May 2019

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  • 5/1/19 Unleashes 60 (sixty) tweets after the national firefighters' union endorses former VP Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election. One of the many tweets is: “I’ve done more for Firefighters than this dues sucking union will ever do, and I get paid ZERO!” (NYT)
  • 5/2/19 Withdraws Stephen Moore as his nominee for board position at the Federal Reserve, following overwhelming opposition from both parties. (Politico)
  • 5/3/19 Attorney General William Barr struggles to explain his four-page summary of the Mueller report in a Congressional hearing, and demonstrates that he is not familiar with many of its key findings of facts regarding Russia's involvement with the Trump campaign. (ABC)
  • 5/3/19 Rolls back safety regulations made in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig disaster that killed 11 men and resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. (NPR)
  • 5/3/19 Contradicts his senior advisors by asserting that Russia is not meddling in a Venezuelan revolution. (USAToday)
  • 5/3/19 Has a phone call with Vladimir Putin in which they both dismissed the notion of Russian interference in the 2016 eleciton, and pledged to embark on a new era of cooperation on issues from North Korea to Venezuela, where Trump said Putin “is not looking at all to get involved, other than he’d like to see something positive happen.” (NYT)
  • 5/4/19 In the wake of Facebook announcing that it will ban the accounts of InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, white nationalist Paul Nehlan, alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos, and Louis Farrakhan, Trump tweets: "Social Media & Fake News Media, together with their partner, the Democrat Party, have no idea the problems they are causing for themselves. VERY UNFAIR!" (ABC)
  • 5/6/19 Top Trump advisers try to walk back Trump's tweet stating that he believes Special Investigator Robert Mueller should not be allowed to testify before Congress. (Politico)
  • 5/7/19 Hundreds of former Justice Department officials sign a letter stating that Trump would be facing multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice stemming from the Russia investigation if he were not President. (CNN)(the letter)
  • 5/7/19 Threatens a tariff hike with China, raising the 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of goods to 25%. (CNN)
  • 5/7/19 Pardons Michael Behenna, a former 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army, who was convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner in 2009. While Behenna said he killed Mansur in self-defense, during the trial he admitted that he disobeyed orders to return Mansour to his village after he was released from military intelligence. Prosecutors said Behenna instead interrogated and stripped Mansour naked before shooting him twice. (ABC)
  • 5/7/19 Newly obtained tax documents from 1985 to 1994 reveal the following: (NYT)
    • For several years in that period, no other individual in the United States reported more losses than Trump.
    • Trump paid no federal income tax for 8 of those 10 years.
    • Trump's interest income spiked to $52.9 million, but the source is a mystery.
    • Trump reported total losses of over $1 billion.
  • 5/8/19 Trump responds to the NYT article about his massive reported losses to the I.R.S. between 1985 and 1994, tweeting: "You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes....almost all real estate developers did – and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport." (CNBC)
  • 5/8/19 At a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, after lamenting the influx of illegal immigrants, chuckles when a rally attendee suggests shooting them, and quips “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.” (Snopes)
  • 5/8/19 Asserts executive privilege as the reason to disallow Robert Mueller from testifying before Congress. (CNN)
    • 5/8/19 The House Judiciary Committee votes 24-16 to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt over the Justice Department's refusal to comply with Democrats' subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted Russia report and its underlying evidence. (CNBC)
  • 5/9/19 Carries through on his threat to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, nearly all Chinese imports. (NYT)(the tariff list) The tariffs are expected to hit U.S. consumers the hardest. (NYT)
  • 5/9/19 Trump's pro bono lawyer Rudolph Giuliani announces that he will be traveling to Ukraine to urge their president-elect to pursue inquiries that allies of the White House contend could yield new information about two matters: the origin of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. (NYT)
    • Cancels the trip after public backlash at the notion of a White House lawyer openly seeking foreign assistance to damage a political rival. (AP)
  • 5/9/19 At a rally in Florida, perpetuates lies about Puerto Rico receiving $91 billion in aid, and that seeking asylum in the U.S. is simple. Also laughs at a supporter's call to shoot migrants. (CNN)
  • 5/13/19 Welcomes Hungary's far-right nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán to the White House. Orbán has openly called for a Hungarian ethnostate that excludes migrants. (CNN)
  • 5/13/19 Attorney General William Barr names Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham to examine the origins of the investigation into Russia's election interference and ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. (Hill)
