November 2017

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  • 11/1/17 In the immediate wake of a terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan by an extremist driving a rented truck over cyclists and killing 8 on Halloween night, tweets an attack on Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Charles Schumer beauty. I want merit based." (Hill)
    • 11/1/17 Calls for quicker punishment for "these animals," and then tweets the following: "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!" (CNN)
  • 11/1/17 Tells senior congressional leadership that he wants to name the tax reform bill that gives an average of $750,000 in tax breaks to the richest 175,000 American households while raising taxes on the middle class "The Cut Cut Cut Act," a name which GOP leaders don't want to use. (ABC-naming)(NYT-bill details)
  • 11/1/17 Labels the federal justice system "a joke and a laughingstock" at a Cabinet meeting on video, then White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders flatly denies that he said it. (CNBC with video)
  • 11/2/17 Is shown that Trump stands to gain millions from the GOP tax bill. (NewYorker) Is alleged by an ethics watchdog group that the bill is specifically intended to grant Trump millions in tax cuts. (Hill)
  • 11/2/17 Defending his ongoing decision to not nominate anyone for key positions in the State Department, says: "Let me tell you, the one that matters is me, I'm the only one that matters because when it comes to it that's what the policy is going to be. We don't need all the people that they want. Don't forget, I'm a business person and I tell my people 'well you don't need to fill slots, don't fill them.'" (Hill)
  • 11/2/17 Breaks precedent by passing Janet Yellen for a second term and nominating staunch Republican Jerome H. Powell to chair the Federal Reserve. Powell has been a member of the Fed's board of governors since 2012 and is a former investment banker. (NYT)
  • 11/3/17 Again refers to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts by a racially charged nickname: “Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.” (NBCNews)
  • 11/4/17 Takes credit for recent stock market success, stating “the reason our stock market is so successful is because of me. I’ve always been great with money, I’ve always been great with jobs, that’s what I do. And I’ve done it well, I’ve done it really well, much better than people understand and they understand I’ve done well.” (Hill)
  • 11/6/17 Visits Japan:
    • 11/6/17 During his trip to Japan, says that he could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down North Korean missiles which flew over the nation earlier in the year. (JapanTimes)
    • 11/6/17 During his trip to Japan, admonishes Japanese automaker executives: “Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. Is that possible to ask? That's not rude. Is that rude? I don't think so.” Japan’s three major car companies built nearly 4 million vehicles on U.S. soil in 2016, and exports from Japan have been shrinking year over year since 1986. (CNN)
    • 11/7/17 Speaking at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, says: "So my relationship with Shinzo got off to quite a rocky start because I never ran for office, and here I am. But I never ran, so I wasn’t very experienced. And after I had won, everybody was calling me from all over the world. I never knew we had so many countries." (CourierMail)
  • 11/7/17 Syria signs the Paris climate agreement, leaving the U.S. as the sole country in the world to not sign it. (Independent)
  • 11/7/17 Due to a widespread backlash of Trump-style candidates, Democrats win the governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey as well as 15 seats in the Virginia legislature, hotly contested mayoral races in Charlotte, NC and St. Petersburg, FL, and many smaller races nationwide. (CNN)(WaPo)
  • 11/9/17 Speaking in China, praises China for unfair global trade practices: "I don't blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit." (CNN) Trump attacked China at least ten times during his campaign. (ABC)
  • 11/9/17 The Senate confirms Trump nominee for EPA Office of Air and Radiation William Wehrum, who worked for the EPA during the Bush administration and has since been working for a law firm representing the same fossil fuel groups that he will once again be regulating. (Hill)
  • 11/10/17 The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended that AT&T sell its Time Warner broadcasting unit, which includes CNN, before it grants antitrust approval for the merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Sources reveal that Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, which owns Fox News, has offered to buy CNN on at least two occasions. (Reuters)
  • 11/10/17 Hours after announcing in Asia that the U.S. "won't be taken advantage of anymore" and plans to put "America first," eleven Pacific Rim nations announced plans to move forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact without the U.S. (WaPo)
  • 11/10/17 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rejected at least 41 DACA recipients whose renewal applications were sent before the deadline but delayed by the postal service and not received until after the deadline. (NYT)
