October 8: White House denies any cooperation in Trump +++ investigation
The White House refuses any cooperation with the US House of Representatives in the investigation into President Donald Trump in the Ukraine affair. This was what the White House wrote in a letter to the Congress Chamber published in Washington on Tuesday night.
October 8: Reports: Trump government blocks witness statement in Ukraine affair
The government of US President Donald Trump has according to concurrent media reports, a top diplomats instructed not to testify in the Ukraine affair. It had given a corresponding statement of the Foreign Ministry to the US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, reported among others CNN on Tuesday, citing the lawyer from Sondland.
The Ambassador had been summoned to the House of Representatives for a hearing by the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee this Tuesday. The Democrats, who are currently investigating Trump's possible impeachment, could rate this as a hindrance to their investigation.
October 7: US judge Trump must present his tax return to the district attorney
A federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump must submit his tax returns to the district attorney in Manhattan for the past eight years. The US president had previously complained that it could do him “irreparable harm” should investigators receive the relevant documents.
But federal judge Victor Marrero rejected the lawsuit now. Even a US president is not immune to the law and a potential prosecution, it was said to justification – Trump had always said exactly the opposite. According to the Washington Post, the ruling states, among other things, that “this tribunal can not endorse categorical and unlimited assertion of the President's immunity to legal proceedings.”
Trump's lawyers told the “Post” on Friday that they would challenge the verdict.
The decision is based on investigations by Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, in connection with any possible hush-busting charges that were allegedly made in 2016 by Trump's potential affairs. Evidence for this should be found, inter alia, in his tax return. The judicial authorities had requested the transfer of all relevant documents from the tax consultancy Mazars USA, where Trump, his family and their joint real estate company are registered as customers.
October 7: Trump describes Pelosi and ship as criminals and cheats
On Sunday it was announced that apparently still wants to testify a second whistleblower in the Ukraine affair against Donald Trump (the star ) reported. Afterwards, the US President once again fired on US House of Representatives Democratic spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. On Twitter, he wrote that Schiff had betrayed and lied to Congress and the American people, and Pelosi had known about it. He referred to Pelosi as “Nervous Nancy” and ship as “Shifty Adam Ship”. The two had met “illegally” with a partisan whistleblower.
That would make both guilty crimes and even betrayals. “I suppose that means that together with all those who have maliciously collaborated with them, they must immediately be removed from office,” Trump concluded his tirade.
October 3: Trump wants his own news channel – and disturbs the Voice of Amercia
Donald Trump said during a speech at The Vilagges, Florida, that his administration was thinking about setting up its own news channel. The US President CNN and the other want to oppose him disagreeable media something, reports the US political website “The Hill”. “CNN really seems to have a voice out there,” Trump quotes, “and that's a terrible thing for our country.” The US president has been at loggerheads with critical commentators since the first day of his term – all front CNN. “We should get some really talented people and have a real voice out there,” said Trump.
What the President apparently forgot: The US government has had its own media voice since 1942: Voice of America (VOA), the foreign broadcaster of the United States. A reporter from the station responded to the words Trump. “Despite his remarks, the president should be aware of the fact that Voice of America is still there,” tweeted Steve Herman, office manager for the White House news platform. In addition, according to the report, he also distributed a statement from the station's director, Amanda Bennett: “VOA has been and is proud of its mission to provide objective, credible news and information to countries around the world that have no other access to it, and America To tell a story abroad. “
But Trump seems more likely to have a voice that tells his story inland. He misses the latest since he himself is no longer satisfied with his favorite station Fox News.
October 3: Ukraine investigates gas company for which Biden son Hunter has worked
Ukraine's judicial authorities are scrutinizing the affairs of gas company Burisma, for which Joe Biden's son has worked occasionally. This was announced by the Ukrainian Attorney General Ruslan Ryaboschapka, but pointed out that the affairs under investigation probably have nothing to do with Hunter Biden. The opposition in Washington blames US President Donald Trump for abusing the Ukrainian leadership to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter – and thus used his office for personal political interests. On Thursday, Trump also calls on China to take action against Joe Biden.
October 2: Sushi restaurant in Trump Hotel awarded Michelin star
Culinary award for a hotel by fast-food fan Donald Trump: The sushi restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington has been awarded a star by the Gastronomy Bible Guide Michelin. The restaurant headed by chef Daisuke Nakazawa is “worth a stop,” says the new Michelin edition for the US capital, which was released on Tuesday.
