White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August 2017)
Latest News Briefs
May 9: Michael Cohen, the president's personal lawyer and alleged "fixer," reportedly received millions of dollars from corporations to provide "insider access," explaining how to deal with Washington in the Trump era. (The New York Times)
May 9: North Korea releases three imprisoned Americans, who are met by Trump as they return to the country.
May 10: Trump tweets that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place in Singapore, on June 12.
May 11: Shifting gears after backing out of the Iran agreement, Trump turns to pharmaceutical prices as his next task.
May 11: White House aide is said to have mocked ailing Senator John McCain, stating that his vote was unimportant because “he’s dying anyway.” Critics demand apology, but White House fails to respond.
May 14: U.S. Embassy officially opens in Jerusalem. Move from Tel Aviv fulfills a Trump promise to supporters, but triggers massive protests in Gaza, with 60 Palestinians killed in two days. An estimated 2,800 are injured, shot (typically in leg) by Israeli military. UN Ambassador Nikky Haley asserts that embassy move is unrelated to Gaza violence.
May 15: Responding to joint military activities by South Korea and U.S., North Korea warns that meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump could be cancelled.
May 21: Trump "demands" that special counsel be appointed to investigate origin of investigation into his campaign's ties to foreign meddlers. He charges that FBI sent informant to infiltrate Trump campaign, for "political purposes." (The New York Times)
May 24: Trump cancels June 12 meeting with North Korean leader, citing tremendous anger and open hostiity" from Kim Jong-un.
May 31: Trump administration announces major rollback of auto-emissions regulations, allowing cars to emit more pollutants.
May 31: Meeting with North Korea is considered back on track, still planned for Singapore on June 12.
June 2: Citing phrasing in the Constitution, Trump's lawyers claim he cannot be ordered to face questioning by Robert Mueller in the Russia probe.
June 4: President tweets that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself, but will not do so because he has "done nothing wrong." Not only is the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt," he asserts, but it's "unconstitutional."
June 8: Trump arrives late at G-7 conference in Quebec, Canada after alienating long-standing allies and calling for readmission of Russia to the group.
June 9: Departing early from G-7 conference, Trump refuses to sign joint communique and, in tweet from plane enroute to Singapore, calls Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau "very dishonest and weak." CNN reports Senator John McCain's statement to U.S. allies: "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't."
June 10: Two presidential advisors escalate the verbal assault on Canadian prime minister. Peter Navarro declares that there is a "special place in hell" for any world leader who engages in "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump.
June 11: Attorney General Jeff Sessions tightens rule on asylum-seekers who flee domestic violence or gang attacks, making it far more difficult for them to be allowed into U.S. Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean, Italy and Malta turn away a rescue ship carrying more than 600 refugees from Africa.
June 12: Historic summit between U.S. president and Kim Jong-un results in agreement to continue talks, but few details. Trump supporters hail the session as a diplomatic victory, while critics charge that the North Korean leader gained considerably more than he gave up.
June 13: Citing coverage of Singapore summit, Trump calls the media, led by NBC and CNN, America's "biggest enemy."
Recent News Briefs
April 18: Trump warns that if meeting with Kim Jong-un "isn't fruitful," he will walk out.
April 20: Democratic National Committee files lawsuit charging Trump campaign team, Russian officials, and Wikileaks with conspiring to disrupt 2016 election.
April 25: HUD director Ben Carson outlines Trump administration plan to raise rents sharply for residents in federally-subsidized housing.
April 26: EPA chief Scott Pruite faces Congressional questioning on ethical issues related to excessive use of government funds, including frequent First Class flights and a costly soundproof phone booth for his office.
April 26: Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump's choice to head Veterans Administration, drops out amid allegations of troubling behavior during his stint as White House physician.
April 28: For second year, Trump skips annual Correspondents' Dinner, opting to lead a campaign rally in Michigan. President unleashes barrage of harsh, angry words at immigrants, Democrats, and the media.
April 29: "Caravan" of migrants from Central America arrives at U.S.-Mexican border in Tijuana, hoping to apply for asylum. Immigration officials warn that children may be taken away from parents. who may be placed in detention for months, awaiting decision.
April 30: The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has about four dozen questions to ask Donald Trump, to assess whether the president obstructed justice with respect to the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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