Everything Donald Trump Did During His First 100 Days in Office

The president wasted no time making his mark on the White House—and the world. Here, a comprehensive record of his actions and what they mean.

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100 days of Donald

Saturday was Donald Trump's 100th day in office (opens in new tab), capping one of the most controversial beginnings of any modern presidency. In his first few months, Trump has seen a few big successes and many high-profile failures. He successfully nominated Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch to his seat on the bench, but both iterations of his travel ban are stalled in courts. Trump failed to repeal Obamacare (opens in new tab), one of his major priorities when entering office, and he has struggled to convince Democrats to pass a budget that includes funding for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

Trump's first 100 days in office have also been dogged by scandals, with alleged involvement between some of his campaign officials and the Russian government. Nevertheless, Trump seems satisfied with his performance: He bragged on Twitter over the weekend about his " 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!" And on Saturday, he published an op-ed (opens in new tab) in the Washington Post saying that "Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back."

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Someone released a hypothetical 2020 poll, and it doesn't look great for Trump

It's too early for most people to even be considering the 2020 election, but not for pollsters. A Fox News poll released (opens in new tab) just before Trump's 100th day marker didn't have great news for the president. According to the poll, 7 percent of Trump voters say they would vote for a different candidate in 2020. While there's absolutely nothing to suggest that a poll this early would be successful down the line (a 2013 poll had Chris Christie winning in 2016), it remains bad news for a president when so early into his first term.

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The White House would like you to know it has accomplished things

Donald Trump's team sent out an email blast this morning to the press titled "President Trump's 100 Days of Historic Accomplishments." The list, which includes headings such as "getting the government out of the way," contains comparisons to what former presidents had completed at this point in their terms. The list also highlights that Trump has signed 30 executive orders since taking office in January, compared to former President Barack Obama's 19.

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Trump's email blast comes despite criticism from the president (opens in new tab) about the concept of using the first 100 days to judge effectiveness. In the last week, Trump has called the benchmark "not very meaningful" and suggested it's overrated as a tool of evaluating a presidency.

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The public weighs in

A new poll has some bad news for the president. Donald Trump's approval rating is at 42 percent with just days left until he reaches his 100-day mark, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday (opens in new tab). That's the lowest for any president at this point in their term since pollsters began tracking it in the 1940s. For comparison, former President Barack Obama had a 69-percent approval rating at this juncture of his first term.

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Trump unhappy with '100 days' benchmark

The president has a bone to pick with the "first 100 days" benchmark used to evaluate how a presidency is going. Donald Trump criticized the standard (opens in new tab) in a tweet Friday, calling it "ridiculous" and insinuating the media would not give him credit for his successes. Trump's main victory since entering office, which he highlighted in his post, has been the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch. Many of his other notable moves, such as his travel ban or healthcare replacement, have failed to be instituted.

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Patriots visit the White House

With just 10 days left of Trump's first 100 days in office, the White House played host to the New England Patriots today. The visit is in honor of their victory earlier this year at Super Bowl LI. The president met with the team's players (opens in new tab) and gave remarks where he singled out around seven team members for their performance. But one player not in attendance was quarterback Tom Brady, who cited personal family matters as his reason for staying home. Donald Trump has long touted his friendship with Brady, but Brady wasn't the only player to skip. Several team members opted out of the visit due to political disagreements with the president.

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New executive order says 'Buy American'

On Tuesday, Donald Trump signed a new executive order essentially stating "Buy American; Hire American (opens in new tab)." The order is meant to reduce the number of low-wage foreign workers in the country and improve the amount of job opportunities for American employees. The initiative is in line with his "America First" theme for his first 100 days in office, but defies his campaign rhetoric (opens in new tab), where he suggested it would be unfair to crack down on H1-B visa holders.

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Next target: Jon Ossoff

The president stepped into campaign mode once again when he got involved in the Georgia special election. The election is being held to fill Tom Price's congressional seat, following his confirmation as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Trump began tweeting (opens in new tab) about the main Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, after polls made it clear that Ossoff was the leading character in the race. The district in question isn't exactly a Republican stronghold; Trump won by less than 2 percent back in November. Nevertheless, it was expected that Ossoff would fall short of the 50 percent marker he needs to avoid a runoff election later this year.

