Trump Campaign 2016

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  • 6/16/15 Donald John Trump launches his bid for the Office of the President. In his speech he notes “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” (WaPo)
  • 6/25/15 Univision cuts ties with Trump. Trump sues Univision. (NPR)(They settled in Feb 2016 (USAToday))
  • 6/29/15 NBC Universal severs ties with Trump. (Time) Hosts Trump on SNL eight days later. (LATimes)
  • 7/1/15 Macy’s cuts ties with Trump and pulls all Trump merchandise. (NBCNews)
  • 7/1/15 When corrected on CNN about reports which did not state that illegal immigrants raped women, Trump responds “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?” (CNN)
  • 7/11/15 At a rally in Phoenix, Trump debuts his plan to build a wall all the way across the U.S.-Mexican border. (Chron.com)
  • 7/17/15 Trump calls for an end to gun-free zones. (CNN)
  • 7/18/15 Condemns John McCain for being a P.O.W., stating “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” (Politico)
  • 7/21/15 Reveals Senator Lindsay Graham’s personal cell phone number after being called a “jackass” by Graham. (Politico)
  • 8/6/15 After the first GOP primary debate, Trump begins weeks of personal attacks on moderator Megyn Kelly: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” (CNN)
  • 8/6/15 Claims he would not support whoever wins the Republican nomination. (RealClearPolitics)
  • 8/25/15 Has Univision’s anchor Jorge Ramos thrown out of a press conference. (CNN)
  • 9/3/15 Bombs an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. Can’t differentiate between Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, al-Nusra or the Islamic State. Also mixed up the Quds Force with the Kurds. (HughHewitt.com) Retorts with “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.”
  • 9/9/15 Attacks GOP opponent Carly Fiorina on the basis of her appearance, saying in an interview: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" (RollingStone)
  • 9/22/15 Sends a cease and desist letter to Club for Growth in response to $1 million ad campaign against him. (Politico)
  • 10/15/15 Federal Election Commission documents show that Trump is not self-funding his campaign despite his claims to the contrary. (Politico)
  • 11/12/15 In response to Ben Carson pulling ahead of him in Iowa, he says the following of Carson to an audience in Iowa “If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you.” (Politico)
  • 11/20/15 Says he would “certainly implement” a national database to track all Muslims in the U.S. (Politifact)
  • 11/17/15 Says in a Barbara Walters interview of allowing Christian Syrian refugees into the country: “The problem is we don’t know if they are Christian or not. I would certainly say that would be superior.” (People)
  • 11/22/15 Re-tweets a false statistic stating that 80% of all murder victims die at the hand of black people. (Politifact)
  • 11/24/15 Mocks a reporter with a physical disability at a rally in South Carolina by reenacting the reporter’s movements. (NBC)
  • 12/2/15 In an interview on Fox News, says: “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.” (Politico)
  • 12/7/15 Calls for a total and complete shutdown on all Muslims traveling into the U.S. (CNN)
  • 12/14/15 Releases a letter from a physician stating that his blood pressure and lab results are “astonishingly excellent” and his “physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.” (Atlantic) The physician later admitted that he was coerced to write the letter in five minutes in a limo. (Politico)
  • 12/17/15 Vladimir Putin publically endorses Trump for president. (People)
  • 12/21/15 Says at a rally in Michigan that Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” in 2008 against Obama. (WaPo)
  • 12/21/15 Says that Hillary Clinton’s bathroom break during a debate is “too disgusting” to talk about. (WaPo)
  • 12/21/15 At a rally in Michigan, pointing at reporters: “I hate some of these people. But I’d never kill them. I hate them…. Some of them are lying, disgusting people, it’s true, it’s true. But I would never kill them.” (WaPo)
  • 1/8/16 A Muslim woman is ejected from a rally in South Carolina. No reason is given. (CNN)
  • 1/22/16 Re-tweets a white supremacist’s tweet mocking Jeb Bush. (CNN)
  • 1/23/16 “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” (CNN)
  • 2/1/16 Says to a crowd “If you see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Ok? Just knock the hell- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” (Gawker)
  • 2/8/16 Repeats into the mic at a rally what a supporter shouts to him about Ted Cruz, playfully saying: “She said he’s a pussy. Terrible. Terrible. That’s terrible.” (RealClearPolitics)
  • 2/11/16 At a rally in Iowa: “I’ve always taken in money. I like money. I’m very greedy. I’m a greedy person. I shouldn’t tell you that. I’m a greedy – I’ve always been greedy. I love money, right?” (EZKool)
  • 2/18/16 Calls Pope Francis’ remarks about his wall as not building bridges “disgraceful.” (NYT)
  • 2/22/16 Says to a crowd after a protester is escorted out, “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.” (CNN)
  • 2/24/16 To a crowd in Nevada: “We won the evangelicals. We won with the young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.” (USAToday)
