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Thirty days of Donald Trump

Highlights from the torrid first month of the tumultuous Trump era


 

Donald Trump has now been President for 30 eventful days. So much has happened, so quickly, that it has been hard to keep track. Therefore, we have collected the most notable events in one easy to read chart.

January 20

President Trump gives unusually dark Inaugural Address that is immediately labeled the “American Carnage Speech”

U.S. President Donald Trump celebrates after his speech during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017. (Saul Loeb/Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump celebrates after his speech during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017. (Saul Loeb/Reuters)

January 21

Over 3 million people march in protest across the US, Trump reacts by claiming (falsely) that inauguration crowds were largest ever. He personally calls Parks Services director and orders him to produce photos to back his claim (he is unable to do so).

January 22

Trump gives speech at CIA building in front of wall memorializing fallen agents – boasts about the size of his win. It is later revealed he brought his own crowd to cheer. Advisor Kelly Anne Conway coins term “alternative facts”.

January 23

Trump makes false claim millions voted illegally. In unprecedented step, New York Times calls the newly elected President a liar. President promises to move US Embassy to Jerusalem in face of international outcry. Signs order to ban federal money going to international aid groups which perform or provide information on abortions.

January 24

President approves Keystone and Dakota pipelines. Calls CNN “Fake News”. Threatens to send “the feds” to Chicago. Badlands National Park tweets evidence of climate change before being shut down.

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January 25

Trump claims intelligence officials tell him torture works. Over dinner, approves his first special forces raid (in Yemen). Promises “major investigation” into voter fraud, including those registered in two states – immediately revealed many of his family and aides fall into this category. Signs orders to begin work on Mexican border wall and to deny federal funding to 400 sanctuary cities.

January 26

President threatens to go back and take Iraq’s oil. Doomsday clock moved closer to midnight, citing Trump comments on nuclear weapons. Trump announces Mexico will “pay for wall” by adding a 20 per cent import tax (economists point out this will be paid by American consumers). Mexican president cancels Trump meeting.

January 27

White House removes any mention of Jews from Int. Holocaust Day statement. Trump signs Muslim Ban; chaos ensues at airports. In Mexico, America’s second largest trading partner, consumers launch widespread boycotts of US-made products.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, during the first official phone talks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, during the first official phone talks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

January 28

German Chancellor Merkel explains Geneva Convention to Trump on phone. Top military and intelligence officers removed from National Security Council, white supremacist Steve Bannon added. President calls the New York Times “false news”, and falsely claims the newspaper apologized to readers and that subscriptions are dwindling (they are in fact at record highs). Trump calls Russian President Vladimir Putin. White House reports they agreed on all issues including Syria, and Ukraine. At one point Trump interrupts call to ask aides “What is START treaty?”

January 29

Russia launches new large scale offensive in Ukraine. White House calls Muslim ban “massive success” while global condemnation grows. Dick Cheney calls ban “against everything we stand for”. Downing St officials in London leak President has phobia of stairs and inclines. Lebanese-American held by border officials, asked if he “loves his country”. SEAL dies in botched Yemen raid, several civilians killed.

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January 30

Trump blames airport confusion on Delta computers, claims only 109 people affected by Muslim ban (State Dept. data shows it is 90,000). President fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for not defending ban. Republicans in Congress begin to break with Trump.

January 31

President announces Supreme Court nominee during prime time TV event. Spokesman Sean Spicer claims Muslim ban is not a “ban”, contradicting earlier tweets from President calling it a “ban”.

February 1

Trump threatens to send US troops into Mexico to deal with the “bad hombres” on the border if President Peña Nieto doesn’t get the situation under control. Pentagon officials state that the Yemen assault went forth “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations”. President name-drops abolitionist Frederick Douglass making it clear he has no idea who he is and thinks he is still alive (died 1895). Trump hangs up angrily on Australian PM.

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February 2

At national prayer breakfast Trump asks people to pray for Schwarzenegger’s TV ratings. Canada reports spike in refugees from US. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson and recipient of Russia’s highest civilian honor is sworn in as Secretary of State. Press reports $12m in Trump campaign funds spent on his companies.

February 3

Trump slams “so called” judge for blocking Muslim ban. Conway caught making up “Bowling Green Massacre” to justify Muslim ban.

February 4

Trump, complaining “Friends of mine, that have nice businesses…can’t borrow money”, deregulates banks. Protests across US and Europe against the Muslim ban.

A young girl dances with an American flag in baggage claim while women pray behind her during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017. (Laura Buckman/Reuters)

A young girl dances with an American flag in baggage claim while women pray behind her during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017. (Laura Buckman/Reuters)

February 5

President claims judges blocking his Muslim ban are putting America at peril. Says “US isn’t so innocent” either, compared to Russia. Apple, Facebook, Google, and 94 other American corporations file opposition to ban. White House staff leak that President is angry at spokesman Sean Spicer because he is being portrayed on SNL by a woman.

