Department of Defense
See also Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
|2016.12.06||Trump: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" twitter.com |
Trump demands the Pentagon cancel a contract with Boeing for the construction of new presidential planes.
|2017.01.16||Mattis clashes with Trump transition team over Pentagon staff appointments chicagotribune.com (See also James Mattis, National Defense)|
|2017.01.25||Trump said he wants to "fight fire with fire" when it comes to terrorism, suggesting he is open to bringing back torture because he *absolutely* believes it works. cnn.com (See also James Mattis, Foreign Policy)|
Trump would violate a US law ratified by the Senate in 2015 and go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
|2017.01.26||Trump’s executive orders, drawn up without consulting his Cabinet or legal experts, leave government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to catch up, and policy experts wondering if some of them are even legal. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Central Intelligence Agency, Keystone XL Pipeline, Sanctuary Cities, Mexico Wall, Steve Bannon, Unprecedented Actions)|
Initiatives are largely being churned out without proper review and the strategy could backfire. David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former official at the Federal Trade Commission, told Politico. “A government by edict is not a sustainable idea.”
|2017.01.27||Trump promises ‘great rebuilding of the Armed Forces’ while signing executive order at the Pentagon. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Nuclear Weapons, James Mattis, Secretary of Defense)|
|2017.01.27||Trump signs executive order instructing the Pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of military preparedness, including nuclear, and to draw up a list of plans to upgrade with an increased budget. latimes.com (See also First 100 Days, James Mattis)|
|2017.01.31||Leaked Trump order gives defense department equal footing with homeland security in civilian cybersecurity, and may give Pentagon bigger role, but White House announces signing is cancelled without explanation on Tuesday. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security, James Mattis, John Kelly)|
|2017.01.31||Trump orders military raid in Yemen which leaves 30 civilians dead including 10 women and children. independent.co.uk (See also Yemen, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.01||Democrats ask Pentagon to explain 2015 payment Flynn received from Russia, suggesting it may have violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Conflicts of Interest, Russia, Michael Flynn)|
|2017.02.15||Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the alliance, the United States may alter its relationship with them. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, James Mattis, NATO)|
|2017.03.02||Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials in the latest of a series of personnel battles that have played out between Mattis and the White House leaving most Pentagon under- and deputy-secretary positions empty. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, James Mattis)|
|2017.06.26||The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, James Mattis)|
|2017.07.10||The US military has received no guidance on how to enforce the ceasefire now in place in southwest Syria, even as the Trump administration hails it as a success. buzzfeed.com (See also Administration Errors, Foreign Policy, Syria, H.R. McMaster)|
“You’d think we would be a part of it,” one US military official explained.
|2017.07.10||Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, James Mattis, Afghanistan, H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.07.11||Trump is aggressively scaling back government regulations out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts. propublica.org (See also Conflicts of Interest, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education, Corruption)|
|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 Assaults on Government, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin)|
|2017.07.26||Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military. nytimes.com (See also LGBTQIA, James Mattis, Homophobia)|
|2017.07.27||The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon, but significant hurdles remain in front of the measure, which will meet with more powerful Democratic opposition in the Senate. apnews.com (See also Mexico Wall)|