May 2020

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  • 5/1/20 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is sued for seizing student loan borrowers' wages during the pandemic. (Politico)
  • 5/1/20 Moves to replace HHS watchdog Christi Grimm after she embarrassed him by identifying a critical pandemic supply shortage. (NYT)
  • 5/1/20 Tweets support for armed Michigan protesters who showed up at the state capitol demanding an end to pandemic lockdown measures. (CNN)
  • 5/2/20 Blocks the government's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before a Democratic-controlled House subcommittee. (RollingStone) Because of "haters" in the House. (CNBC)
  • 5/3/20 Attacks George W. Bush after Bush calls for unity during the pandemic, excoriating the former president for not defending him during his impeachment. (Hill)
  • 5/3/20 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview says that Covid-19 came from a lab in Wuhan, China, then says that it didn't, then says again that it did. (RollingStone)
  • 5/4/20 Both Russia and the United States refuse to participate in an EU-led fundraising campaign to fight the pandemic. (Politico)
  • 5/4/20 Sitting before the Lincoln Memorial in an interview, says: "I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen. The closest would be that gentleman right up there. They always said nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse." (CNN)
  • 5/5/20 Announces that he will wind down the White House coronavirus task force in three weeks even as cases nationwide continue to rise far beyond any other nation. (USAToday)
    • 5/6/20 Retracts his plans to wind down the task force after widespread backlash. "I had no idea how popular the task force actually is." (Hill)
  • 5/5/20 Federal scientist turned whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright testifies that the Trump administration ignored warnings and dangers of using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for treating Covid-19 before he was removed. (Independent)
  • 5/5/20 Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's coronavirus efforts are reported to be hampered by inexperienced volunteers from Boston Consulting Group, Insight, McKinsey and other consulting firms. (WaPo)
  • 5/5/20 While visiting a Honeywell facility where masks are being produced, does not wear a mask. (CNBC)
  • 5/6/20 Is reported that son-in-law Jared Kushner's coronavirus taskforce used a spreadsheet called "VIP Update" to procure PPE from inexperienced Trump allies instead of legitimate vendors. (NYT)(BusinessInsider)
  • 5/6/20 Is reported that Trump's push to have his border wall painted black would cost taxpayers at least $500 million. (WaPo)
  • 5/7/20 Trump's Justice Department announces that it is dropping its case against Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's then-ambassador to the U.S. (NPR)
    • 5/11/20 Over 1,900 former Justice Department employees call for Attorney General William Barr to resign for withdrawing the Flynn case. (BostonGlobe)
  • 5/7/20 Rejects the "overly prescriptive" CDC guidance for reopening communities post-pandemic. (NPR)
  • 5/7/20 The Department of Education led by Betsy DeVos announces that coaches and other employees no longer have to report sexual assault allegations. (ESPN)
  • 5/8/20 Meets face-to-face with WWII vets and does not wear a mask, one day after his personal valet tested postive for Covid-19, commenting "they're just so pure, it will never happen." (DailyBeast)
  • 5/8/20 Is revealed that $350 million of coronavirus relief funds were given to private religious institutions with extremely small student bodies, all per the discretion of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. (NPR)
  • 5/9/20 The U.S. prevents a vote in the U.N. Security Council for a resolution that would have created a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world during the global pandemic. (France24)
  • 5/10/20 Tweets more than 100 times between late Saturday and early Sunday morning, over 50 tweets regarding the investigations by the FBI and the House Intelligence Committee into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia. (Independent)(Axios)
  • 5/11/20 Says that more Covid-19 testing makes the U.S. "look bad." (NPR)
  • 5/12/20 Enters a third day of meltdown on Twitter, in which he accuses MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder: “When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so,” Trump wrote. “Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!” (Vox)
  • 5/12/20 Trump's lawyers argue before the Supreme Court that he should not have to reveal his tax returns to the public, arguing in part that since his family is exempt, he should be too. (WaPo)
  • 5/12/20 Leaked White House data shows infections spiking more than 1,000% in rural areas that backed Trump. (Salon)
  • 5/13/20 Pressures the CDC to change its death-toll methodology and produce a lower figure. (BusinessInsider)