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Trump's White House visitor logs will be private

The White House has announced that most of the visitor logs (opens in new tab) for those stopping by the Oval Office will remain private. Citing "grave national security risks and privacy concerns," the Trump administration will not willingly disclose the names of the president's vistors. Unless the White House amends this policy, it could take years for that information to be revealed.

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Trump signs off on defunding Planned Parenthood

The president signed off today (opens in new tab) on a resolution that will allow states to defund family planning centers such as Planned Parenthood if they provide abortion services. The resolution overturns a late Obama-era policy that prevented the government from defunding these providers for any reason other than lack of "ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner."

Though Republicans have long held a stance against taxpayer money being used to pay for abortion services, it's a solution without a problem. The Hyde Amendment has prevented tax dollars from being used for abortion services for decades.

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The president is disturbed by the United Airlines video

The White House said Tuesday that Donald Trump has seen the viral video of United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao being forcibly deplaned and that Trump is "disturbed" by the video. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during his daily briefing that he believes anyone would be bothered by how Dao was treated. "I don't think anyone looks at that video and isn't a little disturbed that another human being is treated that way," Spicer said.

No troops in Syria... for now

In an interview set to air Wednesday morning on Fox Business, the president said that the U.S. is not putting ground troops in war-torn Syria. Literally. "We're not going into Syria," Trump told Fox's Maria Bartiromo. Trump's interview comes amid questions about the White House's next move, after he ordered missile strikes last week against a Syrian airbase. The strikes were a response to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, who is suspected of using chemical weapons against his people last week in an attack that killed dozens.

"Look, what I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it," Trump said. "And you would have had a much better — I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been."

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Trump makes his mark on SCOTUS

Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch was sworn onto the highest bench in the country Monday. His swearing in marks the president's first landmark success with Congress since taking office. Gorsuch will serve as the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement, more than a year after Scalia passed away. Gorsuch is considered very similar to Scalia in how he will decide cases, being a constitutional originalist.

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U.S. conducts airstrike on Syria

The president ordered airstrikes (opens in new tab) on the Al-Shayrat airbase in Homs, Syria on Thursday, in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack that killed more than 100 people. The attack is suspected to be the work of Bashar Assad's government, and these airstrikes are the first targeted U.S. action against Assad (opens in new tab) since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

The administration says the site of the strikes was chosen (opens in new tab) because U.S. officials tracked the planes that carried the chemical weapons using radar. In remarks shortly after the strikes, Trump said they were "in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."

Eleven weeks in, Trump says he's had the one of the most successful 13 weeks...?

Donald Trump said Thursday that he thinks his administration (opens in new tab) has had "one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency." There are just two problems: First, he's had one of the most controversial terms in history to date, with multiple Cabinet picks stepping down, ongoing investigations into his campaign's ties with Russia, a failed healthcare bill, and low poll numbers.

Second, he's only been in office for 11 weeks.

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Bannon removed from the National Security Council

White House senior adviser Steve Bannon has been removed (opens in new tab) from the National Security Council, according to reports. On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order reorganizing the NSC. In it, he restored the director of national intelligence (opens in new tab), CIA director, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to full participation and removed Bannon from the panel. The White House did not announce the move publicly, so it wasn't reported on until Wednesday. A White House source said Bannon can still attend any meeting where his expertise is needed, CNN reported.

As a reminder, Bannon has zero national security experience; rather he previously served as the publisher of alt-right white nationalist new org, Breitbart. His appointment did not require senate approval. We do not yet know why Bannon was removed, but we're chalking it up to common sense.

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Trump is *still* tweeting about Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump is not done tweeting about Hillary Clinton. On Monday morning, the president tweeted about his former Democratic rival (opens in new tab) and her campaign manager, saying "Was the brother of John Podesta paid big money to get the sanctions on Russia lifted? Did Hillary know?" Shortly after, he followed up with a sarcastic question about whether or not Clinton apologized for an instance where she was provided questions in advance of an interview. The tweets appear to be an attempt to deflect growing criticism of his administration's ties with Russia. Clinton has largely remained out of the spotlight since losing the election in November.

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White House financial disclosures show that everyone is rich.

