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5/26/17

  • Trump tells the leaders of NATO countries they are not spending enough on defense. 23 of the 28 countries in NATO do not meet the expectation to spend 2% of GDP on defense. [Link]

5/22/17

  • Trump complemints the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and condemns Iran in his speech given in Saudi Arabia. [Link]

5/18/17

  • The Trump Administration has announced that they will be extending the waiver for sanctions on Iran. The sanctions included in the waiver were agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal. The Trump Administration announced new sanctions on Iranian military officials. [Link]
  • The Washington Post is reporting that Trump will announce plans to form an “Arab NATO” while in Saudi Arabia. [Link]

5/16/17

  • The Trump Administration is accusing the Syria government of mass killings. [Link]

5/13/17

  • The White House has released a list of the 11 people Trump is considering nominating to be the next FBI Director. [Link]

5/12/17

  • The Senate voted 84-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer as US Trade Representative. [Link]

5/10/17

  • Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. [Link]

5/9/17

  • In a signing on the spending bill, Trump stated that he is not bound by the bill’s restrictions on transferring detainees to Gitmo. [Link]

5/4/17

  • Trump will sign an executive order to ease restrictions on churches and other tax-exempt organizations engaging in political activity. [Link]

5/1/17

  • Trump signs an executive order reversing Obama’s ban on Artic drilling. [Link]
  • Trump says the US is losing money providing defense for Saudi Arabia. [Link]

4/29/17

  • Patrick Cockburn gives his take on Trump’s first 100 days. [Link]
  • Alexander Acosta has been confirmed to head the Labor Department. [Link]
  • Trump said he expects South Korea to pay for the THAAD missiles the US is installing in South Korea. South Korea responded by saying the contracts says the US will pay for the missiles. [Link]

4/28/17

  • This article looks at how Trump has adopted a neoconservative foreign policy since becoming president. [Link]
  • Justian Raimondo writes an article on how he feels betrayed by Trump. Raimondo feels Trump has violated several important campaign promises. [Link]

4/27/17

  • Trump releases his tax plan. Trump’s plan calls for several changes to the US tax code. [Link]
  • Trump has given Mattis the power to determine US troop levels in the fight against ISIS. [Link]

4/26/17

  • Trump has invited the entire Senate to the White House for a briefing on North Korea. [Link]

4/25/17

  • Trump tells several world diplomats that he wants more sanctions on North Korea. The new sanctions would include seizing North Korean ships and sanctions on North Korea importing oil. [Link]

4/24/17

  • Trump says he is not involved in the decision to arrest Assage or not. Trump says he will support Sessions if he decides to pursue charges against Assange. [Link]

4/20/17

  • Trump called Erdogan to congratulate him on the victory in the referendum vote. [Link]

4/18/17

  • Mike Pence says North Korea should see the missiles launched against Assad and the MOAB in Afghanistan as a sign not to mess with Trump. [Link]

4/17/17

  • Trump picks Scott Garrett to head the Import-Export Bank. [Link]

4/13/17

  • Trump changes his position on NATO and now says that NATO is not obsolete. [Link]
  • Trump will not label China as a currency manipulator. [Link]
  • Trump voice support for Janet Yellen, low-interest rates, and the import-export bank. Trump opposed all of these as a candidate. [Link]

4/12/17

  • Donald Trump says North Korea is looking for trouble and that the US can solve the problem. [Link]
  • Tillerson tells Russia that Assad’s rule is coming to an end. [Link]
  • The FBI got a FISA warrant to spy on a former Trump advisor. [Link]
  • Trump signed the approval for Montenegro to join NATO. [Link]

4/11/17

  • A senior US official claims that Russia knew about Assad using chemical weapons in Syria before the attack happened. McMaster also made retold this claim statement on Fox News. The administration still has not released evidence that Assad carried out the chemical weapons attack. [Link]
  • Tillerson says that the US will attack anyone who “commits crimes against the innocents anywhere around the world.” [Link]
  • Sean Spicer suggests that Trump could carry out more attacks against Assad for using barrel bombs. [Link]

4/10/17

  • KT McFarland will resign from her position as deputy National Security Advisor. Het next role will be ambassador to Singapore. [Link]
  • Members of the Trump Administration are warning Russia to stop supporting Assad. [Link]

