October 2017

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  • 10/1/17 Attends the Presidents Cup Golf Tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club after spending the weekend at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, in the midst of a controversial natural disaster recovery effort in Puerto Rico. (Hill)
    • 10/1/17 Dedicates the Presidents Cup golf trophy to the people of Puerto Rico, who are still in the midst of a humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (WaPo)
  • 10/1/17 Boasts of the efforts by federal agencies to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria while attacking the people of Puerto Rico, tweeting: "We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates,...people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military." (Hill)
  • 10/1/17 Trump's FEMA director Brock Long enters the feud between Trump and San Juan major Carmen Yulin Cruz, stating "If mayors decided not to be apart [sic] of that [relief effort] then the response is fragmented." (Hill)
  • 10/1/17 Attacks his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter, posting: "I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man... Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" (CNN)
  • 10/1/17 Billionaire Richard Branson releases a letter he received from Trump in 2004, which read in part: "At least your dismal ratings can now allow you to concentrate on your airline which, I am sure, needs every ounce of your energy... Like television, you should try to get out the airline business too, as soon as possible! Actually, I wonder out loud how you can be anywhere close to a billionaire and be in that business. Perhaps the title of your show, The Rebel Billionaire, is misleading?... In any event, do not use me to promote your rapidly sinking show – you are a big boy, try doing it yourself!" (Independent)
  • 10/2/17 Is reported that White House aides attempted to keep Trump from scheduling a visit to Puerto Rico on 10/3/17 because they were afraid that protests of his visit would set off his fiery temper. (NYT)
  • 10/2/17 Backs a House bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with threat of imprisonment for the mother and/or the doctor for up to five years. (Hill)
  • 10/3/17 Speaking in the wake of a Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 concert goers dead and over 500 injured: "Look, we have a tragedy. What happened is, in many ways, a miracle. The police department, they’ve done such an incredible job. And we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes on. But I do have to say, how quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle. (WaPo)
  • 10/3/17 Visits hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico:
    • Tosses relief supplies into a crowd in a church like basketballs. (CBS) On 10/7/17 defends his behavior: They had these beautiful, soft towels, very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people, and they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘throw ‘em to me! Throw ‘em to me Mr. President!’ " (Hill)
    • Says at a table with leaders from P.R. and the federal government "Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine." (CBS)
    • At a press briefing compares the damage to Katrina, saying: "We've saved a lot of lives. If you look at the - every death is a horror - but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous - hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died. And you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering. Nobody's ever seen anything like this. What is your death count? Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be proud of what's taken place." (CBS)
    • Heaps praise on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which played no role in the hurricane recovery. (Hill)
  • 10/3/17 The Internal Revenue Service will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued the week before. (FBO.gov) Equifax earlier this year suffered one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history, with at least 145 million Americans losing personal data to hackers. (Politico)(NYT) In the wake of the breach, Equifax directed affected customers to a fake website that was actually a phishing scam. (NPR)
  • 10/3/17 U.S. joins Saudi Arabia in voting against a United Nations ban on death penalty for consensual same-sex relations, apostasy, blasphemy and adultery. (Snopes)
  • 10/3/17 One of Trump's judicial nominees, Charles Goodwin, is reported to have received a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. (BuzzFeed)
  • 10/4/17 After vowing to a Fox News reporter that he would unilaterally wipe out Puerto Rico's debt, Puerto Rican bonds drop to 36 cents on the dollar. (CNBC)
  • 10/4/17 The Interior Department moves to delay implementing an Obama-era rule to limit methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on federal land by 18 months. (Hill) A federal court determines that this broke the law. (Hill)
  • 10/5/17 Is reported that Trump personally instructed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to deny Iowa's request to revitalize their health insurance marketplace. (WaPo)
  • 10/6/17 The Department of Justice issues guidance to federal agencies and prosecutors instructing them to take the position in court that workers, employers and organizations may claim broad exemptions from nondiscrimination laws based on religious objections, including against offering birth control to employees. (NYT)
  • 10/6/17 The Department of Health and Human Services issues two rules rolling back a federal requirement that employers must include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. (NYT)
  • 10/6/17 Is reported that in February of 2017, Trump complained to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about a law that barred U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials. (NewYorker)
  • 10/6/17 An internal watchdog at the U.S. Treasury investigates allegations the department illegally looked at financial records of U.S. citizens and that U.S. citizens’ banking and financial data has been illegally searched and stored. (Reuters)
