January 2017

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  • 1/20/17 Is sworn in at noon as the 45th president of the United States.
    • Wife Melania holds the two bibles as he is read his oath. (CBS)
    • Scrubs all mentions of civil rights, climate change and health care from the White House website. (Esquire)
    • Signs a waiver allowing retired general James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense despite not being out of military service for seven years. (Hill)
    • Declares a National Day of Patriotism, the specific day yet to be determined. (CNBC)
    • Places a moratorium on all federal agencies to not issue any regulations of any sort, and that all submitted regulations not already approved to be withdrawn. (Hill)
    • Grants HHS and other agencies broad authority to ease regulatory requirements from ObamaCare. (Hill)
    • Bans the Department of the Interior from Twitter after its account retweets unflattering photos comparing President Obama's inauguration crowd to the sparse attendance at Trump's. (WaPo)
    • States in his address: "We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American." Trump hats and apparel worn at the inauguration all appear to be made in China and other countries. (PoliticusUSA) During the campaign Trump hired 64 foreign workers on H-2B visas and 69 such workers the year before. (MyPalmBeachPost) Trump has hired over 1,256 foreign workers over decades. (CNN)(List of Trump products made overseas)
    • Eliminates whitehouse.com/espanol and has the page redirect to the front page of the English version of the site. (Gizmodo)
    • Inaugural address is written by self-identified nationalist and former head of Brietbart News Steve Bannon, and former aide to Jeff Sessions Stephen Miller. (WSJ)
    • Administrative complaint is sent from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to the General Services Administration regarding the violation of terms of the lease for the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C. that bar elected officials from benefiting from the agreement. (Bloomberg)(the complaint)
    • The decision to maintain a private personal security force alongside the U.S. Secret Service creates difficulties involving transparency, accountability, legality and logistics. (Prospect.org)
  • 1/21/17 Visits the CIA's headquarters and delivers a stream-of-consciousness style speech before 300-400 agency employees.
    • Addresses numerous grievances, including a biased media and disputes about the size of his inauguration crowd compared to Obama's in 2008, in which he estimated that he drew "a million, a million and a half people." (WaPo)
    • Also addressed the weather: “God looked down and, and he said we’re not going to let it rain on your speech.. . .The truth is it stopped immediately.” Also repeats a line from several months ago: "I'm, like, a smart person." (WaPo)
    • CBS later reports that Trump invited 40 supporters in order to cheer and laugh at portions of his speech in order to create an impression of unanimous support. (CBS)
  • 1/21/17 In his first appearance in the White House briefing room, WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer lashes out at Twitter users for mischaracterizing the crowd size at Trump's inauguration, explaining at length why the photos appeared to show sparse crowds compared to Obama's inaugurations. He then directs his anger towards the media in general regarding fairness and accuracy in tweeting and reporting. (Google) He did not take questions.
  • 1/21/17 Hundreds of thousands of citizens gather in D.C. to protest Trump's administration. (NYT) An estimated 400,000 march in New York City. (NYT) Marches of various magnitudes occur across the globe in defiance of Trump's ascendancy to U.S. president. (NYT)
  • 1/22/17 Announces definitively that he will not release his tax returns. (Hill)
  • 1/22/17 Tweets are now officially written by Dan Scarvino, a former golf caddy and conspiracy theory enthusiast. (Independent)
  • 1/23/17 Sued by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who allege that his business dealings violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on federal officials’ receiving payments from foreign governments. (Bloomberg)
  • 1/23/17 Announces that he will release his tax returns after completion of an IRS audit. (Politico)
  • 1/23/17 Withdraws from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, places a hiring freeze on all federal workers except military, and cuts off federal funding for foreign organizations that provide abortions. (Hill)
  • 1/23/17 Trump's Washington D.C. hotel falls short by $2 million in the first two months of operation. Trump has a 76.6% stake in the hotel. (Hill)
  • 1/23/17 Repeats a false claim, this time to a roomful of senior congressmen, that he lost the popular vote because of 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants who voted. (WaPo)
  • 1/24/17 Orders USDA science researchers to cease publishing all news releases and other documents. (WaPo)
  • 1/25/17 Sued for $2 million by an electrical contractor for unpaid bills related to work at the newly opened D.C. hotel. (Politico)
  • 1/25/17 Signs an executive order that will initiate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and another order which will mandate that U.S. border agents apprehend and prosecute anyone detained at the border instead of releasing them back into their own country. (Hill)
  • 1/25/17 States to ABC News that he believes torture works and makes outlandish statements supporting his asserting that 3-5 million votes were stolen. (ABC)(BusinessInsider)
  • 1/26/17 Tweets that if President Pena-Nieto of Mexico is not committed to paying for a $15 billion border wall, then he should cancel the visit to Washington on Jan 31. (CNN)
  • 1/26/17 States on Fox News that he doesn't consider waterboarding to be torture, but merely unpleasant. (Hill)
  • 1/26/17 Green-lights a special forces raid in Yemen that President Obama had rejected due to bad intel. The raid results in one dead American 8-year-old, one dead Navy SEAL, three injured SEALS, the loss of a $75 million MV-22 Osprey and 15 local women and children. The raid was intended to capture a number of Al Qaeda computers. (NYT)(WaPo)(CNN)
  • 1/27/17 Signs an order to bar entry to the U.S. of all people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and tasks the State Department with creating "safe areas" for future refugees to be put. (NYT) Such an order was deemed illegal by Congress and signed by President Johnson in the The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. (NYT)
  • 1/27/17 A top psychologist from Johns Hopkins, John D. Gartner, risks his career to release an unauthorized diagnosis of Trump's mental state: "malignant narcissism." (USNews)(USUncut)
  • 1/28/17 A federal judge in New York issues an emergency stay to temporarily halt the removal of individuals detained at airports following the Muslim-majority ban Trump signed the day before. (Hill)
  • 1/28/17 Removes the Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the National Security Council, and adds Steve Bannon along with Michael Flynn to lead the NSC. (WSJ)
  • 1/29/17 Is reported that the American Civil Liberties Union received over $19 million in donations in two days, wherein they normally average $3-4 million per year. (Hill)
  • 1/29/17 Defending the executive order on immigration and refugee policy, tweets: "The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong - they are sadly weak on immigration. The two...Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III." (Hill)
  • 1/30/17 Signs an EO requiring agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue. (Hill)
  • 1/30/17 Fires acting attorney general Sally Yates after she announces that she will not defend his executive order to ban people from seven Muslim countries. (NYT)