Jan-Feb-Mar 2017

Jan 20 ... In his Inaugural Address, Trump says:

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Jan 24 ... President Trump reverses the Obama administration's halt on the Keystone oil pipelines.

Jan 27 ... President Trump has a one-on-one dinner with FBI Directory James Comey. News reports will describe Trump as asking Comey to pledge loyalty to him and Comey failing to comply, believing it would be a breach of his responsiblities and ethics.

Jan 30 ... The Kingdom of Morocco back in 1975 annexed the Western Sahara (to be called Sahrawi) when Spain ended its colonial rule there. A war between those proclaiming independence (the Sahrawi indigenous Polisario Front) and Morocco has resulted in thousands of displaced Sahrawis and an estimated 20,000 deaths. The United Nations and none of Morocco's neighbors, most importantly Algeria, have not accepted Morocco's annexation. Everybody is looking forward to resolution of the conflict. Morocco has announced the withdrawal of it forces from a UN buffer zone. Three decades after Morocco split from the African Union that body accepts Morocco's readmisson.

Feb 2 ... Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, declares to the Security Council that sanctions imposed on Russia after its annexation of Crimea would remain in place, and she condemns Russia's recent "aggressive actions" in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 7 ... President Trump confirms his support of NATO to Spain's Prime Minister Rajoy and to Turkey's President Erdoğan.

Feb 9 ... President Trump meets with China's President Xi Jinping and agrees to continue US recognition that there is one China not two (as in including Taiwan).

Feb 15 ... Trump calls on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to "hold back" on the construction of settlements in the West Bank.

Feb 17 ... President Trump tweets:

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBC News and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!

Feb 20 ... The Stock Exchange and a major bank in Saudia Arabia each name a woman as their chief executive.

Feb 21 ... President Trump, visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, says, "... we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms." He adds, "The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil."

Feb 22 ... The Trump administration rescinds the bathroom policy (created during the Obama presidency). Transgender students are no longer protected by law to use facilities that corresponds with their gender identity.

Mar 10 ... The UN warns that up to 20 million people are at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Mar 19 ... Germany's Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, rejects Trump's statement that Germany owes a financial debt to NATO.

Mar 22 ... In London a 52-year-old Briton, born Adrian Russell Ajao, drives a car into pedestrians injuring more than fifty and killing five. He is reported to have claimed in a final text message that he was waging jihad in revenge for Western military action in Muslim countries in the Middle East.

Mar 28 ... President Trump signs Executive Order 13783 removing consideration of climate change during deliberations under the National Environmental Policy Act. It removes restrictions on fracking and it directs the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend, revise or abolish the Clean Power Plan.

Mar 30 ... The US Senate reverses an Obama administration rule that prevented states from withholding family-planning dollars from Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortions. Vice President Pence supplied the tie-breaking vote. No Senate Democrat supported the resolution. Neither did Senator Collins (R-Maine) or Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska).


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