Saturday, February 4, 2017

Week 2 in tRump World

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017

Protests continue at airports across the country amid confusion over tRumps travel ban.  Immigration attorneys begin offering their services pro bono.  Late on Saturday, a federal judge issued a stay on the deportations of valid visa holders after they have landed in the US in response to an ACLU lawsuit.
tRump reshuffles the National Security Council, elevating controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon to be a permanent member of the principals committee, giving him equal billing with other Cabinet-level officials. The director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who are normally permanent members, will now only attend when pertinent issues are being discussed.
tRump calls several foreign leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He also has a tense call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.  Details have not been this yet.  tRump tells Turnbull it was "the worst call by far" that he (tRump) has had that day and the two clash on the Obama administration's deal to accept refugees from the country.

tRump signs several executive orders--an ethics order banning administration appointees from ever lobbying foreign governments and from lobbying for 5 years after they leave office.
He also directs the administration to develop a "comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS.

Sunday, Jan 29

A US Navy Seal is killed during a raid in Yemen targeted against al-Quaida militants, the first military casualty of tRump's admin.  Questions have been raised over how the operation -- which also is believed to have killed several women and children --was carried out.

Protests continue at airports over the tRump travel ban.

Monday, January 30

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (a holdover from the Obama Admin) announces she will direct Justice Department lawyers not to defend tRump's travel ban.  Hours later, the president fires her and replaces her with Dana Boente, the top fed prosecutor in Virginia, as interim attorney general until his nominee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, is confirmed by the Senate

More Republicans continue to speak out against tRump's travel ban, voicing concern over its implementation.

Former President Obama breaks his silence since leaving office, saying through a spokesman that "American values are at stake."

tRump signs an executive order that says for every regulation the executive branch proposes, two others must be repealed.

Tuesday, January 31

tRump nominates federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of the late Justice Scalia.  The evening ceremony in the White House's East gives an aura of a reality TV show.  Conservatives praise his pick, which was a major campaign issue after Senate Republicans refused to take up President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, for much of 2016.

Wednesday, Feb 1

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn makes an announcement that the tRump administration is putting Iran "on notice" after Iran conducted a ballistic missile test.
tRump and Ivanka traveled to Dover Air Base for the return of the remains
of Navy SEAL Willian Owens, who was killed in the Yemen raid.
The AP reported that during a call with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto last week, tRump threatens to send in the US military to stop the "bad hombres down there".  Mexico denies the remarks.

Thursday, Feb. 2

At the annual National Prayer Breakfast, tRump, in his remarks at the podium, called out the low ratings of the NBC reality show " Celebrity Apprentice, and criticized the new host, action star and former CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  "And I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings, OK.," the president said.
tRump pledges at the National Prayer Breakfast to repeal the Johnson Amendment which prohibits tax-exempt religious groups from politics from the pulpit.

Friday, Feb. 3

A Federal judge in Seattle temporarily halted the executive order on immigration and travel from some Muslim-majority countries.  The halt is effective nationwide.
tRump puts new sanctions against Iran.
2 tentutive orders direction the review of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations and halting implementation of another federal rule which mandates financial advisors to act in the best interests of their clients.

Saturday, Feb 4

Airlines resume allowing travelers once affected by tRump's travel ban to come to the US.

tRump is mad at the judge that over turned the immigration ban, tweeting "The opinion of this so-called judge which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!"  He later adds that because of the "terrible decision" that "many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country."

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