  • 2/28/16 Declines three times in a CNN interview to disavow former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. Later blames a faulty earpiece. (Politico)
  • 3/3/16 In the eleventh GOP debate, he brings up the issue of his small hands, and after Rubio suggests small hands indicate a small penis, he responds “I guarantee you, there’s no problem. I guarantee you.” (CNN)
  • 3/15/16 Is estimated that Trump has thus far received $2 billion of free media coverage despite only spending $10 million. (NYTimes)
  • 3/22/16 In a tweet: “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” (USAToday)
  • 3/30/16 Says on MSNBC that women who get illegal abortions should be punished. (NYTimes)
  • 4/3/16 Says that Japan should be armed with nuclear weapons so they can defend themselves without U.S. intervention. (CNN)
  • 4/18/16 At a speech in Buffalo, NY: “I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down.” (Atlantic)
  • 5/1/16 Tells a crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.” (CNN)
  • 5/3/16 In interview on Fox News, insinuates that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father assisted Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Politifact)
  • 5/19/16 Alleges that former president Bill Clinton committed rape as well as other sexual offenses. “And rape.” (Hill)
  • 5/27/16 Says to a crowd that the federal judge presiding over a case against him is unfit for the bench because of his Mexican-sounding name. (CBS)
  • 7/5/16 Praises Saddam Hussein “But you know what? He did well. He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists. Over.” (WaPo)
  • 7/5/16 Re-tweets an image of Hillary Clinton against a backdrop of cash and the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever” inside a Star of David, the symbol of Judaism. (Politifact)
  • 7/26/16 At a news conference in Doral, Florida: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.” (WaPo)
  • 7/26/16 The ghostwriter who wrote "Art of the Deal" by Donald Trump states that he "put lipstick on a pig" and feels "deep remorse." (NewYorker)
  • 7/30/16 Belittles the parents of a slain Muslim soldier Humanyun Khan. Parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan denounced him at the Democratic National Convention, and he ridicules the wife for not speaking. (NYT) This attack on a Gold Star Family causes the Kremlin to temporary suspend its hacking and misinformation campaign that backed Trump until it could be proven that he was mentally stable. (Newsweek)
  • 7/30/16 Asserts repeatedly that Vladimir Putin would not be “going into Ukraine.” (ABC) (Note: Russia invaded a part of Ukraine in 2014 and permanently annexed it. (Wikipedia)
  • 8/1/16 Says that he would expect his daughter to just find another job as the solution to sexual harassment. (USAToday)
  • 8/9/16 Jokes to a crowd in Wilmington, NC that “Second Amendment people” should assassinate Hillary Clinton or the Supreme Court justices she would appoint. (Politifact)
  • 8/10/16 In an interview on ABC: “ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.” (Politifact)
  • 8/19/16 At a rally in Dimondale, Michigan, addressing African-Americans, of which there almost none in attendance: “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” (CNN)
  • 9/16/16 Challenging Hillary Clinton’s stance on gun control, says: “I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. I think they should disarm. Immediately. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, O.K. It’ll be very dangerous.” (Hill)
  • October 2016 Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pays $130,000 to porn actress Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. Stormy Daniels) to keep quiet about an affair that she had with Donald Trump after meeting him at a 2006 celebrity golf tournament. (NYT-reported 1/12/18)
  • 10/7/16 Leaked tape depicts Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women and being unfaithful to his wife. (WaPo)(video via YouTube)
    • "I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look."
    • "You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything."
  • 10/7/16 A statement from the Obama Administration indicates that under no uncertain terms Russia has been conducting an election interference campaign stemming from the highest levels in the Kremlin. (DHS.gov)
  • 10/10/16 Holds up at a rally a document showing Clinton lying about Benghazi. The document was faked by Russians, pipelined to a government-controlled news agency and released to WikiLeaks only hours before. (Newsweek)
  • 10/12/16 Four women accuse Trump of sexual assault of varying degrees. (AOL)
  • 10/14/16 Dismisses out of hand the conclusion by the U.S. intelligence apparatus that Russia has been running an operation intended to interfere with the election. "I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?" (ChicagoTribune)
  • 10/19/16 In the third and final presidential debate, calls Clinton “such a nasty woman,” snaps back that he’s not a puppet of Russia, and that all claims by sex assault victims are “fiction.” (CNN)
  • 10/20/16 Number of women accusing Trump of sexual assault or perverted act of voyeurism totals 17. (NPR)
  • 10/31/16 Is reported that over the course of decades, “Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders.” (Newsweek)(TheStranger)(Enstarz)(IBTimes)(IBTimes)