The “intimate and elegant” restaurant in the US President's hotel convinced the testers with its emphasis on “quality, seasonal food and technology”. The sushi restaurant claims to offer about a 20-course meal. If you want to taste it, you have to reserve seats one month in advance.
September 30: Majority of Americans Support Trump Impeachment Trial According to Survey
In recent months, the majority of US citizens have been skeptical about an impeachment proceeding against US President Donald Trump. However, this trend seems to be turning now, as a survey by pollster YouGov on behalf of TV broadcaster CBS suggests. According to this, 55 percent of the Americans surveyed are in favor of the Democrats' proposal to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump, while 45 percent are against it.
The survey, which was published on Sunday, also shows how much agreement or disapproval depends on party affiliation. Thus, 87 percent of Democratic supporters advocate an impeachment procedure, while 77 percent reject the Republican camp.
A majority of respondents (42 percent), based solely on the information that has been disclosed so far, believe that Trump is actually deposed. 36 percent are not of this opinion. 22 percent think it's still too early to decide.
September 27: US House of Representatives again votes against Trump's declaration of emergency
In the dispute over a wall on the US border with Mexico after the Senate and the House of Representatives again voted against the imposition of President Donald Trump emergency. The Democratic-dominated Congressional Chamber voted 236 to 174 votes for a resolution that would end the state of emergency. Several Republican MPs joined the Democrats in the vote. However, Trump is likely to veto it, as he did a few months ago. This in turn could only be overruled by a two-thirds majority in both Congress chambers – and that is not in sight. The Congress may put a vote on an emergency declaration every six months on the agenda.
September 26: Trump, according to whistleblower, wanted “interference” from abroad at Election 2020
In the Ukraine affair, the US House of Representatives' intelligence committee has released the whistleblower's complaint against US President Donald Trump. In the partially edited document, the informant writes that Trump has used his power as US president to put pressure on foreign leaders. He wanted to influence the presidential elections in 2020. That means a “risk to national security,” writes the previously unidentified intelligence officials.
The whistleblower also accuses the White House of trying to cover up the text of a telephone conversation between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Selenskyj.
Here you can read the report of the whistleblower in the original.
September 24: Trump raises serious charges against rival Biden and his son
In the debate over a controversial Ukraine phone call, US President Donald Trump has violently attacked democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. Trump again denounced allegations that he had tried to use the lever of the Ukrainian government to harm Biden's son – and thus his potential challenger Biden. Instead, Trump made serious allegations against the two: “Joe Biden and his son are corrupt,” Trump said on the sidelines of political talks at the United Nations in New York. The lying media did not want to report about it because the two are Democrats, he complained.
If a Republicans ever did what Biden did, then he would have landed in the electric chair, said Trump, himself a Republican. It is measured with two different measures. Trump assured him he had done nothing wrong. His phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj was “great” and “honorable”. He also did not press anyone.
For days in the US, a telephone conversation between Trump and Selenskyj causes great excitement. US media reported Friday that Trump had told Selenskyj several times in a July meeting to work with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Joe Biden's son Hunter. The son of ex-US Vice President worked at times for a Ukrainian company.
September 21: Affair for alleged “promise”: Biden puts pressure on Trump
In the affair of an allegedly inappropriate “promise”, the Democratic presidential candidate and ex-vice-president Joe Biden put pressure on US President Donald Trump. Biden asked Trump on Friday (local time) to “immediately” publish a transcript of the controversial telephone conversation about which an intelligence official had filed a complaint after media reports on Trump's statements to an internal control authority. Trump had described the matter on Friday as “ridiculous”.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing those familiar with the case, that Trump, in a phone call in July, repeatedly called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj to work with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate. These are allegations that touch Joe Biden and especially his son Hunter. Hunter Biden worked for a Ukrainian company.
If the reports were true, “Trump's willingness to abuse his power and humiliate our country” goes to the bottom, Biden said in a statement. Such “unequivocal corruption” is a pity for government institutions, which would become “tools of personal political revenge”.
In Washington, the intelligence officer's complaint hit high waves. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, spoke of an incident that raised “serious and urgent questions for our national security.” The congress had a closed hearing on Thursday, with a public meeting scheduled for next week. However, the government has so far withheld specific information on the complaint. The Inspector General of Intelligence classified the complaint as credible.
