Assaults on Government
From early in his administration, Trump revealed a stunning lack of respect for fundamental U.S. governmental institutions and the system of "checks and balances" between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. From his sweeping executive orders, his expectations of an uncontested confirmation process for his cabinet nominees, to his unending tweets of frustration at the judicial stay of his Muslim immigration travel ban executive order, he has exhibited a complete disregard for the basic concepts of American democracy.
This page will track Trump’s assaults on the fundamental structures of our system of government.
|2017.01.13||Trump transition email shows initial effort to oust all inspectors general washingtonpost.com |
An email confirms the story that The Post reported last week that inspectors general had been told that they would be held over only on a temporary basis and that they should seek other employment.
|2017.01.17||Rogue scientists race to save climate data from Trump wired.com (See also Envionment, Climate Change)|
The incoming Trump administration's EPA transition team intends to remove some climate data from the...
|2017.01.20||All references to Climate Change is deleted from the White House website. motherboard.vice.com (See also Climate Change, First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.29||Department Of Homeland Security official statement that they will continue to enforce Trump's executive order. dhs.gov (See also Department of Homeland Security, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.30||Acting attorney general Sally Yates writes to Justice Department lawyers, describing ‘solemn obligation to seek justice and stand for what is right’, and instructs them not to defend Trump migration order and Trump fires her three hours later. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2017.01.30||Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she orders government lawyers not to defend Muslim immigration ban. nytimes.com (See also Department of Justice, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigration, Presidential Activity, Immigrants)|
|2017.01.30||White house releases statement that Senate Democrats are obstructing President Trump’s nominees. whitehouse.gov (See also First 100 Days, Trump Cabinet)|
|2017.02.01||House Oversight Committee obtains Trump transition team email revealing intention to oust all inspectors general, a stance that was later softened. washingtonpost.com (See also Federal Departments)|
|2017.02.01||Trump urges Republicans to 'go nuclear' in order to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. in.mobile.reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Supreme Court)|
|2017.02.05||McConnell rebukes Trump's judge attack and distances himself from the president on Russia, voter fraud and the travel ban politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Russia, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.05||Trump tweets in an attempt to undermine legal system: "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!" twitter.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.05||US appeals court rejects White House request to reinstate Muslim immigration ban. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Constitutional Issues, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller)|
|2017.02.06||Trump sends angry tweets about suspension of Muslim immigration ban and says judge who defied him has put U.S. "in peril." theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||A group of lawyers accuse Trump administration of failing to comply with Judge's order in travel ban lawsuit. lawnewz.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Muslims)|
They are asking a judge to force the Trump administration to disclose a list of any individuals detained by his ‘extreme vetting’ Executive Order and are also seeking the return of any individuals who were removed from the United States as a result of the order.
|2017.02.07||House Administration Committee votes to terminate the one federal agency charged with upgrading our voting systems, and helping to protect our elections and voting machines from hacking brennancenter.org (See also Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.02.07||Trump jokes about destroying the career of a Texas state senator who wants to require criminal convictions before the state seizes personal property. npr.org|
|2017.02.08||In an extraordinarily rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell interrupts Warren's speech, saying she breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott King. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Jeff Sessions, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
Warren will be unable to take the floor for the duration of the Jeff Sessions debate.