  • 5/14/20 Threatens to "cut off the whole relationship" with China, and save the U.S. $500 billion. (Newsweek)
  • 5/14/20 Is reported that the National Debt has increased $5.2 trillion during Trump's three years in office. (Newsweek)
  • 5/17/20 Democrat lawmakers launch an inquiry into Trump's firing of a watchdog who was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Independent)
  • 5/17/20 Is revealed that Trumps newly appointed Covid-19 czar, former pharmaceutical executive Moncef Slaoui, holds $10 million in a vaccine company's stock. (HuffPo)
  • 5/17/20 Eldest son Donald Trump Jr. baselessly accuses Democratic nominee Joe Biden of being a pedophile. (Independent)
  • 5/17/20 Second-eldest son Eric Trump says that the coronavirus will "magically go away" after the 2020 election since it is a Democrat hoax. (Independent)
  • 5/19/20 Breaks a 40-year tradition by refusing to unveil Obama's portrait at the White House. (BusinessInsider)
  • 5/19/20 Removes the inspector general at the Dept. of Transportation, Mitch Behm, who was investigating Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. (CREW) This is the fifth inspector to be fired in two months: (MSNBC)
    • Michael Atkinson, Intelligence Community
    • Glenn Fine, Defense Department
    • Christi Grimm, HHS
    • Steve Linick, State Department
  • 5/19/20 Ends National Guard COVID deployments one day before GI Bill benefits were to kick in. (Slate)
  • 5/19/20 A federal judge rejects Trump's attempt to stay a lawsuit that accuses his family of promoting a pyramid scheme that alleged they "conned" victims into "devastating and life-altering" financial losses. (Salon)
  • 5/20/20 Says that the U.S. leading the world in Covid-19 cases is "a badge of honor." (Independent)
  • 5/20/20 Announces an executive order empowering his cabinet to "use any and all authority to waive, suspend and eliminate unnecessary regulations that impede economic recovery. And we want to leave it that way." (Independent)
  • 5/20/20 Falsely denies an FDA warning on hydroxychloroquine, and baselessly alleges a political bias in the cited study. (CNN)
  • 5/20/20 Two major allegations of Trump's "Obamagate" conspiracy theory, which accuses Obama of mishandling the investigation of Michael Flynn, are shut down by fact checkers and declassified emails. (BusinessInsider)
  • 5/20/20 Threatens to withhold federal funding from Michigan if it continued with its legislatively sanctioned mail-in ballot program. The withholding of funds for such a reason is considered a crime. (LawandCrime)
  • 5/21/20 Withdraws from the Open Skies Treaty, which was negotiated three decades ago to allow nations to surveil each other from aircraft in order to ensure they are not preparing for military action. (NYT)
  • 5/22/20 Trump's press secretary Kaleigh McEnany holds up Trump's government paycheck to announce that he is donating all $100,000 of it to the Department of Health, and reveals sensitive bank information contained on the check to national reporters. (TheGuardian)
  • 5/24/20 On Memorial Day weekend, promotes posts from a virulently racist and sexist Twitter account belonging to John Stahl, a conservative former political candidate. (NYT)
  • 5/24/20 Falsely claims "thousands" of forgeries on mail-in ballots despite his own election fraud commission not finding a single case of fraud. (Independent)
  • 5/24/20 Calls Columbia University a "disgraceful institution" after it released a study showing the lives lost due to Trump's delayed pandemic response. (Hill)
  • 5/26/20 An analysis reveals that Trump's administration has weakened safeguards for nearly 35 million acres of federal land, the most of any president in history. (MotherJones)
  • 5/26/20 Chooses the campaign slogan of "Transition to Greatness." (Atlantic
  • 5/26/20 Leaves the Republican party "completely blindsided" with a threat in a tweet to pull the RNC convention out of North Carolina. (Salon)
  • 5/27/20 After Twitter adds fact-checking links to two of Trump's tweets which make false claims about the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, accuses Twitter of interfering in the 2020 election. (Independent)
    • Announces that he will sign an executive order to limit social media companies' protection from liability for statements made on their platforms. (NYT) And signs the order, which is expected to meet heavy resistance in courts. (NBC)
  • 5/27/20 The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus surpasses 100,000. (NYT)
  • 5/27/20 Education Secretary Betsy Devos announces that she will force public school superintendents to share coronavirus rescue funds with private schools. (NYT
  • 5/29/20 In the wake of nationwide protests and rioting after the police killing of George Floyd, tweets “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” (Reuters)
  • 5/29/20 Vetoes a student loan forgiveness bill. (Forbes)