November 2018

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  • 11/01/18 Tweets a 53-second video featuring an immigrant convicted of murder, and alleges without evidence that Democrats were responsible for his entering the U.S. (WaPo)
  • 11/01/18 Claims at a Florida rally that the only reason Republicans are being labeled as racists by critics and the media is because they're "winning." Continues: “Anytime a Republican is leading, they take out the ‘R’ word, the ‘racist’ word. And I’m not anti-immigrant at all.” (Politico)
  • 11/02/18 HBO responds to Trump's tweet that depicts him in a mock-up of a Game of Thrones poster with the words "Sanctions are Coming" in the show's font, a play on its marketing slogan "Winter is Coming." HBO tweets: "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes." (CNBC)
  • 11/03/18 Is reported that the Trump administration has let go of a $1 billion case against Wal-Mart for foreign bribery, a $7 billion civil settlement against Barclays for selling toxic mortgage investments down to $2 billion, and released the Royal Bank of Scotland from all criminal charges related to its role in the 2008 financial crisis. (NYT) Further comparison against Obama's first 20 months in office reveal:
    • A 62 percent drop in penalties imposed and illicit profits ordered returned by the S.E.C.
    • A 72 percent decline in corporate penalties from the Justice Department’s criminal prosecutions.
    • A 75 percent drop in the number of Justice Department cases against the banking industry.
  • 11/7/18 Fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and uses an obscure law called the Vacancies Reform Act to supercede Justice Department rules to put Sessions' Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker in as acting attorney general. Whitaker is to take charge of the Russia investigation, an investigation that he has been openly critical of. (NYT)
    • 11/8/18 Is revealed that Whitaker served on the advisory board of a Florida company called World Patent Marketing, which a federal judge shut down in 2017 and fined $26 million after it was found to have scammed customers. Court documents show that Whitaker himself threatened one customer, using his status as a former federal prosecutor, and received $10,000 from its owner before being shut down. (NYT)
    • 11/9/18 Is noted that Whitaker worked for a conservative group called Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, which was tasked with gathering dirt on Hillary Clinton, Merrick Garland and other G.O.P. enemies. Also that Whitaker in 2014 named Marbury v. Madison as the worst Supreme Court decision (Marbury v. Madison, 1803, established the principle of judicial review, the power of federal courts to declare legislative and executive acts unconstitutional and becoming the keystone to the American judicial system). (NYT)
    • 11/9/18 Claims to the press "I don't know Matt Whitaker." But is reported the month before that he stated "I do know Matt Whitaker." (NYT)
    • 11/9/18 Senator Chuck Schumer of New York sends a letter to Trump explaining how the appointment of Whitaker as acting AG is "unconstitutional." (the letter)
  • 11/7/18 Verbally attacks CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a press conference after Acosta asks him about his characterization of migrants walking to the U.S. southern border as an "invasion." Says: "CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person... The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn't treat other people that way." (Hill)
    • 11/8/18 WH spokesperson Sarah Sanders shares a doctored video depicting Acosta placing his hands on a White House intern during the press conference, with the accompanying tweet: "We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video." (CBS)
  • 11/8/18 A federal appeals court upholds a nationwide injunction against Trump's attempt to revoke deportation protections for 700,000 DACA recipients ("Dreamers"), the first time that a federal circuit court has weighed in. (NYT)
  • 11/10/18 Deploys 5,600 troops to the southwest border, where they sleep 20 to a tent with no A/C or heat, must stay deployed through Thanksgiving and will receive no combat pay. It is estimated that if the deployment reaches 15,000 soldiers, the cost will reach $200 million. (NYT)
  • 11/10/18 Trump cancels a cemetary visit in France to honor fallen American soldiers on the 100th anniversary of World War I, due to rain, and spends countless hours at the U.S. ambassador's residence while all other European and world leaders attend a memorial event. (Hill)
    • 11/11/18 Elects to skip another gathering of world leaders at Élysée Palace, heading alone to the Arc de Triomphe where a reception ceremony is held. Russian president Vladimir Putin also arrives separately and flashes Trump a thumbs up. (CNN)
  • 11/10/18 FEC records show that Trump properties received $3.2 million during midterms from campaigns and political action communities, $1.2 million from the Republican National Committee. (CNN)
  • 11/11/18 Tweets an attack on forest management in the midst of California's latest devastating wildfires, triggering anger from firefighters' associations, politicians and celebrities. (CNN)
  • 11/12/18 Commercial satellite imagery reveals that North Korea has continued to make improvements on nuclear-armed missiles at over a dozen launching sites, a fact known to American intelligence agencies but left unsaid and contradictory to Trump's repeated claims that he has successfully negotiated the end of their missile program. (NYT)
  • 11/12/18 Tweets a call to end the democratic process of ballot recounts in Florida after its governor and senate races both fall to within a 0.5% margin. Tweets: "The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!" (BBC)
  • 11/13/18 Is sued by CNN for banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House, with CNN alleging that Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated. (CNBC)
    • 11/16/18 A federal judge orders the White House to restore the press pass of CNN's Jim Acosta. (CNN)
  • 11/13/18 The State of Maryland files for an injunction against the appointment of Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General, asserting that Trump may not "bypass the constitutional and statutory requirements for appointing someone to that office." (NYT)
  • 11/13/18 Is reported that Trump intends on firing his secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, as a way to push out his chief of staff John Kelly without directly firing him. (NYT)
