September 2017

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  • 9/1/17 The head of Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is a paid columnist at the Brietbart News website. (KansasCityStar)
  • 9/1/17 Gathers a large group of religious leaders around his desk in the Oval Office and has each one in turn thank him profusely for his contribution to Hurricane Harvey aid. (Mediaite w/video)
  • 9/1/17 Is reported that Special Investigator Robert Mueller has a letter written by Trump and aide Steve Miller, which details his true rationale for firing F.B.I. director James Comey. The letter was intercepted by White House counsel and replaced with a letter stating a different rationale. (NYT)
  • 9/2/17 Instructs advisors to prepare to withdraw from a free trade agreement with South Korea, against the advice of his top advisors and during a heated crisis with North Korea. (WaPo)
  • 9/2/17 Nominates David Zatezalo, a former coal executive with federal mining safety rules violations, to oversee the Mine Safety and Health Administration in the Labor Department. (Hill)(DOL website)
  • 9/4/17 Picks Oklahoma congressman Jm Bridenstine to lead NASA. Bridenstine was the executive director of the Tulsa Air & Space Museum & Planetarium and doesn't believe in man-made climate change. (NPR)(Climate statement @AerospaceAmerica)
  • 9/5/17 Ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, affecting the deportation status of about 800,000 beneficiaries who grew up in the United States. (NYT)
    • 9/5/17 Gives Congress six months to pass a law that will save DACA beneficiaries ("Dreamers"). (NYT)
    • 9/6/17 Eight hours after making the announcement, in the middle of the night, tweets “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA. If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” The tweet causes massive confusion to lawmakers and the public. (NYT)
    • 9/7/17 At the behest of Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, tweets the following: "For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!" (CNN)
  • 9/6/17 Sixteen Democratic and nonpartisan state attorneys file suit in New York federal court suing Trump to stop the sunsetting of DACA. (CNN)
  • 9/7/17 In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and midst of Hurricane Irma, is reported that Trump made a $17 million insurance claim on his Mar-a-Lago property for storm damage despite a lack of any serious damage having occurred. (MSNBC)
  • 9/7/17 Takes the starting bid for a debt ceiling vote timetable in the Oval Office from Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to the dismay of G.O.P. leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. (NYT) Raves to Schumer and Pelosi about the news coverage of their deal. (Politico)
  • 9/7/17 Gives Florida AG Pam Bondi a job on the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction. Bondi received $25,000 in 2013 from Trump while running for re-election and she promptly dropped a potential investigation against Trump's fake university after the donation. (WashingtonExaminer)
  • 9/8/17 Quietly stops the funding for the Affordable Healthcare Act's $63 million in-person outreach program, leading to layoffs and confusion among nonprofits that enroll vulnerable populations in health insurance. (Vox)
  • 9/10/17 Nominates energy industry attorney William Wehrum to be the assistant admin for air and radiation, one of the most powerful people at the 15,000 person agency in charge of a massive deregulatory push against pollution rules. (Hill)
  • 9/11/17 Is reported that Trump's partner DAMAC gave a $32 million contract to the Middle East subsidy of China State Construction Engineering Corporation to help build the upcoming Trump World Golf Club in Dubai, violating his promise to avoid foreign government transactions while president. (McClatchy)(MSN.com)
  • 9/13/17 The White House attacks former FBI Director James Comey for a third day in a row via WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who accuses Comey of violating various federal laws. (Hill)
  • 9/13/17 White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that an ESPN commentator should be fired for saying that Trump is a white supremacist. (Variety)
  • 9/14/17 Hours after tweeting that "no deal was made last night on DACA," confirms that he does in fact support a law to protect "Dreamers." (NYT)
  • 9/13/17 The U.S. Office of Government Ethics reverses a policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds. (Politico)
  • 9/14/17 Says to reporters at the White House, of hurricanes: "I never even knew a category five existed." (Hill)
  • 9/15/17 Secretary of Defense James Mattis issues guidance which allows transgendered service members to re-enlist for military service. (AP)
  • 9/15/17 Immediately after a small bomb attack in London that claimed no lives but caused burns on train passengers, Trump tweets: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" (CNN)
  • 9/15/17 A federal court blocks the Justice Department from withholding grant funds from places that do not provide immigration authorities access to local jails or give advance notice when suspected illegal immigrants are to be released. (WaPo)
  • 9/15/17 The Justice Department denies the release of a Mar-a-Lago visitor list to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, instead sending only 22 names. (NYT)
  • 9/16/17 After wife Melania introduces him at an event at U.S. Air Force Base Andrews, he shakes her hand, says "Good job," and ushers her offstage. (DailyMail)
  • 9/16/17 After signaling to the U.N. that the U.S. would not in fact be pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the White House states that it will be pulling out. (WashingtonExaminer)