 

End of Campaign

  • A Federal Election Commission shows that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign $1.6 million for flights its agents needed to take to protect Candidate Trump. (Politico) "It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it." (Fortune)
  • Trump's campaign paid his businesses $8.2 million, or 7% of total campaign spending. (Politico)
  • Loses the popular vote by a larger margin than any president in history, five times more than second place, by 2.8 million votes. (Independent)(TheepochTimes)
  • Trump receives a total estimated $5 billion in free publicity from various media outlets. (IBTimes)

Donald J. Trump            62,984,825 (won 30 states)

Hillary R. Clinton           65,853,516 (won 20 states and District of Columbia)

Gary Johnson                4,489,221

Jill Stein                        1,457,216

Evan McMullin              721,788

Write-ins                       1,152,671

Total Not Trump           73,674,412

 

Transition from Election Night to Inauguration Day

November 2016

  • 11/11/16 Meets with President Obama, tweets glowing things about the meeting, then nine minutes later verbally excoriates protesters to the election. (CNN)
  • 11/14/16 The National Park Service enters final approval of a historic-rehabilitation tax credit worth up to $32 million to Trump. (Buzzfeed)(VanityFair)
  • 11/14/16 Picks Steve Bannon as his top advisor. Bannon is the architect of the new alt-right (white nationalist) movement, having run tabloid site Brietbart News for several years and served Goldman Sachs prior to that. (CNN)
  • 11/15/16 Fires Chris Christie and his entire transition team. (Politico) Is alleged that son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serves as chief transition advisor, gets Christie removed because Christie sent Kushner's father to federal prison ten years before. (CNN)
  • 11/18/16 Has his adult daughter Ivanka Trump attend a meeting with the prime minister of Japan. Ivanka was tapped to help run his businesses in order to avoid conflicts of interest. (NYT)
  • 11/18/16 Appoints Lt. Gen Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor, a man who was fired from the DIA in 2014 and developed a reputation there for fabricating knowledge which came to be known as "Flynn Facts." Also tweeted "Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL" and retweeted various fake news articles. (NYT)
  • 11/19/16 Attacks the cast of Broadway's Hamilton for reading a speech to VP Mike Pence at the end of a performance. Claims that the cast was "very rude" and demands "Apologize!" In a deleted tweet, he also mocks the cast member for having to read the speech from notes instead of having it memorized. (CNN)
  • 11/19/16 Settles three lawsuits with 6,000 students of his defunct Trump University seminar scheme for $25 million. Brags about how small the settlement was. (CNN)
  • 11/21/16 Lobbies publically for the UK to appoint Nigel Farage, a person not in the UK's current ruling party, to Ambassador to the U.S., breaking diplomatic protocol. (NYT)
  • 11/21/16 Allows his adult daughter Ivanka Trump to participate on a call with the President of Argentina. Ivanka was tapped to help run his businesses in order to avoid conflicts of interest. (Hill
  • 11/22/16 A 2015 IRS filing shows that Trump Foundation admits to illegal self-dealing. (WaPo)
  • 11/22/16 Invites network executives, anchors and reporters to an informal meeting, then delivers a screaming harangue at all of them. "We're in a room full of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong." (DailyKos)
  • 11/22/16 Announces that he will not be seeking prosecution of Hillary Clinton once in office, breaking the core foundational promise to his voters. (WaPo)
  • 11/23/16 Indicated he will scrap NASA's climate science funding. (Guardian)
  • 11/23/16 Says “the law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” And “the president of the United States is allowed to have whatever conflicts he wants.” (NYT) This is incorrect. (Cornell.edu
  • 11/24/16 Allows top aide Kellyanne Conway to attack a potential cabinet appointment Mitt Romney. (CNN)
  • 11/27/16 States that he would have won the popular vote that he lost by well over million but for the millions of undocumented immigrants who voted illegally. (WaPo)
  • 11/29/16 Trump's Inauguration Committee plans to raise a record-breaking $75 million by selling a variety of priority bookings, dinners and luncheons between January 17 and January 21. (NYT)(NYT)
  • 11/29/16 Says there must be consequences for burning a flag: either loss of citizenship or jail. (WaPo). It is unconstitutional to prohibit burning of flags. (Oyez.org)(Oyez.org) It is unconstitutional to revoke citizenship. (Findlaw.com)
  • November 2016 Trump is not attending any of the daily intelligence briefings intended specifically for him. VP Mike Pence attends them. (WaPo)
  • November 2016 Trump has a licensing deal for a Trump Tower in Manila, Philippines with a real-estate developer who was recently named a special government envoy to the U.S. by President Rodrigo Duterte. (Bloomberg)