The White House released its employees' financial disclosures Friday night; and to no one's surprise, they showed enormous wealth (opens in new tab). According to the documents, senior adviser Steve Bannon has more than $1 million in his bank account and has made significant income from his rental properties. Bannon values his consulting business at somewhere between $5 and $25 million, the disclosures show.

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, both list far higher numbers (opens in new tab). Because Ivanka Trump was only just given an official title, her personal disclosure hasn't been completed yet, but her assets appear on her husband's forms. The two could be worth as much as $740 million, reports show. Much of their fortune comes from Kushner's real estate holdings and Trump's business.

The president's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, is also a financial success. The disclosures show that she was worth as much as $40 million before she was named a White House staffer.

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Donald Trump's new enemy is... the far-right?

The president revived his fight against the Freedom Caucus (opens in new tab) on Thursday morning, tweeting that the ultra-conservative congressional group would damage Republicans in 2018. Trump has been highly critical of the Caucus since they aligned against his replacement healthcare plan, despite the fact that many moderate Republicans were also opposed to the bill.

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Who needs the environment, anyway?

If climate change was a hoax, it won't be for long. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (opens in new tab) undoing many of former President Obama's climate change regulations. The order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the process of withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan (opens in new tab), an Obama-era regulation that called for the replacement of coal-powered plants with new wind and solar farms.

The order also calls into question (opens in new tab) whether Trump will abide by the landmark Paris climate change agreements that the U.S. signed just a short time ago. The U.S. has agreed to cut its emissions by 26 percent over the next decade. Experts say such measures are essential to prevent the temperature from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature they agree spells global catastrophe down the line.

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Travel Ban 2.0 may get its day in court

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is reportedly considering hearing the revised travel ban case with its full bench (opens in new tab)—rather than the panel of three judges who would normally hear it. In an order on Monday, the court asked both the government and the plaintiffs to address whether the full bench should hear arguments.

If all 15 active judges hear the case, it could potentially spell good new for opponents of the ban. The 4th Circuit is made up of nine Democratic appointees, five Republicans, and one appointed by a Democratic and later confirmed under a Republican. Basically: It skews left.

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Trumpcare crashes and burns

Donald Trump's landmark replacement for Obamacare was shot down Friday when the House of Representatives decided not to even bother voting on it. The president and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan decided to pull the bill (opens in new tab) from consideration after it became clear it would fail if it went to vote.

The American Health Care Act's rejection means that Obamacare will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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White House bans laptops in carry-ons for eight Muslim countries

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that people flying nonstop to the U.S. from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries would no longer be allowed to bring laptops (opens in new tab) in their carry-on luggage. Passengers are allowed to check them in with their baggage, however. The airports are spread across eight countries: Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar.

The administration has cited the need to do so for security (opens in new tab) but didn't say there was any specific new threat or intelligence. Several hours after the announcement, the U.K. made a similar move, though their ban affects some different airports than the U.S. ban does.

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Trump goes after Russia allegations... again

Donald Trump went after allegations that he has ties to the Russian government again Monday, just hours before FBI director James Comey is set to testify in front of Congress (opens in new tab). In a series of tweets, Trump wrote (opens in new tab) that the "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign." He added that "the real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!"

Comey is expected to testify about Russian involvement in November's presidential election, which committees in both houses of Congress have been investigating.

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A fifth weekend in Florida

On Sunday, Donald Trump concluded his fifth weekend in Florida since taking office. Though Trump was regularly critical of former President Obama taking vacations, he has spent more than half of his weekends as president (opens in new tab) at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Trump also spent time holding meetings at his local golf club, according to his press pool, where he may have stepped out "to hit some golf balls," the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Sooo, Trump's budget is cool if you don't like PBS or the environment

Donald Trump released his budget plan (opens in new tab) Thursday, and it cuts pretty much everything people expected. Among the agencies that would take hits are the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and many more. Almost no departments are spared from cuts—the only ones without any cuts (opens in new tab) are Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. But Trump did manage to find $2 billion for a down payment on the wall (opens in new tab).

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Second ban suspended

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked Donald Trump's revised travel ban (opens in new tab) Wednesday evening, just one night before it was set to take effect. The new ban was a watered-down version of the first, excluding some of the more controversial policies—like the ban on green card holders. The Trump administration argued that the new executive order addressed all the legal criticism of the first, but Judge Derrick Watson was unimpressed. Watson wrote that a "reasonable, objective observer" (opens in new tab) would still view the ban as an attempt to discriminate against members of one religion (despite Trump's statements to the contrary.)