|2017.02.09||Threats against more than one judge involved in legal challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration have prompted federal and local law enforcement agencies to increase security. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.09||Trump attacks McCain for questioning success of deadly Yemen raid. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Yemen)|
|2017.02.09||Trump lashes out at Blumenthal and resurfaces the Connecticut senator’s military record to minimize fallout from the Gorsuch’s 'disheartening' comments about Trump’s attacks. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.10||FEC commissioner calls on Trump to show evidence of voter fraud thehill.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud)|
|2017.02.10||Trump quotes legal blog out of context to argue travel ban ruling is "a disgraceful decision." politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.14||Trump signs law that cancels out a Securities and Exchange Commission regulation that would have required oil and gas and mining companies to disclose in detail the payments they make to foreign governments. washingtonpost.com (See also Energy, First 100 Days, Corruption)|
|2017.02.15||Trump assigns Stephen K. Bannon, Jared Kushner, and billionaire private equity executive Stephen A. Feinberg to conduct a review of intelligence agencies. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.02.16||Trump's call to complain to Lockheed about F-35 jet costs in early January occurred with Boeing CEO in the room listening. bloomberg.com (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.02.23||At CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon says a primary goal for the Trump administration is the “deconstruction of the administrative state”—the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that Trump and his team believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.02.24||Trump administration admits it tried to get FBI officials to challenge media coverage of contact members of Trump’s campaign team had with Russian intelligence operatives, raising questions about the politicization of intelligence and the independence of congressional probes. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.02.27||Trump signs off on press secretary Sean Spicer's decision to check aides' cell phones to make certain they aren't communicating with reporters via text message or encrypted apps. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.03.09||White House defends House decision to draft health care legislation without getting an independent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office on its cost, a move critics call reckless. washingtonpost.com|
|2017.03.10||Trump abruptly orders 46 Obama appointed Federal Prosecutors to resign. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Justice, Fascism)|
The president told the holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately, including — surprisingly — Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.
|2017.06.20||The Environmental Protection Agency plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by early September through buyouts and early retirements, as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to practically eliminate the agency “in almost every form.” washingtonpost.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Environment)|
|2017.07.10||Trump's commission to investigate possible election fraud put a freeze on its effort to collect sensitive voter data from states in the face of growing legal challenges. reuters.com (See also Mike Pence, Corruption, Legal Activity)|
|2017.07.17||House Republicans are pressing to defund the sole federal agency that exclusively works to ensure the voting process is secure. wsj.com (See also 2016 Election)|
|2017.07.18||Trump on Monday the controversial toxicologist Michael Dourson, who self-publishes science-inspired Bible books, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s work on chemical safety and pollution prevention. buzzfeed.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Environmental Protection Agency, Assaults on Facts)|
Dourson “writes books matching science and Biblical text,” according to his Twitter profile on Tuesday afternoon.
|2017.07.20||The Department of Agriculture's chief scientist oversees more than 1,000 scientists in 100 research facilities: Trump's pick to run the agency is Sam Clovis, a climate-denying talk-radio host who not only lacks any kind of scientific degrees -- he didn't take a single science course at university. boingboing.net (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Facts, Department of Agriculture)|
|2017.07.25||At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, a microphone captured Chairman Susan Collins and Senator Jack Reed discussing Trump’s ignorance with with the details of governing. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin)|
|2017.08.02||Instead of looking at Russian meddling in last year’s election, Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the president’s public drubbing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican Bob Goodlatte of Virgina, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has a different priority: investigating Hillary Clinton. bloomberg.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.08.03||Trump blamed Congress for the United States’ poor relationship with Russia, a day after he signed sanctions legislation that he said was flawed and unconstitutional. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.08.06||Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has failed to nominate anyone to most of the department’s 38 highest-ranking jobs, leaving many critical departments without direction or a coherent foreign policy. nytimes.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
|2017.08.07||After 200 days in office, Trump still lags far behind his predecessors in staffing up his administration, both in terms of nominations and confirming those positions. cnn.com (See also Federal Departments)|
|2017.08.07||Donald Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley supporter, Peter Thiel, has distanced himself from the president in multiple private conversations, describing at different points this year an “incompetent” administration, and one that may well end in “disaster.” buzzfeed.com|
|2017.08.07||When Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, those teams often turned to people with deep industry ties. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
The Times and ProPublica identify more possible conflicts among appointees, as Democrats in Congress demand greater transparency from the White House.
