As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week.
1199. Implemented a confused and inconsistent withdrawal from Syria
1200. Considered redirecting disaster relief funds to his border wall
1201. Came under investigation by the FBI to determine if he was a Russian asset
1202. Hobbled US diplomacy with the shutdown
1203. Attempted to hide details of his meeting with Putin from administration officials
1204. Sought options for a military strike on Iran
1205. Drove a sharp increase in carbon emissions with its rollback of environmental regulations
- A Federal Court found that the citizenship question the Trump administration had attempted to add to the census in #592 was unlawful
- A Federal Court blocked the administration’s expansion of religious exemptions to providing birth control in #1052, citing dire public health and financial consequences
1208. Attempted to circumvent House leadership to get an end to the shutdown
- Low income renters lost rental assistance as a result of the shutdown
1211. Forced 2,500 USDA employees to work without pay during the shutdown
- It was revealed the Trump administration had separated thousands more families than it had initially reported
It was revealed that Michael Cohen had hired an IT firm to rig polls for Trump
The second anniversary of Trump’s inauguration is fast approaching, and the Trump administration seems to be entering its third year the same way it entered its second: totally shut down. The shutdown show down has entered a new and serious stage with no end in sight With people missing paychecks and Federal assistance drying up. Meanwhile, there were several developments with the Russian probe, particularly with the revelation that Trump had been investigated by the FBI as a possible Russian asset. It was also revealed that several thousand more immigrant children had been separated from their parents than had been initially reported.
As a brief side note, as we mentioned Trump’s second year is coming to a close. As is our tradition we’ll be releasing an extended report summarizing major developments of the Trump administration in the last year on the 20th, so keep an eye out for that.
As always, I don’t expect to catch everything, so let me know if there’s anything you think I’ve missed. The full omnibus is being maintained here (a spreadsheet version can be found here). For an overall summary, click here.