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Questions tagged [donald-trump]

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America. Use for questions specific to Donald Trump or his policies. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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Has a world leader been laughed at while addressing the UN General Assembly before?

Donald Trump was reportedly laughed at by delegates while addressing the United Nations General Assembly: In one of the more remarkable moments in the history of the annual UN summit, the chamber ...
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Why is Trump calling to OPEC for lowering the oil price?

Trump just called OPEC to lower the oil price for the USA: We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher ...
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What declassification is Trump considering?

Yesterday President Trump tweeted this: The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy - & they don’t know what to do. The Economy is booming like never ...
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Why would invoking the 25th amendment cause a constitutional crisis?

The recent opinion piece in the New York Times has two claims that I can't reconcile: Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States The constitutional crisis caused by invoking the 25th ...
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Are there some systematic attempts to evaluate how pro-Christian-Right presidential policies have been?

I read an opinion piece in USA Today stating basically that Trump is the best president ever (eletcted, insofar) for the Christian right: Never has the religious right had such a strong friend and ...
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Has there been an increase in cynical (or realpolitik-y) US public opinion of politicians since Trump took power?

The BBC ran a piece with some anecdotal evidence among Trump's supporters endorsing or at least acknowleding statements about unethical behavior for all politicians. Is the US public now more widely ...
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Has there been any EU reaction to Trump's threat to put a 25% tariff on all EU cars?

The threat of (more) US tariffs on EU cars has been making the news again today: President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that the U.S. would slap a 25 percent tariff on cars coming from the ...
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Is there any indication that the Euro rate is being politically manipulated?

In a recent (August 20, 2018) interview for Reuters about international politics, the president of the United States of America Donald J. Trump stated (emphasis mine): ON CHINA AND EUROPEAN UNION ...
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Is the US President empowered to unilaterally revoke security clearance of sitting members of congress?

From what little I've learned recently there is a procedure to revoke security clearance for anyone. That procedure involves establishing a justifiable rationale for the revocation. However, ...
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What's Trump frustration with the WTO?

I read in a June 2018 news piece that: The White House's legislative director, Marc Short, said that Trump was frustrated with the WTO but that he was not aware of any plan to get the US out of the ...
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Is paying for ex-staff's silence a legal use of campaign funds?

The Trump administration reportedly requires outgoing staff members to sign NDAs (NYT).1,2 Also reported, these agreements provide the staff member a $15,000 per month payment (NYT) for their silence. ...
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Was attending the meeting by Trump Jr., Kushner or Manafort, an “act to effect the object of the conspiracy” within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 371?

18 U.S. Code § 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United ...
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Does the Trump tower meeting differ from standard opposition research?

As events of the Trump tower meeting unfold, President Trump has repeatedly cast the meeting in the light of a typical attempt at opposition research. Previously he has said: "I think from a ...
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Has Trump has set any benchmark for winning the trade war(s)? [duplicate]

It's well known that Trump said that: 'Trade wars are good, and easy to win'. But unlike in a conventional war, how do you know when you've won a trade war? And I mean this question to be answered ...
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What were Trump's specific accusations justifying imposing tariffs against China?

President Trump repeatedly talked about China's unfair trade practices. What were those? Do other countries like China install unfair trade guidelines? Or, is China being targeted "unfairly"?
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Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? [closed]

In this age of information and mobile phones with Google in our pocket, I ask myself, and hereby you: Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? I guess that a lot of what a politician says ...
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What *known* role did foreign nations have in organizing anti-Trump demonstrations [closed]

There was a number of anti-Trump demonstrations in the US (aka "the resistance") during his 1st year in office. I don't know if anyone has publicized what role the following countries had in ...
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Donald Trump on the Irish border?

It's well known that Donald Trump is an advocate of (a fairly hard) Brexit, along the lines of the UK taking back control of its borders (a topic that meshes well with Trump's domestic policy on ...
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Did Vladimir Putin state that Trump is a puppet?

Weeks ago I read in an opinion news paper article whose author said that Vladimir Putin thought that all the USA presidents he had met were just "mere puppets". There is also a video interview in ...
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Has Trump ever criticized the human-rights record of any country after he became president?

The Guardian has an article about Trump not wanting to criticize North Korea's human rights record before their summit, which is perhaps undestandable from a realpolitk perspective. I want to know if ...
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Did the Trump administration condemn or express worry about the Turkish purges?

I checked the Wikipedia article on the topic of the purges and I see that the Obama administration, as well some EU & European national governments' officials have expressed various levels of ...
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Has Trump's position on the existence of Russian meddling been consistent (in the past few months)?

The latest news is that: [Journalist:] Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. ...
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Was any official explanation provided for Trump defending Russia over FBI?

According to BBC, US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election: After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr ...
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Can translators be subpoenaed?

