October 2018

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  • 10/1/18 Says that he wants the FBI to conduct a "comprehensive investigation" of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assaults, but adds: "Now with that being said, I’d like it go go quickly. And the reason I'd like it to go quickly — very simple, so simple — because it’s unfair to (Kavanaugh) at this point." (Hill)
  • 10/1/18 Makes a vague threat of blackmail at an unnamed Democratic senator during a news conference, saying: “You know, I tell you what, I happen to know some United States senators, one who is on the other side who’s pretty aggressive. I’ve seen that person in very bad situations, okay? I’ve seen that person in very, very bad situations, somewhat compromising.” (ThinkProgress)
  • 10/2/18 Defends the name of his trade deal revision, which he has dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, saying: ""The USMCA. Like YMCA or United States Marine Corps with an 'A' at the end. I liked the way it sounded. I didn't want to use the name NAFTA because NAFTA has been so bad for us." (Hill)
  • 10/2/18 Is reported that Trump and his siblings in the 1990s set up a sham corporation to disguise otherwise taxable income that came from gifts from their parents. A $1 billion inheritance which would have resulted in $550 million in taxes was reduced to $52.2 million in taxes paid. (NYT) NYT investigative reporters reveal the following timeline:
    • Donald Trump began receiving income from his father's properties at age 3.
    • At age 17, Donald owned his first apartment building.
    • In the late 1970s through the 1980s, Donald and his father Fred worked together to cultivate the false image of Donald as a self-made real estate mogul in order to garner more outside investments and sway stock prices through media coverage.
    • By 1990, Donald was heavily in debt and spending up to $2 million per month. In order to gain direct control of his father's vast real estate and cash holdings, he attempted to get his father to sign a new will that would grant him that control upon his father's death.
    • In reaction to the attempted will change, Fred Trump employed his other adult children and lawyers to draft an alternate will that would distribute the wealth equally. At this time, all of the adult children discovered that under the current conditions, Fred's death would trigger an estate tax bill of 55%, or close to half a billion dollars.
    • With the intent of reducing this potential tax bill, the adult Trump children created All County Building Supply & Maintenance, a shell company that would overcharge Fred Trump's businesses for all manner of goods and services in order to siphon off the wealth into accounts with less tax liability. This scheme reduced Fred Trump's cash by over 90%.
    • Fred Trump still owned $900 million in buildings, so the Trump children hired appraiser Robert Von Ancken to create false appraisals of the properties, re-valuing them at $93 million.
    • The Trump children then restructured the ownership of Fred Trump's properties to further reduce the valuation, violating the step transaction doctrine that prohibits such a move that is made in order to avoid taxes. The creation of seven new LLCs and splitting Fred Trump's ownership with their mother and themselves reduced the value of the remaining real estate to $41.4 million.
    • Donald Trump ultimately received 25% of his father's empire, who died in 1999 after years of dementia.
    • In 2003 Donald suggests to his siblings that they liquidate the real estate, and in 2004 sells the empire for $737 million when it was worth approximately $1 billion at the time.
  • 10/2/18 After Trump is caught on camera insulting a female reporter by telling her "I know you're not thinking. You never do," the White House is caught changing the insult in the official transcript of the press conference to "I know you're not thanking. You never do." (DailyBeast)
  • 10/2/18 Mocks Christine Blasey Ford, the first of several sexual assault accusers of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying at a rally in South Haven, Mississippi: "I had one beer! How did you get home? I don't remember. How did you get there? I don't remember. I don't remember. I don't know." (NBC)
    • 10/3/18 WH spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends Trump's impersonation, saying "The president is simply putting out the facts of the matter." (NBC)
  • 10/3/18 A federal judge blocks the Trump administration from ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for over 300,000 migrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Sudan. (Hill)
  • 10/3/18 According to Forbes, Trump has lost $1.3 billion in personal wealth since taking office, dropping 138 spots to #259 on the Forbes 400. Forbes is quoted: "Much as he's trying — and he's definitely trying — Donald Trump is not getting richer off the presidency." (Forbes)
  • 10/4/18 The New York Attorney General files a memorandum in State Supreme Court that states "Donald J. Trump used his control over the Donald J. Trump Foundation for his personal, business and political interests in violation of federal and state law governing charities," and seeks to ban Trump from non-profits for ten years. (CNBC)
  • 10/5/18 In a tweet, labels anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters as "paid professionals" who were provided "professionally made identical signs... Paid for by [George] Soros and others." There is no evidence provided to back up his claim. (Guardian)
    • 10/6/18 Hours before a Senate vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a justice of the Supreme Court, Trump tweets: "Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capital Hill in preparation for a 3-5 P.M. VOTE. It is a beautiful thing to see - and they are not paid professional protesters who are handed expensive signs. Big day for America!" (USAToday)
