March 2019

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  • 3/1/19 Fordham University confirms an allegation that Trump threatened the school if his grades were ever made public. (MarketWatch)
  • 3/2/19 Fails to sign any deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, leaving his second meeting with Kim early. (NYT)
    • 3/2/19 In the wake of the summit, announces that he believes Kim's claim that North Korea had no knowledge of American Otto Warmbier's death. One day later after outrage in Congress and the media, walks back his statement and says that he holds North Korea responsible. (Vox)
  • 3/2/19 Announces that he will issue an executive order that will guarantee free speech at colleges and universities by threatening the loss of federal aid if they do not give the viewpoints of all students, including conservative activists, a chance to air their opinion. (NYT)
  • 3/4/19 Speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference for over two hours, largely unscripted. Speaking of the Mueller investigation, says "You put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn't be there, and all of a sudden, they're trying to take you out with bullshit, OK." (CNN)
  • 3/4/19 The House Judiciary Committee delivers demands to 81 agencies in the executive branch, launching the foundation of a new investigation into Trump and possible obstruction of justice, abuse of power and corruption. (NYT)
  • 3/5/19 Is reported that over 76,000 migrants crossed the U.S. border illegally in February, marking an 11-year high and illustrating that Trump's harsh detention and child separation policy has had the opposite effect of what was intended. (NYT)
  • 3/5/19 In the wake of Michael Cohen's testimony that Trump inflated property values for insurance purposes, New York state regulators issue a subpoena to the insurance brokerage for the Trump Organization. It is part of a large probe into Trump’s business practices. (NBC)
  • 3/5/19 The U.S. trade deficit surges over $100 billion, growing 20% worse under the Trump administration. (Bloomberg)
  • 3/7/19 The State Department claws back an International Women of Courage Award from Finnish journalist Jessika Aro, following her expose on Russian trolls. (ForeignPolicy)
  • 3/7/19 Former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen sues Trump for $1.9 million in unpaid fees. (NYT)
  • 3/7/19 Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is sentenced to 47 months in federal prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians. (AP)
  • 3/8/19 Says that the judge who presided over his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's sentencing told the court that there was no collusion between Trump and Russia. The judge did not say anything of the sort. (CNN)
  • 3/8/19 A federal judge rules that the Trump administration is responsible for migrant children being separated from their families even before it instituted a "zero tolerance" policy, finding that "potentially thousands" of children were separated between June 2017 and May 2018. (NBC)
  • 3/8/19 A photograph reveals that Trump watched the 2019 Super Bowl at Mar-A-Lago one table away from the founder of Orchids of Asia, Li Yang, whose businesses were recently exposed as trafficking women for prostitution in massage parlors in Florida. (Miami Herald)
    • 3/9/19 Is discovered that Li Yang runs a website that attempts to sell Chinese clients access to Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. (MotherJones)
    • 3/16/19 Further investigation of Li Yang reveals that she is pro-Beijing and pro-gun rights. (NYT)
  • 3/11/19 Five days after Trump calls Apple, Inc. CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" during a press conference, he tweets: "At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!" (Vox)
  • 3/11/19 Proposed a record $4.75 trillion budget that calls for a 5% increase in defense spending, as well as sharp cuts to safety-net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and environmental protection. (NYT)
  • 3/11/19 Trump's proposed budget would slash NASA programs and cancel a powerful rocket upgrade. (Verge)
  • 3/14/19 The Republican-controlled Senate votes to overturn Trump's emergency declaration for border wall funding. (CNN)
    • 3/15/19 Issues his first veto to overturn Congress. (NYT)
  • 3/16/19 In the wake of a mass shooting in a mosque in New Zealand that left 50 dead at the hands of a white supremacist shooter, Trump downplays the threat of white nationalism. Statistically, crimes by white nationalists have spiked since Trump took office. (Slate)
    • 3/18/19 Is observed that Trump has retweeted at least four white nationalist accounts that were later suspended. (Slate)
  • 3/17/19 Defends Fox News host Jeanine Pirro in the wake of her suspension by the network for saying: "Is [Rep. Ilhan Omar's] adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” (Hill)
  • 3/17/19 Spends a weekend tweeting an unusually long barrage of tweets, which range from falsely accusing the late Senator John McCain of leaking the Steele Dossier to Congress (CNN) to suggesting that the FEC and FCC should investigate SNL and late shows, to claiming a 93% approval rating amongst Republicans. (Hill)
  • 3/18/19 Trump's approval rating is the lowest of his presidency since taking office, at 42% approval and 51% disapproval. (Hill)
  • 3/19/19 Says that he is very proud to hear newly elected Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro use the term "fake news" when describing his country's media. (Hill)
  • 3/19/19 House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings says that the White House has not turned over a single document pertaining to half a dozen investigations despite twelve requests. (WaPo)
  • 3/20/19 Complains that John McCain's family did not thank him for the funeral that he approved. (BBC)
  • 3/21/19 A lawyer for Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner accidentally admits that the couple use private WhatsApp accounts to conduct official business. (NYT)
  • 3/24/19 Attorney General William Barr releases a statement 48 hours after reading the final Mueller Report, stating that the report contains no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia but that he is not exonerated from possible obstruction of justice charges. (the letter)
    • 3/27/19 Trump decries the Mueller investigation "illegal" and "treason" and an "attempted takeover of our government." (CNN)
  • 3/26/19 The Pentagon takes $1 billion from its military personnel account to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall. (NPR)
  • 3/27/19 The Trump administration proposes de-funding the Special Olympics to help fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall. (Insider)
  • 3/28/19 Mentions launching nuclear weapons against North Korea during a trip to Puerto Rico. (Hill)
  • 3/28/19 Approves a secret nuclear power technology deal with Saudi Arabia. (BusinessInsider)
  • 3/29/19 Calls for the revocation of Pulitzer prizes for New York Times and Washington Post coverage of the Mueller investigation. (Politico)
  • 3/29/19 Announces that he will be cutting off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Experts predict that the move will increase the number of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border. (CNN)