4/9/17

  • Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate to be the new Supreme Court Justice. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley says the US plans to pursue regime change in Syria. [Link]

4/7/17

  • Tillerson says the White House is taking steps to remove Assad in Syria. [Link]

4/6/17

  • The Trump Administration is pushing the narrative that Assad is behind the chemical weapons attack in Syria. [Link]
  • Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council. [Link]

4/5/17

  • Trump has carried out 75 drone strikes in 74 days in office. Trump is using drone strikes at five times the rate of Obama. Obama carried out a drone strike once every 5.4 days. [Link]

4/4/17

  • Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice looked into intelligence reports on Trump team members. Rice accessed the reports during the last seven months of Obama’s term. [Link]

4/3/17

  • Trump’s National Security Advisor is guilty of war crimes. In Iraq in 2005, McMasters ran a base where detainees were severely mistreated. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration has changed US policy and will no longer be revealing how many US troops are in Iraq and Syria. [Link]
  • Trump is planning on placing political pressure on China to get North Korea to give up its nukes. Trump has threatened to act unilaterally against North Korea if China doesn’t help the US. [Link]

3/31/17

  • Flynn offers to testify about the Trump campaign connections to Russia in exchange for immunity. [Link]
  • Trump has given the military power to conduct offensive counterterrorism strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. Previously, the US was only about to conduct strikes in defense of Somalian government troops. [Link]
  • Nikky Haley and Rex Tillerson both made statements yesterday suggesting that US policy has shifted away from an “Assad must go” position. [Link]

3/30/17

  • Seattle is suing the federal government for threatening to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities. [Link]

3/29/17

  • Trump signs an executive order undoing some of Obama’s executive actions on climate change issues. [Link]

3/28/17

  • Jeff Sessions announced that he will look to strip funding from sanctuary cities. [Link]

3/27/17

  • Trump gave Merkel a $375 billion bill that he printed out himself. The bill was for defense services NATO provided to Germany. [Link]

3/26/17

  • Trump issues the permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. [Link]

3/24/17

  • Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary,  Alexander Acosta, was a district attorney in Miami and gave a very lenient plea deal to Jeffery Epstein. Under the plea deal, Epstein was given 13 months in prison but was allowed to work from home during the day. Epstein was required to register as a sex offender. Epstein was accused of trafficking underage girls and having sex with them. [Link]

3/22/17

  • Trump’s Homeland Security cabinet is filled with defense contractors. [Link]

3/17/17

  • Trump picks a Boeing executive, Patrick Shanahan, to become deputy US defense secretary. [Link]
  • Trump is asking Congress to pass an immediate $30 billion in additional spending for the Pentagon. $5 billion is for the Pentagon to use in its war against ISIS. The spending includes an additional $1.1 billion to use in Afghanistan. The rest is for Trump to use on rebuilding the military. [Link]

3/16/17

  • A federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump’s second travel ban. [Link]

3/15/17

  • Donald Trump gave the CIA authority to carry out drone strikes against suspected militants. [Link]
  • Trump has given the Pentagon authority to carry out counterterrorism missions in Yemen without seeking case-by-case approval. [Link]
  • Donal Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince. Saudi Arabia said the meeting was a turning point in US/Saudi relations. [Link]

3/14/17

  • The White House has ordered the State Department to look for up to a 50% cut to the funding the US gives to the UN. The US currently spends $10 billion to fund the UN each year. [Link]
  • Seema Verma has been approved by the Senate to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. She was confirmed on a 55-43 vote. [Link]

3/13/17

  • The Trump Administration is looking to loosen counterterrorism rules that are intended to prevent civilian casualties. The administration may also declare regions to be “areas of active hostilities.” These moves will allow the military to carry out raids and drone strikes with fewer restrictions. [Link]

3/11/17

  • Jeff Sessions is asking 46 US attornies appointed by Obama to resign from the Justice Department. When Past presidents have taken office, they have also asked for resignations from the previous administration’s appointees. [Link]
  • While US Marines are moving into Syria to prepare for the invasion of Raqqa, the Trump Administration has not decided on a plan of what will happen in Raqqa. One possibility is for the US to retake Raqqa with the help of the Kurds then give control of Raqqa to Assad. [Link]
  • Trump spoke with the Palestinian President on the phone and says the Palestinian President will visit the White House soon. [Link]