A second judge ruled similarly in Maryland just hours later.

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White House responds to Trumpcare estimates

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released it's official estimates (opens in new tab) on the GOP's Obamacare replacement plan today, and the news wasn't good. According to the report, it's projected that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the new House bill. The number of uninsured would grow to 24 million by 2026.

The White House pushed back hard on the report, saying it disagrees "strenuously." Health Secretary Tom Price said it will cover more individuals and lower costs. As for the estimate that 14 million people would lose coverage, he said, "It's just not believable is what we would suggest."

Trump endorsed the plan last week, despite the fact that, back in January, Trump told the Washington Post his health-care law would include "insurance for everybody (opens in new tab)."

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Trump absent from Twitter

Red alert! The president went an entire day without tweeting on Sunday, capping off a contentious weekend with radio silence. That may not seem notable; but as The Hill reported, Trump has tweeted more than 260 times since his inauguration, meaning he averages more than five per day.

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The first thing we do, let's fire all the lawyers

Over the weekend, the Trump administration asked for the immediate resignation of 26 U.S. attorneys from the Obama era. That's pretty normal (opens in new tab) for a new administration, but Trump is drawing rebuke from Democrats for his handling of one specific case. Preet Bharara, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, declined to resign from his post and was fired—even though Trump had reportedly personally asked him to stay (opens in new tab) in his role. Bharara announced that he was fired on Twitter:

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It's halftime

Friday marked the halfway point (opens in new tab) in Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the time period generally used to determine how effective a new administration has been. In that time, Trump has signed 16 executive orders (opens in new tab), which is on pace with former President Barack Obama. But unlike Obama, Trump's first 50 days have been marred with controversy. Protests and court battles derailed his first travel ban, the replacement plan for Obamacare has been almost universally panned, and several members of his administration are under investigation for ties to Russian officials.

Trump has made strides toward keeping some of his more realistic campaign promises (opens in new tab). His administration has caused either the repeal or delay of more than 90 Obama-era federal regulations, and he withdrew the U.S. from the TPP trade deal. An executive order he signed allowed work to recommence on the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite ongoing protests in North Dakota.

One thing Trump has not accomplished is a major legislative victory. At this point in his presidency, Obama had passed an $800 billion economic stimulus package through Congress as well as a law making it easier for women to sue over equal pay discrepancies. Trump is looking to make a repeal of the Affordable Care Act his first landmark achievement in Congress, but he has so far been unsuccessful.

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Trump picks Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

Donald Trump has chosen Jon Huntsman, a Republican who ran for president in 2012, as his ambassador to Russia. This will be Huntsman's third ambassadorship (opens in new tab): He represented the United States to Singapore under George H.W. Bush, and to China under Barack Obama. It will also likely be his most heavily scrutinized role, as the Trump administration is investigated (opens in new tab) for alleged ties to Russian officials during his presidential campaign. Huntsman originally endorsed Trump for office, but had called on him to drop out after the release of a vulgar tape where Trump described grabbing women to Billy Bush.

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Sean Spicer tries to explain what Trump is talking about

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Spicer also touched on Trump's claim that Obama released 122 "vicious" Guantanamo Bay inmates that have since returned to fighting. In reality, Obama released just nine of those prisoners (opens in new tab); the other 113 were released by George W. Bush's administration. Spicer acknowledged that Trump's comments were incorrect.

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Travel Ban 2.0

Donald Trump signed a new executive order (opens in new tab) today banning people from six Muslim-majority countries from applying for visas to the United States. The new ban, which no longer includes Iraq, bars citizens from those six countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspends refugee admissions for 120 days. It will also slash the number of refugee admissions for this year from 110,000 to 50,000.

The new ban comes as a response to legal criticism of the first version, which argued that Trump's ban amounted to little more than religious discrimination. It also opens the door to adding more countries. Trump will ask the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to determine whether any other countries (opens in new tab) should be included in future travel bans, the Daily Beast reported.

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"Witch hunts," everywhere

Donald Trump and a Russian official's rejection of the Jeff Sessions allegations are weirdly similar.