  • 5/14/19 Trump's Justice Department asks a federal judge overseeing an emoluments case against Trump to halt the proceedings, claiming that Trump is too busy to deal with the case. (CNN)
  • 5/14/19 Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, and said that he hoped U.S.-Russia relations would improve after the Mueller Report. (AP)
  • 5/15/19 White House counsel Pat Cipollone rejects a sweeping request from the House Judiciary Committee for documents, suggesting the panel is attempting a "do-over" of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. (Hill)
  • 5/15/19 The White House website hosts an open invitation for any examples of Americans being censored on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. The website reads, in part: "SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear 'violations' of user policies." The form then asks users to submit their name, phone number, and disclose whether or not they are a U.S. citizen. (USAToday)
  • 5/16/19 Pardons former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of obstruction of justice and stockholder fraud and deported back to Canada for 30 years. Black had just published a glowing biography of Trump in 2018, titled Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other. (NPR)
  • 5/16/19 The Trump administration prepares to release hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants into Florida's Broward and Palm Beach counties, with no plan to house, feed or care for them. (USAToday)
  • 5/16/19 Is reported that Trump made at least $434 million in 2018. (CNN)
  • 5/17/19 Attorney General William Barr states in two separate interviews, without stating any evidence, that he believes unauthorized spying took place on Trump's campaign during the 2016 election. (CBSNews)
  • 5/19/19  Threatens Iran in a tweet “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again." (Reuters)
  • 5/19/19 Blasts Fox News in a tweet: "Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, “I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.” Gee, he never speaks well of me - I like Mike Wallace better...and Alfred E. Newman [sic] will never be President!" (USAToday)
  • 5/19/19 Is reported that anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. (NYTimes)
  • 5/20/19 A federal judge upholds a subpoena for Trump's financial records despite the White House instructing former WH lawyer Don McGahn to defy the subpoena. (NYT)
  • 5/21/19 Two dozen states file lawsuits against the Trump administration, challenging a new federal rule that gives health-care providers, insurers and employers greater latitude to refuse to provide or pay for medical services that they say violate their religious or moral beliefs. (WaPo)
  • 5/21/19 Is revealed that Fox News host Pete Hegseth has privately encouraged Trump to pardon servicemen accused of war crimes. (DailyBeast)
  • 5/22/19 Walks out of a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer after three minutes, declaring that he can't work with them until they stop investigating him. He walks directly to the Rose Garden and delivers an angry speech to waiting reporters, demanding that the Democrats "get these phony investigations over with." (NYTimes)
  • 5/22/19 A federal judge in Manhattan rules against a request from Trump to block Deutsche Bank from complying with congressional subpoenas seeking his financial records. Elsewhere in Albany, New York lawmakers approve a bill that would allow Congress to obtain Trump's tax returns. (NYTimes)
  • 5/23/19 A chance close-up photo of Trump's speech notes reveal large all-caps handwriting and the spelling of "accomplishments" as "achomlishments." (BusinessInsider)
  • 5/24/19 Signs an order allowing Attorney General William Barr to declassify any intelligence that led to the Russia investigation, setting up a clash between the Justice Department and the C.I.A. (NYTimes)
  • 5/24/19 Bypasses Congress to push through $8 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, declaring a national security emergency to do so. (NBCNews)
  • 5/24/19 Retweets a heavily doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which depicts her having difficulty speaking. (Reuters)
  • 5/26/19 A federal judge blocks part of Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, stopping funding for work planned in Arizona and Texas. (Vox)
  • 5/27/19 During a visit to Japan, states that a recent launch of missiles by North Korea didn't bother him, and later tweeted that he agreed with North Korea's insults against Democratic presidential candidate "Joe Bidan" (Joe Biden). (ABCNews)
  • 5/27/19 A donation of $1 million by real estate mogul Franklin Haney to Trump's inaugural committee comes under federal scrutiny after it comes to light that he entered a long-shot bid to acquire the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in Alabama. (ABCNews)
  • 5/30/19 It is revealed that naval officers were ordered by White House officials to keep a warship named for the late Senator John McCain out of Trump's view during his Memorial Day weekend visit to Japan, in order to avoid a potential tantrum from Trump. (CBSNews)
  • 5/30/19 Autographs a gifted map of Israel that was presented to Israeli Prime Minister, and writes the word "Nice" with an arrow pointing to the Golan Heights as part of Israel. (CNN)
  • 5/31/19 Announces in a White House statement that he will levy a 5% tariff on all of Mexico's imports if the country does not stop immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally, and that the tariff will increase by 5% each following month without compliance to a max of 25%. (CNN)