  • 11/11/17 After chatting with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, speaks to reporters on Air Force One, stating that Putin assured him that Russia had not interfered with the 2016 election and that the probes into the interference were an "artificial Democratic hit job." Trump says: “Every time [Putin] sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it, I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.” (NYT)
    • Later tweets: "When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics — bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!" (Hill)
    • And "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!" (BBC)
  • 11/11/17 Trump nominee 36-year-old attorney Brett Talley, who has never tried a case and was unanimously deemed "not qualified" by the American Bar Association, is considered for a lifetime federal district judgeship. (NYT) The ABA has only unanimously rated two other judicial nominees as "not qualified" since 1989. (NYT) Talley did not disclose to the Senate that he is the husband of White House senior lawyer Donald McGahn's chief of staff. (NYT)
  • 11/13/17 Administration begins taking quiet steps to seize border lands on the U.S. side from private owners and states in order to build the Trump's border wall. (CNN)
  • 11/13/17 Announces the nomination of Alex Azar for secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar worked for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly for a decade, most recently as its president of U.S. operations. (Hill)
  • 11/14/17 Is reported that Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading claims in his 298 days in office, for an average of 5.5 lies per day. (WaPo)(CNN)
  • 11/14/17 Tweets his condolences about a mass shooting in California that left four dead and 10 injured: "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived." He is accidentally referring to the previous mass shooting that occurred on November 5, 2017. (CBSNews)
  • 11/15/17 A federal judge rules that the DOJ cannot withhold money from Philadelphia over "sanctuary city" policies. (PhiladelphiaInquirer)
  • 11/15/17 Announces plans to allow hunters to import trophies of endangered elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S. (ABC) Puts the decision on hold after overwhelming backlash. (Hill)
  • 11/16/17 A Russian worker describes "a merry-go-round of lies" at a troll factory in St. Petersburg meant to generate explosive and divisive online content to sway the 2016 election. (NBCNews)
  • 11/16/17 Is reported that the head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at DHS, Rev. Jamie Johnson, has said that the black community is responsible for turning cities into "slums" and argued that Islam's only contribution to society was "oil and dead bodies." (CNN)
  • 11/17/17 In the wake of accusations against Democratic senator Al Franken for groping and kissing a woman in 2006, Trump tweets: "The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? ......And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?" (NBCNews)
    • Trump has not made any comments on the ongoing scandal of Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore, who in the past 10 days has received accusations from eight women, who at the time were ages: 14, 14, 15, 17, 18, 18, 22 and 28, and was banned from a local mall and the YMCA for lurking around minors. (NBCNews)
    • Trump has not in recent light addressed any of his own accusers of sexual assault and misconduct, who over the years include Ninni Laaksonen, Jessica Drake, Karena Virginia, Cathy Heller, Summer Zervos, Kristin Anderson, Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks, Mindy McGillivray, Natasha Stoynoff, Jennifer Murphy, Cassandra Searles, Temple Taggart and Jill Harth.(ThinkProgress) Or Ivana Trump, Mariah Billado, Lisa Boyne or Tasha Dixon. (Trump List: On Women)
    • Expresses frustration at daughter Ivanka after she speaks out against Roy Moore. (NYT)
  • 11/17/17 Is reported that a Trump branded tower in Panama has ties to the Russian mafia and international organized crime. (NBC-Reuters)
  • 11/17/17 The White House champions a tax cut bill without providing any accounting for how it would impact the U.S. economy. (WSJ)
  • 11/19/17 In the midst of a growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, the White House submits a $44 billion supplemental Medicaid payment request to Congress. (Hill)
  • 11/19/17 Lashes out at the father of a UCLA basketball player who was one of three players arrested in China for shoplifting and then allegedly released after Trump's interdiction: "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!" (Hill)
  • 11/20/17 Is reported that rates at Trump hotels have dropped internationally since his taking office, by an average of 33.5% and as high as 63% at Trump Las Vegas. (Telegraph)
  • 11/20/17 Announces ending a humanitarian program that has allowed 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S. since the 2010 earthquake. These refugees have given birth to 30,000 children in the U.S. and are thus American citizens entitled to stay, but most parents are expected to leave with their children by July 2019. (NYT)
