Taking It in the Trump: Everything the President Did This Week (June 4, 2017)

Trump continues to sink the global reputation of the U.S., this time by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Taking It in the Trump: Everything the President Did This Week (June 4, 2017)

When Donald Trump was still on the campaign trail, the then-candidate continued to spew his nationalist “America First” rhetoric. It was unclear at the time, but it’s become increasingly obvious that he plans to put the country ahead by isolating it from the rest of world. As he continues to ridicule close allies and cozy up with dictators, Trump has sent the U.S. political landscape into an unprecedented tailspin. This past week, the president made the controversial decision to pull out of The Paris Agreement, a widely respected global pact to help curb the effects of climate change. While his antics continue to tarnish America’s international reputation, the FBI investigation into Russian election collusion creeps closer towards the Oval Office. As per usual, there’s been a lot of headlines revolving around the Trump administration. To help you keep up-to-date, we’ve got a recap of everything the president did over the past week.         

Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Climate Accord

  • The biggest news of the week involves Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, an international treaty created in 2015 that aims to curb the effects of climate change. As a key promise on the campaign trail, the president seems dead set on undoing every accomplishment made by his predecessor Barack Obama. During the announcement of the highly controversial withdrawal, Trump called the agreement unfair to the United States, and would lead to "massive redistribution of United States wealth" to other countries. Now, America will join the war torn nation of Syria, as well as Nicaragua, which rejected the accord for not going far enough to fight climate change, as the only countries not to agree to the treaty. He has since promised to try and renegotiate the treaty in order to negotiate “a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers."

  • Although a majority of the world is in disagreement with Trump on the Paris Climate Accord, a select few GOP congressmen have good reason to stand behind the president’s choice. In fact, 22 Republican Senators wrote a letter urging Trump to withdraw from the global pact, including Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul. According to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, these select few politicians have received a combined total of $10,694,284 from the fossil fuel industry.

  • The decision to shun climate change on an international level has already started to backfire on Donald. After he announced the country’s withdrawal, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger both resigned from the president’s business advisory council over the matter. Musk, who is deeply invested in renewable energy, had previously threatened to quit if Trump pulled the U.S. out of the treaty. He took to Twitter to voice his disagreement.

Former FBI Director James Comey Set to Testify Before Senate

  • Though it’s only been a few weeks since Mr. Trump announced that he was firing FBI Director James Comey, the constant controversy surrounding the Trump administration makes it feel like it happened ages ago. Next week, Comey will be back in the spotlight for a public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The former intelligence chief is expected to confirm the bombshell accusation that the president pressured him to drop the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling of the 2016 election, which could be construed as obstruction of justice.

  • In addition, sources recently revealed that Democratic Senators previously asked Comey to investigate U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury. According to CNN, concerns have been raised that the former Alabama Senator may have conducted another undisclosed meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador the U.S., prior to Trump inauguration. Sessions was forced to recuse himself from overseeing the Russian investigation after it was discovered that he met with Kislyak twice during the 2016 election.

FBI Probe Creeps Closer to Trump

  • Last week, Trump’s son-in-law and closest advisor Jared Kushner became the new focus of the investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign. Now, the spotlight has spread to the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who has become a focus of the expanding congressional investigation into possible collusion. The longtime Trump attorney confirmed that Congress has asked him “to provide information and testimony” about any contacts he had with people connected to the Russian government. However, Cohen has denied the invitation to answer some critical questions. On top of that, British politician and staunch Brexit supporter Nigel Farage has also become a “person of interest” in the counterintelligence investigation.

  • On Thursday, reports surfaced that the Trump administration was looking to lift sanctions on Russia just days after the inauguration. One former US official claimed that the president would have given the Russians "exactly what they wanted in exchange for absolutely nothing."

  • Sources have also revealed that prior to the 2016 election, the Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about Trump and some of his top aides. U.S. intelligence agency reportedly intercepted this information while Trump was still campaigning, and could fuel credibility to the infamous dossier on Trump.

In Other News...  

  • In other newsworthy happenings surrounding the Trump administration... after a devastating terror attack took place in London over the weekend, the president wasted no time in politicizing the event to promote his judicially opposed executive order that would ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries. After the attack, which left at least seven dead and scores more injured, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tried to instill calmness in his constituents, stating that “Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.” Shortly after, Trump took the mayor’s message out of context, attacking him on Twitter for attempting to quell the fears of Londoners. “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'” Trump disgracefully tweeted.  

  • After just three months of spinning Trump’s unpopular policies, White House communications director Mike Dubke has announced his resignation from the administration. The seasoned Republican strategist is reportedly leaving on good terms, but his sudden leave amplifies rumors that the president is questioning staff shakeups. For now, White House press secretary Sean Spicer will hold onto his job, but will host fewer media briefings.  

  • This past week, it was revealed that the president has been urging world leaders to reach out to him through his personal cell phone. Not only does this unprecedented request break diplomatic protocol, it also raises immense security concerns. U.S. officials claim that Trump has told both Canada and Mexico to communicate with him through this unsecure line.   

Covfefe-Gate

  • Despite the ongoing Russian investigation and the country’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement, the entire world was distracted by a very bizarre tweet that Trump sent out on Wednesday at midnight. “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” the president posted to his social media account, causing a viral storm of criticism and jokes surround the illogical message. The tweet remained online for six hours, causing the word “covfefe” to spread across the internet into every meme around. Here are a couple favorites:

Written on June 04, 2017 by

Tyler Koslow

Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer with an intensive focus on technology, music, pop culture, and of course, cannabis and its impending legalization.