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01-30-2017, 12:46 PM
Just tries harder
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Trump's First 100 Days
Thanks to suitedjustice
for the effort put into these cliffs notes. I'll keep updating this sticky as long as he keeps going. If anyone has credible evidence that anything written here is incorrect PM me and I'll look into it and update as necessary.
Added disclaimer from suitedjustice
None of the list below should be confused with actual journalism. It's a lot of compilation, cutting and pasting of other people's work, along with some paraphrasing of the same, and only a negligible amount of research and commentary from me.
- Reads 16-minute inauguration speech he falsely claims to have written himself.
- In that speech, inadvertently quotes movie villain Bane from Batman.
- Announces the Alt-Right's theme of America First as policy and philosophy.
- Cites American 'carnage', without going into detail as to what that might entail.
- Falsely claims it stopped raining when he began to speak.
- Passes over long-time inauguration parade announcer Charlie Brotman, replacing him with no one.
- Six journalists are arrested while covering the inauguration and charged with felony rioting.
- Trump signs emergency order increasing mortgage costs for first time home buyers.
- Climate change data on White House website scrubbed.
- Trump calls National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds and orders him to produce photos showing a more crowded inauguration.
- He lies to the press about the size of the crowds at his inauguration, then complains when the press calls him on that lie.
- Gives speech at CIA headquarters. Brings along a claque of staffers unrelated to the CIA to cheer and clap at his words.
- Later claims he received the "greatest standing ovation since Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl."
- Protocol calls for government employees to remain standing until the president asks them to sit
- Outgoing CIA director, John Brennan, calls the CIA speech "a despicable display of self-aggrandizement."
- Claims to hold the all-time record of Time magazine covers at "14 or 15." He has been on 11 covers.
- Richard Nixon holds the actual record with 55 Time covers. Hillary Clinton has 22 covers.
- Spokesperson Conway announces Trump won't be releasing his tax returns regardless of the state of his IRS Audit.
- She claims that the people don't care about Trump's taxes.
- Conway also introduces the concept of lies as "alternative facts."
- Spanish language option on White House website scrubbed.
- Conway reverses herself and says that Trump will release his taxes once his IRS audit is complete.
- After lying about inauguration crowd sizes on Day 1, Press Secretary Spicer says "...our intention is never to lie to you."
- Spicer claims hiring freeze will halt "dramatic increase" in government employment.
- Number of federal employees at the beginning of Obama's terms, 2.77 million; towards the end, 2.66 million.
- Spicer declines to give the current unemployment rate when asked by a reporter.
- Trump bans aid to international health organizations, including the World Heath Organization, if they mention abortion.
- Claims he will cut all regulations on businesses by 75%, that the remaining 25% will be just as strong about protecting the people as before the cut.
- Claims to have “received many awards on the environment.”
- The only award that can be verified is a Trump golf course that received one in 2007.
- In 2011 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection cited the same golf course for several environmental violations.
- At a meeting with lawmakers, Trump repeats the false claim that between 3 and 5 million illegal voters made him lose the popular vote.
- The initial evidence he cites is the anecdote of a 59-year-old golf pro and German citizen, Bernhard Langer, who Trump claims saw a lot of Latin faces in a polling line in Florida.
- Reporters reached the golf pro's daughter on Langer's cell phone. She said "He is not a friend of President Trump's, and I don't know why he would talk about him."
- An attempt to sue Trump under the Constitution's Emoluments Clause begins.
- Retroactively declares his inauguration day, January 20, 2017, the National Day of Patriotic Devotion.
- Revives the Keystone XL and Dakota Access crude oil pipelines.
- The Badlands National Park Twitter account goes rogue and begins to tweet global warming stats and other scientific facts. It is shut down.
- A few other National Park accounts begin to follow suit out of solidarity.
- White house imposes a freeze on grants and contracts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prohibits employees from speaking to the press or on social media.
- Slaps a similar gag order on US Department of Agriculture scientists.
- Press Secretary Spicer says Trump's 306 electoral votes were the most won by a GOP president since Reagan.
- But after Reagan, George HW Bush won with 426 electoral votes.
- Spicer calls prospective Attorney General Sessions record on voting and civil rights "exemplary." Says Sessions "has fought very hard for voting rights, civil rights and on areas of minority rights."
- Sessions was considered to be too racist for a federal judgeship in the 1980's. As a US Attorney, Sessions prosecuted 3 black activists for hand delivering, rather than mailing a small number of absentee ballots.
- Sessions also called a fellow US Attorney "Boy."
- Spicer repeats Trump's lie regarding 3-5 million illegal votes during the election, citing non-existent "studies and evidence."
- A member of the House and a Senator introduce a bill that would prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war.
- A short time after a Bill O'Reilly episode touching on Chicago gun violence airs on Fox, Trump threatens to send federal troops into Chicago.
- Chicago's murder rate in 2016 failed to put it in the top 10 US cities.
- Expands media and social media gag orders to include US Departments of Commerce, the Interior, Transportation and Health and Human services.
- Trump issues Draft Order designed to reopen CIA.-run “black site” prisons.
- These secret overseas prisons detained and tortured terrorism suspects for years, before being shut down by President Obama.
- Trump claims that intelligence officials have told him that torture "absolutely" works.
- George Orwell's classic book 1984 hits #6 on Amazon's bestseller list.
- Trump tweets that he will be asking for a "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD."
- When confronted on ABC with the fact that the Pew reporter he was citing regarding voter fraud said there was in fact no voter fraud, Trump claimed the Pew reporter was "groveling."
- Claims that two people were shot in Chicago during Obama's farewell speech. Police reported no shootings in Chicago on that day.
- In the same interview, says "We ended up winning by a massive amount, 306." In terms of electoral votes, Trump's win ranks 46th out of 58 elections.
- Says "They say I had the biggest crowd in the history of inaugural speeches." Estimates for crowds at Trump's speech are 80% below those of Barack Obama's in 2009.
- Says "We have spent as of one month ago 6 trillion dollars in the Middle East." From 2001 to 2014 the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan--the latter country is in South Asia--cost an estimated $1.6 trillion.
- Says "You had millions of people that now aren't insured anymore." Some 20 million people have gained health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.
- He signs directive to build border wall with Mexico, reiterates that Mexico will pay for it.
- The deepest channel of the Rio Grande river serves as the US-Mexico border for 1255 miles, longer than the distance from New York City to Orlando, FL.
- The river is known to change its course rather frequently.
- Signs another directive increasing detention centers and Border Patrol staff.
- Signs another directive that threatens to cut off federal funds to cities that don't actively and vigorously pursue illegal aliens.
- Another order cuts U.S. funding to the International Criminal Court by 40 percent. The U.S. currently gives zero funding to the International Criminal Court.
- Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club doubles membership fees.
- His hotel business reveals plans for a major US expansion.
- 14 minutes after Fox News calls Chelsea Manning an ungrateful traitor who called Obama a weak leader, Trump tweets that Chelsea Manning is an ungrateful traitor who called Obama a weak leader.
- Entire US State Department senior management team resigns. All were career foreign service officers who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
- Infowars, who reported that the murdered Sandy Hook 1st graders were paid actors hired by the anti-gun lobby, and that the Air Force is purposefully creating deadly tornadoes in the Midwest, is granted White House Press credentials.
- Trump tweets that Mexico should cancel the upcoming summit with the US if they don't want to pay for the wall.
- Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico, our close ally, cancels his planned trip to Washington.
- Trump proposes a 20% tax on goods coming from Mexico. Sellers will increase their prices by 20%, which will be paid for by the US consumer.
- In Philadelphia Trump says that “the murder rate has been steadily -- I mean, just terribly increasing.”
- Data provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows a record downturn in violent crimes, with fewer occurring in 2016 than in every other year since 1979.
- Trump orders his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.
- The idea is not new. The German newspaper Der Stürmer had a feature known as the "Letter Box", which encouraged the reporting of Jewish illegal acts in the 1930's and 40's.
- “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” -Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's closest adviser.
- In an interview with Sean Hannity, Trump says that he doesn't consider waterboarding to be torture.
- In April of 2009, Hannity agreed to be waterboarded for charity, but has yet to follow through on the offer.
- Trump draft proposal will ban immigration and to the US from Muslim majority countries Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
- Muslim majority countries Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and the U.A.E. will not be on the banned list. These five countries are where Trump has business interests.