December 2016

  • 12/1/16 Announces that he swayed an air conditioning manufacturer, Carrier, to keep 1,000 jobs in the U.S., but neglects to mention 1) Carrier would receive $7 million in tax breaks, 2) Carrier would still be shipping 600 jobs to Mexico, and 3) Carrier would be shedding another 700 jobs. (NYT). Carrier union later states that Trump "lied his ass off" when announcing the jobs numbers. (Hill)
  • 12/1/16 Embarks on a “thank you tour” across America, to gloat with rally-goers in swing states for his electoral victory. Vows to put together a team of “killers” to run the country. (Economist)

  • 12/2/16 Invites Philippines strongman Duterte to the White House and praises his wildly murderous, extra-judicial crackdown on drugs. (NYT)

  • 12/2/16 Arranges a call with the president of Taiwan, breaking a diplomatic protocol set in 1979 that recognizes Beijing as the central government. Doesn’t notify the White House before this call. (CNN) Then tweets that it was Taiwan who called him. (CNN) Then insists that he deserved a congratulatory call from Taiwan. (CNN)

  • 12/4/16 Threatens "retributions or consequences" to companies that move their operations outside of the United States, including a 35% import tariff. (WaPo)

  • 12/5/16 Announces appointment of Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson has no experience in government, running a large bureaucracy, or housing policy. (NYT)

  • 12/5/16 Begins the sale of "official" president hats for $40 each on his still-running campaign website. (Hill)

  • 12/5/16 Claims credit for Japan firm SoftBank investing $50 billion in U.S. markets even though that deal was finalized in October, (CNN) and not remotely set in stone. (BusinessInsider)

  • 12/6/16 Attacks Boeing on Twitter and in interviews for overcharging for a new Air Force One (to be released in 2024), causing Boeing stock to dive. (CNN) This is one day after Boeing CEO made a statement mildly critical of Trump's possible trade policy. (QZ.com)

  • 12/7/16 Doubles down on denying Russian interference with the election despite an overwhelming consensus by the U.S. and NATO Alliance intelligence communities. "I don't believe it. I don't believe they interfered." (NBC)

  • 12/7/16 The Presidential Inauguration Committee gets the National Park Service to block access to vast swathes of public space that twenty groups applied permits to for protests of the January 20th ceremony. (ABC)

  • 12/8/16 Regarding his Cabinet picks to a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa on his Thank You Tour: "I want people that made a fortune." (Politico)

  • 12/8/16 It is reported that Trump owns at least 96 Limited Liability Companies, which are used to hide wealth and avoid taxes by being incredibly complex and lease assets to each other. (WSJ)

  • 12/8/16 Almost no federal agencies have received any landing team personnel from the incoming Trump Administration to hand off basic bureaucratic functionalities, with the exception of the Commerce Department, of which Trump's team is taking "solemn and serious stock." (Politico)

  • 12/8/16 Announces that he will retain an executive producer credit on NBC's reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, which comes with payments from MGM. (WaPo)

  • 12/8/16 A United Steelworkers union leader receives a torrent of death threats after Trump tweets insults at him for saying that his statements regarding Carrier jobs were false. (see 12/1/16)(WaPo)

  • 12/9/16 Responding to CIA's released findings the day before, releases a statement that contains the following: "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction... The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and "Make America Great Again.'" (CNN)

  • 12/9/16 CIA releases a secret assessment which concludes that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win rather than to just undermine American confidence in their democracy. (WaPo)

  • 12/9/16 Transition team demands that the Energy Department provide them with the names of any employees who have worked with President Obama's climate initiatives, triggering fears of a purge of those employees. (Politico)(WaPo)

  • 12/9/16 Names Goldman Sachs president and COO Gary Cohn to lead the National Economic Council. (WaPo)

  • 12/9/16 President Obama orders a "full review" of Russian hacking during the election after high-profile Republican Congressmen announce they are onboard with an aggressive investigation. (source)(WaPo)

