This page tracks unprecedented or highly unusual actions taken by Trump as president (or president-elect) or his administration, or unprecedented results or responses to administration actions.
|2017.07.02||Trump tweeted a modified video of a wrestling match between himself and his media rival CNN. thehill.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.07.05||Former Department of Justice officials and voting advocates are alarmed over a DOJ letter sent to states last week that they say could signal a forthcoming effort to kick people off voter rolls. huffingtonpost.com (See also Corruption)|
This comes as national attention focuses on several states blocking a request for voter information from Trump’s commission to investigate voting fraud, which is not a widespread problem.
|2017.07.20||The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling it. thedailybeast.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2017.07.20||Trump personally met with Jessie Liu, the current deputy general counsel for the Treasury Department and who Trump tapped to be the next US attorney for the District of Columbia -- a move that sharply departs from past practice and is at odds with the understood custom of insulating US attorneys from political influence. cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.07.21||Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons to aides, family members and even himself. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Legal Activity, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.07.27||White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said that he doesn't know if his relationship with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus can be repaired, and he urged Priebus to publicly prove that he has not leaked damaging information to the media. washingtonpost.com (See also Reince Priebus, Trump Cabinet)|
|2017.07.31||Trump has relieved Anthony Scaramucci from his role as communications director, just 10 days after initially naming Scaramucci to the role. mic.com (See also Trump Cabinet, John Kelly)|
|2017.08.01||Congressional Republicans moved to defuse Trump’s threat to cut off critical payments to health insurance companies, maneuvering around the president toward bipartisan legislation to shore up insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act. nytimes.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care)|
|2017.08.02||In the first hours of the travel ban, the Trump administration officials issued clear directives: treat lawyers’ calls like “protests” and keep duly elected Congressmen out. thedailybeast.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.08.03||The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and President Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, The Trump Organization)|
|2017.08.08||Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat raised concerns after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked. cnn.com (See also North Korea, Nikki Haley)|
President Donald Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat is raising eyebrows on Tuesday after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked.
|2017.08.10||Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study. apnews.com (See also Health Care, Affordable Care Act)|
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to
|2017.08.18||House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed a call to censure Donald Trump for his response to the violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia. politico.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Anti-Semitism, Racism, Nationalism)|
|2017.08.18||The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned in yet another sign of growing national protest of Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Racism, Nationalism, Anti-Semitism)|
|2017.08.21||The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family, his travel almost every weekend, and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast - as they have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year. usatoday.com (See also Hypocrisy)|
|2017.08.23||A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over conditions in the US and urged the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination. theguardian.com (See also Racism, Nationalism)|
In the past decade, the only other countries that have been issued similar warnings were Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria.
|2017.08.23||Trump at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix promised he would shut down the government if Congress does not fund a wall on the southern border. nytimes.com (See also Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
|2017.08.25||Trump pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, just under a month after Arpaio was convicted, and before his planned October sentencing. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Legal Issues)|
|2017.09.13||The Justice Department is preventing Senate investigators from interviewing two top FBI officials who could provide first-hand testimony over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. cnn.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
|2017.09.15||Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. apnews.com (See also False Statements)|
Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington, but nothing has yet gone to charity.
|2017.09.19||In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. politico.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price)|
|2017.10.11||Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House on Wednesday seeking a new “fairer trade” deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico amid growing alarm from business leaders that President Trump is leaning toward jettisoning the North American Free Trade Agreement. washingtonpost.com (See also Foreign Policy)|
|2017.10.12||Donald Trump ended subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, after he ordered sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, which will send insurance premiums soaring, and insurance companies fleeing from the health law’s online marketplaces. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Health Care, Affordable Care Act)|
|2017.10.12||Donald Trump tweeted that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
The island is still far from recovered. 83% of the island is still without power, 36% is without potable water, and 13% of grocery stores are still closed.
|2017.10.13||European leaders pushed back sharply Friday against Donald Trump’s decision to strip White House backing from the Iran nuclear deal, saying the move would weaken U.S. credibility, drive a wedge within the Western alliance and hurt global efforts to address dangers from Tehran to North Korea. washingtonpost.com (See also Foreign Policy, Iran, North Korea)|