White House Woes
The Trump Presidency
First 7 Months in Trumpland
Volume II - September onward
Early Trump News (January-August 2017)
Latest News Briefs
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."
June 17: Photo of 2-year-old child in tears as her mother is searched by immigration agents spreads rapidly, intensifying criticism of "zero-tolerance" policy initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Distressing audio tape of detained children crying and calling for "Mommy" or "Daddy" adds to the backlash.
June 19: Defiant Trump faces growing backlash from opponents of immigration policy that results in separation of border-crossing children from parents. Criticism comes not only from liberals, but from a number of conservative leaders and Republican lawmakers who ordinarily back the president.
June 19: U.S. withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council.
June 19: Trump warns of immigrants who "infest" the U.S. ... during interview on CNN, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski responds to report on 10-year-old with Down Syndrome, taken away from parent at border, by uttering dismissive "Womp Womp."
June 20: Despite his previous insistence that Democratic-initiated "law" prevented halting practice of separating families at Mexican border, Trump signs Executive Order to accomplish that change.
June 27: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement. President quickly reveals list of possible conservative replacements, promising to make choice by July 9.
June 28: Senate leader Mitch McConnell insists that replacement Justice be selected and vetted quickly, so nominee can be sworn in before November election. Critics charge McConnell with hypocrisy, citing his blockage of Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, until after the 2016 presidential election.
June 28: In Washington D.C., some 600 women are arrested at a protest against continued mistreatment of undocumented migrant children.
June 30: Massive protests demanding humane treatment of migrant children separated from parents take place in cities across the country.
June 30: PBS reports that migrants seeking asylum are compelled to pay a Bond, if they want to released from detention while awaiting a hearing. Minimum Bond cost is $1,500, but some judges are requiring as much as $25,000.
July 5: EPA head Scott Pruitt resigns, amid numerous charges of legal and ethics violations.
July 7: Following meeting on denuclearization with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, North Koreans charge U.S. with making "gangster-like demands" and creating "cancerous" situation.
July 11 : At opening breakfast of NATO Summit in Brussels, Trump assails allies for not spending enough on defense, as a percentage of their Gross Domestic Product. Rather than accept the goal of 2 percent by 2024, agreed to in 2014 , Trump arbitrarily calls for doubling that amount. He lated claims personal victory at the Summit, but allies disagree with his assessment.
July 12 : Mass protests are expected in Britain, Trump's next stop, including floating a huge balloon depicting Trump as a diapered, ill-behaved infant.
July 12-13: Mass protests take place in Britain, Trump's next stop, including floating a huge balloon depicting Trump as a diapered, ill-behaved infant. In interview published in Sun newspaper, Trump criticizes prime minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit situation.
July 15: In Helsinki, Finland, Trump has two-hour meeting with Vladimir Putin, with only translators present. In news conference afterward, U.S. president appears to believe Putin's denial of Russian meddling in 2016 election, even though American intelligence agencies have stated firmly that Russia is the culprit. Additional Trump remarks suggest that he was taking Putin's side on related issues, prompting considerably outrage back home. Some critics call Trump's behavior "disgraceful," and even "treasonous."
July 16-19: Trump faces massive blowback, even from Republicans, for remarks in Helsinki that suggest he believes Putin more than his own intelligense services. Attempts to rectify those comments, claiming to have been "misunderstood," draw even greater criticism.
Recent News Briefs
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.
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