  • 11/20/17 Documents reveal that the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which admitted to violating federal rules on self-dealing, will be shutting down, but cannot legally do so until an ongoing investigation of it is complete. (NBC)
  • 11/21/17 The U.S. votes against a U.N. resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, joining only Ukraine and Palau against the 131 countries in favor and 48 abstentions. (Independent)
  • 11/21/17 Throws in his support for Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore, who faces multiple accusations from women who claim he assaulted them when they were young women or teenagers as young as 14, saying: "We don’t need a liberal person in there -- a Democrat." (WaPo)
  • 11/21/17 A store at Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, a federal property, sells Trump brand wine as recently as September. (Hill)
  • 11/23/17 On Thanksgiving Day, speaking to members of the Coast Guard, brags about F-35 fighter jets, erroneously referring to them as being equipped with cloaking technology. (video via Independent)
  • 11/24/17 Names White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to simultaneously be acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Reuters)
    • Leandra English, the acting director appointed by the outgoing director, files suit against the U.S. government for illegally appointing Mulvaney as director. (WaPo)
  • 11/24/17 Members of the House Foreign Relations Committee express concern about the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January. (letter)(NYT)
  • 11/24/17 After claiming that Time Magazine called to tell him that he was "probably" going to be named Person of the Year and that he passed on it, Time's chief content officer Alan Murray replies: "Amazing. Not a speck of truth here." And "Total BS." (Hill)
  • 11/25/17 Tweets a link to the website magapill.com, which peddles fringe, anti-Semitic alt-right conspiracy theories. (Mediaite)
  • 11/25/17 On the same day that Vladimir Putin signs a law that allows foreign media outlets in Russia to be listed as "foreign agents," (CNN) Trump tweets an open attack on CNN International. (Hill)
  • 11/26/17 Continues to support alleged pederast Roy Moore for Senate by denouncing Moore's opponent in the Alabama race. (WaPo)
  • 11/27/17 Honors Native American "code talker" veterans from World War 2 in the Oval Office:
    • Holds the press conference in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, a president notorious for the Trail of Tears and was known as "Indian killer" by his many critics. (WaPo)
    • Refers to Senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas." (video via NBC)
    • White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that "Pocahontas" is not a slur and "what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career." (CNBC)
  • 11/28/17 Is reported that Trump will not receive an invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (EveningStandard)
  • 11/28/17 Still questions the validity of Barack Obama's birth certificate, as well as the validity of the "Access Hollywood Tape" which he has already apologized for. (NYT)
  • 11/28/17 Preemptively condemns a meeting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi by tweeting criticisms of their views and stating "I don't see a deal!" Schumer and Pelosi do not show up to the meeting. (CNN)
  • 11/29/17 Retweets three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos from a British far-right group. (BBC)(WaPo) White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends the tweets: "the threat is real." (Hill)
    • 11/29/17 Spokesperson for Britain Prime Minister Theresa May condemns the retweeting as "wrong" and has been pressured to cancel a planned state visit by Trump. (CNN)
    • 11/29/17 Trump responds by Twitter to May's rebuke: "Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!" The Twitter user he addresses is the wrong Theresa May. (WaPo)
    • 11/30/17 London mayor Sadiq Khan says that Trump is not welcome in Britain. (CNBC)
  • 11/29/17 Attacks the chairman of NBC News by alleging sexual misconduct without any evidence: "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack's past!" (CNN)
  • 11/29/17 Openly calls for a boycott of CNN after it is announced that CNN will not be attending the White House Christmas party. (USAToday)
    • 11/29/17 Bars one of the few black journalists who attends the White House daily press briefings, April Ryan, from attending the Christmas party. (Newsweek)
  • 11/29/17 Calls for an investigation into the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old staffer who worked for Joe Scarborough when he was a Florida representative, and insinuates that Scarborough is responsible for her death. (DailyNews)
  • 11/29/17 Appoints Kellyanne Conway to be the "Opioid Czar," in charge of tackling an opioid epidemic that kills 60,000 Americans each year. (Hill)(Vox)
  • 11/30/17 Is reported that over the summer Trump urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. (NYT)