opposition research." Says "They have information — I think I’d take it. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the F.B.I. In my whole life. You don’t call the F.B.I. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do. Give me a break — life doesn’t work that way.” (NYT)
  • 6/14/19 Challenges his former White House counsel Donal McGahn's testimony to Robert Mueller, asserting that he (Trump) never even so much as suggested firing the special counsel. Suggests that McGahn told Mueller of Trump’s supposed directive that he be fired in order to save face. (Politico)
  • 6/14/19 Trump signs an executive order to cut the number of government advisory committees by a third across all federal agencies, claiming that it is long overdue and necessary to ensure good stewardship of taxpayers' money. Critics say it is the Trump's latest effort to undermine science-based and fact-supported decision-making. (NBC)(the executive order)
  • 6/15/19 Excoriates the New York Times for reporting that the U.S. has conducted a recent cyberattack on Russia's power grid. (Politico)(the NYT report)
  • 6/16/19 Tweets the following regarding never leaving office: "A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper, the Failing New York Times or the Amazon (lobbyist) Washington Post! They are both a disgrace to our Country, the Enemy of the People, but I just can’t seem to figure out which is worse? The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!" (USAToday)
  • 6/17/19 Trump's Justice Department intervenes in the sentencing of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, circumventing his being sentenced to the facility on Riker's Island in solitary confinement. (NYT)
  • 6/16/19 Fires multiple polsters after unflattering pole numbers leak to the press and contradict his claims that he's leading in every state. (CNN)
  • 6/18/19 Claims that his administration will be deporting millions of immigrants from the United States starting in two weeks. (CBS)
  • 6/18/19 Withdraws his nomination of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to become permanent. Shanahan had been recently exposed as having been involved in multiple domestic violence incidents between his wife and son, some resulting in serious injury. (NYT)
  • 6/19/19 Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur B. Laffer, the "Father of Supply-Side Economics," a frequently debunked theory that states that by cutting taxes for the rich, a trickle-down effect would occur in which the poor would benefit. (Whitehouse.gov)
  • 6/19/19 Trump nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, billionaire wife Kelly Craft, is grilled by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on her 300 absences as ambassador to Canada. (Vox)
  • 6/19/19 In his first rally to officially kick off his re-election campaign, Trump makes over 15 proveably false claims in 75 minutes. (CNN)
  • 6/20/19 A report based on government documents states that Trump gave up on regime change in Venezuela because it was complicated and he got bored. (WaPo)
  • 6/20/19 The Republican-controlled Senate votes to block an arms sale with Saudi Arabia that Trump has spearheaded. Trump is expected to veto the legislation. (CBS)
  • 6/21/19 Columnist E. Jean Carroll publishes an article in which she claims she was forcibly raped by Donald Trump in a department store dressing room in 1995. (NewYorkMag)
    • 6/24/19 Responds to the rape allegation, saying "“I’ll say it with great respect. No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, O.K.?” (Hill)
  • 6/21/19 Threatens a Time journalist with prison time for snapping a photograph of a letter Trump was showing reporters from Kim Jung Il off the record. (CNN)
  • 6/21/19 Is revealed that at least one immigrant detention center run by Trump's Customs and Border Protection houses hundreds of migrant children without soap, toothpaste, blankets or beds. Children as young as 8 are reported to be in charge of taking care of infants. (NYT)
    • 6/23/19 Trump defends the squalid conditions of the immigrants, falsely claiming that such facilities are a holdover from the Obama administration. (USAToday)
  • 6/24/19 Refers to the wrong Iranian leader when announcing his newly signed sanctions on their supreme leader. (USAToday)
  • 6/26/19 When a reporter asks him what he tells Russian president Vladimir Putin, responds with "It's none of your business." (Politico)
  • 6/26/19 At the start of his visit to Japan for a G20 summit, complains to Fox News reporters that the U.S.-Japan protection treaty from the wake of WWII was not fair, saying "If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure. We will fight at all costs, right? But if we are attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch on a Sony television the attack. So, there’s a little difference, OK?” (CNBC)
  • 6/27/19 Suggests that he will delay the 2020 Census because courts are not allowing his administration to add citizenship questions. (CNN)
  • 6/28/19 During a joint press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin, responds to a question of if he would confront Putin on election interference by jokingly telling Putin not to interfere, triggering laughter by both, then jokingly commanding several nearby Russian officials not to interefere in U.S. elections. (NYT)
  • 6/30/19 Newly hired White House Spokesperson Stephanie Grisham gets into a physical fight with North Korean officials during Trump's visit to the DMZ, and sustains bruises. (CNN)