  • 12/10/16 Picks the CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, who has extensive ties with Russia's Putin and Sechin. (NYT) Tillerson is Condoleezza Rice's suggestion, the former Secretary of State who currently works for ExxonMobil as a lobbyist. (RealClearPolitics)

  • 12/11/16 John Bolton, embattled former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and possible pick for Trump's Deputy Secretary of State, comments on Fox News that the election hacking could be a "false flag," suggesting involvement by the Obama Administration. (Hill) Also comments that Russia is too sophisticated to get caught in an operation like this. (CBS)

  • 12/11/16 Defends his never attending intelligence briefings by saying: "I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years." (Slate)

  • 12/12/16 Postpones an announcement scheduled in two days about how he would avoid conflicts of interest with his businesses until sometime in January. (WaPo)

  • 12/12/16 Has a meeting with Carly Fiorina who then reports to the media that she had a fruitful discussion about how China might be behind the election hacks. (CNN)

  • 12/13/16 Sells Inauguration Membership Cards on the splashpage of his website for $35 or higher. (screenshot from website)

  • 12/13/16 Selects Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy. Perry, a quasi-disgraced former governor of Texas, once famously forgot during a 2011 debate one of the three federal agencies he wanted to abolish, which was the Energy Department. (NBC)(video of debate moment)

  • 12/13/16 Report by Newsweek reveals that Trump carelessly identified to strongman president Erdogan the names of Turkish business partners, who were then promptly arrested by Erdogan on threadbare charges. Trump has millions of dollars tied up in a twin towers project with these businessmen, and Erdogan wants to leverage their release with the release of an imam being protected in the U.S. (Newsweek)

  • 12/14/16 Opening Day Foundation created by Donald Trump, Jr. Eric Trump and two Dallas investors, sells private access to Donald, Sr., Donald Jr. and Eric. (Hill) A million dollars (the "Bald Eagle" package) includes a multi-day hunting trip with Donald Jr. and Eric. (the brochure)

  • 12/14/16 Key transition member Anthony Scaramucci compares climate change to flat earth theory. (WaPo)

  • 12/15/16 Attacks Vanity Fair and its editor by name after the magazine states that Trump Grill could be the worst restaurant in America. (the review) Writes “has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!” and deletes the tweet an hour later. (Politico)

  • 12/15/16 Calls White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest "a foolish guy" and suggests he is taking orders from someone other than the president. (NBC)

  • 12/15/16 Will not divest his companies from personal ownership to avoid a conflict of interest. (CNN)

  • 12/16/16 Picks a bankruptcy lawyer with hardline views on Israel to be the ambassador to Israel, and announces moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (CNN)

  • 12/16/16 Picks a senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council who was previously a Fox News analyst who repeatedly pushed unfounded Hillary Clinton conspiracies involving Islamic extremists. (NYT)

  • 12/16/16 Federal agency that aides states in selecting voting system machines hacked by Russian speaking person with handle "Rasputin." (Hill)

  • 12/16/16 Praises the Russian election hacking. (CNN)

  • 12/17/16 Escalates a diplomatic crisis with the Chinese Navy with a misspelled tweet ("unpresidented"), then corrects the tweet after an hour and a half, leaving the underlying escalation message intact. (Hill)

  • 12/19/16 Taps billionaire NHL team owner Vincent Viola as Secretary of the Army. (Hill)

  • 12/19/16 Indicates that he will continue using a private security force alongside the Secret Service after swearing into office. (Politico)

  • 12/19/16 Officially wins the electoral college vote despite a groundswell of opposition and an outside hope for 37 Republican defectors. (NYT)

  • 12/19/16 Comes to light that the Trump Organization leaned on Kuwait Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah several months ago to cancel an event at the Four Seasons D.C. and book it at Trump International Hotel in D.C. (ThinkProgress)

  • 12/20/16 The Transition disavows involvement of Donald Jr. and Eric Trump with the "Opening Day 2017" donation menu, which openly sought money for access to the two sons (see 12/14/16). (CBS)

  • 12/21/16 Requests that the State Department detail all existing programs and activities which promote gender equality. (NYT)(actual document)

  • 12/21/16 Meets with Mexico telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, a meeting brokered by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who recently started his own lobbying firm.  (Politico)

  • 12/21/16 Team confesses that Trump is staffing the Cabinet with people who must "look the part." (Hill)(Salon)

