March 2018

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  • 3/1/18 The U.S. ambassador to Mexico and one of the country's most experienced Latin America diplomats, Roberta Jacobson, quits during a fallout of Trump's administration and Mexico. (LATimes)
  • 3/1/18 During a listening session at the White House with steel and aluminum industry leaders, announces that he will impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports, sending Wall Street indexes spiraling, Republican leaders balking and leaders of foreign countries vowing retaliation. (Politico)
    • 3/2/18 Tweets: "Trade wars are good, and easy to win." And “Our steel industry is in bad shape. IF YOU DON’T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY!” (NYT)
    • 3/3/18 Is reported that Trump was angry and "unglued" when he decided to create the tariffs, and announced them without any internal review by any White House lawyers or staff. (NBC)
  • 3/2/18 Is reported that shortly before Trump announced his tariffs, his friend and former adviser Carl Icahn dumped millions in steel-related stocks. (WaPo)
  • 3/3/18 A secretly recorded meeting of Trump and Republican donors at the ballroom of Mar-a-Lago reveals Trump, in reference to Chinese president's Xi Jinping's recent consolidation of power, says: "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day." (CNN)
  • 3/3/18 Is reported that Trump has spent 100 days on one of his golf courses since taking office, roughly 25% of his term thus far. (CNN)
  • 3/4/18 Is reported that the State Department has spent $0 of the $120 million it was granted to fight Russian election meddling, and none of the 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center speaks Russian. (NYT)
  • 3/6/18 Is reported that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen complained to friends about not getting reimbursed $130,000 that he paid out of pocket to porn actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) weeks before the presidential election in 2016 to keep her quiet about an affair that she had with Trump ten years before. The payment was flagged as suspicious by the Treasury Department, and it is reported that Cohen was never reimbursed. (WSJ)
  • 3/6/18 Workers at a Trump-branded hotel in Panama remove Trump's name from the property after a protracted fight between the majority owner and the Trump family business. (CNN)
  • 3/6/18 In a joint press conference with the Swedish prime minister, says that his administration is working to counteract Russian election manipulation efforts in the 2018 midterms, but downplayed the impact and Russian involvement in 2016: "The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever. But certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals." (NPR)
  • 3/6/18 Is sued by porn actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford), who alleges that Trump never signed a nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer Michael Cohen arranged with her. She is seeking the ability to speak publicly about her affair with Trump in 2006-07. (NBC)
    • The lawsuit reveals that Trump used the alias "David Dennison" in the contract to silence Daniels. (NBC)
    • 3/7/18 Is reported that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen secretly obtained a temporary restraining order on 2/27/18 to prevent Daniels/Clifford from speaking out about her affair with Trump. (NYT)(the restraining order)
  • 3/7/18 Gary Cohn, former second in command at Goldman Sachs and Trump's National Economic Council director, resigns in the wake of his fierce disagreement with Trump's snap decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. (CNN)
  • 3/7/18 Signs orders imposing stiff tariffs on imported steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) despite warnings from a large coalition of his own party and threats of a trade war from all around the world. The orders exempt Canada and Mexico, with the possibility of exemptions for other U.S. allies. (NYT)
  • 3/8/18 A trade pact formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, is signed by 11 U.S. allies in order to establish a new vision for global trade, leaving the U.S. out. (NYT)
  • 3/9/18 The Pentagon announces that Trump's military parade will feature period uniforms and no armored vehicles, and that it will cost an estimated $30 million. (USAToday)
  • 3/9/18 The government watchdog agency for FEMA rescinds 12 positive reports on the agency from the Obama era, stating that currently FEMA has "not adequately answered objectives and, in some cases, may have lacked sufficient and appropriate evidence to support conclusions." (USAToday)
  • 3/10/18 At a rally in western Pennsylvania, Trump does the following: (CNN)
    • Calls NBC host Chuck Todd a "sleeping son of a bitch."
    • Impersonates someone being "presidential" by acting stiff and speaking in a stilted voice for over a minute.
    • Calls the Democratic opponent to Rick Saccone, COnor Lamb, "Lamb the Sham," and says the following: "I think I'm better-looking than him. I do. I do. I do. And he's slightly younger than me. He's OK. He's all right. Personally, I like Rick Saccone. I think he's handsome."
    • Calls for the death penalty for drug dealers.
