The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 123)

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.


1403. Moved to close 9 civilian conservation centers

1404. Used an emergency declaration to sell arms to Saudi Arabia

1405. Ordered federal agency to stop estimating the long term impact of climate change

1406. A federal court allowed the administration to undermine transparency by using applications that auto delete

1407. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao broke an ethics pledge to divest by continuing to hold stock

1408. Robert Mueller reiterated that the Russian probe did not exonerate Trump and hinted at collusion, pointing to impeachment

1409. Had the Department of Energy label fossil fuels as “molecules of freedom”

1410. Appealed ruling blocking offshore drilling

1411. Announced escalating tariffs against Mexico

1412. Falsely claimed that Robert Mueller had exonerated him


This week saw the Trump twisting the truth in new and creative ways. First, he declared an imaginary emergency to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Then he ordered federal agencies to ignore the long term effects of climate change. Courts allowed the administration to keep erasing their own paper trail, and fossil fuels were labeled “molecules of freedom.” But most of all, Trump repeated the claim that the Russian probe exonerated him one day after Robert Mueller specifically said the exact opposite.

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.