White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August)
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. Trump meets the released Americans 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 said to have mocked ailing Senator John McCain, stating that his vote was unimportant because “he’s dying anyway.” Critics call for apology, but White House declines 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 and an estimated 2,800 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.
Recent News Briefs
March 16: Attorney general Sessions fires Andrew McCabe, 26 hours before retirement of the former FBI deputy director. Trump administration alleges that McCabe "misled Justice Dept. investigators."
March 17: President's attorney, John Dowd, calls for halt to Mueller investiation of Russian meddling in 2016 election. (CNN)
March 19: Trump hires attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News contributor who alleges that the Justice Department and FBI have attempt to "frame" the president, in connection with Russian meddling in 2016 election. Three days later, attorney John Dowd resigns.
March 20: Despite emphatic advance warning from advisers not to congratulate Russian president Putin on his electoral victory, widely considered to be a sham, Trump calls to convey congratulations. Nothing is said about election meddling or Russia's role in poisoning of former Russian spy, in Britain.
March 22: Major news services report that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating tie between Trump campaign and Cambridge Analytica. British firm obtained personal data on more than 50 million Facebook members, allegedly for partisan use during 2016 U.S. election.
March 24: Millions participate in "March For Our Lives" protests in 800 cities, worldwide. Initiated by teenage survivors of Parkland (Florida) shooting, the marches demand action on steps to curtail gun violence. "Vote Them Out" is one of the dominant chants heard from participants.
March 25: Two lawyers, expected to be hired by Mr. Trump as part of White House shakeup, decline to accept. Joseph diGenova, the proponent of a theory that the Department of Justice and FBI has attempted to "frame" the president, cited a conflict of interest.
March 31: Blaming Democrats and alleging that "caravans" of immigrants plan to cross U.S.-Mexico border, Trump announces that there will be no DACA "deal" to protect "Dreamers" from deportation.
April 2: China retaliates against Trump's trade moves, placing tariffs on 128 products that are exported to U.S.
April 2: Trump warns against "caravan" of migrants headed for U.S./Mexico border. Buzzfeed news service reports that more than 1,000 people, mainly Hondurans fleeing dangers in that country, are indeed walking and riding north, through Mexico. They hope to be granted asylum or, if possible, cross the border. Migrants are assisted by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a group of volunteers who oppose American anti-immigrant policies.
April 4: Trump to send National Guard troops to Mexican border.
April 4: Trade war with China escalates, as both countries apply tariffs to additional goods imported from the other nation.
April 9: F.B.I. raids office of president's lawyer. Trump calls action an "attack on our country."
April 18: White House announces that Mike Pompeo, CIA chief and secretary of state-designate, met with Kim Jon-un at Eastertime. Meeting took place as preliminary to plan for Trump to meet North Korean leader later this spring.
April 18: Trump warns that if his 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 for residents in federally-subsidized housing. Poorest residents could see their rents triple.
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 for head of Veterans Administration, drops out amid series of 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 Washington, Michigan. President unleashes barrage of harsh, angry words at immigrants, Democrats, the media, and other "enemies."
April 29: "Caravan" of migrants from Central America arrives at U.S.-Mexican border in Tijuana, hoping to apply for asylum. Fewer than 200 remain in the group. Immigration officials warn that children may be separated 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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