March 2017

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  • 3/1/17 Attorney General of the U.S. Jeff Sessions is reported to have perjured himself at his Senate confirmation hearing on whether or not he had contact with Russian officials during the campaign. Records show that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July and September 2016. (WaPo)
  • 3/2/17 Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from any current or future investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying the reason being that he was involved in the campaign. He does not acknowledge his perjury at the Senate or his contact with any Russian official during the campaign. (NYT)
  • 3/2/17 A Homeland Security report finds that most foreign-born violent extremists in the U.S. are only radicalized "several years after" entering the U.S., and that Trump's extreme vetting of incoming foreigners is useless in reducing extremist violence. (Hill)(the DHS report)
  • 3/3/17 Is reported that Trump has hired three former lobbyists, a violation of his own ethics rules on hiring lobbyists. (ProPublica)
  • 3/4/17 Tweets a string of claims about President Obama wiretapping his phones at Trump Tower: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" "Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!" "I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!" "How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" (Hill)
  • The FBI was granted a FISA warrant in October 2016 by a FISA court to investigate espionage related to banking activity. (HeatSt)(BBC)
  • 3/4/17 The Keystone XL pipeline won't use American steel in its construction, despite a directive by Trump that it would. (AP) Steel will come from Evraz, a company which Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich owns a third of. Abramovich is the 151th richest man on Earth and has longstanding personal ties to Vladimir Putin. (HuffPo)(Forbes)
  • 3/5/17 Demands a congressional inquiry into whether President Obama abused the power of federal law enforcement agencies before the 2016 presidential election. (NYT) Trump's theory originates from a right-wing radio host's allegation the day before, which was picked up by Brietbart News. (NYT)
  • 3/5/17 Suggests that the DNC and President Obama could have colluded with the Russians during the 2016 and 2012 campaigns, respectively. (Hill)
  • 3/5/17 FBI Director James Comey asks the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's assertion that President Obama ordered the tapping of Trump's phones, claiming that the tweeted claims are false and must be corrected. (NYT)
  • 3/6/17 Issues an executive order that bans migrants from predominantly Muslim nations, including a 120-day ban on all refugees from Syria. Citizens of Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya will face a 90-day suspension of visa processing. (NYT)(this revised order)(original order)
  • 3/7/17 Based on a snippet of a Fox News story, tweets: "122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!" (Hill) 113 of the 122 former detainees who have re-engaged in terrorism were released by President Bush. (DNI report)
  • 3/8/17 China grants approval for 38 new Trump trademarks applied for in 2016, including a Trump brand for hotels, insurance, massage parlors, bars, bodyguard services and escort services. (AP)
  • 3/8/17 The White House abruptly ends tours of the White House for foreign nationals, stating: "If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request." According to the British Embassy in D.C., no applications are being accepted for tours. (Independent)
  • 3/9/17 The Office of Government Ethics Director sends a letter to the White House admonishing the administration for not disciplining Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump products on national television. (Hill)
  • 3/10/17 Orders the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Obama without yet having their replacements selected. (NYT) Most of the fired attorneys found that they were being dismissed by watching the news and not by any formal notification. (CNN)
  • 3/11/17 Attends a golf course for the ninth time in seven weeks as president. (PoliticsUSA)
  • 3/12/17 Former political advisor Roger Stone defends his contact during the 2016 campaign with the Russian hacker "Guccifer 2.0," who claims responsibility for hacking the DNC. (CNN)
  • 3/12/17 Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain calls on Trump to either prove his wiretapping claim against President Obama or drop the accusation. (WaPo)
  • 3/12/17 The budget to be submitted by the White House seeks to shrink the federal workforce by historic levels. (WaPo)
  • 3/13/17 Gives the CIA secret new authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists. (WaPo)
  • 3/15/17 Two pages from Trump's 2005 tax returns are mysteriously leaked to the press, revealing that he earned $150 million and paid $38 million in taxes, writing off $100 million in losses. The pages are stamped "client copy" and the White House confirms their authenticity before attacking MSNBC for making them news. (Reuters)
  • 3/15/17 A federal judge in Hawaii issues a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking Trump's second ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries. (NYT)
  • 3/15/17 Holds a poorly attended rally in Nashville in which he earns cheers attacking the decision to block his travel ban, attacking Obamacare, and getting loyalists in attendance to chant "Lock her up," a phrase referring to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. (Tennessean)(Politicus)
  • 3/16/17 Releases a budget for consideration by Congress which proposes major reductions to HUD (-13%), Transportation (-13%), Health and Human Services (-18%), the Department of Education (-14%), the EPA (-31%), Department of State (-28%), Commerce (-16%), Labor (-21%), Interior (-11%)and Agriculture (-21%). The budget would eliminate dozens of social programs such as the Center for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, the Interagency Council on Homelessness and others. (CNN) The budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion (+8%). (CNN)