3/10/17

  • The White House is using state secrets privilege to prevent the nominated CIA deputy director from testifying about her role in the US torture program during her Senate confirmation hearings. [Link]

3/9/17

  • Jon Huntsman has been offered the job of Ambassador to Russia. Sources say that Huntsman plans to accept the job offer. [Link]
  • Reports from the State Department say Trump will resume weapon sales to Saudi Arabia that Obama halted in December. The weapon sale blocked was of precision munitions. [Link]

3/8/17

  • Drone strikes are up over 400% during the Trump presidency. Trump is carrying out a drone strike every 1.25 days. [Link]

3/7/17

  • Trump signs a new executive order reinstating the travel ban. This executive order does not include Iraq and does not include VISA holders. This executive order lists several situations where people may be exempt from the travel ban. This executive order also stops the refugee program from 120 days. [Link]

3/6/17

  • The White House asks Congress to investigate Trump’s allegation that Obama wiretapped his phone during the 2016 campaign. [Link]
  • Tony Blair has a secret meeting with Donald Trump. Trump is said to be considering Blair for heading a Middle East Envoy. Blair may also take on the role of advisor to Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner. [Link]
  • Officials within the Trump Administration are saying that Trump’s campaign promises to make deal with Russia are off. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration is proposing a 17% cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [Link]

3/5/17

  • The Russia-gate conspiracy theory could push Trump to take a dangerous hard-line approach against Russia. [Link]
  • Trump claims that President Obama was eavesdropping on phone calls. Trump has yet to provide proof this was happening. [Link]

3/3/17

  • Jeff Sessions held his first press conference as Attorney General yesterday. At the press conference, Sessions recused himself from overseeing the FBI investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the election. [Link]
  • During a speech, Trump promised a 12 aircraft carrier navy. The US currently has ten aircraft carriers. Another aircraft carrier is completed but has not been commissioned. One aircraft carrier is already under construction, so it appears Trump will just have to wait to meet this promise. [Link]

3/2/17

  • Trump plans to upgrade US tanks as a part of his military build up. [Link]
  • Ryan Zinke has been confirmed by the Senate to be Interior Secretary. The vote on Zinke confirmation was 68-31. [Link]

3/1/17

  • Trump plans to cut the State Department budget by 37%. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration will drop its challenge to a Texas voter ID law. [Link]

2/28/17

  • Trump’s first budget will call for a $54 billion dollar increase in defense spending. This is roughly a 9% increase in the defense budget. [Link]

2/27/17

  • Trump’s pick to be Secretary of the Navy Philip Bilden withdraws his name from consideration for the post. Earlier this month, Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Army also withdrew his name. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration blocks the VISAs of the North Korean delegation that planned to come to the US for talks with former US officials. The news that the VISAs had been pulled came after the Malaysian government announced that Kim Jung Un’s brother had been killed with a nerve agent. It is believed that the North Korean government is behind his death. [Link]
  • The father of the US special forces soldier killed in Yemen refused to meet with Trump. [Link]

2/24/17

  • Private prison companies donated over $100 million to Trump for his election and inauguration. These companies will now profit from Trump’s immigration policy. [Link]
  • Jeff Sessions removes an Obama directive that ordered the Department of Justice to move away from private prisons. [Link]

2/21/17

  • Trump picks H.R. McMaster to replace Flynn as National Security Advisor. [Link]

2/20/17

  • Scott Pruitt has been confirmed to head the EPA. Pruitt is currently suing the EPA as Oklahoma’s Attorney General. [Link]

2/18/17

  • Robert Harward turns down Trump’s offer to be National Security Advisor. [Link]

2/17/17

  • The Senate confirms Mike Mulvaney to head the Office of Budget and Management. The vote was close at 51-49. John McCain voted against Mulvaney because of his stance on military spending. [Link]

2/16/17

  • Andrew Puzder withdrawals his name from consideration to be Labor Secretary. It’s likely that Puzder withdrew his name because he did not have the votes needed to get confirmed. [Link]
  • Trump tweets that Russia took Crimea by force. However, this statements is incorrect as the population of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. [Link]
  • In a joint press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister, Trump said he was perfectly fine with a one state solution in Israel. Trump also suggested that Israel hold back on settlement expansion. [Link]