  • 11/13/18 After French president Emmanuel Macron indirectly excoriates Trump by condemning nationalism, Trump responds with the tweet: "“The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!” Trump enjoys a 9% approval rating in France. (NYT)
  • 11/14/18 Says in an interview "if you buy a box of cereal, you have a voter ID. They try to shame everybody by calling them racist, or calling them something, anything they can think of, when you say you want voter ID. But voter ID is a very important thing.” (TheDailyCaller)
  • 11/17/18 Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is challenged in a Supreme Court case. (the motion)
  • 11/17/18 Says of the $5 billion he is requesting to build a border wall: "This would be a very good time to do a [government] shutdown." (Hill)
  • 11/17/18 The Trump Administration makes it easier for employers to exclude birth control from health insurance benefits provided under Obamacare, and says that female employees can instead get contraceptives at family planning clinics meant for low-income people. (NYT)
  • 11/19/18 Criticizes Admiral William McRaven, the mastermind behind the raid on Osama bin Laden, for not catching bin Laden "fast enough" and labels him a "Hillary fan" and "Obama backer" despite decades of non-partisan service. (NYT)
  • 11/20/18 A federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocks Trump's declaration that all members of the South American migrant caravan would be denied asylum at the border, saying it violates existing law and would cause irreparable harm to immigrants. (NPR)
  • 11/20/18 Is reported that in the Spring of 2018 Trump wanted his aides to prepare to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton, but White House lawyer Don McGahn wrote a memo describing how doing so would lead to his impeachment. (NYT)
  • 11/20/18 In a bizarre statement, backs Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Bin Salman in the scandal over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, tweeting in part: "Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn't! That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." (NBC)(NYT)
  • 11/20/18 Is revealed that Trump's controversial appointment to acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, was paid more than $1.2 million in the past few years by a group active in conservative politics that does not reveal its donors. (NYT)
  • 11/22/18 During Thanksgiving calls to servicemembers, likens the fight against terrorists to his efforts to prevent a group of South American migrants from applying for asylum. (CNN)
  • 11/22/18 Dismisses the CIA's finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, stating that the CIA had "feelings" but did not confirm the connection. Says: "I hate the crime, I hate the coverup. I will tell you this: The crown prince hates it more than I do, and they have vehemently denied it... Maybe the world should be held accountable because the world is a very, very vicious place.” (WaPo)
  • 11/22/18 Threatens to close down the entire southern U.S. border if incoming migrants were out of control, and added that troops at the border were authorized to use lethal force. (Slate) Claims that parts of the border have already been closed, then walks back the statement after being questioned about it. (HuffPo)
  • 11/23/18 Following a crash in the price of oil by over 30% in one week, Trump tweets: "Oil prices getting lower, Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let's go lower!" (CNN)
  • 11/23/18 The Department of Homeland Security confirms that a record 14,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are being held in U.S. custody. (CNN)
  • 11/23/18 The New York's Supreme Court rules that a lawsuit filed against the Trump Foundation for alleged self-dealing and misuse of charity assets will not be dismissed on account of Trump being the sitting president. (Hill)
  • 11/24/18 Is reported that Trump's communication director Bill Shine will receive $7 million from Fox News while working in the White House. (ThinkProgress)
  • 11/25/18 Claims that he has a deal with Mexico to detain the migrant caravan while their asylum applications are being processed, and is corrected by the Mexican government which states that no such deal exists. (Slate)
  • 11/25/18 The Trump White House releases a damning report on the effects of climate change (The Fourth National Climate Assessment), which directly contradicts the Trump Administrations claims dismissing the effects of climate change. (NYT)11/26/18 Speaking of the 1,600-page assessment authored by 13 federal agencies, says "I don't believe it" and "We're the cleanest we've ever been." (NYT)
  • 11/25/18 Is reported that U.S. authorities fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants who attempted to scale a border wall, and subsequently shut down the border crossing at San Diego for seven hours. Amongst the crowd of migrants were elderly in wheelchairs and children in strollers (NBC w/ photos & video)
  • 11/27/18 Is reported that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort held multiple secret talks with Julian Assange of Wikileaks inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited him at the time he joined Trump's campaign. Assange and Wikileaks released troves of stolen data during the 2016 election known to have been obtained by Russian intelligence. (Guardian)
  • 11/27/18 After claiming that President Obama also had a policy of separating children from their parents at the border, CBS reporter Paula Reid challenges the falsehood and Trump immediately terminates the press conference. (Haaretz) 
  • 11/28/18 Retweets an image of the following people behind prison bars: Robert Mueller, John Podesta, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rod Rosenstein, Eric Holder, Huma Abedin, James Clapper, James Comey and Loretta Lynch, with the caption "Now that russia collusion is a proven lie, when do the real trials for treason begin?" Both Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein are a part of his current administration and investigating him for collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. (Independent)
  • 11/29/18 Threatens House Democrats that he will declassify "devastating" documents if they "go down the presidential harrassment track." (Newsweek)
  • 11/29/18 Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty in federal court to lying to investigators about the proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, claiming that the project ended in January 2016 when it had not ended until much later in the year during the election. (CNN)
    • Trump had planned to give the $50 million penthouse to Vladimir Putin, according to four sources including one of the project's planners. (BuzzFeed)