“It was a perfectly appropriate conversation,” Trump defended in the White House on Friday, accusing the informant of being partisan. He does not know his identity. At the request of journalists, whether it was in the contentious conversation about Biden, Trump said: “It does not matter what I've discussed.” Previously, Trump's lawyer at CNN had admitted that he had encouraged Ukraine to investigate allegations against the Bidens.
Biden is among the favorites among Democratic US presidential candidates. If the 76-year-old wins the internal party selection process, he would compete against the Republican Trump in the presidential election next year.
September 18: Trump appoints new National Security Advisor
Former US Secretary of State for Negotiations on the Release of Hostages, Robert O'Brien, will become the new White House National Security Advisor. US President Donald Trump announced the appointment of O'Brien via the short message service Twitter. He has worked “long and hard” with O'Brien, who will do a “great job” on his new job.
O'Brien succeeds John Bolton, whom Trump was dissatisfied with and had to leave the government last week. Bolton represented, among other things in the policy towards Iran and North Korea, a much tougher line than the president.
O'Brien will be the fourth National Security Advisor during the Trump presidency. He is taking office at a time when tensions between the US and Iran have again intensified dramatically due to the recent air strikes on two Saudi Arabian oil plants. For the Bolton successor, among other things, the US Ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, was traded.
18 September: Trump announces significant tightening of Iran sanctions
After attacks on important oil installations in Saudi Arabia, US President Donald Trump wants to “significantly strengthen” the sanctions against Iran. He told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to get it started, Trump said on Twitter. He did not provide further information at first. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran directly on the attacks. The attacks sparked fears of a military escalation in the Middle East.
The US government has already imposed extensive sanctions on Iranian banks, oil and gas companies, the country's arms program, and government and military officials. At first, it was not clear what additional sanctions Trump had in mind. Foreign Minister Pompeo wanted to discuss the Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the port city of Jeddah on a response to the attacks.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry once again rejected any responsibility in an official letter to the US. “Iran has nothing to do with the attack,” says the letter sent to the United States via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. “If a (military) action should be taken against Iran, we will respond immediately and the dimensions would not be limited,” the letter quoted by the Irna news agency said.
Since the unilateral termination of the nuclear agreement by the US government over a year ago, tensions between Washington and Tehran have continued to increase. The US wants to use harsh sanctions and a policy of “maximum pressure” to persuade Iran to agree to a new deal with stricter conditions and stop supporting terrorist groups in the region.
September 17: Procuratorate requests Donald Trump's tax records
He has nothing to hide, but only achievements. With these words, Donald Trump promised to publish his tax return in the 2016 election campaign – just as the US president does in terms of transparency. But until today the public in the United States is waiting for the release.
The prosecutor in Manhattan wants to know it but finally. According to a report by the AP news agency, investigators at Mazars USA, which deals with Trump's tax affairs, have requested the release of Trump's statements from the past eight years. Already end of August the request should have gone out. The occasion of the new investigation should be investigations in the context of silent payments to the porn actress Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump is said to have had an affair.
The agency wants to know if repayments to Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who has since been sentenced to imprisonment, over $ 130,000 to Stormy Daniels, have violated laws – for example, by misrepresenting them as legal fees. However, the investigation led by prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr., the son of former US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance under President Jimmy Carter, is more likely to make Trump's tax records non-public in the foreseeable future.
September 15: Ivanka Trump wants to have inherited moral compass from her father
To Donald Trump, many adjectives come to mind, but “few” are likely to be “moral”. After all, the US president is known for not taking it very well with classical moral principles such as truthfulness and marital fidelity. His daughter Ivanka seems to see it quite differently.
When she was asked at a fundraising event in August what she had learned from her parents, she had an interesting answer, reports Politico. So she said she learned from her mother how to become a successful and powerful woman. By contrast, she inherited her moral compass from her father.
Whether she really sees it or only wanted to inspire the donors, probably only Ivanka knows.
September 14: Trump explains his orange skin tone – with energy-saving lamps
Many jokes have already been made about Donald Trump's skin tone: The US president generally looks slightly orange-red. Now, at a Baltimore Republican dinner party, he had his own explanation for this: energy-saving lamps. “The light is not good, I always look orange, and so do you, the light is just the worst,” the president said.
The bizarre explanation has a very serious background. Trump's government plans to ease the stringent guidelines for energy consumption of light bulbs. The modern lamps are simply too expensive to buy, and they also let dangerous substances escape when they go kaput, says Trump. He did not consider the high savings due to the lower energy consumption.