  • 12/21/16 Proclaims to reporters at Mar-a-Lago that the recent attacks in Europe by Muslim extremists proves that he is right about blanket restrictions of Muslims entering the U.S. (Hill)

  • 12/21/16 Reaches a deal with labor unions to offer benefits to workers at his Las Vegas hotel after a year of bitter negotiations. (WaPo)

  • 12/22/16 Tweets that the U.S. needs to greatly increase their nuclear arsenal “until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” (NYT)(breakdown of our current arsenal)

  • 12/22/16 Tweets that he wants an F/A-18 Super Hornet jet that is "comparable" to an F-35, a request that pits Boeing against Lockheed-Martin and causes a 2% drop in Lockheed's stock price. (FoxtrotAlpha)

  • 12/22/16 Tweets that President Obama should veto a U.N. resolution critical of Israel, breaking with the unspoken decorum of having one U.S. president at a time. (NYT)

  • 12/23/16 To a co-host on MSNBC regarding his tweet about expanding the nuclear arsenal: "Let it be an arms race... We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all." (NYT)

  • 12/24/16 Praises Putin's criticism of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. "Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: 'In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.' So true!" (Hill)

  • 12/24/16 Excoriates NBC for omitting part of his tweet from 12/22, includes a typo and get it wrong about the omission. (Hill)(article in question, see 3rd ¶)

  • 12/24/16 White House communications director, Jason Miller, tapped two days before, announces he will not take the job after all. (Politico) This is due to an unfolding sex scandal involving him and another Trump surrogate/campaign worker. (DailyWire)

  • 12/25/16 Future White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus states "this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King." (Fortune) Incoming WH press secretary Sean Spicer defends the statement by stating that Priebus did not mean that Trump was our new king: "Christ is the King. He was born today so we could be saved."

  • 12/26/16 Takes credit for the incumbent president's economic recovery, tweeting "The world was gloomy before I won - there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!" (Hill)

  • 12/26/16 Makes a claim about his foundation, tweeting "The DJT Foundation, unlike most foundations, never paid fees, rent, salaries or any expenses. 100% of money goes to wonderful charities!" (PoliticusUSA) In fact:

    • He used $258,000 of charity money to settle legal disputes not related to the foundation. (WaPo)

    • He used $20,000 of charity money to purchase a 6-foot-tall portrait of himself. (WaPo)(WaPo)

    • 2011-2014 Made several donations with charity money to lay foundation for a political campaign, paying multiple fines to the IRS as a result. (RealClearPolitics)

    • Also hasn't made a donation to the Foundation since 2009, and donated only $3.9 million over 19 years. (NewsExaminer)

  • 12/27/16 Takes more credit for Obama-era economic gains, and refers to self in the third person. (TeenVogue)

  • 12/28/16 Lashes out at President Obama with 90s-style sarcasm: "Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!" (Gothamist)

  • 12/28/16 Picks prosperity-gospel televangelist Paula White to pray at his inauguration. White was under investigation for three years by the U.S. Senate for suspicious fundraising practices. (DailyBeast) White said of Trump in July 2016: "I can absolutely tell you that Mr. Trump has a relationship with God...He is a Christian, he accepts Jesus as his Lord and savior.”

  • 12/29/16 DHS and FBI release a report detailing the exact scope and nature of Russian interference in the U.S. election. (the report via PDF) Trump responds that "it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things." (Politico)

  • 12/29/16 Incoming White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer says Trump won't be beholden to traditional media practices and that the New York Times has "a few thousand readers or so left." (Politico) NYT has seen a record surge in digital subscriptions since the election. (CNN)

  • 12/30/16 Praises Putin for not retaliating against Obama's diplomatic and economic sanctions after hacking, tweeting: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" (Hill) The message was instantly retweeted by the Russian Embassy.

  • 12/30/16 Sells 800 tickets to a private New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago featuring himself, his wife Melania and Sylvester Stallone. Spokesperson Hope Hicks defends the for-profit event with: "The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict... The president cannot and does not have a conflict." (Hill)

  • 12/31/16 Refers to the tens of millions of his detractors as his "many enemies." (NYT)

January 2017

  • 1/3/17 Singles out General Motors for manufacturing vehicles in Mexico. "Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!" (Reuters)

  • 1/4/17 Publishes a string of tweets dismissing U.S. intelligence on Russian hacking, and attacks the DNC's cybersecurity by quoting Julian Assange. (NYT)(NBC)

  • 1/4/17 Brags that the 16-year-old performer he invited to sing at his inauguration has enjoyed a skyrocketing of album sales because the announcement. Not accurate. (VanityFair)

  • 1/4/17 Works with top advisors to restructure and pare back the nation's top intelligence agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, claiming it is too political. (WSJ)(Hill)

  • 1/5/17 Refers to Chuck Schumer as "head clown" while assailing Obamacare. (WashingtonTimes)

  • 1/5/17 Denies being in agreement with Julian Assange. "I simply state what he states, it is for the people..." Attacks the intelligence community and claims he's a "big fan." (Hill)

  • 1/5/17 Attacks Toyota on Twitter for building a plant in Baja, Mexico, "NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax." (Guardian) The plant will be located in Guanajuato and not Baja.