    • 10/6/18 Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as a justice to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 Senate vote, replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy. The confirmation follows weeks of bitter coverage of sexual assault allegations from four women, contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and widespread controversy about Kavanaugh's drinking problems and truthfulness. (CNN)
  • 10/8/18 Advocates a "stop-and-frisk" policy in Chicago after Chicago police ended the policy in 2015 when it was found to be discriminatory against black citizens. (Reuters)
  • 10/8/18 Is reported that top Trump campaign official Rick Gates in 2016 sought assistance from an Israeli company to create fake online identities in order to manipulate social media and gather intelligence to win the election. (NYT)
  • 10/8/18 After the United Nations publishes its most urgent warning about climate change to date, citing the year 2040 as the point of no return for climate catastrophe, Trump does not respond. (NYT)(The U.N. Report)
    • 10/10/18 Several days after the U.N. report is released, Trump questions the credentials of the 91 scientists from 40 countries who examined over 6,000 studies to write the report. (ABC)
  • 10/9/18 U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announces that she is stepping down, not citing her reasoning. (NYT) The day before, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an investigation into whether Haley violated federal ethics regulations by accepting flights on private planes. (Hill)
  • 10/8/18 An Associated Press report reveals the federal government giving custody of detained immigrant children to adoptive families without the consent or notification of their birth parents. (AP)
  • 10/10/18 Accidentally tweets a sarcastic remark broadcast on Fox News joking about alleged paid protesters against Brett Kavanaugh having not been paid, tweeting: "The paid D.C. protesters are now ready to REALLY protest because they haven’t gotten their checks - in other words, they weren’t paid! Screamers in Congress, and outside, were far too obvious - less professional than anticipated by those paying (or not paying) the bills!" (HuffPo)
  • 10/10/18 Pens an op-ed that is published in USAToday, wherein fact-checkers immediately identify a number of lies regarding his campaign promises, actions by characterization of the "radical socialist" Democrats. (WaPo)
  • 10/11/18 The White House announces that it will "look into" the decision by Fox News to stop airing Trump's campaign rallies in full. Fox News has cited falling ratings for the decision. (DailyBeast)
  • 10/11/18 Levies a series of attacks on Twitter against the Federal Reserve and its decision to increase interest rates, and tells reporters that he blames the Fed for the latest sharp decline in the stock market. The public criticism is unprecedented. (Politico)
  • 10/11/18 Citing the potential loss of a $110 billion arms deal, signals extreme caution about criticizing Saudi Arabia's coordinated assassination of American resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. (Politico)
    • The incident involved two Saudi "hit teams" who entered Turkey and killed Khashoggi within moments of his entering the consulate, dismembered his body, loaded it into locally purchased luggage, and returned to Saudi Arabia on private jets with his remains the same day. (USAToday)
    • The $110 billion U.S.-Saudi arms deal that Trump mentions not exist in any formal or informal agreement. (WaPo)
  • 10/11/18 Holds a campaign rally in Pennsylvania in the midst of Category 4 Hurricane Michael devastating the Florida panhandle, the area's worst hurricane in recorded history. Tweets: "Departing the @WhiteHouse for Erie, Pennsylvania. I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there - and the thousands that are going. I look forward to seeing everyone this evening." (Salon)
  • 10/11/18 China reports a record trade surplus with the U.S. of $34.13 billion despite Trump's overt acts towards a trade war in the attempt to reduce the U.S-side trade deficit. (CNBC)
  • 10/11/18 Threatens to pull NBC off the air after a scathing story about him, suggesting that it was time to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine of 1949, a policy requiring holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial issues in a balanced way. (VanityFair)
  • 10/12/18 Calls on African American voters at an Ohio rally to "honor us" by voting Republican in the upcoming midterm elections, then praises Confederate General Robert E. Lee as a "true great fighter" and "great general," and claims that President Lincoln once had a "phobia" of the general. (WaPo)
  • 10/13/18 Is reported that consultants close to Trump are renting Trump's supporter database to candidates, conservative groups and businesses, making it the first time such a database has been peddled by a sitting president facing re-election. (NYT)
  • 10/14/18 Falsely claims that his policy of family separation at the borders is a successful deterent, saying "“Well, I will say this: if they feel there will be separation, they don’t come, you know. If they feel there’s separation, it’s — it’s a terrible situation." (ThinkProgress) The rate of detentions has increased substantially during Trump's "zero tolerance" border policy. (PewResearch)
  • 10/15/18 After Senator Elizabeth Warren takes a DNA test that confirms her Native American heritage, settling a claim Trump made in a July 2018 rally that he would personally pay $1 million to a charity of her choice if she could prove as much, Trump denies making the wager. When pressed by a reporter, Trump says: "I'll only do it if I can test her personally. This is not something I would enjoy doing either." (CNN)
  • 10/16/18 Twice in one week parrots Saudi Arabia's lines verbatim on the cover-up of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, first claiming that "rogue killers" could be responsible for Khashoggi's death, then claiming that King Salman of Saudi Arabia had totally denied "any knowledge of what took place." (WaPo)