|2017.08.20||The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning. washingtonpost.com (See also Environment, Climate Change, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.08.24||The White House reiterated its willingness to risk shutting down the government to obtain funding for Donald Trump's long-promised wall between the United States and Mexico. nbcnews.com (See also Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
|2017.08.31||The Department of Health and Human Services announced it's slashing the advertising and promotional budget for the Affordable Care Act for next year by 90%. axios.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services, Affordable Care Act, Health Care)|
|2017.09.04||The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political operative in charge of vetting the hundreds of millions of dollars in grants the EPA distributes annually, assigning final funding decisions to a former Trump campaign aide with little environmental policy experience. washingtonpost.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Environment, Scott Pruitt, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.09.06||Buyouts offered by the Trump administration to more than 1,200 Environmental Protection Agency employees have prompted 400 people to leave their posts. the-scientist.com (See also Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.09.17||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, but the White House has refused to release this recommendation to the public. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.09.21||Donald Trump’s appointees to jobs at the USDA include a long-haul truck driver, a country club cabana attendant, and the owner of a scented-candle company, among other campaign staff and volunteers who have no experience with federal policy, much less deep roots in agriculture, or even college degrees, normally required to qualify for higher government salaries. politico.com (See also Department of Agriculture)|
|2017.09.25||The Trump administration nominated former criminal investigator and Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association president Jon Adler as the Department of Justice's director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance; a man who spent a number of years on the advisory board of the Heroes Health Fund - a group that purports to offer support for "firefighters, police, EMTs, veterans, and others harmed by toxic exposures in the line of duty" using a detoxification program developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. wired.com|
|2017.09.26||The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign, as he had become convinced that Donald Trump had little respect for the law. nytimes.com (See also Corruption, Legal Issues)|
|2017.10.03||Since taking office in February, Scott Pruitt, head of the E.P.A., has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2017.10.05||With enrollment season on Nov. 1, the Health and Human Services Department has worked to suppress the number of people signing up by 1) slashing grants to groups that help consumers get insurance coverage, 2) cutting the enrollment period in half, 3) reducing the advertising budget by 90 percent, 4) announcing an outage schedule that would make the HealthCare.gov website significantly less available, and 5) not committing to funding the cost-sharing reductions that help 7 million lower income Americans afford out-of-pocket expenses. washingtonpost.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care)|
|2017.10.13||Donald Trump remains determined to build his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, so much so that a top administration official said he’s willing to shut down the government to secure funding for the project. mic.com (See also Mexico Wall)|
|2017.10.17||Donald Trump said his nominee to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job — a move that comes in the wake of a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation detailing how the lawmaker helped steer legislation through Congress that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise. washingtonpost.com (See also Federal Departments, Hypocrisy)|
|2017.10.26||The Trump administration is not putting the legal Russia sanctions in place, as it is also revealed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has eliminated the office responsible for coordinating and enforcing those sanctions. foreignpolicy.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, Rex Tillerson, Department of State, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.11.02||Sam Clovis, an early backer backer of President Donald Trump caught up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has withdrawn his nomination to be a top official in the Agriculture Department. bloomberg.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Department of Agriculture, Russian Meddling in Election, Resignations and Dismissals)|
It should be noted that Mr. Clovis had no scientific background.