Trump went off on Twitter on Thursday night. In his tweet-storm, the POTUS attacked Democrats for what he called their "witch hunt (opens in new tab)" of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The tweets came several hours after Sessions held a news conference recusing himself from any investigation of the Trump campaign's ties with Russia.

Then, Friday morning, a Russian official seemed to agree (opens in new tab) with Trump's assessment. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov borrowed a phrase from Trump and told a Russian state media outlet that the investigation was a "witch hunt," Reuters reported.

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Trump is pretty much ignoring Sessions allegations

UPDATE (4:52 PM EST): Jeff Sessions held a news conference Thiursday afternoon where he announced that he would recuse himself from any investigation into Russia's actions during election season. In the conference, Sessions said "that since [he] had involvement with the campaign, [he] should not be involved in any campaign investigation."

UPDATE (2:38 PM EST): The president has spoken out. On Thursday, Trump reportedly said he has "total confidence" in Jeff Sessions and that he "doesn't think" the attorney general should recuse himself from the investigation into possible Russian activity.

ORIGINAL STORY: On Wednesday night, reports broke (opens in new tab) claiming that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with the Russian ambassador twice before the November election, despite saying he didn't during his confirmation hearing. Democrats are up in arms, demanding Sessions' resignation from his post. Even some Republicans are saying Sessions must, at a minimum, recuse himself from investigations into whether Russia attempted to interfere in the election.

One person not demanding answers, however, appears to be the president. In a statement Thursday morning, the White House denounced the allegations (opens in new tab), saying "This is the latest attack against the Trump Administration by partisan Democrats. General Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony."

And Trump hasn't spoken out on Twitter, either. His only tweet (so far) since the news broke was an early-morning message about the stock market.

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Trump signs two women-focused bills

The president signed two bills (opens in new tab) Tuesday to "empower women." The bills are H.R. 321, which "directs NASA to encourage women and girls to study science technology engineering, mathematics, and aerospace" and H.R. 255, which "authorizes the National Science Foundation to use existing entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women."

Trump's daughter Ivanka reportedly has been pushing for women-focused legislation. She released a statement about the bills, saying she "[looks] forward to working alongside [her] father to champion the economic empowerment of women and girls and encouraging gender diversity in STEM fields is critical to that mission."

Trump gives a presidential speech

Donald Trump gave a speech (opens in new tab) Tuesday night in front of a joint session of Congress, where he took a much more conciliatory tone than any speech to date. In his speech, Trump discussed a healthcare overhaul, rebuilding the military and asked both sides of the aisle to put aside their fights and work together.

One of the most emotional parts of his speech came as he addressed Carryn Owens (opens in new tab), the wife of Ryan Owens, who died in a raid in Yemen shortly after Trump took office.

But the speech was not devoid of his usual rhetoric: Trump also made some of his frequent claims (opens in new tab), suggesting immigration enforcement makes us safer (studies show it drives crime up), saying 94 million people are unemployed (a misleading statistic), and claiming most terrorists are foreign-born (that's false).

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White House will no longer contest Texas voter ID law

A lawyer for a voting rights group said Monday that the Justice Department told them it will no longer challenge Texas' voter ID law in court, the Associated Press reported (opens in new tab). The move represents an about-face from the Obama administration's stance; in 2013, former President Obama's government joined a lawsuit challenging the statute.

Last summer, a federal appeals court found that the law discriminates against minorities and the poor and ordered changes before the presidential election. The Trump administration's position under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not necessarily surprising. Voter ID laws generally are divided on strict party lines.

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Another one bites the dust

The president lost yet another one of his Cabinet appointees Sunday when Philip Bildren, his nominee for Secretary of the Navy, withdrew from consideration (opens in new tab). Bilden cited difficulties meeting the government's ethics guidelines and the financial sacrifice he would have to make as his reason for withdrawing. Bilden isn't the first Trump nominee to remove themself from the running; Trump's pick for Secretary of the Army, Vincent Viola, also dropped out (opens in new tab) over business interests earlier this month.

Rumors that Bilden would quit were first reported (opens in new tab) February 18 by CBS, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed on Twitter at the time that the report was false.