  • 1/5/17 Decides not to allow U.S. ambassadors from the Obama administration have a grace period beyond January 20, giving them two weeks to scramble and find living arrangements in foreign countries for themselves and their children, with no exceptions. Many posts will be left without an ambassador for months as a result. (Politico)

  • 1/6/17 Calls the hacking investigation a witch hunt, then gets briefed for two hours by top U.S. intelligence officials. After the briefing, admits that the massive Putin-ordered operation occurred with the intent to influence the election but that it didn't affect the election at all. (NYT

  • 1/6/17 Six religious leaders announced to pray at the inauguration on January 20, 2017 (HuffPo):

    • Paula White- prosperity televangelist masked under countless plastic surgery procedures and investigated for three years by the U.S. Senate for fraudulent collecting and spending of church money.

    • Rabbi Marvin Hier- His parents fled the Nazis in Poland. He will pray to bless Trump's administration in the name of Judaism.

    • Bishop Wayne T. Jackson- A prosperity gospel preacher. Hands out Jewish prayer shawls, including one to Trump during the campaign, in a tradition that prosperity preachers are known to do. (WaPo)

    • Reverend Franklin Graham- Son of Billy Graham stated that God selected Trump to be president. (HuffPo) Proposed banning Muslims from the U.S. months before Trump ever did, and claimed gays could go to Heaven if they repented. (HuffPo)(HuffPo)

    • Cardinal Timothy Dolan- The Archbishop of New York has remained neutral throughout the campaign but will now represent Catholicism in Trump's ascension.

    • Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez- This Hispanic Christian leader asserts that Trump is not racist (ChristianToday). Says he enjoys Trump's company. (NHCLC)

  • 1/7/17 Looses an aggressive tirade about needing to cooperate with Putin: "Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!" (emphasis his) (Politico)

  • 1/8/17 Responds to Meryl Streep's impassioned Golden Globes speech that condemned his impersonating a disabled reporter by attacking Streep, steadfastly denying his impersonation and then rationalizing it. (USAToday)(Streep's speech)

  • 1/8/17 Passes over legacy inaugural parade announcer, 89-year-old Charles Brotman, who has done the job for 60 years, in order to give the gig to a Trump supporter and freelance radio announcer. (Hill)

  • 1/9/17 Orders National Nuclear Security Administration to vacate on January 20th, without yet naming replacements for management and advocacy in Congress. (Gizmodo)

  • 1/10/17 Taps noted vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. (Hill)

  • 1/10/17 Leaked dossier from former MI-6 investigator Christopher Steele indicates that the Russian government has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years. (Buzzfeed)(the dossier PDF) Some facts from the dossier:

    • The FSB has collected recordings of Trump in perverted sexual acts arranged and monitored by the FSB, including one in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Moscow where he commanded female escorts to urinate on a bed that Barack and Michelle Obama once slept in.

    • Trump, unable to land any real estate deals in St. Petersburg, "had to settle for the use of extensive sexual services there from local prostitutes."

    • Romanian hackers were paid by Trump's team during the election.

    • Trump's transition team members Paul Manafort and Carter Page were being used as conduits from Moscow to direct Trump's campaign.

    • Trump welcomed the Russian hack hysteria because it took attention away from his problematic dealings in China which included "substantial and involved payment of large bribes."