  • 3/16/17 Sends a hate group leader to the U.N. Women's Commission, as well as a representative from the Heritage Foundation, to advocate against women's rights globally. (Slate)
  • 3/16/17 The Senate Intelligence Committee shoots down Trump's assertion that President Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign. (Politico)
  • 3/17/17 The White House denies apologizing to the British government for accusing GCHQ of spying on Trump at the behest of President Obama during the 2016 election. (CNN)
  • 3/17/17 In a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel, when questioned on the validity of his Obama wiretapping claims, says that the White House was only quoting a lawyer on Fox News and that reporters need to question Fox News, not him. (NYT)
  • 3/18/17 Selects the husband of advisor Kellyanne Conway, George Conway III, to head the civil division of the Justice Department, composed of over 1,000 lawyers. (NYT)
  • 3/19/17 The German defense minister rejects Trump's assertion that Germany owes NATO and the U.S. "vast sums" of money for defense. "There is no debt account to NATO." (Reuters)
  • 3/19/17 New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman hires a top public-corruption prosecutor to focus on the Trump administration. (WSJ)
  • 3/19/17 Is reported that Trump's White House has installed "commissars" at every cabinet agency, one or more agents to monitor the actions and activities of every secretary to ensure they are loyal to Trump and his core advisors. (WaPo)
  • 3/20/17 FBI Director James Comey states under oath regarding Trump's Obama wiretapping tweets from 3/4/17: "I have no information that supports those tweets." (WaPo)
  • 3/20/17 Adult daughter Ivanka announced to have an office in the West Wing, where she will continue her role as senior advisor as well as run her retail businesses. (WaPo)
  • 3/20/17 Forbes announces that Trump's net worth has sunk from $4.5 billion to $3.5 billion since taking office, from a rank of 336 to 544. (WaPo)
  • 3/22/17 In a meeting with six members of the Congressional Black Caucus, asks if any one of them knew Ben Carson, who has never served in Congress or in politics, and seems surprised that no one knew him. Trump is also informed that “not all [welfare recipients] are black,” to which he responds “Really? Then what are they?” Statistically most welfare recipients are white. (NBCNews)
  • 3/23/17 Makes it tougher for millions of visitors to enter the United States by demanding new security checks before giving visas to tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents. (NYT)
  • 3/23/17 Senate Democrats announce that they will filibuster a vote to confirm Trump's SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch. (NYT)
  • 3/23/17 The General Services Administration says that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. isn’t violating its lease with the government even though it appears to prohibit an elected official from benefiting. (HuffPo)
  • 3/23/17 In an interview with Time magazine, says to the interviewer: "I inherited a mess with jobs. Despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can’t get a job, O.K. And I inherited a mess on trade. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story. Hey look, in the meantime, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody, O.K.?" (NYT)
  • 3/24/17 Grants a presidential permit to continue construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, reversing an Obama decision and granting billions to TransCanada. (Hill) The pipeline will use foreign steel in violation of an executive order signed by Trump on January 24th. (CSMonitor) The steel will come from Evraz, a Russia-based company partially owned by Trump friend Roman Abramovich. (Snopes)
  • 3/24/17 The bill that would replace ObamaCare (ACA) is pulled from consideration minutes before the House is to vote. (WaPo)
  • 3/26/17 Is reported that Trump, at his meeting the week before, handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for over £300 billion that Germany purportedly owed NATO for defending it. (TheTimesUK)
  • 3/26/17 In an interview with Forbes, son Eric Trump admits that he will give his father personal updates on the family business. (Politico)
  • 3/26/17 Creates a new White House office called the White House Office of American Innovation, which will coordinate entirely with business executives to reshape federal bureaucracies, to be led by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. (WaPo)
  • 3/27/17 Responding to both houses of Congress investigating his connections to Russia, tweets: "Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech... money to Bill, the Hillary Russian 'reset,' praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!" (CNN)
  • 3/27/17 Signs an executive order revoking the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order President Barack Obama put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws. The Fair Pay order was put in place after a 2010 GAO investigation showed that companies with rampant violations were being awarded millions in federal contracts. (NBC)(executive order)(2010 GAO investigation)
  • 3/28/17 Is reported that the White House attempted to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, whom Trump fired for refusing to defend his first Muslim travel ban, from testifying in a congressional investigation on Russia and Trump's campaign. (CNBC)
  • 3/30/17 Declares war on the House Republican Freedom Caucus, tweeting of the hard-line conservative group: "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" (WaPo)
  • 3/30/17 Is reported that two White House officials helped provide Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. (NYT)
  • 3/30/17 The Senate Intelligence Committee in the course of its investigation discovers that Russia worked during the primaries to sideline any candidate it did not deem to hold favorable views towards Russia. (Newsweek)