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Trump breaks up with the Correspondent's Dinner

Donald Trump is following in Ronald Reagan's footsteps by becoming the first president since to skip the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (opens in new tab). Of course, when Reagan bailed on the press, he was recovering from an assassination attempt. Trump announced his plans (opens in new tab) via Twitter on Saturday, writing "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

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The White House tries to literally stop the presses

The New York Times, CNN and Politico were among the news outlets banned (opens in new tab) from attending today's White House press briefing—an escalation of the already historically poor relations between the media and the Trump administration. Press secretary Sean Spicer handpicked which outlets would be allowed (opens in new tab) to attend an off-camera media huddle. NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News were allowed to attend, along with conservative outlets like the Washington Times and Breitbart, but other outlets chose to boycott the event.

The White House Correspondents Association released a statement (opens in new tab) condemning the action, saying "We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff."

Trump's CPAC speech, in a nutshell

The president spoke today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, and repeated some of his favorite talking points.

Trump used a large chunk of his speech to continue his attacks (opens in new tab) on the "mainstream media," to criticize NAFTA, suggest that Sweden's crime rate is going up (it's not (opens in new tab)), and claim that intelligence agency leaks are made up.

He also discussed the Affordable Care Act (opens in new tab), saying that "Obamacare covers very few people" and claiming that many Americans had their healthcare taken away from them. In reality, roughly 20 million (opens in new tab) Americans became insured under the Affordable Care Act, and there are no reliable studies suggesting that "many" people lost their healthcare plans.

Trump also spoke about Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, once again claiming that the agency endorsed him for president. Numerous outlets have debunked that claim; federal agencies cannot endorse political candidates. A union representing ICE employees did endorse Trump, but not the agency itself.

White House wants the FBI to help them handle the press... Sad!

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is in hot water after asking a top FBI official (opens in new tab) to dispute reports (opens in new tab) that Trump's campaign advisers were talking to Russian intelligence agents during the election. A White House official reportedly said Priebus made the request after hearing from the FBI (opens in new tab) that it believed a New York Times report detailing the allegations was inaccurate. The FBI has not taken a public stance on this issue.

Democrats are angry (opens in new tab) about the request, arguing that the contact was inappropriate. "The White House is simply not permitted to pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation of the president and his advisers," said Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, the AP reported.

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Trump makes it one whole (work) day without Twitter

Stop the presses. For the first time since taking office, Donald Trump made it a whole day without tweeting... sort of. The president was noticeably absent from Twitter until 5:53 PM on Thursday, when he broke his nearly 34-hour silence to tweet out a link to a Fox Business report about the stock market.

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Spicer says Trump will lift transgender bathroom protections

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today that Donald Trump will rescind federal guidelines (opens in new tab) allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. This would be a major reversal of an Obama administration policy that trans advocates say is necessary to protect transgender students. In a press conference, Spicer said (opens in new tab) "The president has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states' rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level."

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reportedly resisted the idea (opens in new tab) at first, until Trump sided with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and asked her to drop her objection. In addition to its impact on schools (opens in new tab) throughout the country, the new guidance could affect future Supreme Court cases, particularly one scheduled to be heard next month that involves a transgender student from Virginia who was denied bathroom access.

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Trump administration drastically expands deportation rules

The White House released expanded immigration guidelines (opens in new tab) today that will dramatically increase the number of people targeted for deportation. Under former President Obama, immigration officials focused their efforts of undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of violent crimes. The new directives target people who have been convicted of any crime, including those who "have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits," reported The New York Times (opens in new tab).

Bizarrely, administration officials reportedly confirmed that the U.S. plans to deport anyone who enters the country illegally from Mexico back there, even if they are not actually from Mexico (opens in new tab). The new guidelines will not affect people under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but the new policy is likely to result in a major increase in deportations.

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One month down

Monday marked the end of the chaotic first month of Donald Trump's presidency. In his first month in office, Trump has signed 23 executive orders (opens in new tab), the most notable being his Muslim travel ban, which is currently mired in court proceedings. He faced his first staff shakeup just 24 days in when his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned over controversial dealings (opens in new tab) with Russia. So far, he has spent one-quarter of his presidency (opens in new tab) in Florida, where he raised eyebrows for receiving a classified security briefing at a public dinner table at his Mar-a-Lago resort, and his campaign is under investigation (opens in new tab) by intelligence agencies for alleged collusion with Russia to hack the Democratic National Committee and influence the outcome of last year's election.