2/15/17

  • Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich believes the intelligence community is behind the leaks that forced Mike Flynn to resign as National Security Advisor. Kucinich said the intelligence community wants to undermine Trump’s desire for a positive relationship with Russia. [Link]
  • Sean Spicer says Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine. [Link]
  • The IRS will accept tax returns without line 61 filled out. Line 61 is the Obamacare individual mandate question that asks filers if they had health insurance in the past year. Allowing Americans to leave the line blank effectively ends the enforcement of the individual mandate. The change comes as a result of an executive order Trump signed last month. [Link]

2/14/17

  • Trump says he no longer plans to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. [Link]
  • Steve Mnuchin has been confirmed as Treasury Secretary. The vote to confirm Mnuchin was 53-47. [Link]
  • General Micheal Flynn resigns are National Security Advisor. Flynn’s resignation comes due to phone calls he had with the Russian Ambassador to the US before Trump took office. Keith Kellogg will replace Flynn in an interim role. [Link]

2/13/17

  • Tom Price has been confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary. The vote was 52-47 with all votes cast along party lines. [Link]

2/11/17

  • Trump passes on selecting Elliot Abrams to be Deputy Secretary of State. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration sends mixed signals on if it plans to appeal the travel ban to the Supreme Court. The Administration is looking at other options, such as issuing a new executive order next week. [Link]
  • Trump tells an Israeli newspaper that expanding settlements are not good for peace. Trump also restated his desire to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. [Link]
  • Trump changes his position and now backs a “one China” policy. [Link]

2/10/17

  • Trump signs three executive orders dealing with public safety. [Link] The first order creates a task force to look into crimes and police deficiencies. [Link] The second executive order directs his staff to develop new laws to protect all law enforcement from crimes. [Link] The third executive order is an order to target cartels and criminal organizations. [Link]
  • The Ninth Circut Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban. The next step for the Trump Administration will be to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. [Link]
  • A report from the Department of Homeland Security says that Trump’s border wall will be a series of fences and walls. The report says that wall could cost up to $21.6 billion and take three and a half years to complete. [Link]

2/9/17

  • Trump sends a letter to Chinese President Xi. The letter said Trump is seeking a constructive relationship with China. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration is considering labeling a branch of the Iranian military as a terrorist organization. [Link]
  • Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate to be Attorney General. The vote was 52-47 with one Democrat voting for Sessions. [Link]

2/8/17

  • The Senate approves Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Devos has been the most contested of Trump’s appointments so far. The Senate vote was 50-50 with Mike Pence breaking the tie. [Link]
  • In a conversation with sheriffs around the country, Trump expresses support for civil asset forfeiture. [Link]

2/6/17

  • The Trump Administration is walking back its plans to reopen CIA black sites. [Link]

2/5/17

  • A federal appeals judge denies a request from the Justice Department to reinstate Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link]

2/4/17

  • Trump signs an executive order and a presidential memorandum rolling back regulations on the finical sector. The regulations targeted by the executive action place rules on how retirement saving are invested. [Link]
  • A Federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocks the enforcement of Trump’s executive order on immigration. The Trump Administration is seeking an emergency stay of the ruling. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration reverses an Obama policy of speeding up deportations for families and children who are in the US illegally. Resources will be focused on having trials to determine whether or not to deport immigrants who are detained. [Link]

2/3/17

  • Gina Haspel has been named Deputy Director of the CIA. Haspel operated a secret prison where torture occurred. She destroyed the videotape evidence of the torture. [Link]
  • Trump warns Israel that building new settlements will threaten a two-state solution. Trump defended Israeli settlements that already exist. [Link]
  • Trump is planning new sanctions against Iran. Iran recently tested a ballistic missile. [Link]
  • Press Secretary Sean Spicer falsely accuses Iran of attacking a US Navy ship. Spicer corrected himself to say that it was actually a Saudi ship that was attacked. However, the attack was carried out by the Houthi and not Iran. [Link]

2/2/17

  •  The Democrats have been boycotting committee meeting because committee rules state that at least one member of each party had to be present for the vote. Republicans in the Senate Finance Committee changed the rules of the committee to vote on two of Trump’s appointments. [Link]
  • The Senate approved Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. The Senate voted 56-43, with all Republicans voting for Tillerson. [Link]
  • Speaking about last weekend raid in Yemen, a US military official said, “that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.” [Link]