  • 10/7/17 Says in an interview: "You know in theory, I want to focus on North Korea, I want to focus on Iran, I want to focus on other things. I don't want to focus on fixing somebody's back or their knee or something. Let the states do that." (Hill)
  • 10/8/17 Inspectors general have opened at least five investigations into charter or military flights by Trump's cabinet officials amounting to millions in spending. (WaPo)
  • 10/9/17 Allows the waiver of the Jones Act to expire after a week and a half, which will double the shipping costs for food and supplies in Puerto Rico. (HuffPo)
  • 10/9/17 Washington state's attorney general announces he will sue Trump over its rollback of an ObamaCare requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. (WA.gov)
  • 10/9/17 Sends a fundraising email touting VP Pence's planned walk-out of an NFL game after some players kneeled during the National Anthem. (CNN)
  • 10/10/17 Tells Forbes of the recent scandal involving Tillerson calling him a moron in February: "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win." (Forbes)
  • 10/10/17 Continues a week-long Twitter feud with outgoing Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, deeply jeopardizing his ability to pass his tax reform bill. (Hill) Corker referred to the White House as an adult day care center and that someone had missed their shift that morning when he was initially attacked on Twitter. (WaPo)
  • 10/10/17 Says that won't fill a lot of the vacant federal appointments in the Executive Branch of government, stating: "I'm generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be — because you don't need them. I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it's totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people." (Forbes)
  • 10/10/17 Formally proposes to scrap the Obama administration's signature climate change rule for power plants. (Hill)
  • 10/10/17 Is reported by the Washington Post that Trump has made 1,318 verifiably false or misleading claims in his 263 days in office. (WaPo)
  • 10/10/17 NBC News reports that Trump requested a tenfold increase in the nuclear arsenal at a gathering on 7/20/17, which triggered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the meeting to call Trump a "fucking moron." (NBC)
    • 10/11/17 Threatens NBC over the news report and lashes out at the news media to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office, saying that it is "frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write." (WaPo)
    • 10/11/17 Threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticize him by challenging their licenses. (NYT) The FCC responds by tweeting "Not how it works." (Hill)
  • 10/11/17 A report details six of Trump's deregulatory actions which would directly benefit Trump's businesses. (CitizenVox)
  • 10/11/17 Nominates the CEO of the privately owned weather forecasting company AccuWeather Barry Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Myers does not hold any degrees in science. (Reuters)
  • 10/12/17 Announces that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico in the midst of its ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by Hurricane Maria, saying "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" (WaPo)
  • 10/12/17 Approval ratings post-Maria sink lower than Bush's approval ratings post-Katrina. (WaPo)
  • 10/12/17 All but one of twelve NBA teams now boycott Trump SoHo since Trump's 2015 bid for the presidency, and droves of other pro teams now avoid Trump properties. (WaPo)
  • 10/12/17 Documents show that the Secret Service pays Trump every time he visits one of his golf clubs, being charged for golf carts, food, operations space and other accommodations. (CNN)
  • 10/13/17 Signs an executive order that will offer cheaper health care plans and siphon younger, healthier Americans out of the market, driving up costs for everyone else. (CNN)
  • 10/13/17 Announces that he will stop paying federal cost-sharing subsidies associated with the Affordable Healthcare Act. (CNN)
    • 10/13/17 Eighteen states sue Trump to stop him from scrapping the subsidies component. (Reuters)
  • 10/13/17 Refers to the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands as the "president" of the islands. (CNN)
  • 10/13/17 Speaking at the conservative Values Voters Summit, says "We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values," and promising to bring back the phrase "Merry Christmas." (CNN)
  • 10/13/17 Refuses to recertify the Iran nuclear de-armament deal made under Obama, which Trump had previously recertified twice. (BBC)
  • 10/13/17 Quietly continues to cut support for halfway houses for federal prisoners, severing contracts with up to 16 facilities and forcing inmates to stay behind bars for longer. (Reuters)
  • 10/14/17 A group of 125 psychologists and other mental health professionals march through the streets of New York City to demand that Trump be thrown out of office based on the 25th Amendment. (NewYorkPost)
  • 10/15/17 Has raised $10 million in 2017 Q3 for his 2020 reelection, but has spent $1.1 million of it in that period on legal fees. (Reuters)
  • 10/15/17 Is revealed that Trump was served with a subpoena in March 2017 for all documents relating to his alleged assault on Summer Zervos during the filming of a season of The Apprentice in 2007. (BuzzFeed)(the subpoena)
  • 10/15/17 Ronald Williams II of Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is arrested after police find child pornography on his cellphone. (WaPo)
  • 10/16/18 Calls an impromptu Rose Garden press conference to defend the job he has been doing so far, casting his opponents as unguided or unpatriotic, for 40 minutes. (Politico)
  • 10/16/17 The Trump admin prevents an undocumented pregnant teenager detained in a Brownsville refugee shelter from getting an abortion, following a policy handed down from HHS seven months ago that bars abortions for minors at such federally funded shelters even in the case or rape or incest and even if the minor has the ability to pay for the procedure. (Politico)