- Trump signs ban on Muslims from the 7 countries from traveling into the US.
- Announces that persecuted Christians will be given priority over Muslim refugees.
- A screenshot of Mike Pence's December 2015 tweet is revived stating “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional."
- Dick Cheney says Muslim ban "goes against everything we stand for and believe in."
- By a margin of 42% to 39%, Trump voters believe that it would be okay for him to use his private email server for official business.
- George Orwell's 1984 hits #1 on Amazon's bestseller list.
- Trump tweets that he has another source for his oft-debunked claim of millions of illegal votes - Gregg Phillips, who has made claims that the Department of Homeland Security hacked the 2016 US election at Obama's request, and that Israel was the culprit for the DNC hacks.
- Three paragraph White House statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day makes no mention of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
- White Supremacist publication the Daily Stormer praises Trump on this statement for daring to reject "Jewish science fiction" about the Holocaust.
- Donald Trump calls Vladimir Putin from the White House.
- Steve Bannon, former publisher of radical right wing website Breitbart, is granted a regular seat at National Security Council meetings.
- Sample Breitbart headlines include Data: Young Muslims in the West Are a Ticking Time Bomb, and Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.
- In 2013, Bannon told a writer for the Daily Beast, “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down."
- The Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will no longer have regular seats on the NSC.
- Some legal permanent US residents are being stopped from reentering as they return from visits or studies abroad.
- The Muslim ban will also keep Oscar-nominated director Asghar Farhadi from attending the Oscars.
- Referencing an article on how the ban will include green card residents, former KKK Grand Wizard and current racist icon David Duke tweets, "Greatest. Year. Ever."
- Protesters flood JFK International Terminal in New York, demanding that detainees there be allowed to go free.
- More protesters assemble at airports in Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, LA, and Washington DC.
- Dozens of lawyers show up at various airports to work pro bono to free detainees there.
- New York judge issues a temporary injunction halting deportations nationwide from Trump's ban.
- Similar rulings follow in Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington State.
- The US Department of Homeland Security says it will comply with judicial orders not to deport detained travelers affected by Trump's ban.
- The DHS reverses itself and announces it will defy the court orders, potentially provoking a constitutional crisis.
- According to White House sources, Top Trump policy director Stephen Miller tells government employees that the public is behind Trump's ban, and to ignore the hysterical voices on TV.
- While at Duke, Stephen Miller worked closely with White Nationalist Richard Spencer--the man who was recently punched in the face on air while explaining the Alt-Right, provoking debate amongst the Left as to whether or not it's okay to punch a Nazi.
- As chaos and protests continue at airports in the US and around the world, Trump tells reporters "It's not a Muslim ban. We were totally prepared. It's working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It's working out very nicely."
- Trump issues a statement saying, “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting,”
- Earlier in the day, Rudy Giuliani, adviser to Trump, told a reporter, "I’ll tell you the whole history of it. When he first announced it, he said ‘Muslim ban.' He called me up, he said ‘put a commission together, show me the right way to do it, legally.’ ”
- A petition calling for Trump to be prevented from making a state visit to the United Kingdom picks up over 600,000 signatures, Once a petition passes the 500,000 threshold, the matter must then be debated in the UK Parliament.
- Pentagon boasts of killing 14 militants in a raid in Yemen on Day 10.
- Does not boast of killing 20 civilians in the same raid.
- 36-year-old Navy SEAL William (Ryan) Owens killed during the raid.
- Military officials tell press Trump approved operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.
- President was not present in the WH Situation Room for the raid.
- Reportedly had hostile exchanges over the phone with the leaders of two of our closest allies: Mexico and Australia.
- 1000 State Department staffers sign a "dissent cable" expressing contempt for Trump's travel ban.
- Personal staff of Senators and Representatives helped the WH draft the travel ban in secret, keeping it from their bosses in Congress.
- Spokesperson Conway expresses dismay that media outlets are not firing reporters for their critical views on herself and Trump.
- Tweets "Where was all the outrage from Democrats and the opposition party (the media) when our jobs were fleeing our country?"
- We are currently in the longest sustained period of job growth since record keeping for it began in 1939.
- Stephen Miller tells senior officials that Homeland Security might start demanding browsing histories, social media passwords and cell phone contact names from foreign visitors
- Trump and his aides cite the Boston Marathon bombings, the San Bernardino shootings and the Orlando shootings as reasons why the travel ban is necessary.
- None of these attacks were carried out by residents from banned countries.
- Accuses Sen Schumer of crying "fake tears" over the travel ban.
- Schumer's grandfather was a Jewish refugee from the Holocaust. Most of his grandfather's immediate family were machine-gunned to death by Nazis in the Ukraine.
- Trump adds, "I'm gonna ask him who is his acting coach."
- Speaking about a 5 year-old detainee, Press Sec. Spicer says, "To assume that just because of someone's age or gender or whatever, that they don't pose a threat, would be misguided and wrong."
- Asked about Trump's Holocaust statement that omits mentioning Jews killed in the Holocaust, Spicer says, "I think by and large he's been praised for it."
- Spicer says the Quebec City attack is "a reminder of why the president is taking steps to be proactive and not reactive."
- The Quebec City shooter is white, and is a professed alt-right Nationalist with strong anti-immigrant views.
- Acting Attorney General Sally Yates refuses to order subordinates to defend Trump's travel ban. Trump fires her.
- Demotes and replaces Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Daniel Ragsdale
- Tweets "Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!"
- WH issues assurances that it will continue to protect the rights of LGBTQ people in the workplace.
- An order allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people based on religious exemptions is reportedly scuttled by Trump's daughter and son-in-law.
- Spicer says that there has never been a SCOTUS nomination made as late as Obama's ignored choice, Merrick Garland.
- Obama nominated Garland on March 16th of his last year in office.
- Lyndon Johnson nominated Homer Thornberry on June 26th of his last year.
- Dwight Eisenhower recess-appointed William Brennan in October, three weeks before the 1956 election.
- In both of the latter cases, the Senate confirmed the nominees.
- Nominates Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
- Gorsuch is a 49 year-old conservative whose philosophy is aligned with the late Antonin Scalia.
- He is also the founding member of the Fascism Forever Club at his high school.
- Three unnamed WH officials said that Thomas Hardiman, the other judge under consideration for the Supreme Court spot, was encouraged to begin driving towards Washington in order to build suspense for the selection.
- Still has not spoken about or offered condolences to the Quebec terrorist attack's surviving victims or family members.
- Changes "Countering Violent Extremism" program to "Countering Islamic Extremism," removing the program's mandate to counter violent white supremacists.
- WH spokespeople will no longer appear on CNN because the network does not promote the Trump agenda.
- Goes off-script less than a minute into his Black History Month speech to call CNN fake news. Later thanks Fox News for being kind to him.
- Total words used to praise Martin Luther King Jr, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman & Rosa Parks in toto: 53. Number of words to praise staffer Omarosa Manigault: 51
- His statement on Frederick Douglass suggest the president may think that Douglass is still alive.
- Recent ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State.
- Ranking House Democrats ask the Pentagon about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's 2015 dinner with Vladimir Putin, where he was paid to speak.
- The dinner was for the Kremlin-controlled RT News Network.
- Jill Stein sat at the table with Putin and Flynn.
- Russian-backed rebels step up shelling and attacks in the Ukraine. The WH has not yet offered comment on the developments.
- Asked directly about the Ukraine, Spicer say the president has been "kept aware" of the situation.
- Ends the day by vaguely threatening Iran on Twitter.
- Tweets a threat to pull federal funds from UC Berkeley for cancelling a right-wing extremist's speech after student protests turned destructive.
- Mocks Arnold Schwarzenegger's ratings on "The Apprentice" at the National Prayer breakfast, and brags about his own ratings as the former host of the show.
- Vows to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which takes away the tax exempt benefit from churches that endorse political candidates.
- Modifies sanctions imposed on Russia as punishment for hacking Trump's opponent in the recent US election.
- The new order from the Treasury Dept allows U.S. companies to make limited transactions with Russian intelligence agency FSB.
- Modifications to the sanctions reportedly were planned during the Obama administration.
- Mike Pence praises Abraham Lincoln for his contributions to Black History Month.
- During his fourth debate with Stephen Douglas, Lincoln said, "I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality."
- Lincoln went on to say better things.
- Spokesperson Conway brings up the Iraqi refugees responsible for the Bowling Green Massacre.