|2017.11.08||New data shows how the Trump administration is destroying the State Department, where 60% of its top management has quit, and new applicants have dropped by half. vox.com (See also Department of State, Rex Tillerson, Foreign Policy)|
|2017.11.09||Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission was hit with a new federal lawsuit Thursday, from one of the panel's own members, claiming that he's being denied access to the commission's records and effectively frozen out of its activities. politico.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.11||A Trump nominee, a 36-year-old lawyer who has never tried a case and who was unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association has been approved for a lifetime federal district judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee. nytimes.com (See also Legal Issues, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.11.13||Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.24||Donald Trump named his budget director as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's acting leader (an agency he vowed to destroy), despite the fact that he's still the budget director and after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice for acting chief. nytimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.11.26||Leandra English, the woman at the center of a White House battle for control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump's pick to lead the watchdog agency. washingtonpost.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.13||The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican said Wednesday that two of Donald Trump’s nominees for open seats on the federal bench will not be confirmed, just a day after urging the White House to “reconsider” them. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Rejected or Withdrawn Appointments)|
|2017.12.15||A study about the dangers of mountaintop coal mining has been suspended by the Trump administration. buzzfeed.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.12.15||For five painfully awkward minutes, a Republican senator pressed judicial nominee Matthew Petersen on his legal knowledge and lack of courtroom experience. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.12.22||More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures including more than 200 scientists, an additional 96 environmental protection specialists, most of whom will not be replaced. nytimes.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.12.22||The Trump administration halted an independent offshore oil drilling review, which was aimed at improving inspections of industry platforms, like the one responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. buzzfeed.com (See also Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.12.29||Donald Trump fired the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, informing them without explanation with a letter delivered by FedEx, six months after six members resigned from PACHA writing in an open letter, published in Newsweek, saying the Trump White House was pushing for legislation that would harm people living with HIV. newsweek.com (See also LGBTQIA, Health Care)|
|2018.01.02||NSA’s top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization, as several hundred hackers, engineers and data scientists have left the agency, leaving a significant impact on national security. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Effect, National Defense)|
|2018.01.08||Donald Trump on Monday resubmitted 21 judicial nominees to the Senate whose nominations expired in 2017 ― including two rated “not qualified” to be federal judges by the American Bar Association. huffingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, LGBTQIA, Black Americans, Voter Suppression)|
|2018.01.09||The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates, one of which is Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme. ibtimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Economy, Corruption, Russia)|
|2018.01.10||Climate information has been condensed or excised from the websites of at least six federal agencies under the first year of the Trump administration. buzzfeed.com (See also Climate Change, Environment, Assaults on Facts, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke)|
|2018.01.17||More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year, leaving the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmark washingtonpost.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior)|
|2018.01.19||Acting CFPB director, Mick Mulvaney requested zero dollars in funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the upcoming quarter. politico.com (See also Department of the Treasury, Mick Mulvaney)|
|2018.02.01||Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities, reducing it's budget by 80% in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out. washingtonpost.com (See also Foreign Policy, Reversals)|
|2018.02.01||The Trump administration has stripped enforcement powers away from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office that specializes in pursuing cases against financial firms accused of breaking discrimination laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Mick Mulvaney)|
|2018.02.02||As senior career diplomat, Tom Shannon, announced plans to leave the State Department, seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. bloomberg.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
|2018.02.04||Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, after hackers stole personal information from approximately 143 million Americans. reuters.com (See also Mick Mulvaney, Reversals)|
|2018.02.12||The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the financial crisis to protect Americans from being ripped off by financial firms, but Donald Trump's interim appointee to run the bureau, Mick Mulvaney, is making radical changes to deter the agency from aggressively pursuing its mission. npr.org (See also Mick Mulvaney, Legal Issues)|
|2018.02.25||More than 13 months into the Trump administration, the Justice Department is now officially without its Senate-confirmed No. 3 in charge revealing that there are very few people serving in “permanent” roles in the Justice Department. buzzfeed.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2018.02.25||The president’s personal pilot is on the administration's short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States. axios.com (See also Corruption, Federal Departments)|
|2018.03.02||William G. Otis, one of Donald Trump's picks for a seat on the body that sets policy used to punish 70,000 federal criminals every year has publicly called to abolish that agency, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and has a history of making racially charged remarks about crime. npr.org (See also Racism, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2018.03.26||A proposed policy would bar the E.P.A. from considering research that doesn't release its raw data for review, a move that would severely restrict the research available to it when writing environmental regulations, barring them from using some of the most consequential research of recent decades, such as studies linking air pollution to premature deaths or work that measures human exposure to pesticides. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts, Environmental Protection Agency, Environment)|
These fields of research are often private because they require personal health information for thousands of individuals, who typically agree to participate only if the details of their lives are kept confidential.
|2018.03.30||An obscure White House office responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of political appointees has suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff, hobbling the Trump administration’s efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government, while two office leaders have spotty records themselves: a college dropout with arrests for drunken driving and bad checks and a Marine Corps reservist with arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer and underage drinking. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors, Federal Departments)|
|2018.04.24||The Trump administration is likely to end public access to a web portal used by hundreds of thousands of consumers each year to file complaints against financial companies. wsj.com (See also Mick Mulvaney, Reversals)|
Mick Mulvaney, the leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he doesn’t have to “run a Yelp for financial services.”