February 6

White House accuses media of not reporting on terror attacks; Sean Spicer provides a list of “unreported” terror attacks which includes some of the most heavily reported attacks, as well as attacks that never occurred. President claims any negative popularity polls are fake. It is revealed Trump is surprised to discover Bannon is on the NSC as he never read the Executive Order making that appointment. Speaker of the U.K. Parliament bans Trump from giving speech, citing his sexism and racism. First Lady files a libel suit claiming she has been prevented from profiting from Presidency.

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February 7

WH officials report generals got Trump to agree to Yemen raid by suggesting Obama would never have had the courage to do it. President claims he “does not know Putin” – directly contradicting earlier claims that he did. Trump says US murder rate at 47 year high (it is in fact near 47 year low). Sen. Al Franken calls Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos: “the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen.” Trump falsely claims cabinet nominee delays longest in history. (Not even longest in last decade.)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Andrew Harrer/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Andrew Harrer/Getty Images)

February 8

Trump blasts Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka’s products – they respond it was due to poor sales. Announces, “I understand things, I comprehend very well, OK? Better than, I think, almost anybody.” President announces a $7 billion investment by Intel (6 years after President Obama made the same announcement). Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says administration is thinking about making visitors to US hand over cell phone PINs and social media passwords.

February 9

Federal court rules against restoring Muslim ban – Trump tweets “SEE YOU IN COURT”. Head scratching ensues. Kelly-Anne Conway illegally promotes Ivanka Trump’s jewelry line during Fox News interview.

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February 10

Immigration raids begin across US. Reports that CIA has corroborated details of “Steel Dossier” linking Trump to Kremlin. Trump reiterates he has “full confidence” in National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following more reports he discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador prior to inauguration.

February 11

Trump manages missile crisis from restaurant patio in Mar-A-Lago. More accusations against Gen. Flynn and his Russian contacts. State visit to UK postponed due to growing opposition among British public.

FILE- In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives with his son Michael G. Flynn, left, at Trump Tower in New York. Michael G. Flynn tweeted about the false idea that prompted a shooting at a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor. Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledged Tuesday, Dec. 6, that the younger Flynn was helping his father with scheduling and administrative items during the presidential transition but told CNN "that's no longer the case." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Michael Flynn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

February 12

Media reports senior US intelligence officials claim spy agencies withholding intel from Trump due to fears White House penetrated by Kremlin. Rampant infighting as Presidential staff leak accusations against each other to press. Trump reiterates support for Flynn.

February 13

Gen. Flynn fired. Sears and Kmart drop Trump-branded items from their online store. Photos emerge of Mar-A-Lago members posing with officer in charge of Trump’s nuclear football.

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February 14

Serving four-star US general wonders if American government is “stable”. It is revealed Trump knew for weeks Flynn had lied about Russian contacts. More reports CIA is aware Trump staff was in contact with Russian intelligence agents during election. The Fed Chair Janet Yellen rebuts Trump’s claim banks aren’t lending, and warns of economic disruption.

February 15

Trump claims Russian accusations are just to “cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” When asked about the recent rise of anti-Semitism in the world, President responds by boasting about his Electoral College victory.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

February 16

The press conference. “I am not ranting”. Announces Muslim ban will go ahead. Another question about anti-semitism is once again answered with boasts about Electoral College win. African reporter is asked to set up meetings with Congressional Black Caucus. President claims sinking Russian warship would boost his ratings. Fact-checkers later tabulate 17 falsehoods. Republicans in Congress take steps towards investigating Trump’s campaign and administrative ties to Russia.

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February 17

Vice Adm. Harward turns down NSA job, citing chaos in White House. There are reports senior Republicans increasingly rattled by President’s behaviour. Trump claims CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and New York Times are the “enemy of the American people”. Gallup reports Trump’s job approval ratings are lowest of any newly elected President in sixty years.

February 18

Trump holds re-election rally in Florida. (30 days down, 1430 to go.)


 

Thirty days of Donald Trump

  1. I think both the MSM in Canada and US are paying too much attention to this guy, its all about the ratings as well. This is what Trump thrives on, its a part of the Messiah Complex. Its kind of a vanity thing, you know the one, ” I’m Pretty, So Pretty”. Time for the American MSM to start reporting major stories around their country and the world, instead of going all ‘Gonzo’ by helping prop up a ‘Dictator’. I don’t normally comment on this guy, every now and then, but i think its time to move on MSM, and report when something happens instead traipsing around the US waiting for the car crash to happen. The US MSM have the power to control Trumps voice, but instead, Trump has made the MSM control of the MSM and making them look like villains, and i am even starting to believe him, Trump, that is. Stop saturating your news cycles with Donald Trump, cut off his air, and he will kiss the MSMs ass for attention. If you really want to piss off Trump, put some of his stories on the back pages of the paper and with nightly news, don’t use Trump as exclusive.

