Questionable measures Donald Trump took as US President in the past one year

Published: 09th November 2017 04:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2017 12:04 PM  

Donald Trump entered the White House as one of the most scandal-tarred presidents in American history—what his imbroglios may have lacked in depth, they made up in variety, encompassing legal, ethical, and sexual controversies.They ranged from racial discrimination to mafia connections, from petty hypocrisies to multimillion-dollar alleged frauds. In the one year since Trump has been president, some of those controversies have continued to shadow him. Here's a list of questionable things he did. (Photo | AFP)
Firing of FBI Director James comey: On 9th May 2017 Trump fired the FBI director James Comey who was overseeing the investigations on Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. (Photo | AFP)
Trump asked Comey to pledge his “loyalty” at a January 27 dinner, Comey associated disputed that. Trump then tweeted that Comey better hope there were not “tapes” (quotation marks his) of their conversations. (Photo Courtesy Twitter@RealDonaldTrump)
The firing of Michael Flynn: On November 17, shortly after Trump was elected, Flynn was named his national security adviser. There were reports that Flynn had spoken with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak prior to Trump’s inauguration about sanctions on Moscow, which Flynn denied. Flynn was fired on February 13, after it became clear he had lied to Vice President Pence about his conversations with Kislyak. (Photo | AFP)
Russian Interference in the 2016 election: Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chair was involved in the Russian interference of 2016 election. Paul Manafort is also the subject of several inquiries, and reports have pointed to mysterious millions flowing his way; he may register retroactively as a foreign agent under federal law. The Justice Department is reportedly seeking Manafort’s bank records. (Photo | AFP)
On 22nd December, Mr Trump tweeted his desire for the US, under his leadership, to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability'. Trump suggested a roughly tenfold increase in the American military's nuclear stockpile, during a slideshow given to him by the nation's top national security leaders, according to NBC News. In addition to raising troubling questions about the president's awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons, this report may also shed light on one of the more recent controversies from Trump's presidency. (Photo Courtesy Twitter@RealDonaldTrump)
Mr Trump repeatedly told rallies that he would build a “great wall on our southern border” – and that Mexico would pay for its construction. The “great border wall” was one of the most memorable political memes of the entire campaign. (Photo Courtesy Twitter@RealDonaldTrump)
Declared the mainstream media the “enemy of the American people.”: Trump’s tumultuous (and not terribly productive) first month only widened the chasm between the president’s grandiose self-conception and what he sees reflected back at him in the mirror of the mainstream press. And this gap has produced evermore extreme attempts to nullify the Fourth Estate. In late January, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon branded the mainstream media “the opposition party,” and suggested that it “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” (Photo Courtesy Twitter@RealDonaldTrump)
Muslim-majority countries where Donald Trump does business not included in travel ban: Foreign nationals from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen were barred from entering the US for 90 days on 26th June. But the list excludes several wealthier Muslim majority nations where the Trump Organisation has business interests. These include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Indonesia. (Photo | AFP)
Trump had said that he would 'cancel' the Paris Climate Agreement within 100 days of taking office. This has not happened and his senior advisers are now reportedly divided on whether it should. He has, however, made large strides in his pledge to reverse climate change regulations introduced by President Obama. He signed an executive order in March that reversed the Clean Power Plan, which had required states to regulate power plants, but had been on hold while being challenged in court. (Photo | AFP)
Referred to several different North Korean leaders as 'this gentleman.': Recently, Trump gave an interview to Fox News in which he suggested that North Korea has had the same leader for more than two decades: 'I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace, but you know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read Clinton’s book, he said, ‘Oh we made such a great peace deal,’ and it was a joke. You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody’s been outplayed, they’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman and we’ll see what happens. But I just don’t telegraph my moves.' (Photo | AFP)
Future of free trade uncertain: With his trade policies, Donald Trump has embarked on bringing about the biggest change to the way the US does business with the rest of the world for decades. He has threatened to scrap a number of existing free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico, which he blames for job losses. He has even suggested withdrawing the US from the World Trade Organisation. (Photo | AFP)
Iran nuclear accord in doubt: His administration has announced a review of the whole US policy towards Iran. This would take in not only Tehran's compliance with the nuclear deal but also its actions in the Middle East where it is a key player in the Syrian conflict and a rival of Saudi Arabia and Israel. (Photo Courtesy Twitter@RealDonaldTrump)
Mr Trump has repeatedly attacked the CIA in recent weeks, at one point comparing its behaviour to “Nazi Germany”. Relations have been particularly volatile ever since a US intelligence report concluded Russia had interfered with the election in order to help Mr Trump win. (Photo Courtesy Twitter@RealDonaldTrump)
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