|2018.04.27||Job vacancies are fast becoming a singular threat to Donald Trump’s administration, with a record number of openings that stretch from low-level appointments to the secretary’s office at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as many senior career government workers have quit or retired since Trump took office, taking institutional knowledge with them. politico.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Administration Errors)|
|2018.05.20||Donald Trump demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether the department or the F.B.I. “infiltrated or surveilled” his campaign at the behest of the Obama administration, following through on his frequent threats to intervene in the special counsel inquiry as he targets those he views as political enemies. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Legal Issues, Fascism, 2016 Campaign)|
|2018.06.06||Mick Mulvaney took yet another swipe at his consumer watchdog bureau — all but terminating an entire board of advocates who advise the agency about fair lending and underserved communities. money.cnn.com (See also Mick Mulvaney, Resignations and Dismissals, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
The CFPB has effectively dismissed the members of the Consumer Advisory Board, which is supposed to advise the bureau on fair lending, civil rights and underserved communities.
|2018.08.08||The Trump administration moved to shrink the Office of Financial Research, a watchdog government agency tasked with identifying looming financial risks, notifying around 40 staff members they would be laid off. reuters.com (See also Corruption)|
|2018.08.16||Scientists are raising alarms over a Trump administration plan to overhaul two federal offices tasked with food and agriculture research, calling the move a ploy to slash funding to projects on climate change, nutrition and other top concerns. washingtonpost.com (See also Climate Change, Sonny Perdue, Department of Agriculture)|
|2018.08.17||In a remarkable rebuke to Donald Trump, 13 former U.S. intelligence chiefs have signed a harshly worded letter in support of former CIA Director John Brennan after Trump abruptly revoked his security clearance. latimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Fascism)|
|2018.09.26||The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday placed the head of its Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave, an unusual move that appeared to reflect an effort to minimize the role of the office. nytimes.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care)|
|2018.11.13||The Trump administration closed a diplomatic office designed to keep track of released Guantánamo inmates and make sure they didn’t return to their insurgencies, so the U.S. government has lost track of several of them, including one who has returned to a terrorist-held part of Syria. mcclatchydc.com (See also Administration Errors, Syria, Foreign Policy, Department of State)|
|2018.11.26||Despite the National Climate Assessment warning of "hundreds of billions of dollars" in annual losses to some economic sectors without scaled up actions to adapt to current changes and slash emissions to avoid future warming, Trump told reporters that he has seen the latest climate report released on Black Friday by his administration, but said, "I don't believe it." axios.com (See also Climate Change, Environment, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.12.04||Political appointees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gummed up agency operations while claiming efficiencies as their aim, constraining the agency from within, as enforcement actions have dropped 75% below its average. washingtonpost.com (See also Mick Mulvaney)|
|2018.12.09||The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, at the global climate summit in Poland aimed at gaining consensus over how to combat rising temperatures. washingtonpost.com (See also Environment, Assaults on Facts, Russia, Saudi Arabia)|
Arguments erupted before a United Nations working group focused on science and technology, where the United States teamed with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to challenge language that would have welcomed the findings of the landmark report, which said that the world has barely 10 years to cut carbon emissions by nearly half to avoid catastrophic warming.
|2018.12.11||Donald Trump continues to reject the judgments of U.S. spy agencies on major foreign policy fronts, creating a dynamic in which intelligence analysts frequently see troubling gaps between the president’s public statements and the facts laid out for him in daily briefings on world events. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Fascism, Russia, China, North Korea)|
The pattern has become a source of mounting concern to senior U.S. intelligence officials who had hoped that Trump, as he settled into office, would become less hostile to their work and more receptive to the information that spy agencies spend billions of dollars and sometimes put lives at risk gathering, yet presidential distrust extends beyond Russia to assessments on North Korea, Iran, climate change and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.