    • Carpet Bomber’s advice is very sound. Ignore him and he will eventually do something outlandish that will be his ultimate demise.

  2. Pres. Trump’s problem is that the swamp that he is trying to drain is not only a passive inorganic mass of stinking mud, filth, and pollution. It is a living swamp that is filled with human poisonous snakes, serpents and reptiles who will resist any and all of Trump’s attempts to decontaminate and purify that swamp.
    Scott Gilmore and Maclean’s are prominent swamp denizens, wallowing in the political muck and mire of the swamp, who are actively attempting to do everything in their power to resist the much-needed cleansing that Pres. Trump has promised to effect.

    • Draining the swamp might be a good idea. But the replacements shouldn’t be worse than the original occupants.

      • That’s patently obvious.
        But why not give the “replacement” a chance to prove whether he is better or worse than the original occupants.
        Your premature rush to judgement is patently unfair and undemocratic.

        • Dear Eleanor Upton, Did you not read the above article? Have you not read ANY of the articles? Politicians worldwide, professional educators, professional psychologists and many more are concerned about DT’s impulsive and erratic behaviour. People from his own party are concerned he is acting like a dictator. People are concerned he is equipping the National Guard to do his bidding. When will you become concerned? When YOU are next on his list?

          • Who are all these people who are so violently antagonistic to Trump? And what is their political background? Who are the ones concerned about the use of the National Guard??
            Please name some names.
            I will become concerned when I have legitimate reason become concerned. Excessive and groundless concern is called paranoia. As of now I am totally unconcerned; in fact I’m quite optimistic.
            I’m intoxicated by the breath of fresh air emanating from the Trump White House.

        • You are right Eleanor, you are intoxicated!!

    • We all know who the “snakes” you see are – anyone who doesn’t slavishly worship Trump’s every word. Some of us are rather fond of democracy – obviously you aren’t much of a democracy fan.

      • Snakes speak with a forked tongue. In other words, they’re liars.
        I too am a fan of democracy; but definitely not a fan of liars.

        • “but definitely not a fan of liars.” LOL! Trump is so completely disconnected from the truth, that he lies about things he’s said – things for which there is documented truth.

    • The major swamp creatures are lobbyist who pay politicians (like they did with the Clintons) for favors. Drain that swamp and a ton of corruption and abuse goes away. Trump has acted on that by banning lobbying throughout his entire term.
      We should do that in Canada too but then Justin wouldn’t have any parties or vacations to partake of.

  3. It’s been astounding to see the pieces of the disaster that is Donald Trump’s presidency roll out one by one. Hard to find words to describe seeing them all together like … bricks in a wall.
    I think Carpet Bomber has a point – if the media just ignored him for a week, it would be like cutting off his oxygen. Even if they put him on page 19 below the fold, it would starve him of the attention he so desperately craves. TV news broadcasts could relegate him to the “And in other news …” section. I would say it would drive him nuts but that’s a highway he already owns and occupies fully.

    • You are missing a very salient point. Trump is implementing the promises he said he’d implement if he was elected and those promises were why he was chosen over Clinton. THERE ARE NO SURPRISES.

  4. Cut off the one thing #45 craves….attention.
    What do you think would happen if they gave a press conference and no one showed up.
    Do you think he will EVER build a factory in the U.S.? NO
    Do you think he will EVER release his taxes? NO
    Do you think he will EVER build a tower using American steel? NO

  5. Cut off the one thing #45 craves….attention.
    What do you think would happen if they gave a press conference and no one showed up.
    Do you think he will EVER build a factory in the U.S.? NO
    Do you think he will EVER release his taxes? NO
    Do you think he will EVER build a tower using American steel? NO

  6. I actually started to list the mistruths or exaggerations noted under each date and got more and more perturbed as I went along and read more and more of the left wing bias. It’s clear to me why Trump has said of the leftist MSM at his Florida rally, “Their agenda is not your agenda.” The agenda of the leftist MSM was and is Clinton’s agenda. Fortunately the voters having seen Trump campaign for 18 months-warts and all-didn’t agree. The US has been left in dire straights by Obama: highest debt in history; more people on welfare than ever before; failed foreign policy around the world and the worse race relations since the ’60’s. Clinton campaigned on “everything is A-okay” but the voters knew from what was going on around them that was nonsense.

    • If it’s only the “leftist MSM” who are opposed to Trump, please explain why noted conservatives like David Frum have been sounding the alarm about him for many months?

      • What I’ve seen from Frum is that he doesn’t think Trump is a true republican and has too much of a liberal slant. Another noted conservative thinks Trump is the best business partner he ever dealt with and is exactly the right man at this time for the job of President. You can see that interview on TVO. Frum is discussed in that interview and the interviewee said they’d been friends for years but he didn’t agree at all with Frum re Trump. The gent being interviewed was Conrad Black.

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