  • 10/16/18 Calls adult film actress Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), who alleges that he had an affair with her in 2005-6, "horseface" in a tweet. (Politico)
  • 10/16/18 Promises to end all economic and humanitarian aid to Central American nations which do not actively try to stop a caravan of 1,600 to 2,000 Honduran migrants marching their way to the southern U.S. border. (USAToday)
  • 10/18/18 70% of condo owners in Manhattan's Trump Place vote to remove the "Trump" name sign from the building. (WaPo)
  • 10/18/18 The Trump administration announces that it will withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty that regulates international shipping rates, citing that China  unfairly benefits from the treaty. (BBC)
  • 10/21/18 Trump's Department of Health and Human services considers narrowing the definition of gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, a major rollback of recognition and protection of transgender people under federal law. (NYT)
  • 10/21/18 Announces that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which banned ground-launched medium-range missiles with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles. The move marks a significant setback for global arms control, signalling a wider unraveling. (BBC)
    • 10/22/18 Tells reporters that he will build the U.S. nuclear arsenal "until people come to their senses." (BBC)
  • 10/22/18 Vows to send as many troops to the border "as necessary" to stop a caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. southern border, calling their journey "an assault on our country." (USAToday)
  • 10/22/18 Tells reporters before heading to Houston to rally for Ted Cruz's senate reelection: "He's not Lyin' Ted anymore. He's Beautiful Ted," Trump said. "I call him Texas Ted." (Politico)
    • Tells the crowd in Houston, which recently suffered record flooding from Hurricane Harvey: "And I don't know who in this room did it, these guys with the little boats, think they have this great boat, okay. Where do these people come from? They want to go out, and they want to go into the hurricane -- to show their wife how great they are? And then they go out there and say 'Oh my God I'm dead!'" (video via YouTube) No one in the informal "Cajun Navy" died during the storm, and they worked non-stop for several days to rescue elderly, disabled and otherwise stranded Houstonians from their flooded homes with whatever watercraft they had available. (GQ)
    • Proclaims to the crowd at a rally in Houston: "You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Nothing wrong. Use that word." (USAToday)10/23/18 The White House issues a 72-page manifesto articulating the ills of socialism and the Democrats who are in support of it. The manifesto was published by the Council of Economic Advisers, a supposedly nonpartisan body of experts meant to advise the president on economic issues. (CNBC)
  • 10/23/18 Touts a nonexistent $450 billion in sales orders to Saudi Arabia and "over a million jobs." Says: "That's not helpful for us to cancel an order like that. That hurts us far more than it hurts them." There is no sales order of any sort, nor are there any jobs at stake, according to fact-checkers. (Politifact)
  • 10/24/18 Is reported that Trump uses a personal iPhone to talk with friends, gossip or gripe instead of a secured phone. U.S. intelligence acknowledge that they are aware that Chinese intelligence is able to listen in on all of his conversations. (NYT)
  • 10/25/18 In the wake of numerous suspicious packages and explosive devices being sent to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Robert DeNiro and others, Trump tweets: "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" (WaPo)
    • 10/26/18 In the immediate wake of explosive devices being sent to CNN offices in New York City, Trump tweets at 2:14 AM the following: "Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, “it’s just not Presidential!”" (Independent.uk)
    • 10/29/18 Is reported that Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner had to plead with Trump to explicitly denounce the synagogue shooting. (Newsweek)
  • 10/26/18 Formally invites Russian president Vladimir Putin to the WHite House in 2019. (BBC)
  • 10/26/18 Lashes out on Twitter at Twitter over his reduced follower account following Twitter's new policy of removing fake and malicious accounts. He tweets: "Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join - they have stifled growth to a point where it is obvious to all. A few weeks ago it was a Rocket Ship, now it is a Blimp! Total Bias?" (Politico)
  • 10/27/18 In the immediate wake of a synagogue shooting that left 11 dead in Pittsburgh, attacks Democrats by name and carries on with his scheduled trip to Illinois to support a campaign race (NYT)
    • At his campaign rally in Murphysboro, Illinois, explains to the crowd why he didn't cancel his speaking events in the wake of the shooting, saying "we can't allow people like this to become important." (WashingtonExaminer)
    • Blames a lack of armed guards in the synagogue for the death toll. (CNN via YouTube)
  • 10/29/18 The Pentagon announces that it is sending 5,200 active-duty National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent members of a migrant caravan from entering the U.S. (USAToday)(NYT)
  • 10/30/18 Announces that he wants to have an executive order drafted which will terminate the 14th Amendment right of citizenship to babies born in the United States if the parents are non-citizens or unauthorized immigrants. (NBC)
  • 10/31/18 Sparks protests attended by about 2,000 demonstrators for visiting Pittsburgh in the wake of the synagogue shooting that left 11 dead. The visit was rejected by the city's mayor and other local officials for being political in nature. (WaPo)
  • 10/31/18 Is reported that Trump's EPA has quietly signaled to states that it will allow more ozone air pollution without a review of the health impact of the decision. (CNN)