October 2019

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  • 10/1/19 The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community issues a rare statement correcting Trump's false claims regarding a whisteblower complaint that reveals his solicitation of election interference from Ukraine. (Gizmodo
  • 10/2/19 A book by New York Times journalist Julie Hirschfeld Davis reveals that Trump actively considered using snake- and alligator-filled trenches along his border wall, as well as flesh-piercing spikes, in order to make the wall more dangerous to illegal immigrants. (NPR)
  • 10/2/19 Unleashes a very long string of angry tweets in the morning, including: “The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016.” (NBC)
  • 10/3/19 In the midst of an ongoing impeachment inquiry spurred by his attempts to coerce Ukraine into gathering political dirt in exchange for already-approved military aid, publicly calls on China to partake dirt-gathering for him. Tells reporters: “China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine... If they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power.” (NYT)
  • 10/3/19 Declares that he is considering creating a state-run media site or channel. (Newsweek
  • 10/4/19 House Democrats issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Trump's efforts to coerce Ukraine for election dirt after the White House refuses to comply with repeated requests for the materials. (NBC
  • 10/4/19 Issues a proclamation that he will bar immigrants who do not have health insurance and cannot afford to pay medical care costs from getting visas of almost any kind. (Vox)
  • 10/6/19 Blames Energy Secretary Rick Perry for his call with the Ukraine president, claiming that Perry made him do it. (Axios)
  • 10/7/19 Calls for counterimpeachments: "Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con... This makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle' Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason. I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly 'Colluded' with them, must all be immediately Impeached!" (DailyMail)
  • 10/7/19 Is ordered by a federal judge in Manhattan to hand over eight years of tax returns. (NYT)
  • 10/7/19 Tweets the following: “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” (NYT)
  • 10/8/19 Trump's White House blocks the U.S. Ambassador to the E.U., Gordon Sondland, from appearing for a deposition as part of a House impeachment inquiry. (Slate)
    • 10/11/19 Sondland's lawyers announce that he will testify after all. (CNN)
  • 10/8/19 A G.O.P.-led Senate panel affirms the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election through social media and helped Trump win the race. (NYT)
  • 10/8/19 Trump's White House announces that they would not cooperate with the ongoing impeachment inquiry, which it deems an effort "to overturn the results of the 2016 election." A letter signed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone refers to the inquiry as a "kangaroo court." (NYT)
  • 10/9/19 Is reported that the U.S. under the Trump administration owes $1 billion in dues and backdues, causing operational turmoil for the U.N. (USAToday)
  • 10/9/19 Sends a letter to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan that contains open threats to destroy his economy. The letter includes the following: "History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen. Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!" (Newsweek)
  • 10/10/19 In the wake of pulling U.S. troops out of Syria and allowing Turkey to launch a military strike on ethnic Kurds who have previously fought with the U.S. against I.S.I.S., Trump tells reporters: "They didn't help us with Normandy." (Slate
  • 10/10/19 Two associates of Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani are arrested. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are picked up by federal law enforcement at the airport with one-way tickets out of the United States. (NYT)
  • 10/10/19 At a campaign rally, says presidential candidate Joe Biden "was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama's ass." (Hill)
  • 10/11/19 A federal judge rules that Trump violated federal law when he used his declaration of a national emergency to get millions for building a wall on the southern U.S. border. (NBC)
  • 10/11/19 At a campaign rally in Minnesota, openly stokes hatred against all Somali immigrants: “As you know for many years leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers. I promise you, as president, I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration controls." (Slate)
  • 10/11/19 Acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan quits after voicing concern about the "tone, the message, the public face and approach" of the nation's immigration policy. McAleenan served as acting secretary for six months. (NPR)(WaPo)
  • 10/13/19 In response to Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan saying that House Democrats have discussed jailing allies of Trump who have refused to comply with Congressional subpoenas, tweets: "A despicable human being!" (Hill)
  • 10/14/19 The U.S. Census Bureau asks for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data even after the Supreme Court blocked Trump's plans to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. (NBC)
  • 10/15/19 Former top White House adviser Fiona Hill cooperates in a House investigation into the Ukraine scandal, confirming the events that Trump has denied about trying to extort political dirt from the Ukraine president for $400 million of already-approved military aid. (Politico)
  • 10/16/19 Issues a last-minute invitation to the parents of a teenager who was killed in a car crash in Britain. The perpetrator, the wife of an American intelligence agent, fled the U.K. Trump attempts to have the grieving parents meet the perpetrator in the Oval Office in front of a press pool as a surprise, causing the parents to abruptly leave the White House. (NYT)
  • 10/16/19 A fourth associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, named David Correia, is arrested. (WaPo)
  • 10/17/19 White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirms multiple times in front of the press that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to get their government to investigate Democrats (of the United States). Then recants his confirmation the next day. (NYT)
  • 10/17/19 The White House announces that the next G7 summit will, in fact, be held at Trump's National Doral resort near Miami, commenting: "It's almost like they build this facility to host this type of event." (NYT)
    • 10/19/19 Announces that he will choose another location for the event, tweeting: "I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 leaders. But, as usual, the hostile media & Democrat partners went CRAZY! Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020.” (NYT)
  • 10/17/19 In the immediate aftermath of House testimony that reveals that Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was directed to handle Ukraine affairs through Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Perry announces that he is resigning from his post. (NYT)
  • 10/17/19 Personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani accidentally calls ("butt-dials") a NBC reporter and leaves a three-minute voicemail revealing his discussion about foreign business dealings and how he needs cash. (BusinessInsider)
  • 10/18/19 Claims at a rally in Dallas: (CNN)
    • Texas "made a fortune" on Hurricane Harvey, which created damages estimated at $125 billion. Texas has received $26.6 billion in federal aid and insurance payouts have totalled $19.6 billion.