September 13: Trump declares e-cigarette problem a top priority – and uses Melania's son as justification (which is also his)
Fancy flavors for e-cigarettes are to be banned by the US government in the United States. President Donald Trump announced “very strict” regulations for manufacturers at the White House in Washington on Wednesday and described the use of e-cigarettes as a “big problem”. Shortly before, US authorities had reported another death due to the use of e-cigarettes – now the sixth.
Trump repeatedly pointed out the risks of smoking e-cigarettes: “We can not let people get sick.” Ostensibly, the proposed ban was justified not with the deaths become known, but with the increasing consumption by minors. So also first lady Melania Trump had come across the topic. She had already voiced her concern about the consumption of children's e-cigarettes a few days ago. Reason: “She has a son,” as Trump explained. And pushed another “together” afterwards. Because Barron, 13, is their son together. However, the US President sounded aloof as he talked about the “wonderful, young man” who inspired Melania to appeal.
September 11: US media: Ambassador Grenell in the race as Bolton's successor
After the expulsion of hardliner John Bolton, US President Donald Trump must seek a new National Security Advisor – the fourth in his term. Several US media reported that among the possible candidates is the current US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell. Trump had fired Bolton on Tuesday, surprisingly because of substantive disagreements via Twitter.
Trump has announced to appoint a new National Security Advisor next week. Until a successor to Bolton's former deputy Charlie Kupperman take over the office executive. Trump and Bolton have always been cross over the past few months.
US media cited a number of potential candidates for Bolton succession. These include US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, or Special Representative for North Korea, Steve Biegun. Both CNN and Fox News, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal mention Grenell. He had made a name for himself as Trump's representative in Europe in recent months. In Germany it was criticized that Grenell often acted little diplomatically. Among other things, the 52-year-old had asked German companies last year to withdraw from Iran.
September 11: US President Trump calls central bankers “dumbfounded”
The attacks of US President Trump on the US Federal Reserve are getting more and more under the belt. In a Twitter post on Wednesday Trump called the central bankers as “fools”. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues are “naïve”. Background is once more from the point of view of Trump too high interest rates in the US, which in his opinion goes to the bank's account.
Trump called on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates to zero – or even lower. Then you should start to refinance the debt. Probably Trump refers to the US government debt of more than $ 22 trillion. It is due to the naivety of Powell that the US could not do what other countries already do. The US missed the opportunity to reschedule for much lower interest rates for “fools,” Trump said.
It's not the first time Trump has dealt Powell (read more below).
September 10: US President Trump dismisses his security adviser Bolton
US President Donald Trump has fired his security adviser John Bolton. Trump justified this in the short message service Twitter that he had disagreed with many positions Boltons. Bolton, who served as National Security Advisor at the White House since the spring of 2018, is a foreign policy hardliner.
September 10: By-election in North Carolina becomes test for Donald Trump
In the midst of yet another delicate period of his presidency (allegations of corruption, North Korea testing weapons, Iran threatening armaments, economic slowdown), Donald Trump's policies will be voted on Tuesday. In North Carolina, a seat for the House of Representatives has to be rededicated after allegations of electoral fraud had become loud. The district is actually considered a stronghold of the Republicans – but in the polls, the Democratic challenger Dan McCready had caught up strongly, so that President Trump was forced to drum at election events aloud for his candidate. The by-election is considered a test of satisfaction with Trump's course. In the nationwide polls, a majority of Americans continue to reject him. A defeat in the conservative land would be a slap in the face for the US president.
September 9th: Trump's “no-visit” cost Denmark's police dearly
The preparation of the canceled visit by US President Donald Trump in Copenhagen has cost the Danish police about DKK 4 million (€ 536,000). This was reported by Danish Radio on Monday. “Expenses include compensation for vacation cancellations, cancellations of booked accommodation, operating costs for equipment and materials, and planning times,” according to the files of the Reich Police.
Not counting the expenses of the security service, the military, the Copenhagen airport and the royal house, which had also prepared for the high visit from the United States. Trump had canceled his trip twelve days before the planned arrival in early September, because the Danish government did not want to negotiate with him for a sale of Greenland. In Denmark, the cancellation caused great outrage. Only Queen Margrethe was not snuffed. “It can happen that you have to cancel a visit,” she said. Your invitation would continue.
The bottom line, however, was more favorable for Denmark: According to estimates by the police, the execution of the state visit would have cost 33 million crowns (4.4 million euros).