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Volume II - September 2017 Onward

October 9, 2017

TOP STORY

September 3: North Korea tests hydrogen bomb. Nuclear device presumably could be carried on an intercontinental missile, aimed toward U.S. target.

RECENT RELATED STORIES

August 8: Trump threatens to unleash "Fire and Fury" against North Korea, in response to further threats against the U.S.

August 9: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vows to launch missiles at island of Guam, if U.S. threats continue.

August 10: President Trump escalates verbal threat against North Korea, suggesting that prior statement might not have been "tough enough."

August 11: Trump warns North Korea that U.S. is "locked and loaded."



Because so many news items have deserved inclusion in our highlights since January, we have established this Volume II section for Trump news that takes place after August.



September 3: North Korea conducts underground test of what appears to be a hydrogen bomb. Nuclear device could presumably be carried on an intercontinental ballistic missile, aimed toward a U.S. target.

September 3: President Trump announces that he will announce his decision on dismantling DACA (the "Dreamers" Act) on Tuesday, September 5. Introduced by President Obama, DACA has kept the U.S. from deporting undocumental immigrants who were brought to America as children. About 800,000 young people could be deported if the act is revoked, as Trump promised during his presidential campaign.

September 4: Labor Day sees protests in various cities, promoting a hike in the federal minimum wage. "Fight for 15" organization and Service Employees International Union lead protest matches in Chicago and elsewhere. Additional marches around the country protest likely abandonment of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

September 4: Nikki R. Haley, U.S. Ambaddador to the United Nations, asserts that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "begging for war." As reported by The New York Times, Haley notes that the U.S. needs to "exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it's too late."

September 5: Trump orders halt to DACA programs. Obama-initiated program to protect young people brought to U.S. without "papers," as children, will expire in March 2018. Trump asks Congress to take action by that time. Otherwise, some 800,000 "Dreamers" will face deportation. Emergency protest rallies took place around the country, starting hours after the announcement, issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions rather than Trump himself. Trump's decision quickly draws vast criticism from many quarters, including some Republicans.

September 5: Trump orders halt to DACA program. Obama-initiated program to protect young people brought to U.S. without "papers," as children, will expire in March 2018. Trump turns responsibility over to Congress, urging them to take action during that six-month interim period. Otherwise, some 800,000 "Dreamers" will face deportation. Emergency protest rallies took place around the country, starting hours after the announcement, issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions rather than Trump himself. The New York Times asserts that Trump showed "cowardice" by assigning the task to Sessions. Trump's decision quickly draws vast criticism from many quarters, including some Republicans.

September 14: North Korea launches another missile, which crosses Japan and goes down in Pacific Ocean.

September 14: Trump reverts to his original position on Charlottesville violence, blaming "both sides."

September 15: After dining with the President, two top Congressional Democrats, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, report that Mr. Trump intends to protect "Dreamers" from deportation.

September 18: Trump lawyers argue about level of cooperation the administration should provide to Mueller investigation of possible Russian collusion.

September 19: Addressing the United Nations, President Trump expresses willingness to "totally destroy North Korea" if that country threatens U.S.

September 20: Newsweek reports that Trump's popularity has risen in latest poll, crediting his responses to massive hurricances in Texas and Florida, and recent instances of "bipartisanship."

September 21: Trump insists that any talk of Russian election interference is a "hoax." His remarks followed the release by Facebook of hundreds of ads placed by Russian agents, allegedly intended to hurt Hillary Clinton and push Trump toward victory.

September 22: Senator John McCain announces that he will vote against the current – perhaps final – bill to attempt repeal of Obamacare. President Trump lashes out at McCain for imperiling the fate of the repeal bill, which has to be acted upon by October, when Senate rules change.

September 23: At political rally in Alabama, Trump attacks professional athletes who "take a knee" rather than stand when the National Anthem plays, suggesting that a "son of a bitch" who protests should be removed from the game. He further insists that such protesters be fired by management. Trump’s venomous statement results in huge protests by pro football teams, many of whose members kneel or link arms during the anthem.

September 23: Warriors basketball star LeBron James reacts vigorously to Trump’s belligerent Tweet, which rescinded the invitation to the White House issued to Cavaliers player Steve Curry, who had stated he would not attend the event. Addressing the president as "U bum," James explained that "going to the White House was a great honor until you [Trump] showed up."

September 23: U.S. warplanes fly near North Korean coast – farther north than planes had flown since the 20th century. On the same day, foreign minister Ri Yong-no says Trump's threats are "making our rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more." Intensifying his mockery of the North Korean leader, Trump tweets back that "if he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer." As reported by The New York Times, Ri advises that President Trump had "committed an irreversible mistake,” adding that he is the one "on a suicide mission."

September 30: Trump attacks mayor of San Juan for her comments on the delay of federal aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. A day after mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz makes an anguished appeal for additional immediate help on the island, advising that “we are dying here,” President Trump issues a string of Tweets criticizing the mayor and the Puerto Rican people, while praising his administration’s efforts. Trumps assault draws rapid criticism. Some critics note that Ms. Cruz has shown striking dedication, living on a cot among the citizens in San Juan shelters, while Mr. Trump plays golf.

Some 10,000 workers, including the U.S. military, are currently assisting in Puerto Rico. Harsh terrain and extreme, urgent need for supplies have made the rescue effort exceptionally difficult.

October 3: Visiting Puerto Rico two weeks after Hurricane Maria, Trump praises the relief efforts of his administration, while critics decry the slow response of the federal government. Trump draws criticism for claiming that Puerto Rican people aren’t contributing sufficiently to the relief effort, and for making light of the situation by tossing paper towels to people in the crowd at a church gathering.

October 8: In exchange for reviving protection of 800,000 young “Dreamers,” Trump insists on tightened immigration, including erection of Mexican “border wall.” List of demands for Congress to fulfill includes halting flow of unaccompanied children from Central America, tightened laws for asylum seekers, hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, blocking entry of lawful immigrants’ “extended families” into the country, and denial of grants to “sanctuary cities” in U.S. Some 800,000 undocumented immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers,” were broght to the U.S. as children and, under the Obama administration, had become eligible for protection against deportation.

October 8: Two New York Times journalist report on visit to North Korea, advising that officials and citizens are girded for war and “complacent” about the prospect. North Koreans appear to believe their country will win, if war breaks out, including a nuclear attack.

October 8: Senator Bob Corker warns that Trump’s belligerent statements could incite World War. Republican Senator tells The New York Times that Mr. Trump’s “recklessness could set the country ‘on the path to World War III.’”

October 9: The New York Times publishes long list of ethics-challenged conduct by President Trump. Titled “The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Etiquette,” the list compiled by the newspaper’s Editorial Board includes items. A previous list, published in May, contained 35 more generalized examples.




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