- The Bowling Green Massacre is not an event that exists.
- Tweets more attacks on Arnold Schwarzenegger's role on "The Apprentice," on Twitter.
- Complains about "Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters."
- On the fifth day of his silence on Quebec attacks on Muslims, tweets, "A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris."
- The terrorist has a knife, and is the only one injured during the attack.
- He is not from one of the countries affected by the travel ban.
- Tweets "Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!"
- This contradicts several sources, as well as his own words at the Prayer Breakfast, "When you hear about the tough phone calls I'm having, don't worry about it. Just don't worry about it. They're tough. We have to be tough. It's time we're going to be a little tough, folks,"
- Slaps new sanctions on Iran for testing a ballistic missile.
- The test did not violate any previous agreements with the US.
- Houthi rebels attack a Saudi frigate.
- Pres Sec. Spicer conflates Houthi rebels with Iranian troops and the Saudi frigate with a US warship.
- The original WH number for people affected by the travel ban is 109.
- Justice Dept lawyer testifies in a VA court that 100,000 valid visas have been revoked due to the ban.
- State Dept counters with a statement that only 60,000 visas have been revoked.
- Holds meeting on women in the workforce. Two male CEOs are his advisory panel.
- Announces rollback of rules put in place to prevent another financial collapse after the worldwide Great Recession in 2008.
- Says, "...frankly, I have so many people, friends of mine, who have nice businesses who can’t borrow money," due to the rules.
- A federal judge temporarily blocks the travel ban. Airlines are told by the government to seat passengers from the 7 countries
- WH vows to block travelers again with an emergency stay of the order.
- Responding to Bill O'Reilly pointing out suspicions of Putin killing people who oppose him, Trump says, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"
- Tweets a vow to overturn the block on his ban by "this so-called judge."
- Judge is James L. Robart, a nominee of George W Bush, who was approved in the Senate by a vote of 99-0.
- Tweets "After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!"
- NYT has not apologized for any of its Trump coverage. Digital subscriptions to the paper grew 16% in 2016.
- Softening on their ban of CNN, spokesperson Conway asks to be on CNN's State of the Union.
- Her request is denied.
- 1000 protesters serenade the president near his Mar-A-Lago retreat.
- Trump lawyers file a notice to appeal the block on his ban.
- Travelers with valid vias from the 7 countries rush to get flights into the US during this window.
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds temporary restraining order on Trump's ban.
- Trump supporters, spurred by right-wing nationalist site Breitbart.com, vow to boycott Budweiser for airing a commercial telling the story of the brewer's immigrant founder.
- Places his assets in a trust which names the president as the sole beneficiary of that trust, and gives him the power to revoke it at any time.
- The trust will be co-managed by the president's son, along with his chief financial officer.
- Is reportedly angry about not being fully briefed on the executive order he signed placing his top aide Steve Bannon on the National Security Council.
- Threatens to defund California if they don't toe the line on immigration, says "California in many ways is out of control, as you know.”
- California is among a handful of donor state.
- These pay more in taxes to the federal Treasury than they receive in government funding.
- Tweets "Any negative polls are fake news"
- Claims the "very dishonest" media is deliberately not reporting recent terrorist strikes in Europe.
- Sean Spicer later provides a list of 78 attacks.
- The list includes all of that famous attacks which were heavily covered by the press.
- Spicer rolls back Trump's "not even reported" description of attacks, reducing it to, "aren't exactly covered to a degree on which they should be."
- Mother of one young woman killed last year by an insane stalker writes in an open letter to Trump.
- Calls him out for falsely including her death on the list of 78 unreported terror attacks.
- Regarding the travel ban, she writes, "My daughter's death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people."
- Spokesperson Conway claims she meant to say Bowling Green Terrorists instead of Bowling Green Massacre in her last interview, but used the word massacre in two prior interviews--with Cosmopolitan and TMZ--back on Day 10.
- Russia demands an apology from Fox News for calling Putin a killer. Bill O'Reilly demurs.
- Tweets," I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy."
- Department of Defense is seeking to rent space in Trump’s New York skyscraper, Trump Tower.
- This will set up the DOD as paying rent to the president.
- Officials from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars say they were not invited to a WH listening event for veterans.
- Military officials say the objective of the botched Yemen raid was to kill or capture Qassim al-Rimi, head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
- Al-Rimi has survived and taunts the president through audio missives.
- Press Sec Spicer had called the raid "a successful operation by all standards,"
- The First Lady sues the Daily mail for $50 million dollars, claiming false accusations have hurt her brand value during this "multi-year term" of elevated publicity.
- According to the suit, her brand categories would have included "among other things, apparel accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance,”
- House of Commons speaker says he will not make the customary invitation to Trump to address the UK Parliament.
- Betsy DeVos confirmed as Sec. of Education by a vote of 51-50.
- Republicans hold off confirming Sen Jeff Sessions as Attorney General so that he may vote for DeVos first.
- FBI reports from the last two years show that more suspected terrorists encounters occur near our border with Canada than our border with Mexico.
- Texas sheriff complains about a state senator making it harder for police to seize citizen assets through civil forfeiture.
- Trump says, "Do you want to give his name? We'll destroy his career."
- Says that his travel ban executive order was "written beautifully," and predicts that "even a bad high school student would find in my favor" in the court battle over it.
- Says that the murder rate is "the highest it's been in 47 years" and adds, "I'd say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn't like to tell it like it is."
- Murder rate is currently the lowest it's been in 45 years.
- Sen Elizabeth Warren is not allowed to finish her speech against the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
- She is accused of impugning the conduct of another Senator, and silenced for the duration of confirmation hearings.
- Asked about the president's silence on the Quebec terrorist attack, spokesperson Conway says, "He doesn't tweet about everything."
SJ's Notes on 11-20
- Tweets "My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!"
- Tweets "Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait for what should be EASY D!"
- Yemen will no longer allow U.S. ground troops into the country on special-operations missions.
- Asked about this in regards to the botched Yemen operation, Pres Sec Spicer says, "It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone that would suggest it's not a success does a disservice to the life of (slain Navy Seal) Chief Ryan Owens."
- Spicer mentions an Atlanta Attack three times to make a case for Trump's travel ban. No Islamist attack has occurred in Atlanta.
- Trump reportedly veered off topic during a call with French President Hollande on Day 9, complaining that the US is being shaken down by other countries, and declaring that the French can continue protecting NATO, but that the U.S. “wants our money back."
- Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as Attorney General in a 52-47 vote.
The House passed some villainous legislation in the last 10 days. These will be covered bill by bill if they get to Trump and he signs them. I've also left out some of the more minor brouhahas, times when I felt the press was getting silly during the short intervals when the president wasn't feeding them outrage quickly enough: like the semantics battle over the word 'ban', or whether or not Trump walks around in his bathrobe, or Vanity Fair's theory that the president's behavior grows acutely worse when his daughter and son-in-law are away observing the Jewish Orthodox Shabbat.
Some items were cut due to exaggerations or sketchy sourcing: like the complaint that some airport detainees were tricked into signing their green cards away, or that Trump demands that his female staffers "Dress like women," or that the entire management staff of the State Department was summarily fired. These scraps would all be of interest in any other administration; the talk of the nation for a month of Mondays. Unfortunately for us, we live in interesting times.
Last edited by tomdemaine; 02-09-2017 at 12:12 PM.
02-19-2017, 03:17 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Trump says that from now on he will pick the reporters allowed in the WH.
- Sends tweets saying Sen John McCain should not be commenting on the Yemen raid, and that the raid was a complete success.
- Spokesperson Conway tells Fox & Friends viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff."
- Asked, "Do you believe Conway crossed an ethical line here?" Press Sec Spicer replies, "Kellyanne has been counseled, and that's all we're going to go with."
- Chairman of the House Oversight Committee says the Conway plug was “Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is wholly unacceptable no if, ands or buts about it.”
- Jeff Sessions begins his time as US Attorney General by parroting the president's false statistics about the crime rate.
- He also looks into weakening Obama-era protections for transgender children.
- Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke tweets, "Mr. Trump’s appointment of Bannon, Flynn and Sessions are the first steps in the project of taking America back."
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump's travel ban.
- Judges calls the WH's claims of exclusive executive branch power regarding the ban "contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy."
- Tweets "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"
- Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch finds Trump's criticism of a federal judge to be "disheartening and demoralizing."