2/1/17

  • 872 refugees will be granted waivers from the ban on refugees. The waivers are allowed under Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link]
  • Senate Democrats delay the committee confirmation vote on Jeff Sessions. The Democratic members refused to show up the committee meeting for the vote that required a quorum of members to be in attendance. [Link]
  • The Senate confirmed Elaine Chao to be Transportation Secretary. Chao is the wife of Mitch McConnell. [Link]
  • Trump will keep Obama-era LGBT protections in place. The protections apply to federal employees and contractors. [Link]
  • Trump has paused Obama-era regulations from taking effect. $181 billion in regulations have been frozen and have not taken effect. [Link]
  • Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. [Link]

1/31/17

  • Trump has added the CIA director and Steve Bannon to be regular attendees at the National Security Council meetings. [Link]
  • Washington State’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit to block Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link]
  • Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she would not enforce Trump’s executive order on immigration. Trump decided to fire Yates and appoint Dana Boente to be the acting Attorney General. Jeff Sessions was appointed by Trump to be Attorney General but he is still waiting for Senate confirmation. [Link]
  • Due to confusion about how Trump’s executive order on immigration is being applied, several travelers from the banned countries are being detained at airports without access to lawyers. [Link]
  • Trump signed an executive order to remove two regulations for every new regulation. [Link]

1/30/17

  • Trump says the US will begin issuing VISAs to people of all countries within the next 90 days. [Link]
  • Trump and the King of Saudi Arabia talk on the phone and agree to work to set up safe zones in Yemen and Syria. [Link]

1/29/17

  • Trump says he will defer to the Secretary of Defense on torture. General Mattis has stated several times that he does not believe torture works. [Link]
  • A federal judge prevents people from being deported under Trump’s executive order on immigration. This means that people already approved to come to the US will be able to come. This does not prevent other parts of the executive order from taking effect. [Link]
  • Trump’s executive order does not include ‘green card’ holders, but will they have to undergo additional screening before reentering the US. It was initially reported that ‘green card’ holders from the seven banned countries would not be allowed to reenter the US. [Link]
  • In response to Trump’s executive order on immigration, Iran is banning all US citizens from Iran. [Link]

1/28/17

  • Jeffery H. Wood has been appointed to serve in the Department of Justice to oversee environmental crimes. Wood’s last jobs was a lobbyist for the coal industry. [Link]
  • Trump signs an executive action to block refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries from entering the US. The action suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days and suspended the acceptance of Syrian refugees indefinitely. Citizens from Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and Somalia will be unable to enter the US for the next 90 days. [Link]Trump Fyle
  • In an interview, Trump says that citizens from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia will face extreme vetting before being allowed into the US. [Link]
  • Trump released a presidential national security memorandum aimed at rebuilding the US military. The memorandum calls for a 30-day review of military readiness, a plan for how to bolster the military, and a review of nuclear weapons. [Link]

1/27/17

  • Trump instructs the State and Defense Departments to prepare a plan for the creation of safe zones in Syria. Trump has given the departments 90 days to develop the plans. [Link]
  • The US Border Patrol Cheif says he was forced out by the Trump Administration. He reports being asked to leave and he decided to resign. [Link]
  • The Mexican President cancels a trip to the White House in response to Trump’s plans to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. [Link]
  • Trump and Putin have a phone called planned for Saturday. [Link]

1/26/17

  • Trump signs an executive directive to build a wall along the US/Mexico border. Trump also restarted a program where federal law enforcement works with state and local enforcement to deport illegal immigrants. [Link]
  • Trump signs an executive order to crack down on federal aid going to sanctuary cities. [Link]
  • Trump says that he believes torture will work and is looking to “fight fire with fire.” Trump dismissed the idea that CIA black sites will return. A report that came out early yesterday said the administration planned to use black sites. [Link]

1/25/17

  • Donald Trump tweets about the shooting deaths in Chicago. Trump says if the violence is not reduced he will “send in the Feds.” [Link]
  • Trump signs executive orders to start the Keystone XL pipeline and finish the Dakota Access Pipeline. Trump signed other executive documents that are intended to help the projects be completed faster. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley was confirmed by the Senate to be the US Ambassador to the UN. [Link]
  • James Comey is expected to keep his job as FBI Director. [Link]

