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.
|2017.01.20||All references to Climate Change is deleted from the White House website. motherboard.vice.com (See also Climate Change, First 100 Days)|
|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 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.