- Trump insists that Gorsuch's words were misrepresented.
- This in spite of their meaning being confirmed by Gorsuch's spokesman and two Senators.
- Trump mentions plans to privatize air traffic control.
- Says "Pocahontas is now the face of your party"
- Pocahontas is the president's favorite nickname for Sen Elizabeth Warren.
- Has not nominated any second-tier officials—i.e. deputy, under, or assistant secretaries—in any major cabinet department.
- Nixes deputy Sec of State candidate, Elliot Abrams, after hearing that Abrams said critical things about him.
- At a Senate listening session dedicated to new Justice Gorsuch, the president veers off course again and spends several minutes talking about the election.
- Claims voters were illegally bussed in from Massachusetts to vote in New Hampshire.
- After a congressional rebuke suggesting she be suspended or fired for plugging Ivanka's brand, spokesperson Conway says that the president supports her 100%.
- WH spokesperson Salena Zito tells a CNN panel that it is clear that Conway was joking when she made the plug.
- More than half of Trump voters believe that the fictional Bowling Green Massacre is real.
- Says he may write a new travel ban order.
- Asked what he would change in the new order, answers "very little."
- US Officials confirm some of the details of the infamous Steele Dossier.
- None of the more interesting details have been confirmed or debunked at this time.
- Standing Rock anti-pipeline activists interviewed by FBI terror task force.
- It's reported that National Security Adviser Flynn talked sanctions with Russia in December, then repeatedly denied that he did.
- Unleashes a wave of immigration raids across the country.
- Tweets “Our legal system is broken! "77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries." (WT) SO DANGEROUS!”
- The surge is a backlog of previously vetted refugees who were blocked due to the travel ban.
- (WT) is the Washington Times, a conservative paper founded and owned by the Unification Church, aka the Moonies.
- Blacks out windows at Mar-A-Lago resort to keep press pool from taking pictures of him playing golf.
- Once tweeted, "The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 milion +++ while there is 20% unemployment."
- $1 million per day is spent housing the current First Lady in a Manhattan penthouse.
- Reports emerge that National Security Adviser Flynn lied to the vice president and other colleagues about his talks with Russia.
- When asked about Flynn, the president falsely pretends be unaware of the growing controversy.
- Given that the Justice Dept pointedly warned Trump and gave him specifics regarding Flynn's collusion as far back as Day 10.
- Trump will not ask for Flynn's resignation until late on day 25.
- Tweets "The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!"
- Back in August 2016 announced that wife Melania would hold a press conference regarding her immigration status.
- Nothing like this has occurred.
- Delays trip to the United Kingdom to avoid a planned snub by their Parliament while it's in session.
- WH Policy Director Miller makes the Sunday talk show rounds.
- Miller repeats the president's lie about voter fraud in New Hampshire.
- When asked for evidence, Miller says, "It is a fact, and you will not deny it."
- He claims that deportations will “prevent crime before it happens.”
- Miller also claims a 2000 mile wall on the border "will pay for itself many, many, many times over."
- Finally, in the arena of national security, Miller says the president's power "will not be questioned."
- Trump Tweets, "Congratulations Stephen Miller-on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!"
- After tweeting eleven times about Obama's golfing, has played golf twice so far as president.
- Pentagon official says they are holding back intelligence from the WH because, “since January 20, we’ve assumed that the Kremlin has ears inside the SITROOM,”
- Hold's open-air national security meeting on North Korea at Mar-A-Lago with club members seated around him and waitstaff looking on.
- Aides point cell phones and electronic devices at confidential documents laid out on the dinner table.
- Let's one of his Mar-A-Lago members pose for a picture with and tag on social media the aide who carries the nuclear football.
- Meets with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
- Trudeau becomes the first foreign leader to successfully fend off the president's upending handshake.
- During press conference, picks only friendly reporters whom he's assured won't ask him about embattled NSA adviser Flynn.
- Gateway Pundit, a conservative blog, granted WH press credentials.
- The blog's founder Jim Hoft has frequently been branded as the "dumbest man on the Internet."
- Foreclosure specialist Steven Mnuchin confirmed as Treasury secretary by a vote of 53-47.
- NSA adviser Flynn resigns amid accusations of colluding with Russian ambassador during the transition.
- Flynn is the third Trump campaign team member to resign over Russian ties.
02-19-2017, 03:19 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Signs repeal of the rule requiring oil companies to disclose payments to foreign parties.
- Undisclosed payments would presumably include bribes and kickbacks to foreign officials.
- 35 mental health professionals sign a letter to the NYT that states, "We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president."
- Tweets that the "real story" of Flynn's resignation were the leaks that brought it about.
- Spokesperson Conway says that the key to Flynn's resignation was his misleading the vice president.
- Press Sec Spicer says, “The irony of this situation is that the President has been incredibly tough on Russia,."
- Russia deploys nuclear cruise missiles which violate the INF treaty signed in 1987.
- Russia parks a spy ship off the US Coast.
- Russia tells WH it will not give the Crimea back to the Ukraine.
- WH has no immediate comment on these developments.
- Also no comment regarding multiple Russian aircraft buzzing a U.S. destroyer patrolling in the Black Sea.
- House Panel votes against requesting Trump's tax returns.
- Intercepted calls show that the president's campaign team had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials throughout 2016.
- Sends a flurry of tweets blaming in turn the media, the intelligence community, the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton for the mounting unease over his ties to Russia.
- Carter Page, disgraced former foreign policy adviser to Trump now under investigation for Russian ties, writes bizarre letter to the DOJ accusing Clinton campaign of "severe election fraud," "hate crimes and other extensive abuses."
- Office of Government Ethics finds Spokesperson Conway in "clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position,"
- According to the rules, It is up to the president to determine her punishment.
- Trump unfollows Conway on Twitter.
- Former campaign manager Lewandowski is telling prospective lobbying clients that he has access to the president's Twitter account.
- It's unclear whether he claims to have the password, or merely the president's ear on what to post.
- Trump company awarded valuable, long sought-after trademark in China.
- This occurs a few days after the president steered US policy back towards China's much-preferred One China policy.
- Press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.
- Once again picks only friendly reporters: one from conservative website Town Hall and one from the Christian Broadcasting Network.
- Asked about the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the US, says "Well I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had. 306 Electoral college votes"
- It's discovered that WH Policy Director Stephen Miller follows former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke on Twitter,
- Miller "likes" Duke's tweet about Pizzagate.
- Andrew Puzder: fast food CEO, critic of the minimum wage, illegal immigrant employer, and alleged wife-beater, withdraws from the nomination for Labor Secretary.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a top adviser to the Trump campaign, says he won't recuse himself from any investigations of the Trump campaign.
- Tweets, "Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!"
- Trump will ask New York billionaire friend Stephen A Feinberg to review all US intelligence agencies.
- Top House Republicans ask for investigation into the leaks that revealed the Trump campaign's Russian ties.
- No House investigation into the campaign's actual Russian ties is planned.
- In addition to 10 children and 9 women, botched Yemen raid also killed Sheikh Abdel-Raouf al-Dhahab, a tribal chief allied with the US.
- Director of National Intelligence denies reports from Day 24 that they are withholding intelligence from Trump.
- Holds press conference and answers a wide range of questions from a large pool of reporters.
- "To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess."
- “The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”
- Is called out on his lie that his electoral victory was the greatest since Reagan, answers that he was simply "given that information."
- Says his administration is not rife with chaos; quite the opposite, it's running like a "fine-tuned machine."
- Says he is fine with WikiLeaks because it never leaked classified information.
- This is an absurd lie.
- Dismisses GOP town hall protesters because “They are not the Republican people that our representatives represent.”
- Says the alternative to having good relations with Russia would be a “nuclear holocaust.”
- Says, "You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things."
- Tells a reporter from a Jewish publication asking about the rise in anti-Semitic crimes that it's "not a fair question," and to "sit down."
- Says, "I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life."
- Another reporter reminds the president that the Antisemitism question regards his followers, not the president.
- Blames the attacks by his followers on Democrats pretending to be Trump supporters, as a false flag operation.
- Asks a black reporter to help him set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
- During a Day 5 interview, former national security adviser Flynn lied to the FBI, telling them he had never discussed sanctions with Russia.
- This is a felony offense.
- The FBI is not expected to file any charges.
- Defense Industry Exec Robert Harward declines offer to replace Flynn.