  • 10/17/18 Trump's nominee for drug czar Tom Marino withdraws from consideration after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the DEA in its fight against the opioid epidemic by increasing opioid sales and protecting drug companies who sold large quantities of such narcotics from DEA investigation. (WaPo/60Minutes)
  • 10/17/17 Claims that President Obama and other previous presidents never wrote to or called the families of slain American troops, addressing a growing scandal around his waiting 12 days to acknowledge the loss of four American soldiers in an ambush in Niger. (CNN) The claim is false. (CBSNews)
    • 10/18/17 Calls the wife of one of the slain soldiers LaDavid Johnson while she was on her way to greet the casket containing her husband, and tells her that 'he knew what he signed up for.' He denies the incident and says he has "proof," but the call was overheard by a congresswoman who was with the widow while the call was on speakerphone. (NYT)
    • 10/19/17 Trump's denial of the incident is refuted by Chief of Staff John Kelly, who tells the press that he told Trump to say that the soldier knows what he signs up for. (NYT)
  • 10/19/17 The Art Institute of Chicago announces that they have the real painting by Pierre-August Renoir called "Two Sisters (On The Terrace)" while Trump owns a fake version of it. (ChicagoTribune)
  • 10/19/17 Vladimir Putin calls on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting Trump, saying: "Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system. One can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him" (Newsweek)
  • 10/20/17 Tweets a false claim that a UK crime rise is caused by "Radical Islamic terror." (Guardian)
  • 10/20/17 Causes widespread confusion amongst top health officials after promising to deliver an emergency declaration in one week's time to combat the opioid epidemic. There are not enough appointed officials or a consensus on how to address the epidemic to actually deliver on his promise. (Politico)
  • 10/20/17 WH Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells a reporter that any criticism of a four-star general is "highly inappropriate." (Hill)
  • 10/20/17 Personally launches a petition asking supporters to declare that they believe in standing for the National Anthem. (Hill)(petition)
  • 10/20/17 WH aides hustle to secure an up-to-date list of soldiers who have died during Trump's term after Trump claims in an interview that he had already contacted the families of "virtually everybody" in the military who has been killed since he took office. (RollCall)
  • 10/21/17 Two members of Trump's advisory commission on election integrity openly complain about the lack of transparency at the office and the panel's agenda. (AP)
  • 10/21/17 Promotes the book of an evangelical pastor, Robert Jeffress, who has repeatedly called Catholicism a cult-like pagan religion. (Newsweek)
  • 10/23/17 Nicaragua joins the Paris Climate Accord, leaving only the United States and Syria outside of the pact. (Guardian)
  • 10/23/17 State Department revokes the visa of a top Putin critic and citizen of Britain while Putin simultaneously added him to the Interpol list. (Guardian)
  • 10/23/17 Fails to place new sanctions on Russia after three weeks of delay. (Newsweek)
  • 10/25/17 After the CEO of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica says that he tried to contact Julian Assange about Hillary Clinton's private emails during the election, the White House tries to distance itself from the firm. (Hill)(Daily Beast)
  • 10/25/17 Regarding the claim that he could not remember the name of the fallen soldier La David Johnson while on the phone with the widow, says that he has "one of the great memories of all time" and that he used Johnson's name repeatedly during the conversation. (BusinessInsider)
  • 10/26/17 A 10-year-old immigrant with cerebral palsy is detained by immigration officials on her way to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery. (NYT)
  • 10/27/17 Conservative activist and Trump nominee for foreign envoy on women's issues Penny Young Nance lashes out at two Republican senators, calling one a "middle school girl," and heads an organization which states that it "protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy." (Politico)
  • 10/28/17 Sons Donald Jr and Eric travel to India to launch two residential projects for the Trump Organization, joining three other active Trump Org projects in the country. (WaPo)
  • 10/28/17 In the midst of increased scrutiny of the Trump campaign's connection to Russia during the 2016 election, WH Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweets: "The evidence Clinton campaign, DNC & Russia colluded to influence the election is indisputable." (Hill)
  • 10/29/17 Analysis of the proposed tax overhaul bill shows that it would cut taxes by an average of $700,000 for the nation's 175,000 richest families while raising taxes for the middle class. (NYT)
  • 10/30/17 Former campaign manager Paul Manafort turns himself into the custody of the FBI following a 12-count indictment including conspiring against the United States. (NYT)
    • Trump responds by tweeting: “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????” and then minutes later "Also, there is NO COLLUSION!" (WaPo)
    • 10/30/17 Foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, who was arrested on July 27 enters a surprise guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian agents. (NYT)
  • 10/31/17 Trump's nominee for WH senior advisor for environmental policy Kathleen Hartnett White is reported to have said that the goal of the U.N. and climate change activists is "all-powerful government" that would end democracy. (CNN)
    • Warns that solar and wind energy might "disfigure the country," and says "fossil fuels are the remains of life – plant and animal life. They come back through burning them to amplify our lives, to do work that we otherwise would have to do ourselves" (YouTube video)
    • Calls carbon dioxide "the gas of life." (YouTube video)
    • Suggests that fossil fuels helped to end slavery. (TexasPublicPolicyFoundation)