    • Reveals his slogan for 2020 as "Keep America Great."
    • Claims to have saved the most recent winter Olympics in South Korea with his diplomacy.
  • 3/10/18 Regulation rollbacks on offshore drilling are revealed to be aimed in part at regulations created after the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster that killed 11 people. (NYT)
  • 3/10/18 Is reported that a major development by the Kushner family in the Jersey Shore city of Jersey Branch includes the Trump Organization as the company to manage it. (NYT)
  • 3/10/18 Is in talks with Emmett Flood, an attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, to help him with the Mueller investigation. (NYT)
  • 3/12/18 Abandons his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the NRA, embracing its agenda of arming teachers and minimizing background check reform. (NYT)
  • 3/13/18 Announces on Twitter that Rex Tillerson is stepping down as Secretary of State, to be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo. (NYT) He was replaced within hours of stating that the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. is “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia. (NBC)
  • 3/13/18 Trump's personal assistance John McEntee is personally escorted from the White House after an investigation into his finances causes his security clearance to be revoked. (NYT)
  • 3/14/18 Appoints CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to serve as the next director of the National Economic Council, Trump's top economic adviser. (NYT)
  • 3/15/18 Claims that Japan uses a bizarre test in order to cheat US auto companies out of selling cars in Japan: "It's the bowling ball test. They take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and drop it on the hood of the car. If the hood dents, the car doesn't qualify. It's horrible." (WaPo) White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters that Trump was "obviously... joking." (CNN)
  • 3/15/18 A document reveals that a top lawyer for the Trump Organization named Jill Martin is named in a "demand for arbitration" dated 2/22/18 intended to silence Stormy Daniels (a.k.a. Stephanie Clifford). (CNN)
  • 3/15/18 Boasts at a private fundraising speech that he made up information in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, insisting that the U.S. runs a trade deficit with Canada despite having no idea if it was true or not. (WaPo)
  • 3/15/18 The 5th U.S. Circuit Court voids the Obama-era "fiduciary rule," which intended to curb conflicts of interest among providers of financial advice to Americans planning for retirement. (Reuters)
  • 3/15/18 A complaint filed with Panama's chief prosecutor alleges that lawyers representing Trump's hotel business in Panama accosted a justice of the peace, Marisol Carrera, in her office and continued to her harass her even after she notified the authorities. (AP)
  • 3/16/18 Trump's lawyers claim in documents filed with the court that Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) has violated her confidentiality agreement with Trump (named David Dennison in the agreement) and is liable for at least $20 million in damages. (NYT)
  • 3/16/18 Attorney General Jeff Sessions fires the acting director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, less than two days before his retirement, for allegedly inappropriately authorizing officials in 2016 to talk to reporters about an investigation into Hillary Clinton. Trump tweets: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!" (CNN)
    • 3/16/18 McCabe releases a statement claiming that he is a witness in the Mueller investigation and that he is being attacked personally by Trump. (entire statement via Vox)
    • 3/17/18 Trump's attorney John Dowd calls for an end to the Mueller investigation, calling the Steele Dossier fraudulent and corrupt. (CNN)
  • 3/17/18 Is reported that the Trump campaign's voting profiling company Cambridge Analytica illegally obtained Facebook profile information from at least 50 million users in order to manipulate public opinion and sway the election in 2016. (NYT)
    • Christopher Wylie, who worked with a Cambridge University academic to illegally obtain the data from Facebook, said: “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis the entire company was built on.” (Guardian)
  • 3/18/18 Is reported that Trump made his senior staff sign non-disclosure agreements upon taking their positions, and meant to last many years after his presidency ended. (WaPo)
  • 3/19/18 Hires white collar attorney Joseph diGenova in response to the Mueller investigation expanding into the Trump Organization's affairs. diGenova is on record touting a conspiracy theory that the Justice Department is framing Trump. (NYT)
  • 3/20/18 Calls Vladimir Putin and congratulates him on his election win to another six-year term as president, and discusses an in-person meeting in the near future. Trump brings up neither the 2016 election meddling nor the recent poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter in London at the behest of the Kremlin. (NYT) Prior to the call, multiple national security advisers told Trump not to congratulate Putin in a briefing that read, in part, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE." (WaPo)
  • 3/20/18 Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sues the National Enquirer's parent company to void a contract that prevents her from speaking about a 10-month sexual relationship that she had with Trump. (Politico)
