Another Week in Trump

Two Down, 206 to go.

Again, no analysis here, sometimes stenography is all you can do.

Day Eight — Friday, January 27, 2017 (93) (647) (1454)

  • Nikki Haley at United Nations says “for those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names.”
  • Executive order stopping all refugee arrivals for 120 days, suspending Syrian refugee arrivals indefinitely, temporarily banning entry from 7 Muslim majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Somalia. Order affects everyone, even those with green cards.
  • UK Prime Minister Teresa May visits white house
  • Executive order calling for “great rebuilding of the Armed Forces.”
  • Pence addresses March for Life. Trump tweets “full support.”

Day Nine — Saturday, January 28, 2017 (92) (646) (1453)

  • Judges in Brooklyn, Alexandria, Seattle, and Boston rule to stop deportations. Airport officials ignore orders.
  • Presidential memo restructuring the National Security Council principals committee, giving Bannon a permanent seat and demoting director of national intelligence and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Presidential memo ordering military to outline a strategy for defeating ISIS; Presidential memo banning lobbying by Executive Branch appointees for 5 years.
  • Trump calls Putin (Russia), Turnbull (Australia), Hollande (France), Merkel (Germany) and Abe (Japan). Reportedly, Trump casually threatens to invade Mexico (“bad hombres”); Brags to Turnbull about his own electoral victory and blasts him over Obama-era refugee agreement.
  • Giuliani, in a Fox News interview, says Trump consulted him on creating a Muslim ban “legally.”
  • Koch network condemns Muslim ban.

Day Ten — Sunday, January 29, 2017 (91) (645) (1452)

  • Protests against Muslim ban continue nationwide; Hundreds of attorneys descend on airports offering free legal help to the detained.
  • Confused, contradictory statements issued by administration officials about what the Muslim ban actually means. Customs and border control agents refuse to provide information about who is detained to lawyers and members of Congress.

Day Eleven — Monday, January 30, 1017 (90) (644) (1451)

  • Acting Attorney General Sally Yates orders Justice Department lawyers not to defend immigration ban; Trump fires her, names Dana Boente acting attorney general.
  • Over 900 State Department employees lodge complaint against Muslim Ban.
  • Bills to overturn Muslim ban introduced in congress. Introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) Debate blocked in both chambers.
  • Additional cases against Muslim Ban filed by Council on Anti-Islamic Relations, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Washington State.
  • Executive Order on Regulation — two rescinded for each one enacted; new regulations to have no economic impact.

Day Twelve — Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (89) (643) (1450)

  • Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court.
  • Judge in Los Angeles enjoins enforcement of Muslim ban. State of Virginia intervenes as plaintiff in Alexandria case.
  • Elaine Chao confirmed as Transportation Secretary 94–6. Dissenting Democrats include Minority leader Chuck Schumer.
  • Democratic senators boycott confirmation hearings for Tom Price (HHS), Steven Mnuchin (Treasury); use procedural rules to block committee vote on Sessions (Attorney General).
  • Besty Devos (Education), emerges from committee on a party-line vote.
  • US and Mexico take first steps toward renegotiating NAFTA
  • Trump visit to Harley Davidson factory in Wisconsin cancelled because of expected protests.
  • UK online petition to cancel Trump’s state visit tops 1.6 million signatures.

Day Thirteen — Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (88) (642) (1449)

  • National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says US is “putting Iran on notice” over missile test.
  • Bills introduced that would remove Bannon from National Security Council. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
  • Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson approved as Secretary of State 56–43. Four Democrats vote in favor.
  • Rick Perry (Energy), Ryan Zinke (Interior) emerge from committee. Senate Republicans suspend rules to approve Price and Mnuchin at the committee level; Senate Judiciary Committee approves Sessions on a party-line vote. Hearing for Pruitt (EPA) delayed by Democrat boycott.
  • Acting Army secretary instructs Army Corps of Engineers to approve final Dakota Access Pipeline easement.

Day Fourteen — Thursday, February 2, 2017 (87) (641) (1448)

  • Gina Haspel, who ran a black site prison in Thailand code-named “Cat’s Eye,” named deputy CIA director.
  • Senate Republicans suspend rules to approve Pruitt at the committee level. Rick Mulvaney (Office of Management and Budget) emerges from committee.
  • Department of Homeland Security will review implementation of Muslim Ban
  • Trump at National Prayer Breakfast vows to “totally destroy” law banning tax-exempt churches from supporting political candidates.
  • Trump tweets threat to cut federal funding from UC Berkeley after violent demonstration against Milo Yiannopoulos speech.

Whew! Was that only a week? Just 206 more to go! (86 days left in the first 100 days, 640 days until the midterm elections, and 1447 until the next regularly scheduled inauguration.)