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#LastNightInSweden

The Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C. is asking the State Department for an explanation (opens in new tab) over comments Donald Trump made yesterday suggesting there was a terror attack in Sweden. During his rally in Florida, Trump discussed national security and said, "You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden."

The only problem is that nothing happened (opens in new tab) Thursday night in Sweden. After the rally, the hashtag "#LastNightInSweden" went viral, and former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt tweeted: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."

The White House has not yet clarified Trump's remarks.

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Trump begins campaigning for 2020, because that's a good use of his time

Although Donald Trump has been in office for less than a month, he's already kicked off his re-election campaign (opens in new tab). Despite a difficult week in the White House, Trump held a campaign-style rally (opens in new tab) in Florida on Saturday, where he doubled down on his feud with the media-at-large and reiterated his campaign promises. The rally drew roughly 9,000 (opens in new tab) to see Trump speak but garnered criticism (opens in new tab) for taking precious time away from his duties when the White House is in flux. Trump has not yet nominated a replacement for former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The event was hosted by his campaign group rather than the White House, which is highly unusual this early in a presidency. Trump filed paperwork for his re-election bid shortly after taking office. In contrast, it took former President Obama more than two years to file for his own re-election campaign.

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Trump tried to appoint Bob Harward, but he said no, no, no

Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down (opens in new tab) an offer Thursday from the Trump administration to become the new national security adviser. Harward was considered a top pick (opens in new tab) for Michael Flynn's vacated post, and had previously served as Defense Secretary Mattis' deputy when Mattis was in charge of U.S. Central Command. The White House said Friday that Harward turned down the offer because of the time commitment, but several (opens in new tab) news (opens in new tab) outlets are reporting that Harward was concerned about not being allowed to form his own team. The national security adviser role is often a highly sought-after position (opens in new tab), so Harward's rejection is notable.

Today's news conference was... interesting

Donald Trump held a news conference this afternoon where he attacked (opens in new tab) the media (again), falsely claimed that he won the election in a landslide (again), asked a veteran black reporter if she was friends with the Congressional Black Caucus (opens in new tab) and criticized intelligence agencies for their "absolutely real [leaks]" of fake news.

He also made bizarre comments about uranium (opens in new tab), asking reporters: "You know what uranium is, right? It's a thing called nuclear weapons and other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium, including some bad things."

Trump's conference was impromptu and puzzling, perhaps a harbinger of new media practices from the White House.

Trump set to announce new labor secretary pick

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump's labor secretary pick Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination, Trump is set to name a new one. He is expected to nominate (opens in new tab) Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University Law School. Acosta served as assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush, where he worked in the civil rights division. If confirmed, Acosta would be the first Hispanic member (opens in new tab) of Trump's Cabinet.

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Trump picks the option "both parties like" to solve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Donald Trump threw away decades of diplomatic policy (opens in new tab) on Wednesday when he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a joint conference, Trump said he was "looking at two-state and one-state" options to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before adding "I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like."

Of course, there is not really an option (opens in new tab) that "both parties like," which is part of the reason the conflict has lasted more than 50 years (opens in new tab). The Palestinians are unlikely to accept any deal that doesn't give them a sovereign state, and Netanyahu is facing pressure from far-right members of his government to annex parts of the West Bank. Trump, for his part, did tell Netanyahu (opens in new tab) during the conference that he wants Israel to stop expanding settlements while they work on a deal and emphasized that both sides will need to compromise. But this message is somewhat undercut by Trump's refusal to commit to a two-state solution.

Intelligence agencies reportedly withholding intel from Trump

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday (opens in new tab) that U.S. intelligence officials have withheld information from Donald Trump because "they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised." The report cites anonymous current and former officials (opens in new tab) and underscores that none of the sources know of an instance where information about security threats was withheld. This is not unheard of; intelligence agencies have withheld information from past presidents when they deemed it necessary to protect sources. What makes this instance different (opens in new tab) is the officials citing the president's discretion as their reason for withholding.