1/24/17

  • Trump took executive action to reinstate the Mexico City Rule. This prevents the US government from providing money to organizations or groups that give abortions. This rule has traditionally been ordered on or off depending on what party is in office. [Link]
  • Trump signed an executive order to freeze federal employee hiring. The military is exempted from the hiring freeze. [Link]
  • The Senate has confirmed Trump’s pick for CIA Director. Mike Pompeo’s vote was held up by some Senate Democrats. The vote count was 66-32. [Link]
  • Trump signed an executive action to withdraw the US from the negotiation process for the Trans Pacific Partnership.
  • On Trump’s first weekend, the US conducted 31 airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria on Saturday. [Link] On Sunday, the US ordered 42 airstrikes. [Link]

1/23/17

  • Trump’s CIA pick Mike Pompeo says he is open to waterboarding and other forms of torture. [Link] Pompeo has not yet been confirmed by the Senate. [Link]
  • Trump uses a targeted drone strike for the first time. It is reported the strike killed three al-Qaeda members in Yemen. [Link]

1/21/17

  • Trump cancels a .25% cut in mortgage insurance premiums that was scheduled to go into effect 1/27/17. The cut would have taken rates from .8% to .65% on FHA issued loans. [Link]
  • Trump’s first executive order was to give agencies the power to roll back parts of Obamacare. The order did not specify what parts of Obamacare will be targeted. The order said that Trump plans to promptly repeal the law. [Link]
  • The Senate approved Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Department of Homeland Security pick John Kelly. [Link]
  • Senate Democrats lead by Ron Wyden block the confirmation vote for Trump’s CIA pick Mike Pompeo. [Link]

1/20/17

  • Trump’s pick for Secretary of Energy Rick Perry says he has changed his mind about eliminating the Department of Energy. As a presidential candidate in 2012, Perry’s platform called for getting rid of the department. [Link]
  • Trump picks Woody Johnson to the be ambassador to the UK. Johnson owns the New York Jets. [Link]
  • Trump picks Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture. This pick fills the final open spot in Trump’s Cabinet. [Link]

1/17/17

  • Monica Crowley had been selected to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council by Trump, however, it was announced she will not be accepting the position. She has been facing accusations of plagiarism. [Link]

1/16/17

  • Rudi Giuliani’s cybersecurity firm’s website is riddled with vulnerabilities that can make hacking the site easy. Trump recently named Giuliani as his cybersecurity advisor. [Link]

1/14/17

  • Trump selects Rudi Giuliani to be his cyber security advisor. [Link]

1/13/17

  • During confirmation hearings, Trump’s Secretary of State pick said the US should share more information with Saudi Arabia to support its war against Yemen. [Link]
  • During confirmation hearings, Trump’s CIA head pick said he would ignore orders from Trump to torture. [Link]

1/12/17

  • Trump appoints Robert Kennedy Jr. to chair a commission looking into the integrity and safety of vaccines. [Link]

1/8/17

  • Trump selects Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence, Katie Walsh to be Deputy Chief of Staff, and Jay Clayton to be SEC Chairman. [Link]

1/7/17

  • This article explains how Trump will have the ability to expose many secrets hidden by the Obama Administration. Trump could expose the memos that allowed Obama to do targeted drone strikes on American citizens, memos that expose the justification for the wars in Libya and Syria, and Trump can free up the FOIA process that has been stifled by Obama. [Link]

1/6/17

  • Former CIA Director James Woolsey quits the Trump Transition Team. [Link]
  • Trump tweets that if Toyota builds a car manufacturing plant in Mexico, than he will impose a big border tax to sell the cars in the US. [Link]

1/5/17

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump is looking to cut the national intelligence agencies. Trump believes the intelligence agencies have become too politicized. [Link]

1/3/17

  • Trump picks Robert Lightizer to be the US Trade Representative. Lightizer is in favor of higher tariffs on Mexico and China. Lightizer worked in the Reagan Administration. [Link]

12/31/16

  • Trump responds to Putin’s move to not add sanctions on the US via Twitter. [Link]

12/29/16

  • Trump has given his Supreme Court short list. [Link]

12/28/16

  • Tom Bossert will join the Trump administration as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Bossert previously served in the Bush administration. [Link]