- House Oversight chair Jason Chaffetz seeks criminal charges against an employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton's email account.
- Chaffetz has refused repeated requests to investigate the Trump campaign.
- Tweets "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
- One month after Vladimir Lenin seized power in 1917, he coined the term "vrag naroda", which means enemy of the people.
- Trump signs repeal of law preventing the dumping of coal mining waste into streams and rivers.
- Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt cleared by Senate 52-46 to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
- 700 former EPA officials wrote to Congress opposing Pruitt’s confirmation.
- Pruitt sued his agency 14 times during the Obama administration, seeking to curb its regulation of toxic mercury pollution, smog, carbon emissions from power plants, and the pollution of wetlands.
- His efforts were largely funded by oil and gas firms.
- WH denies AP report of a plan to mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants.
- The WH has made no nominations for 662 out of the 696 executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation.
- Tweets "Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it."
- Eric and Donald Trump Jr. cut the ribbon on a new Trump luxury golf course in the United Arab Emirates.
- The UAE is one of several Muslim majority nations where the Trump company does business.
- As mentioned on Day 7, none of these Trump-friendly nations are included in the travel ban.
- As with all of their company trips, taxpayer money will be used for Eric and Donald Jr's secret service travel and hotel costs.
- Trump family trips have cost $11.3 million over the first month of the administration.
- Obama family travel expenses averaged $12.1 million per year,
- One month into his new term, holds what is billed as a campaign rally in Florida, ostensibly for his 2020 re-election (?)
- Attacks the media again, quoting Thomas Jefferson as saying “'nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper.' ''Truth itself,' he said, 'becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.'”
- Jefferson also wrote "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."
- After several more minutes of undermining the free press, goes on to essentially repeat his 2016 campaign platform, as follows:
- Fixing the "terrible mess" the country is in.
- Repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
- Vastly stepping up harassment and deportation of illegal immigrants.
- Removal of regulations preventing air, water and soil pollution by oil, coal and gas interests.
- Passing a $1 trillion infrastructure program.
- "Rebuilding" the military.
- All while reducing tax rates.
- Abrogation of trade agreements and the introduction of tariffs.
- Law enforcement task forces for the inner cities.
- Showing support for the EU-undermining Brexit,
- And of course, once again rehashing the 2016 election and his victory over the "dishonest media's" predictions.
- Speaking about terrorism, alludes to some sort of incident "last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? They took in large numbers."
- Nothing of note happened last night in Sweden.
03-01-2017, 01:46 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Trump Tweets that he heard of the Sweden Incident from Fox News.
- Defense Sec Jim Mattis makes assurances that that we will not be stealing Iraq's oil.
- This was presumably in response to the president telling CIA staff in January that, "We should have kept their oil."
- WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus hits the Sunday talk circuit.
- Regarding Flynn's collusion with the Russian ambassador, says There’s nothing wrong with having a conversation about sanctions.”
- On a different talk show he claims there was "absolutely no" collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents.
- Priebus implies that the media's use of unnamed sources to break the Russia story is what makes them an enemy of the American people.
- UK parliament receives a petition with 1.8 million signatures asking it to downgrade or disallow the president's upcoming state visit.
- During the parliament debate, Trump is called a "protozoan" intellect and a "petulant child" by the party opposed to his visit.
- The party in favor of his visit still acknowledges his "more grotesque characteristics and behavior."
- Picks Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to replace Flynn as his national security adviser.
- McMaster is a well-regarded historian and seen as a favorable choice by many.
- After three failed public attempts over the past weeks to get the president to acknowledge the rise in anti-Semitic incidents, Trump says "The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,"
- Press Sec Spicer then says, "It's ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this, that it's never good enough.”
- 'One' is the number of times the president has spoken about the attacks.
- At 6:18 PM Fox's Steve Doocy says, “some of the chaos from GOP town hall meetings is very well-choreographed by the liberal activists."
- At 6:23 PM the president tweets, "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!"
- UK Parliament votes against supporting Trump state visit.
- This is their first ever vote on a US presidential visit.
- Ukraine opens treason case against Andrii Artemenko, a member of their Parliament.
- Artemenko is accused of proposing an unauthorized peace plan to associates of president Trump.
- The plan would involve leasing the Crimea to Russia, then lifting US sanctions against Russia.
- The associates of the president in this case are his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, a Russian-American real estate developer.
- Mr. Sater, a convicted felon, claims to have helped Trump scout deals in Russia.
- The president has repeatedly denied having business associations in Russia.
- Sec of Education DeVos is reportedly uncomfortable with the WH's plan to strip transgender children of Obama-era guidance allowing them to use the restroom of their choice.
- Attorney General Sessions, a strong opponent of expanded LGBT rights, is reportedly joining the president in pressuring DeVos to toe the line on this issue.
- DeVos later signs off on removing the guidance for transgender kids.
- The argument for rescinding guidance from the WH is that transgender bathroom use is a matter best left to the states.
- Sec Spicer says, “The president has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states’ rights.”
- Sec Spicer says that the Department of Justice will be "taking action" against states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
- Attorney General Session rescinds guidance directing the DOJ to reduce its use of private prisons.
- According to Sessions, reducing private prisons has "impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system."
- First Lady Melania Trump refiles her $150 million lawsuit vs the Daily Mail, omitting the wording about her missing out on a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to profit from her brand.
- VP Pence proclaims that the "Obamacare nightmare is about to end."
- 54% of Americans surveyed oppose repealing Obamacare.
- The president says that we have "fallen behind on nuclear weapons capacity."
- Experts in the field reply that no country can match the US for the strength, size or modernity of its nuclear weaponry.
- Says that deporting undocumented immigrants will be “a military operation,”
- On a visit in Mexico, Homeland Security Sec Kelly clarifies that there would be “no use of military force in immigration operations.”
- The Air Force says it cannot account for the $1 billion in savings Trump claims to have negotiated regarding Air Force One.
- The WH has made several attempts to get the FBI to leak statements to the press claiming that information linking the administration with Russia is false.
- The FBI has turned down these leak requests, citing that they are in violation of procedures that limit WH communications with it during an investigation.
03-01-2017, 01:47 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Tweets "find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW."
- Sec Spicer holds an off-camera press briefing inside his office.
- He does not allow the NYT, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, the BBC, the LA Times or the Daily News to attend.
- These outlets are turned away at the door by the Secret Service.
- The Associated Press and Time magazine are invited, but both refuse to go out of principle.
- Spicer says, to those who were invited, "I think that we have shown an abundance of of accessibility."
- During the transition, Spicer said the WH would never ban individual media outlets because, "That's what makes a democracy a democracy vs a dictatorship"
- After failing with the FBI, the WH turns to congressional and intelligence officials to try to anonymously knock down reports of the WH's ties to Russia.
- The new leakers chosen by the WH are the two men who would be the heads of any future congressional investigations into the WH's ties with Russia.
- At the annual CPAC gathering for GOP conservatives, anti-Trump activist Ryan Clayton hands out Russian flags with TRUMP written on them.
- Trump supporters dutifully wave the Russian flags during the president's speech, causing staffers to scramble to confiscate them.
- During Mr. Trump's speech at CPAC, he repeats nearly all of the major lies already noted above in Days 1-35.
- The president does not bring up anything else of note.
- US immigration plan calls for deporting all undocumented immigrants found near the border to Mexico, regardless of their nationality.
- Mexican officials say they will reject deportees who are not from Mexico.
- Tweets, "the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo."
- In his first month, Obama signed an emergency economic stimulus package to counter the 2008 worldwide financial collapse.
- Trump has not signed any financial legislation.
- Tweets a hint that he would like to hold another rally soon.
- Tweets that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, site of his infamous 2011 ribbing at the hands of Barack Obama and others.
- The last 15 presidents have attended the dinner at least once over the years, starting with Calvin Coolidge in 1924.
- EPA head Scott Pruitt used private emails to conduct state business in Oklahoma, then lied about it during his Senate confirmation hearings.
- No comment yet from the WH or from the Senate on this.
- Ex-Labor Sec Perez is voted in as Democratic National Committee Chairman.
- He immediately calls for the second place finisher, Rep Ellison, to be made deputy Chairman of the DNC.
- Deputy Chairman Ellison then says to attendees, "We don't have the luxury to walk out of this room divided."
- Tweets "The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally "rigged.""