Andrew Puzder withdraws his labor secretary nomination

Donald Trump's secretary of labor nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination (opens in new tab) today, just one day before he was scheduled to appear before the Senate. Puzder, a fast-food executive, had been facing growing pushback (opens in new tab) from Senate Democrats and Republicans alike after several scandals. Among them: that his family once employed an undocumented immigrant (opens in new tab) and past abuse allegations (opens in new tab) that rocketed into the public sphere after Politico obtained tape from an episode of Oprah where his ex-wife accused Puzder (opens in new tab) of leaving "permanent" damage from physical abuse.

Puzder's withdrawal is the latest blow to the Trump administration, after a chaotic week that saw the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn less than one month into his tenure.

It wasn't just Michael Flynn

Several of Donald Trump's allies, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, were speaking with Russian officials (opens in new tab) during the election season, the New York Times reports. The "repeated contacts" between Trump allies and Russia were leaked by four current and former American officials, who intercepted the communications (opens in new tab) last year. Intelligence agencies have not yet found anything to suggest that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to interfere with the election, but the agencies were reportedly worried because of the amount of contact (opens in new tab) that came while Trump was speaking highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail.

Manafort strongly rejected (opens in new tab) these claims. "I have no idea what this is referring to" he said in a statement. "I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today." He then added, "It's not like these people wear badges that say, 'I'm a Russian intelligence officer.'"

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PSA: Do not shine cell phones at classified documents

Donald Trump is facing criticism from Democrats and security analysts after reports broke that he read sensitive documents in public (opens in new tab) at his Mar-a-Lago resort over the weekend. A member of the resort, Richard Agazio (who has since deleted his Facebook), posted photos online of Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviewing the documents at a dinner table (opens in new tab) while staff shined cell phones lights on them. As many have pointed out, aiming an internet-connected cell phone at classified documents is extremely inappropriate, as these devices' cameras and audio can be hacked. Furthermore, it's troublesome that Trump chose to receive classified information in a room full of his resort guests (opens in new tab), most of whom likely do not have security clearances.

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*Mike drop*

UPDATE (11:21 PM EST): National security adviser Michael Flynn abruptly resigned (opens in new tab) from office Monday night after the Justice Department told the White House it believed he could be subject to blackmail (opens in new tab) by Russian entities. Flynn was in office for less than a month when reports began to circulate that he had deliberately misled (opens in new tab) Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador prior to Trump's inauguration. Keith Kellogg (opens in new tab) will reportedly serve as the interim national security adviser until President Trump selects a new nominee (opens in new tab).

Trump loves Flynn, loves him not

No one really knows where President Trump stands on his national security adviser (opens in new tab), Michael Flynn. Late last week, reports surfaced suggesting Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation he had with Russia's ambassador about lifting sanctions. Since then, Trump's response—and the responses from his administration—have been mixed (opens in new tab). Trump first suggested Friday that he was unaware of the controversy (opens in new tab). Since then, several prominent members of his Cabinet have hedged, refusing to give a direct answer on whether Trump is considering replacing Flynn. Such an early staff shakeup would be very unusual, particularly because Trump has left the National Security Council with an unprecedented (opens in new tab) amount (opens in new tab) of vacant positions.

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Hundreds arrested in immigration raids around the U.S.

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants were arrested (opens in new tab) this week in raids across the country, marking the first major move toward enforcing President Trump's campaign promise to deport the 11 million people living in the U.S. without visas. The raids, which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) called "routine (opens in new tab)," targeted people living in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and the Carolinas.

Similar raids during the Obama administration targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal records. The new raids are different (opens in new tab), because ICE officials also rounded up immigrants with no convictions. In January, Trump broadened the criteria the Department of Homeland Security can use to target undocumented immigrants, allowing them to include people with minor or no criminal records (opens in new tab).

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Ninth Circuit says no to Trump's travel ban

The 9th Circuit Court is not here for Donald Trump's travel ban. In a unanimous decision (opens in new tab) released Thursday evening, the appeals court ruled againstthe government, meaning Trump's ban will remain suspended (opens in new tab). The court's decision said that the government "had not shown a likelihood of success on its merits," or, in other words, the appeals court doesn't believe the law will be upheld in court. Although this is a setback for Trump's travel ban, it is not expected to be the end of the legal battle over the executive order. The government is expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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The president has strong opinions about Nordstrom

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