  • 9/18/17 Administration officials under pressure to rationalize reducing refugees allowed in the U.S. reject a HHS study that found refugees have brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade more than they cost. (NYT)
  • 9/19/17 Reading a speech written by 32-year-old Stephen Miller at the U.N. General Assembly, Trump threatens to "totally destroy" North Korea and referred to Kim Jung Un as "Rocket Man." (NYT)
  • 9/19/17 Uses his 2020 re-election campaign funds and RNC funds to pay for his lawyers in the Russian election interference probe. (Reuters)(WaPo)
  • 9/19/17 Tourism to the U.S. drops 4.2% during Trump's several months in office. (NYT)
  • 9/20/17 An election-style rally in Phoenix will cost about $450,000 for city taxpayers. (AZCentral)(Hill)
  • 9/20/17 Has nominated Jeff Mateer to the federal bench, a man who once asserted that transgender children were evidence of "Satan's plan." (CNN)
  • 9/21/17 Addresses an assembly of African leaders and praises the health care system of "Nambia," a country that does not exist. (CNN) In the same address, tells them: "Africa has tremendous business potential. I've so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich." (Time)
  • 9/21/17 Appointees to the Agriculture Department include a long-haul truck driver, a country club cabana attendant and the owner of a scented candle company. (Politico)
  • 9/22/17 Is reported that a growing number of aides and staffers in the National Economic Council and White House communications offices are quietly interviewing with headhunters about a job change due to intensified tribalism, the feeling of job insecurity and a swelling Russia investigation. (Politico)
  • 9/22/17 While speaking with first responders at Fort Myers, FL in the wake of Hurricane Irma, says "Melania really wanted to be with us," with Melania standing right next to him. (Glamour)
  • 9/23/17 At a rally in Alabama, addresses the small number of NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem in protest of injustices against blacks in America, saying "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’" (Guardian)
    • 9/24/17 Following Trump's call for all protesting NFL players to be fired, over a dozen teams protest in unison before their games by taking a knee. (Hill)
  • 9/24/17 Issues a new travel ban from seven countries, to last indefinitely. Countries in the ban include Iran, Libra, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. (NYT)
  • 9/25/17 Is reported that at least six of Trump's closest advisors have used private email addresses to discuss White House matters. (NYT)
  • 9/23/17 Attacks the nuclear Iran deal by tweeting: "“Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!” The accusation is based on a proven false news report. (ThinkProgress)
  • 9/26/17 Six days after category four Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, Trump finally tweets about the island, having spent the past several days solely engaged in berating NFL players. Tweets: "Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.." (CBS)
    • 9/26/17 Due to the lack of federal assistance, Puerto Rican residents "are starting to die," according to one of the island's mayors. (WeatherChannel)
    • 9/26/17 Amends his previous disaster declaration, saying that Puerto Rico will not have to pay back the federal government in part for disaster relief. (Hill)
    • 9/27/17 Refuses to allow international help for Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which has left the entire island without power or clean water for over a week, citing business interests. (Newsweek)
    • 9/28/17 Puerto Ricans being evacuated from the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria are made to sign a promissory note for repayment of transportation costs. (MarketWatch) The State Department subsequently announces that it will not require anyone to pay the government back. (Hill)
    • 9/29/17 Says that relief efforts have been hampered because Puerto Rico is "surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water." (Hill) Repeated the assertion in another news conference: "This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean, this is tough stuff.” (Hill)
    • 9/29/17 The general in charge of disaster relief publicly states that the federal government has not sent in enough troops and vehicles to carry out an effective effort. (Hill)
    • 9/30/17 Attacks Puerto Rican leadership and the citizens of the island, tweeting: "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.” (Hill)
  • 9/26/17 Acting Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg announces his resignation by the end of the week, citing his disgust of Trump's disregard for the law. (NYT)
  • 9/27/17 White House announces Trump will skip the ceremony for newly appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray, breaking with tradition, presumably to avoid contact with former FBI head James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading a sprawling investigation of Trump. (Newsweek)
  • 9/28/17 Under the proposed tax plan, from which Trump said "I don't benefit. I don't benefit," he stands to cut his own tax bill by $1.1 billion. (NYT)
  • 9/29/17 Trump administration lawyers demand the private account information of thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants targeting "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies." (CNN)
  • 9/29/17 Fires Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price after a much publicized scandal involving Price's inappropriate use of private jets for transport. (CNN)