- There is no evidence--and no accusations beyond the president's--of vote fixing or tampering in the contest.
- Details are leaked of Sec Spicer seizing and examining phones of staff members...for evidence of leaks.
- A number of lifelong Muslim US citizens are finding that their Global Entry cards have been mysteriously revoked.
- Others are saying that their applications for the cards have been denied without explanation, after being told earlier in person that they would be approved.
- Global Entry is a program for US citizens who are frequent international travelers, designed to expedite their return through Customs.
- Father of Navy Seal Ryan Owens, who was killed in the botched Yemen raid, demands an investigation.
- Senior US officials tell NBC news that the Yemen raid has yielded no significant intelligence.
- Bomb threats force evacuations at Jewish schools and community centers in 11 states.
- The president has still not commented on a Day 35 shooting of two Indian immigrants mistaken for Muslims by an American racist, who shouted "Get out of my country," before opening fire.
- Philip Bilden, a private equity fund manager, withdraws from the Sec of the Navy nomination.
- Bilden has concluded that US ethics rules will cause an undue disruption to his financial interests.
- Trump meets with CEOs of leading U.S. health insurance companies.
- Comes away from the health care meeting saying, ""I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject,"
- Asked about a replacement for the ACA, says, ""We have come up with a solution that's really, really I think very good,"
- Says he wants a $54 billion increase in military spending.
- To pay for it, cuts will be made to foreign aid and on domestic spending.
- The lion's share of domestic spending is on the poor, on health care and education and on product safety and protecting the environment.
- Asked if there is a need for a special prosecutor to look into ties with Russia, says, "I haven’t called Russia in 10 years."
- The president last called Russia on Jan 28th of this year.
- He was in Russia four years ago for the Miss Universe pageant.
- At a conference nine years ago, Donald Trump Jr. said, "“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”
- Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross confirmed as Commerce Sec.
- During the Senate hearings, Ross was not asked about his extensive business ties with Russia.
- Education Sec DeVos calls historically black colleges “pioneers” of “school choice.”
- The colleges came into being when black students were not allowed to choose other colleges.
- The president is interviewed on the friendly Fox & Friends show.
- Blames Barack Obama for the leaks in his administration.
- Blames Barack Obama for the angry town hall responses to GOP lawmakers.
- Blames his generals for the botched Yemen raid, saying "This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do."
- At a meeting with state attorneys, suggests that he believes at least some the recent antisemitic bomb threats to be false flag operations.
- As he said "sometimes, it's the reverse," he presumably means that the attacks are carried out by Jews themselves.
- Asked about the hundreds of executive positions still left without nominees, says, "You don’t need all those jobs. Many of those jobs, I don’t want to fill.”
- Addresses joint session of Congress. Sticks largely to his prepared remarks.
- Promises $1 trillion for infrastructure rebuilding.
- Says, "We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years."
- This will be a difficult statement to quantify, to say the least.
- Says, "And overseas, we have inherited a series of tragic foreign policy disasters."
- Does not give any examples of what he might be referring to.
- Once again calls botched Yemen raid highly successful.
- Says he wants to work with both parties for affordable child care and family leave.
- Says he wants to promote clean air and clean water.
- Legislation for this and his pick for the EPA are both diametrically opposed to this statement.
- Promises a stable transition from Obamacare using tax credits and health care savings accounts.
- Pledges support for NATO, having once questioned the alliance, and complained that members were not paying their fair share.
- Regarding payment from NATO countries, says, "I can tell you that the money is pouring in."
- Offers no examples or evidence for this.
- Says that the construction of the 2000 mile wall with Mexico will begin soon.
- Promises that it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.
- Says, "American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world."
- Compared to 33 countries with the highest industrial development, the US places in the middle or towards the bottom of the list on typical taxation metrics.
- Wants to create an office, known as VOICE, that will publicize crimes performed by immigrants, as these are being, "ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests."
- Once again, immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born residents.
- Crimes are not publicized as often when they do not occur as often.
- The president's announcement of VOICE draws audible gasps from members of congress.
In these installments, I've made a number of references to the "botched" Yemen raid. Whereas the WH claims that raid was a “successful operation by all standards.” Therefore the addition of that word might be unnecessary editorializing.
Before I post, I like to cut out as many adjectives as I can. Last week a poster, Ivo Shandor on Fark.com, pointed me to the article below, which was also cited in Newsweek.
The word botched stays.
03-13-2017, 05:18 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Missed from Day 40: Signed, without any announcement or fanfare, a bill allowing severe mental illness to no longer be a factor in background checks to buy guns.
- FCC chairman Pai says net neutrality was a mistake.
- Pai was outvoted on the matter in 2014 and 2015, when he wasn't chairman, but is now likely to succeed in getting rid of net neutrality going forward.
- Montana Rep Ryan Zinke confirmed Sec of the Interior by a vote of 68-31.
- Zinke is a former eagle scout and an avid outdoorsman who has advocated against giving protected federal lands back to the states.
- He is also a strong supporter of coal, and has a 4/100 lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters.
- Attorney General Sessions talked to the Russian Ambassador twice in 2016, then lied about it to the Senate during his confirmation hearings.
- Sessions was a vital part of the president's campaign team.
- For weeks he refused requests to recuse himself from heading FBI investigations into Russian ties with the same campaign.
- Today, under mounting pressure from lawmakers due to his lying to the Senate, Sessions recuses himself from Trump campaign probes.
- Sec Spicer says, "There's nothing to recuse himself [from]. He was 100% straight with the committee,"
- Spicer adds that the Democrats who bring attention to Sessions lying under oath in the Senate should be "ashamed of themselves."
- WH claims not to know of Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador.
- Senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner also met with the Russian ambassador, in December, in Trump Tower.
- WH counsel's office tells staffers to preserve any materials related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
- Much of this material was carefully archived and disseminated by the outgoing Obama administration, in order to prevent its destruction.
- Ben Carson confirmed as HUD secretary by a vote of 58-41.
- Carson is the only black nominee for a cabinet position. There is also one Asian nominee in the 22-member cabinet.
- Former Governor Rick Perry confirmed as Sec of Energy.
- Perry tells the Senate he regrets earlier vows to abolish the department he now heads.
- VP Pence used an AOL account for official business while governor of Indiana.
- The account was hacked by a scammer, who sent emails to his contacts claiming Pence's wife was stranded and broke in the Philippines.
- Asked about his use of a private email account for public business in comparison to former Sec Clinton's use of a private email account for public business, Pence says, "There's no comparison whatsoever."
- Watchdog groups say Trump 2020 campaign is illegally piling new donations into the 2016 campaign, allowing contributors to give the max twice; once for 2016 and once for 2020.
- Tweets, "It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet."
- 18 of 22 cabinet positions have been confirmed.
- Republicans hold the majority in the Senate and control the pace of cabinet approvals.
- Tweets a picture of Sen Schumer (D) with Vladimir Putin.
- Writes, "We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!"
- Sen Schumer answers, "Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team?"
- Tweets, "I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it."
- Takes three attempts to spell 'hereby' correctly.
- Rep Pelosi answers, "@realDonaldTrump doesn't know difference between official mtg photographed by press & closed secret mtg his AG lied about under oath."
- WH claims Sessions met with Russian ambassador in his capacity as Senator, not as a Trump campaign higher-up.
- But Sessions used Trump campaign funds to pay the expenses involved with the Russian meeting.
- GOP drafting its health care repeal in secret, in a basement room with Capitol police guarding the doors.
- Supporters of the president gather in towns and cities during a planned March 4 Trump event.
- Crowd sizes supporting the president on this Saturday range from several people to several hundred people.
- After saying "The time for trivial fights is behind us," in his Day 40 speech, tweets "Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show."
- Sends multiple tweets accusing former president Obama of wiretapping his Trump tower office in 2016.
- WH staff offers no comment on this.
- Three possibilities exist:
- The first is that former president Obama wiretapped the offices illegally and without the knowledge or permission of a federal court.
- There are no creditable news reports or sources that suggest this.
- The second is that candidate Trump was under surveillance through an order from a FISA court.
- This would mean that a federal judge felt there was probable cause to believe that the Trump campaign had committed a serious crime, or that someone in his camp was an agent of a foreign power.
- The third is that the president was duped into believing something false by one or more of the fringe right wing news sources he relies upon.
- A spokesman for former president Obama, as well as several of his former aides, as well as the former Director of National Intelligence, all say the wiretapping claim is false.