12/24/16

  • In response to Trump wanting to expand America’s nuclear weapons capabilities, Putin says he is unsurprised by Trump’s statements and does not want a nuclear arms race. [Link]

12/23/16

  • Trump calls on Obama to veto a UN Resolution that is against Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. [Link]
  • Trump names Kellyanne Conway to be Counselor to the President. Conway chaired Trump’s presidential campaign. [Link]
  • Trump tweets that the US needs to expand and strengthen its nuclear capabilities. [Link]
  • Lockheed Martin’s stock drop after Trump tweets about the overpriced F-35 project for the second time. Trump says he is looking into contracts with Boeing to replace costly F-35. [Link]

12/21/16

  • The General in charge of the F-35 project criticized Trump for his Tweet saying the F-35 is too expensive. The General reports that the project only needs another half a billion dollars. The F-35 project will cost over $1 trillion dollars total. [Link]

12/20/16

  • Trump nominates Vincent Viola to be Secretary of the Army. Viola was a paratrooper and currently owns an NHL team. [Link]
  • Donald Trump officially wins the election after the Electoral College voted for him yesterday. Ron Paul received one electoral vote. [Link]

12/17/16

  • Trump picks South Carolina Congressman Mike Mulvaney to be Budget Director. Mulvaney is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, an advocate for not raising the debt ceiling, and has supported budgets that reduce government spending. [Link]
  • Trump’s choice for Ambassador to Israel is David Friedman. Friedman is opposed to a two-state solution and believes Israel should annex the West Bank. [Link]

12/16/16

  • Trump nominates Montana Rep Ryan Zinke to head the Department of the Interior. Zinke is a strong supporter of coal. [Link]

12/14/16

  • Trump selects Rick Perry to be Energy Secretary. When Perry was a presidential candidate in 2012 he ran on a platform that said he will shut down the Department of Energy. Perry famously could not remember the name of this agency during a debate when he was asked what departments he planned to shut down. [Link]
  • Trump picks John Bolton to be Deputy Secretary of State. Bolton was Ambassador to the UN under Bush. [Link]
  • Trump has picked Stephen Miller to be a senior policy advisor to the President. Miller was an aide on the Trump campaign. [Link]

12/13/16

  • The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says that they have not accepted the Washington Post’s reported CIA claim that Russia cyber attacks were aimed at impacting the US election. The ODNI says they do not accept the report because of a lack of conclusive evidence. [Link]
  • Gary Cohn accepts the position of director of Trump’s Economic Council. [Link]
  • Trump will nominate Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Tillerson is currently the CEO of Exxon. [Link]
  • Trump tweets that the F-35 project is too expensive and Lockheed Martin shares drop 2%. Lockheed makes the F-35. [Link]

12/12/16

  • National police organizations plan to hold Trump to his promise to lift the Obama-imposed ban on selling military surplus weapons and equipment to police officers. [Link]

12/11/16

  • Trump may introduce a ban on military officials responsible for buying military equipment from every working for private defense contractors. Trump believe this would reduce the cost of government contracts with private defense companies. [Link]

12/10/16

  • Trump offers Gary Cohn the position of  National Economic Council Director. Cohn is the President and COO of Goldman Sachs. Cohn has not announced if he will accept the position. [Link]
  • Trump picks Andy Pudzer to head the US Department of Labor. Pudzer is the chief executive of CKE restaurants. He opposes the new labor department rule on overtime for salaried workers. [Link]
  • Trump selects Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China. Branstad is currently the governor of Iowa. China is said to be happy with this selection. [Link]

12/9/16

  • Trump’s pick to head DHS, General Kelly, is strongly against the legalization of marijuana. Kelly believes it undermines the war on drugs. [Link]
  • A former colleague of General Flynn writes an article explaining why he believes that Flynn will push the US towards war with Iran. [Link]
  • Trump picks Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration. McMahon is the co-founder of the WWE and a former Senate candidate. Trump is a Hall of Fame member of the WWE. [Link]

12/8/16

  • Trump picks Okaholama Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. [Link]
  • Trump selects retired General John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. [Link]

12/7/16

  • Bob Dole received $140,000 from Taiwan and set up the call between Trump and Taiwan’s president. [Link]

12/6/16

  • Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, General Mattis, says the Iraq War was “probably a mistake.” [Link]

