November 2019

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  • 11/1/19 Tells reporters that the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is Chad Wolf, causing confusion since Wolf is the acting undersecretary for policy and no formal actions have been taken to promote Wolf. (CNN)
  • 11/2/19 Moves his permanent residence from New York City to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, claiming his dislike of New York taxes. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo tweets: "Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Good riddance. It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway...He’s all yours, Florida". (NYT)
  • 11/2/19 Is reported that smugglers at the Mexico-U.S. border have cut large holes through Trump's wall with saws that can be purchased from a hardware store for under $100. (WaPo)
  • 11/2/19 A federal judge blocks the Trump administration from requiring immigrants to prove they have insurance or the financial resources for medical costs in order to obtain a visa. (NYT)
  • 11/2/19 Is reported that a Halloween event at the White House encouraged children to write their names on red pieces of paper designed to act as bricks in a border wall mural. (DailyMail)
  • 11/4/19 Mulls proposals to privatize national park campgrounds and further commercialize the parks with expanded Wi-Fi service, food trucks and Amazon deliveries at tourist camp sites, as well as reject all senior discounts during peak hours. (LATimes)
  • 11/4/19 Begins the year-long process to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. (Guardian)
  • 11/4/19 Former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovich tells congressional investigators that she was warned by a Ukraine official to "watch [her] back" after the White House began a smear campaign against her. (NPR)
  • 11/4/19 Loses an appeal to keep his tax returns from a Manhattan grand jury. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals writes: "presidential immunity does not bar a state grand jury from issuing a subpoena in aid of its investigation of potential crimes committed by persons within its jurisdiction, even if that investigation may in some way implicate the president." (CNN)
  • 11/6/19 Issues a vague threat to Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman days after Vindman damaging testimony about Trump’s conduct on a July phone call with Ukraine’s leader. Trump says to the press on the South Lawn: “You’ll be seeing very soon what comes out."
  • 11/7/19 A New York judge rules that Trump must pay $2 million for misusing Trump Foundation funds after ruling that it used $2.82 million on campaign finance among other inappropriate ways. (NPR)
  • 11/11/19 Trump's E.P.A. publishes plans to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations. (NYT)(E.P.A. proposal: "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science")
  • 11/12/19 A trove of leaked emails from 2015 reveals that White House senior adviser and head of immigration policy Stephen Miller promoted stories from white nationalist and fringe media organizations to staffers of the far-right website Breitbart. (CNN)
  • 11/12/19 Is reported that a senior Trump State Department adminstration official, Mina Chang, embellished her résumé with misleading claims about her professional background, including a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it. (NBC)
  • 11/14/19 Trump welcomes Turkey's strongman Recep Erdogan to the White House and heaps praise on him only weeks after Erdogan invaded recently U.S.-held territory in northern Syria against Trump's own wishes. (USAToday)
    • 11/14/19 Erdogan plays a propaganda video to Trump in the White House highlighting the dangers of Kurdish "terrorists." (Hill)
  • 11/15/19 Even while former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovich testifies to Congress that she was "shocked, appalled and devastated" by Trump's villification of her, Trump tweets attacks against her in real time. (NYT)
  • 11/15/19 Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone is convicted in federal court of seven felonies for obstructing the congressional inquiry, lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness whose account would have exposed his lies. The charges carry a maximum prison term of 50 years. (NYT) Stone is the sixth Trump associate to be convicted in a court of law during Trump's presidency. (Forbes)
  • 11/15/19 Suddenly increases the cost on South Korea to have U.S. armed forces in its country by 400%, threatening to pull out if Seoul does not pay up. This frustrates Pentagon officials and both parties in Congress. (CNN)
  • 11/15/19 Pardons for two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan and restores the rank of a Navy SEAL who was acquitted of murder in Iraq. (NPR)
    • 1st Lt. Clint Lorance served six years of a 19-year sentence on two charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice after ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed men in Afghanistan, killing two of them. He was convicted in 2013.
    • Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, a West Point graduate, was awaiting trial for allegedly murdering a suspected Afghan bombmaker in 2010. The trial was scheduled for 2020.
    • Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, had his rank restored. He was accused of gutting a teenage ISIS combatant in Iraq and then slitting his throat while U.S. combat medics were operating on him, and was convicted of posing with the corpse and forcing his officers to re-state their oaths of service over his dead body. Gallagher was acquitted of murder and other serious charges in July 2019. 
  • 11/16/19 After making a sudden and unscheduled trip to the hospital, has White House staff tell the press that it was a part of his annual physical exam, which he started three months early due to a busy schedule. (Insider)
  • 11/17/19 In response to North Korea releasing a statement saying that former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is a "rabid dog" who should be "beaten to death with a stick," Trump tweets to Kim Jung Un: "Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a “rabid dog.” He is actually somewhat better than that, but I am the only one who can get you where you have to be. You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon!" (USAToday)