Wednesday was Donald Trump’s 27th day in office. He sent out tweets every day, totaling 167, hitting highs of 12 on two days and only one day with a lone tweet. He sparked demonstrations around the country, caused dismay in Congress and the news media, and, to his frustration, watched as the White House and government bureaucracy leaked embarrassing information.
Jan. 21—Miffed at reports that his inauguration drew smaller crowds than President Obama’s, he lashed out at the “dishonest” media during a visit to the CIA. An estimated 500,000 protesters, a majority of them women, marched in Washington, and thousands more hit the street in cities around the country.
Jan. 22—Citing “alternative facts,” Kellyanne Conway defended the president’s perception of the inaugural crowd. Conway also used her appearance on Meet the Press to declare that Trump will not release his tax returns. Trump tweeted about his crowd size.
Jan. 23—On his first official day at work, Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Press secretary Sean Spicer said National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had not discussed sanctions during their telephone calls in December.
Jan. 24—Keystone XL and Dakota Access came back from the dead as Trump signed actions to undo President Obama’s efforts to kill the controversial pipelines.
Jan. 25—Trump demanded an investigation into his claims that there was massive vote fraud in the presidential election. He and his top aides bristled at the widespread mocking of his fraud claims. Trump also told ABC News that he still believes that torture works.
Jan. 26—Trump tweeted that Mexico had “taken advantage” of the United States and suggested that his upcoming summit with the Mexican president should be canceled if Mexico would not pay for the wall. It was then canceled by Mexico. Spicer then caused confusion when he mistakenly suggested that the president wanted to slap a 20 percent tax on all imports coming from Mexico. The Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
Jan. 27—Trump signed an executive order authorizing “extreme vetting” to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States.” What followed was a night of confusion, chaos, and demonstrations at airports across the country as the government tried to figure out how to implement the order.
Jan. 28—Chief strategist Stephen Bannon was added to the National Security Council amid more confusion over the ban. Trump spent an hour on the phone with Vladimir Putin.
Jan. 29—While the president watched Finding Dory at the White House, protests against the ban intensified.
Jan. 30—Damage control on the ban continued. Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover, for failing to fully defend the ban.
Jan. 31—Neil Gorsuch was named by the president to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Spicer tangled with reporters who called the order a “ban.”
Feb. 1—Trump undercut Spicer on the ban, tweeting, “Call it what you want.” He also praised abolitionist Frederick Douglass as if he were still alive. Douglass died in 1895. Trump again attacked “fake news.” The Washington Post reported that Trump’s call with the Australian prime minister was contentious and ended abruptly.
Feb. 2—At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump talked about the low ratings from The Apprentice and dismissed the flap over the Aussie call without disputing that it was “the worst call by far.”
Feb. 3—Trump increased sanctions on Iran and began to unwind Dodd-Frank. But the spotlight went—again—to Conway on MSNBC when she invented the “Bowling Green Massacre” and lamented its scant coverage. Trump headed to his first weekend at Mar-a-Lago. A judge in Seattle blocked the Muslim ban.
Feb. 4—Trump attacked the “so-called judge” who issued the order. The Justice Department appealed. Saturday Night Live unveils Melissa McCarthy playing Sean Spicer.
Feb. 5—Trump privately grumbles about SNL using a woman to play Spicer and publicly derided the judge for making the country less safe.
Feb. 6—Trump went to MacDill Air Force Base to complain about the media. The White House reacted to a New York Times story by insisting that the president does not own a bathrobe.
Feb. 7—Trump heard about a Texas state senator who opposed one of his positions and mused, “We’ll destroy his career.” Trump complained “the haters are going crazy” trying to link him with Russia.
Feb. 8—Trump went after Nordstrom, angry that the store dropped his daughter’s line of clothes. Gorsuch told senators that he was appalled by Trump’s attack on the judiciary. The White House went on the defensive about a raid in Yemen that killed an American SEAL.
Feb. 9—Conway raised eyebrows when she used an appearance on Fox News to openly promote Ivanka Trump’s line of clothes. A three-judge panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against reinstating Trump’s immigration ban. The Washington Post cited nine sources saying that Flynn discussed sanctions with the Russians. That was the first time that Vice President Mike Pence learned that Flynn lied to him.
Feb. 10—Trump attacked the court ruling and vowed to prevail. The Washington Post reported that Flynn did, indeed, speak to the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions, despite his earlier denials. Trump heads again to Mar-a-Lago, this time for golf with the Japanese prime minister.
Feb. 11—Alec Baldwin and McCarthy again targeted Trump and Spicer on SNL. Other diners at Mar-a-Lago were amazed when Trump and the Japanese prime minister stayed at their table in the middle of the restaurant to plot an allied response to a North Korea missile test.
Feb. 12—White House aide Stephen Miller made television appearances suggesting Trump’s authority “will not be questioned.” He also repeated unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and insisted the courts had no right to overrule Trump. One viewer, at least, was pleased—the president, who tweeted, “Great job!”
Feb. 13—Conway went on CNBC at noon to declare the president’s “full confidence” in Flynn. Hours later, he was gone, forced to resign because of mounting evidence that he talked about sanctions with the Russians and then lied to Pence.
Feb. 14—Conway and Spicer offered competing takes on the circumstances of Flynn’s departure. Conway said he went on his own; Spicer said Trump asked for his resignation after losing trust in him.
Feb. 15—At a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said, “I can live with either one” when asked if he favored a one-state or two-state solution for the Middle East. The latter has been the long-standing position of the U.S.
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