  • 3/20/18 A New York state court allows a defamation lawsuit to go forward against Trump by Summer Zervos, opening the door to depositions by several women which will expose more of his sexual misdeeds to the public. (NYT)
  • 3/21/18 The ratio of firms opposed to Trump's protectionist policies to those in favor is reported to be as high as 3000-to-1. (Economist)
  • 3/22/18 John Dowd resigns as lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, quitting in protest over Trump's insistence on speaking with investigators. (NYT)
  • 3/22/18 Slaps tariffs on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. (CNN) China announces that it will impose a 15% to 25% tariff on U.S. goods. (CNBC)
  • 3/23/18 Threatens to veto a $1.3 trillion spending bill, stating that it does not have funding for his border wall. Signs it later that day after no changes are made to the bill, stating that he is satisfied with the 13% increase in military spending that the bill contains. (NYT)
  • 3/24/18 Announces a renewed ban on transgender people in the military. WH spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says: "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances." (CNN)
  • 3/24/18 Flies to Florida to spend the weekend at one of his golf clubs as hundreds of thousands of students gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Our Lives protests in support of gun control measures to reduce school shootings. (Hill)
    • 3/24/18 A message posted on a DOJ website states that funding for two school safety programs has been eliminated, on the same day as the March for Our Lives protests.  (Hill)
  • 3/25/18 The White House announces that lawyer couple Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing will not be joining the Trump's Russia probe legal team, citing conflicts of interest. Trump's legal team consists of two lawyers, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. (NYT)
  • 3/25/18 Porn actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) gives an interview with 60 Minutes on CBS describing her affair with Trump in 2005, and includes an incident in 2011 in which she was approached by a man in parking lot, and told by him: "Leave Trump alone. Forget the story." And then leaned around and looked at Clifford's infant daughter and says, "That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom." (CNN)
    • 3/26/18 Daniels/Clifford sues Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for defamation, alleging that Cohen publicly called her a liar, which caused "hatred, contempt, ridicule, and shame, and discouraged others from associating or dealing with her," according to the court filing. (NPR)
    • 3/26/18 Trump uncharacteristically does not respond to any recent coverage of the ongoing Daniels/Clifford scandal. (NYT)
  • 3/26/18 The U.S. expels 60 Russian diplomats in a wave of expulsions by Western allies in retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in London, but Trump does not directly speak out against Putin or Russia in any way. (CNN)
  • 3/27/18 The state of California sues Trump, arguing that the decision to add a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census violates the U.S. Constitution. (WaPo)
  • 3/27/18 Is reported that Trump suggested to several advisers that the Pentagon pay for his proposed $25 billion border wall, claiming that it was a matter of national security. The idea was ignored or rejected by senior congressmen. (WaPo)
  • 3/27/18 Announces that he will end an immigration program that has allowed nearly 4,000 Liberians to legally live and work in the U.S. for the past 25 years. This follows the rescinding of the temporary protected status of hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. (USAToday)
  • 3/28/18 Announces on Twitter that he is replacing his Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin with his personal physician Ronny Jackson. Shulkin was the sole Obama-era holdover on the Cabinet.  (WaPo)
  • 3/29/18 At a rally in Ohio, repeats a false claim that construction has begun on his border wall. (BuzzFeed)
  • 3/30/18 Is reported that the Presidential Personnel Office, responsible for vetting thousands of appointees, is itself understaffed by almost 70% and led by individuals with unqualified and spotty records. Two of the office's leaders are a college dropout with arrests for drunken driving and bad checks and a Marine Corps reservist with arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer and underage drinking. Most of the 30 staffers are in their 20s. (WaPo)
  • 3/30/18 A federal court in D.C. rules against the Trump Administration, declaring that the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody to obtain abortions. (Politico)
  • 3/31/18 Repeats a personal theory that Amazon is defrauding the United States Postal service despite official reports that the USPS profits from Amazon shipments. Also falsely claims that the Washington Post operates as a lobbyist for Amazon. (WaPo)
  • 3/31/18 Publicly assails California governor Jerry Brown for pardoning five immigrant convicts who have already served their time for drug-related and non-violent crimes, referring to Gov. Brown as "Moonbeam," a nickname from the late 1970s ascribed to Brown for trying to embrace more space technology. (Time)