- WH puts out official press release stating that it has no comment on the wiretapping business.
- The same statement calls on Congress to investigate the matter.
- FBI director Comey asks the Department of Justice to publicly state that the president's wiretapping claim is false.
- Former Trump campaign official Roger Stone admits on Twitter to having a personal back-channel with Wikileaks,
- Wikileaks is the outlet that released the hacked Russian information on the DNC during the election.
- Stone then deletes the tweets.
- Eric and Donald Trump Jr say they are using connections made on the 2016 campaign trail to expand the Trump company holdings.
03-13-2017, 05:49 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Department of Justice remains silent on FBI director Comey's request to knock down the president's wiretapping accusations.
- Trump signs revised travel ban affecting six predominantly Muslim nations.
- Iraq, included in the old defunct travel ban, has been removed from the list.
- Iraq's government is a close US ally and a partner in our shared battle against ISIS.
- No citizens of the six remaining countries in the ban have been involved in any recent attack on US soil.
- HUD Sec Carson says that black slaves were immigrants who "worked harder for less," and who had a dream that one day their descendants "might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
- WH press release on energy policy contains a paragraph cut and pasted directly from an ExxonMobil press release.
- While watching a feature on Fox & Friends, blames Obama for 122 "vicious" prisoners released from the Guantanamo Bay prison.
- 113 of these 122 prisoners were released by the Bush administration.
- This is one of six tweets he sends this morning that are directly related to today's Fox & Friends episode, which is playing while he tweets.
- GOP bill effecting rollback of Affordable Care Act unveiled.
- New bill will cut funding to states that help poor adults with their Medicaid programs.
- Will bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal Medicaid reimbursements.
- Will cut back on financial assistance for lower income families shopping for insurance.
- Will offer tax incentives and the ability to open tax free health care savings accounts.
- Many families live from paycheck to paycheck and can't afford to maintain a standard savings account, much less an additional savings account.
- Allows insurers to charge older people substantially higher rates than were allowed under the ACA.
- Repeals tax penalties on larger employers who do not offer coverage.
- Repeals tax penalties on people who do not buy insurance.
- Will instead punish the uninsured with higher premiums if they miss more than 2 months of coverage.
- Repeals 10% sales tax on fake tanning salons.
- Gives tax breaks to insurance executives making more than $500,000/year.
- 6 of the bill's 60 pages are dedicated to handling lottery winners.
- The president has signaled his full support for the bill.
- Steel from the US will not be used exclusively on the Keystone Pipeline, as was promised by the president.
- The pipeline will use Canadian steel manufactured by a company 1/3 owned by Roman Abramovich.
- Abramovich is a Russian billionaire oligarch with longstanding ties to Vladimir Putin.
- Under pressure from the Justice Dept, former national security adviser Flynn registers himself retroactively as an agent for a foreign interest.
- Opposition to the GOP health bill from every Democrat as well as some GOP members of Congress has imperiled its passing.
- Sponsors of the bill now calling it a "work in progress."
- At a closed meeting with GOP congressmen, the president tells them the 2018 midterms will be a "bloodbath" if they don't pass their health bill.
- Spokesperson Conway is not sure that the president would like Trumpcare to be called Trumpcare going forward.
- Says she prefers for now that Trumpcare be called something other than Trumpcare.
- WH's Office of Management and Budget director Mulvaney says the GOP won't consider the number of people who lose their insurance as a measure of success or failure for Trumpcare.
- He adds, "insurance is not really the end goal here, is it?"
- Press Sec Spicer concurs, saying that the number of people who will be covered under Trumpcare "is not the question."
- On Democrats and passing the original ACA aka Obamacare in 2010, Spicer says, “With all due respect, this is the same group who passed it and then told us we could read it,”
- The original ACA was available for review and debated in congress for nearly a year before it was passed.
- Citing "multiple reports," Spicer falsely claims that Fox reporter James Rosen had his phones tapped by the Obama administration.
- Rosen denies that he or anyone close to him was wiretapped.
- China approves Trump-branded trademarks for spas, massage parlors, escort services, hotels, finance and real-estate companies, retail shops, restaurants and bars.
- Representatives of the largest US candy companies are giving Trump resorts a large amount of business, booking several conventions at the Trump National Doral resort near Miami and the Trump International Hotel in DC, as well as buying group golf outings at Trump courses.
- They are preparing to lobby the administration on rolling back sugar subsidies, as well as other matters of import to their industry.
- Asked about the booming Trump golf business, Eric Trump says, "The stars have all aligned. I think our brand is the hottest it has ever been."
- Sen Rand Paul (R) Introduces a bill to rival Trumpcare.
- Paul's bill will simply repeal the ACA without offering an alternative.
- Head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he doubts that increased carbon dioxide caused by human activity is "a primary contributor to global warming."
- Close UK Trump Ally Nigel Farage pays 40 minute visit to the Ecuadoran embassy, where Wikileaks head Julian Assange lives.
- Asked by reporters what he's doing there, says he doesn't remember.
- Senate Majority Leader McConnell, asked if Mexico will pay for the proposed border wall, says "Uh, no."
- Several states are now suing to overturn the president's revised travel ban.
- Attorney General Sessions asks for the resignations of 46 US Attorneys, all appointees from previous administrations.
- This is not unprecedented, as the Clinton administration asked for an equivalent number of resignations in 1993.
- The president has cancelled two open press events this week: one without explanation; the other due to the venue being too full, according to a spokesperson.
- Brookings Institute analysis of Trumpcare estimates that 15 million people will lose their insurance coverage.
- The president, long a vocal doubter of past job gain figures issued by the Bureau of Labor, now praises current the job gain figures, issued by the Bureau of Labor.
- Sec Spicer says that the president tells him the figures "may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now.'"
On Day 46, Gold Star father and Trump critic Khizr Khan cancelled a scheduled speaking engagement in Canada, claiming his travelling privileges were under review. There are unanswered questions about his claim. As a US citizen with a valid passport and no felony convictions, Khan has a right to travel overseas. There are really no privileges, as such, that can be revoked. A few spiteful things could be done involving having ones name added to either the No Fly List or the Secondary Security Screening Selection list, but there's no use speculating until Mr. Khan clarifies what he's talking about.
03-22-2017, 05:18 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- Speaker Ryan, asked why congress will only be in session for 8 days in April, says congress members will want to talk to their constituents during that time.
- Ryan has refused multiple requests by his constituents to schedule a town hall-style meeting with them.
- Preet Bharara, one of the 46 US Attorneys asked to resign, refuses to and is fired.
- Bharara was a high-profile federal prosecutor who had earlier been asked by the president to stay on.
- House Intel committee investigating the president's wiretapping allegations asks the executive branch to pass along any evidence they may have.
- They would like the evidence be provided by Monday, i.e. Day 53.
- American Medical Association says Trumpcare is critically flawed.
- Andrew Gurman, president of the AMA, says those of limited means will lose their insurance and "live sicker and die younger."
- Sec of Health and Human Services Price disagrees, saying, "Nobody will be worse off financially," from Trumpcare.
- Former Trump campaign official Roger Stone, after previously admitting contact with DNC hack publishers Wikileaks, admits additional contacts with Guccifer 2.0, the purported DNC hacker.
- WH Budget Director claims Obama-era Bureau of Labor Statistics manipulated data to make the unemployment rate look smaller.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics has used the exact same method for calculating the unemployment rate since 1940.
- Spokesperson Conway, asked about the president's wiretapping accusations, mentions that surveillance can be made by "microwaves that turn into cameras."
- Conway, asked today about the microwave business, said she wasn't specifically accusing Obama of spying on Trump through microwaves.
- Claims that she is "not Inspector Gadget," nor is she "in the job of having evidence."
- Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office figures are posted for Trumpcare.
- If Trumpcare is enacted 14 million will lose insurance by 2018, 24 million will lose it by 2026.
- The federal deficit will be reduced by $337 billion over the next decade.
- This savings will be driven by the reduction or elimination of health care subsidies for the poor, as well as $880 billion cut from Medicaid.
- The president had promised during his campaign to make no cuts to Medicaid.
- Average insurance pricing will spike in the short term, but will eventually drop to 10% lower than Obamacare's projected costs by 2026.
- Many GOP members of Congress and the WH began to criticize the CBO numbers well before the CBO numbers came out.
