Jan 2 ... President Trump refers to the Department of Justice as the 'deep state' and calls on it to investigate former FBI director James Comey and Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin.
Jan 6 ... Trump tweets: "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart."
Jan 11 ... President Trump, in a meeting with Senators Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL) regarding immigration law reform, refers to Haiti and African countries as "shit-hole countries" and expresses preference for immigrants from Norway.
Jan 20 ... Turkey's government is concerned about Kurds in Syria who believe that it is occupying territory that should be Kurdish. Turkey announces the beginning of a military offensive to capture a portion of northern Syria from Kurdish forces there.
Jan 30 ... In his State of the Union address, President Trumps says, "We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine ... Over the last year the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans." He added, "Our massive tax cuts [in December 2017] provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses ... We have ended the war on American Energy, and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world," and concluded, "As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail."
Feb 5 ... At a speech in Cincinnati, Trump complains of Democrats as "like death and un-American" in not applauding during his State of the Union speech," And he says, "we call that treason".
Feb 9 ... Kim Jong-un has wished South Korea well in hosting the Winter Olympics. Today, his sister attends the games. There is more friendship displayed. In women's hockey, the South and North as one team representing a united Korea play against Switzerland (and they lose). South Korea's President Moon accepts Kim Jong-un's invitation to visit the North. In the US some are worried about North Korea winning a propaganda victory.
Feb 14 ... In Parkland, Florida, Nikolas Cruz, age 19 (image) kills 17 students and staff members and injures 17 others at the high school he no longer attends. He will be described as intelligent but having had behavior issues. Cruz had said with bravado on video that his act would make him notorious.
Feb 23 ... President Trump announces new sanctions against North Korea, sanctions that target the country's shipping, trading companies and vessels.
Mar 4 ... In England, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia have been poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent. British police investigate amid speculation that Moscow is responsible.
Mar 5 ... Kim Jong-un tells South Korean officials visiting the North that his regime is willing to talk to the US about giving up nuclear weapons.
Mar 9 ... President Trump accepts an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting in May to discuss the denuclearization.
Mar 11 ... In China a constitutional change removes term limits for its leaders. President Xi is granted the status of "President for Life". (Xi is also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.)
Mar 14 ... In response to the mass killing in Parkland, Florida, thousands of high school students across the country participate in an organized protest they called the National School Walkout.
Mar 18 ... Putin is elected President for a fourth term.
Mar 19 ... German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejects President Trump's statement yesterday that Germany owes a financial debt to NATO.
Mar 23 ... In southern France, a 25-year-old French-Moroccan, Redouane Lakdim, goes on a shooting spree while declaring allegiance to the Islamic State and demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving suspect of the November 2015 Paris attacks. He kills three and wounds others.
Mar 24 ... In over 900 cities internationally, people participate in demonstrations against gun violence and mass shootings, calling for stronger gun control in the "March for Our Lives".
Mar 28 ... Kim Jong-un is in China at President Xi's request and, according to Chinese state media, Kim discusses giving up North Korea's nuclear weapons. Trump tweets that "In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all costs."
Mar 28 ... President Trump signs Executive Order 13783. The Harvard Law School Environmental & Energy Law Program describes it as "used to justify rolling back many climate and environmental protections in the interest of fossil fuel development."
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