    • The Coast Guard saved 16,000 lives during Harvey. It rescued 11,022 people.
    • Joe Biden received $1.5 billion from China. No evidence of any profit from China to Biden has surfaced.
    • Obama spent no money on the AIDS epidemic. The Obama administration spent a total of $121.9 billion on HIV/AIDS research, care, housing, prevention and international initiatives.
  • 10/18/19 Trump's Energy Department refuses to comply with a House of Representatives subpoena related to an impeachment inquiry. (USAToday)
  • 10/18/19 Is reported that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was controversially put in charge of U.S.-Ukraine policy ahead of existing State Department officials, has been conducting personal business in Ukraine. (NYT)
  • 10/21/19 Is reported that hard-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a close ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin, met privately with Donald Trump just prior to Trump's infamous phone call with the Ukraine president, and Orban disparaged Ukraine in the harshest of terms. (WaPo)
  • 10/21/19 In a cabinet meeting, airs personal grievances for 71 minutes instead of discussing anything related to the operation of the government.
    • Calls the Emoluments Clause "phony" in light of having to pull his Doral Golf Resort as a location for the next G7 summit. (LATimes)
    • Claims that he's "the one that did the capturing" of ISIS fighters in Syria, and "not Obama." (CNN)
    • Claims multiple times that George Washington conducted business while in office, and had a second desk for his business interests sitting next to his presidential desk. (NYT)
    • Says: "And by the way, I would say that it’s cost me anywhere from $2 [billion] to $5 billion to be president. And that’s okay.” (CNBC)
  • 10/22/19 Calls the impeachment inquiry a "lynching," a term used to refer to extrajudicial killings of African-Americans by violent white mobs. (CNN)
  • 10/22/19 The top diplomat to Ukraine, William Taylor, testifies to the House that under no uncertain terms Trump attempted a quid pro quo with Ukraine for political dirt. (NYT)
  • 10/23/19 Trump's lawyers argue in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals that Trump could not be indicted even if he shot a person in cold blood on Fifth Avenue. (CNN)
  • 10/24/19 The Justice Department announces that it is opening a criminal inquiry into its own Russia Investigation, the third of its kind. (NYT)(NPR)
  • 10/25/19 The White House urges all federal agencies to cancel Washington Post and New York Times subscriptions. Speaking on Fox News, Trump says: "The New York Times, which is a fake newspaper -- we don't even want it in the White House anymore. We're going to probably terminate that and the Washington Post. They're fake. You take a look at the New York Times and you take a look at the kind of reporting they do, it was all -- it turned out to be all wrong." (CNN)
  • 10/25/19 Dismisses the need for an impeachment team, claiming "I'm the team." (Hill)
  • 10/25/19 Is reported that Trump's D.C. hotel has been posted for sale at $500 million, or $2 million per room. (CBS)
  • 10/25/19 Personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani continues to draw attention to Joe Biden's son's connection to a Romanian executive, but has also done business with the same executive. (NYT)
  • 10/25/19 A federal judge rules that the impeachment inquiry by House Democrats is legal, undercutting Trump's arguments that it is a sham. (NYT)(75-page opinion)
  • 10/25/19 Speaking at a historically black college in South Carolina, belittles the Obama administration's record on racial equity and claims that he has done more to help African-Americans beyond anything "in the history of our country." Also says "Lincoln was a Republican. People forget that. We need to start bringing that up." (NYT
  • 10/26/19 Former Chief of Staff John Kelly says in a statement that he told Trump not to hire a "yes man" or he'll be impeached. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham responds by saying: "I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president." (Hill)
  • 10/28/19 In a speech to an international gathering of police chiefs in Chicago, compares Chicago to Afghanistan and attacks Chicago's police chief for snubbing his visit. (Politico)
  • 10/29/19 The top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, testifies to the House that the White House transcript of Trump's phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky omitted crucial words and phrases, including Trump mentioning Joe Biden's son. (NYT)
  • 10/30/19 Tweets a doctored image of himself giving a medal to "AMERICAN HERO!" dog wounded in a raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (USAToday)