    • The dossier was summarized to two pages and presented by U.S. intelligence chiefs to both President Obama and Trump the week before. (NYT)

  • 1/10/17 Federal Election Commission sends Trump a 250-page document detailing election law violations with a response due date of 2/14/17. (source PDF via FEC.gov)
  • 1/11/17 Responds to leaked dossier with a flurry of tweets, mostly in caps, denying any involvement with Russia in any way. Also tweets "I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!" (CBS) and "Are we living in Nazi Germany?" (NYDailyNews)
  • 1/11/17 Holds first press conference in 167 days (entire conference video):
    • Has a cheering section in the room composed of staffers and family who laugh at all of his jokes and answer his rhetorical questions. (TalkingPointsMemo)
    • Gets into an argument with CNN's Jim Acosta, saying "You are fake news!" to the veteran reporter, and is supported by the cheering section with laughter and applause. (video via Mediaite) Acosta is threatened to be thrown out by White House spokesman Sean Spicer about asking any more questions. (Mediaite)
    • In response to allegations of sexual acts in Russia, jokes that he's a germophobe, eliciting laughter from the cheering section. (video via Mediaite)
    • Refers to himself in the third person being supported by the Russians as an "asset." (video via Mediaite)
    • Presents five large stacks of manila folders and claims they are the documents he has signed to turn over his businesses to his sons. The press is not allowed to inspect the documents, and a photograph later reveals that they are unlabeled and mostly empty. (Hill)(PoliticusUSA)
    • Responds to the question of releasing his tax returns: "Oh gee, I've never heard that before. The only ones who care about my tax returns are the reporters. I became president." (Politico)
  • 1/12/17 200 buses apply for parking permits at the upcoming inauguration while 1200 buses apply for the Women's March the following day. (Independent)
  • 1/12/17 Entirely fabricates an exchange with Director of National Intelligence: "James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts. Too bad!" (ThinkProgress)
  • 1/12/17 In response to an illegal campaign donation of $30,000 several months ago, tweets "Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean." (NYT)
  • 1/12/17 Rep. Jason Chaffetz threatens the director of the Office of Government Ethics with a subpoena over his criticism of Trump's plan to address conflicts of interest. (Politico)
  • 1/14/17 Counterattacks Civil Rights Era icon and U.S. representative John Lewis for calling him an illegitimate president, tweeting "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!” (Politico). This stirs controversy in part because MLK Day is in two days.
  • 1/14/17 Cites One America News on YouTube as his source when denouncing the leaked dossier as a fraud, a small fringe organization which has just hired former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. (Mediaite) The cited news source is an opinion video that does not state at all what Trump purports. (original)
  • 1/14/17 Presses ahead with a multimillion-dollar deal to expand golf resorts in Scotland despite a pledge on January 11 to halt all new and pending deals. (Guardian)
  • 1/15/17 Slams outgoing CIA director John Brennan as doing a poor job and suggesting that he leaked the dossier, tweeting "Was this the leaker of Fake News?" (WashingtonExaminer)
  • 1/16/17 In an interview with European newspapers, calls NATO obsolete "because it was designed many, many years ago." (CNN)
  • 1/16/17 Potential strategic communications director for the National Security Council Monica Crowley withdraws from consideration after her 2012 book is found to be riddled with plagiarized passages. (Hill)
  • 1/17/17 The number of Democratic lawmakers who have pledged to boycott Trump's inauguration ceremony grows to 44. (WaPo)
  • 1/17/17 Putin verbally attacks the detractors to Trump's legitimacy as president as "worse than prostitutes" with "no moral limits." (USAToday) Adds that Russian prostitutes "are undoubtedly the best in the world." (Hill)
  • 1/17/17 Sued by a former contestant of "The Apprentice" Summer Dervos, who alleges that he aggressively kissed and grabbed her in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (WaPo)
  • 1/17/17 Heinz-Christian Strache, current head of Austria's Freedom Party, the original neo-Nazi party formed in 1956 by SS officer Anton Reinthaller, will be in D.C. during the inauguration ceremonies and will meet with Trump. (Reuters)
  • 1/18/17 Misleadingly claims credit for Ford, GM and Lockheed creating jobs in the U.S., excoriating NBC: "Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts. Came back because of me!" (CNN)
  • 1/19/17 Transition team broadcasts major reductions in funding across many departments, per a blueprint published by the Heritage Foundation: (Hill)
    • Commerce and Energy to see major reductions, including a rollback of nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research and the elimination of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as the Office of Fossil Energy which focus on reducing carbon dioxide emissions
    • Transportation, Justice and State to see significant cuts and program eliminations, including reduced funding for the Civil Rights and Environment and Natural Resources divisions, and the elimination of the Violence Against Women Grants, Paris Climate Change Agreement and the U.N. Panel on Climate Change
    • Corporation for Public Broadcasting to be privatized
    • National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities to be eliminated entirely
  • 1/19/17 Law enforcement and intelligence agencies investigate intercepted communications and financial transactions which link Russian officials and associates of Trump, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (NYT)