- This despite leaked WH figures projecting 26 million losing coverage, 2 million more than the CBO estimates.
- Prior to today, the president used CBO figures favorably, as support for his tweeted arguments, on 13 separate occasions.
- Health and Human Services Sec Price calls the CBO numbers "“virtually impossible.”
- Price chides the CBO for not taking into account a wholly speculative future phase of Trumpcare, which he claims will actually add people to the roll of insured Americans.
- Details of this nonexistent future phase have never been introduced in any sort of creditable fashion.
- At the deadline, neither the WH nor the DOJ has evidence to give to the Congressional panel investigating the president's wiretapping accusations.
- The DOJ asks the panel for more time to come up with something.
- Sec Spicer, asked about this, says "The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broad surveillance and other activities,"
- He also suggested that the president wasn't accusing Obama specifically of wiretapping.
- Direct quotes from the president's tweets:
- "Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory."
- "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president?"
- "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process."
- Spicer changes course today and says the president is "extremely confident" the DOJ will find evidence that Obama wiretapped him.
- As the president makes plans to meet Chinese president Xi, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Kushner also has plans to sell a $400 million stake in a Manhattan building to a Chinese insurance company.
- The Chinese company has close ties to leading Party figures in China.
- Real estate experts claim that $400 million seems to be far up on the high end given the known terms of the deal and the current real estate market in New York.
- Monica Crowley, once in line for a senior post on the National Security Council before plagiarism accusations brought her down, registers as a lobbyist for a pro-Russian Ukrainian billionaire oligarch.
- A portion of the president's 2005 tax returns are leaked on MSNBC. They comprise two plain pages of figures.
- The figures given do not indicate any wrongdoing on the president's part.
- Hours after the WH confirms the authenticity of the leaked tax return, Trump tweets, "Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, "went to his mailbox" and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!"
- The reporter, David Cay Johnston, won a Pulitzer prize for exposing tax loopholes.
- Sec of State Tillerson breaks precedent on his first overseas trip by traveling with only one reporter.
- That would be Erin McPike from the right wing Independent Journal Review (est. 2013).
- AG Sessions blasts legalized marijuana in a speech in Richmond, calls for a return to the 1980's Just Say No campaign.
- Also says he's dubious about medical marijuana.
- Federal judge in Hawaii issues nationwide order blocking the WH's revised travel ban, hours before it is due to begin.
- Judge Watson declares that “a reasonable, objective observer," when viewing the context of the ban, "would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”
- As context Watson points out a Trump campaign press release calling for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
- At a rally in Nashville, Trump threatens to revive the original order, saying, "“Let me tell you something, I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way.”
- After the rally, Trump announces to reporters, We're going to do these rallies every two weeks."
- Gives an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
- Carlson points out that an analysis of Trumpcare shows, "that counties that voted for you--middle-class and working-class counties--would do far less well under this bill.”
- The president answers, "“Oh, I know, I know. It’s very preliminary.”
- Asked about proof of wiretapping, says "I mean, let's see whether or not I prove it. I just don't choose to do it right now."
- Adds, "But I think we have some very good stuff. And we're in the process of putting it together, and I think it's going to be very demonstrative."
- House Intel Chairman Nunes, a frequent defender of the president, now tasked with finding evidence of wiretapping, says “We don’t have any evidence that it took place," and "I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”
03-22-2017, 05:20 PM
Just tries harder
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Social Justice Rogue
Re: Trump's First 100 Days
- House speaker Ryan confirms, "that no such wiretap existed,"
- Press Sec Spicer persists, citing claims that President Obama asked British intelligence agency GCHQ to wiretap Trump
- GCHQ responds that Spicer's allegations, "are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored."
- Federal judge in Maryland suspends part of the new travel ban that stops visas from being issued to citizens of the six countries.
- President introduces his new proposed budget:
- Adds $54 billion per year to the military budget.
- Cuts significantly from the Departments of Labor and Agriculture and State, from the Environmental Protection Agency and from FEMA.
- Eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting--i.e. PBS and NPR.
- Eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Eliminates Legal Services Corporation, which helps poor people find lawyers, and helps domestic violence victims get restraining orders.
- Eliminates funding that helps poor families pay their heating bills.
- Eliminates funding for a program that helps poor senior citizens find jobs.
- Eliminates the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program.
- The block grant funds Meals on Wheels, which feeds low income and elderly shut-ins who have trouble getting out to buy food.
- Also funds after-school programs which help to feed low-income kids who may not get enough to eat at home.
- No part of the trillion dollar infrastructure improvement promised during the campaign remains; instead, 14% will be cut from the Transportation Dept.
- Meanwhile, several hundred million dollars per year will be spent on the following:
- Trips nearly every weekend to his private Florida golf resort.
- Rallies every few weeks in states that voted for him.
- Security entourage following his sons as they travel the world, expanding his business interests.
- Third wife and son staying in a gold-plated Manhattan penthouse.
- Under the new budget, Israel will be the only country to escape review for proposed deep cuts in foreign aid.
- UK ambassador demands an explanation for the WH accusing them of involvement with wiretapping the president.
- Pres Sec Spicer answers that he was merely pointing out media reports about the supposed UK involvement, and not endorsing any specific story.
- WH revokes guidance protecting people in default of their student loans from being charged high penalty fees.
- At a meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, a German reporter asks the president, “Why do you keep saying things you know are not true?”
- President does not respond to the question.
- Asked about his wiretapping claims, Trump refers to revelations that the NSA wiretapped Merkel's office by joking that he and her at least have something in common.
- Merkel responds to the joke with a puzzled look.
- At a later photo op, the press prompts the two leaders to shake hands. Merkel turns to him and asks if he would like to shake hands. Trump hears her offer, but turns away and ignores her.
- Sec. of State Tillerson cuts his South Korea visit short due to fatigue.
- South Korea's press notes that Tillerson had not joined the country's acting president or prime minister for any meals or social events during the state visit.
- DOJ argues in court that they should be able to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- By law, the head of the Bureau can only be fired for cause. The Trump administration would like to fire him for no cause.
- Tweets, "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel."
- Later in the same tweet, claims that Germany "owes vast sums of money to NATO."
- Germany owes no money to NATO.
- The president may be referring to a NATO guideline suggesting that each nation spend 2% of its GDP on its own military.
- But each nation following the guideline would spend the 2% on itself, and not give the money to NATO.
- Asked why he's not travelling with the customary press pool, Sec. of State Tillerson says, "“I’m not a big media press access person."
- WH is ignoring repeated requests from the Ukraine, who are seeking to question former Trump campaign head Manafort in an ongoing criminal corruption investigation.
- Larry C Johnson, the man responsible for spreading the Michelle Obama Whitey Tape lie, is traced as one of the original sources for spreading the Obama wiretapping lie.
- Deputy head of the NSA calls accusations that the UK was involved in wiretapping for Obama "arrant nonsense," and "just crazy."
- Spends a quiet day at his Mar-A-Lago golf resort.
- He has changed his nickname for the private club from the Winter White House to the Southern White House.
- Currently, one does not have to pay a $200,000 membership fee to visit the actual White House.
- WH announces it will boycott the United Nation's Human Rights Council over the council's critical stance on Israel's human rights violations in Palestine.
- Ahead of today's House Intel hearings looking into Russian meddling, sends series of tweets denouncing the Democrats, the media and leakers for promoting the story.
- Also characterizes his low poll numbers as fake news, and rehashes the 2016 Election once more.
- At the hearing, FBI chief Comey confirms the Justice Department is investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
- Soon after this, the president tweets, "The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process."
- Director Comey and NSA chief Michael Rogers confirm that there is no evidence that Trump was wiretapped
- They also confirm there is no evidence that president Obama requested any wiretaps on Trump, or any surveillance on Trump.
- NSA head Rogers confirms there is no evidence that British intelligence was asked to spy on Trump.
- Asked by reporter David Corn about Carter Page and Roger Stone, Rep Devin Nunes claims to have never heard of either.
- Page and Stone are important and well-known Trump campaign officials, both of whom are possibly implicated in the Russian investigation.
- Rep Nunes is the head of that investigation.
- Press Sec Spicer, questioned about various Trump campaign members who are likely part of the DOJ investigation, characterizes Paul Manafort, for one, as playing "a very limited role for a very limited amount of time."
- Manafort was the head of the Trump campaign for nearly five months.
- President ends the day with another political rally in a state that supported him in 2016.
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