12/5/16

  • Trump picks Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. [Link]

12/2/16

  • Trump picks General Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. Mattis will need a waiver from Congress before assuming the role. Current law requires that the Secretary of Defense be retired from the military for at least seven years, Mattis has only been retired for three. [Link]

12/1/16

  • Trump picks Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury Secretary. One of Mnuchin’s first goals will be to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [Link]

11/30/16

  • Donald Trump selects Elaine Chao to be Transportation Secretary. Chao served in both Bush administrations. [Link]

11/29/16

  • General Flynn believes that Iran is the center of a global anti-American alliance. Flynn also believes that the Houthi in Yemen are an Iranian proxy force. This could mean more war in Yemen as he is Trump’s National Security Advisor. [Link]
  • Trump will name Tom Price as Health and Human Services secretary. Price is a Representative from Indiana and an opponent of Obamacare. Trump will name Seeme Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [Link]
  • Trump tweets that burning the American flag should be a crime. Trump suggested the loss of citizenship or a year in jail as potential punishments. [Link]

11/26/16

  • Trump’s Deputy National Security Advisor, KT McFarland, writes an article for Fox News and calls for Wikileaks to be labeled a terrorist organization. In the article, she says Wikileaks should be shut down. She also wants to try Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning for treason and believes both should be executed if convicted. [Link]

11/24/16

  • Trump picks Betsy DeVos to be Education Secretary. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump selects Nikki Haley to be the US Ambassador to the UN. Haley is currently South Carolina’s Governer. [Link]

11/23/16

  • Trump will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton. Trump said in the second debate that he would have a special prosecutor look into Hillary. [Link]
  • Trump is backing off of his promise to use torture. Trump had a conversation with General Mattis who convinced him the practice does not work. [Link]

11/22/16

  • A member of the Trump transition team explains the “Muslim database” Trump talked about during the campaign will be restarting a government program that ran from 2002-2011. The program registers men over the age of 16 who immigrate from countries that the president marks as “havens for terrorists.” Under Obama, the program was suspended, but he did not dismantle it. This program has never led to a terrorism conviction. [Link]
  • Trump says he will issue an executive order on his first day in office to withdraw the US from the TPP. [Link]

11/19/16

  • Trump will appoint Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. [Link]
  • Trump picks Mike Pompeo to head the CIA. Pompeo is an advocate for expanding the mass collection of metadata on US citizens. Pompeo has advocated for executing Edward Snowden. Pompeo is a support of the Guantanamo Bay prison and has defended America’s torture program. [Link]
  • Trump is looking at getting rid of the position of Director of National Intelligence. The position was created after 9/11 to oversee the 16 national intelligence agencies. It is a Cabinet-level position and is currently occupied by James Clapper. [Link]
  • Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor, General Micheal Flynn, own a company that is registered with Congress as a lobbying organization. Flynn Intel Group has received tens of thousand dollars from a Turkish client. General Flynn recently wrote an article urging the US to support the Turkish government. [Link]
  • Donald Trump settles the three Trump University fraud lawsuits. Trump agrees to pay $25 million and Trump will not acknowledge or admit any liability or wrongdoing. [Link]

11/18/16

  • Trump offers General Micheal Flynn the job of National Security Advisor. [Link] Newt Gingrich confirms he will not have an official role in Trumps Cabinet. [Link]

11/15/16

  • Trump and Putin speak on the phone and agree to work to improve relations between the countries. [Link]

11/14/16

  • Trump selects GOP chairman Reince Priebus to be chief of staff and Stephen Bannon to be chief strategist. [Link]
  • Trump says he will deport illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds immediately. He believes this will result in him deporting between 2 and 3 million people. [Link]

11/13/16

  • A look into Trump’s Transition team. Mike Pence will head the team that includes Trump’s children. [Link]

11/12/16

  • Trump does not plan to “rip up” the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]
  • Trump says he no longer plans to repeal Obamacare. Trump wants to keep the provision that prevents insurance companies from denying people with preexisting conditions and continue to force insurance companies to keep children on their parent’s insurance plans until the age of 26. [Link]

11/11/16

  • A list of Trump’s plans for his first 100 days in office. [Link]

11/10/16

  • Weapons makers, such as Lockheed Martian and Raytheon, stocks surge following Trump’s victory. [Link]