For instance, could the translator who was in the room with Putin and Trump be subpoenaed to testify as to what Trump said to Putin? Let's say the U.S. determines it to be a matter of national ...
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Why is President Trump ending affirmative action in college admissions so controversial?

It was recently announced that: The Trump administration is expected to tell schools not to consider race in the admissions process, discontinuing the policy former President Barack Obama adopted ...
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Has the White House explained why President Trump connected the NSA data deletion to the Russia investigation?

The National Security Agency (NSA) just deleted all the phone call metadata it has collected since 2015, because it found that it inadvertently collected metadata that it wasn’t authorized to collect. ...
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Has DHS or CBP commented on stopping criminal referrals of illegal entries by families?

The Washington Post just published a story quoting a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official who says that in response to President Trump’s new executive order about family separation,...
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Trump's pre-election claims. How many are in progress? [closed]

Trump's pre-election company was bright. There were big pre-election claims: breaking disadvantageous deals wall on Mexican border removing 'Obamacare' moving embassy to Jerusalem new workplaces for ...
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Do either the Feinstein bill or the Cruz bill repeal Trump's zero tolerance policy on immigration?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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Can the Trump adminstration undo the Flores consent decree?

In 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to a settlement in a case called Flores vs. Reno. Among other things, this settlement prohibits unaccompanied children who have crossed the border from ...
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Do any European politicians advocate shutting down American bases in Europe?

The USA has military bases all over the world (including in some EU countries such us Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece) which is expensive to their economy. List of military bases here. On ...
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Searching for an explanation of the following Trump tweet about phone taps

Does anybody understand what Trump was referring to in the following 3/4/17 tweet: How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/...
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How would Donald Trump benefit from a commuted sentence for Rod Blagojevich?

Recently, US President Donald Trump suggested that he has considered commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Personally, I'm a bit confused by this suggestion for a few ...
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How does the Trump administration compare and contrast to historically fascist regimes? [closed]

The Trump administration has been referred to as fascist or proto-fascist or neo-fascist by a number of intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky. In this question I am specifically referring to the use of ...
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What are the consequences of Trump lying on a financial disclosure form?

The media are currently full of articles, like this one saying that D.J. Trump could be in trouble for not disclosing payments to Stormy Daniels. Without getting into details of who did or did not do ...
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How exactly does Donald Trump's administration benefit Russia in 2017-2018?

There is widespread consensus that Donald Trump was put into power by the Russians. If this is true, his administration must do some favors for Russia. For example, if Donald Trump lifted sanctions ...
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Who negotiated the release of the prisoners out of North Korea?

On the 10th of May 2018, three prisoners, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, were released from North Korea. Did anyone negotiate for the release or was it just a show of goodwill by Kim Jong-...
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How much influence has Donald Trump had on current efforts to improve relations with North Korea?

Recently it has been reported that: Kim Jong-un has pledged a "new history" in relations with his neighbour as he became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea since the end of the ...
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What type of corruption did Trump campaign against?

In conversation with a young person recently, I mentioned that Washington, DC, had a lot of corruption when I lived there, e.g. if you couldn't get a building permit on the up and up, you could get ...
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Donald Trump's wealth after becoming president

What is the effect of being president on a person's net worth? I am most interested in the current president. And any possible reasons.
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Is Fox News correct that Mueller shouldn't be going after a campaign finance violation?

I'm anti-Trump, just to get that out of the way, but I'm also curious about the legal aspects. I hope this falls enough under political and not legal but if you think it's better for the legal board,...
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What would have been the aim of Theresa May refusing to join the strike on Syria? [closed]

The UK is one of the main NATO members. It seems to me that Western countries almost always act in a block. Why is the UK stepping back from the line? Does she not want to burn jets in Russian fire? ...
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Attorney client privilege in the Trump and Clinton investigations

In the wake of the FBI raid on his attorney, President Trump has said that attorney-client privilege is dead. Undoubtedly that is an exaggeration, but it brings up a fair question: Has attorney-...
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Trump and the US Media Overton Window

Have there been any studies that provide qualitative or quantitative information about how the Trump presidency has shifted the Overtone Window in the US mainstream media? Likewise, has there been ...
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The Donald Trump Sex Tape Significance [closed]

With all the news about the "alleged" affair Donald J. Trump had with the porn star Stormy Daniels cheating on his wife one has to wonder..... Disclaimer: Donald Trump strongly denies all ...
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Why was President Trump congratulating Putin on winning the election heavily criticized?

According to The Guardian, President Trump was subject to criticism over his decision to congratulate President Putin on winning Russian elections in 2018: Donald Trump defended himself against ...
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Trump administration and the war in Yemen

What is the Trump administration’s stance on Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen? Does it differ from that of the previous administration?
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What effect did Russia have on Trump winning the Republican primaries?

There appears to be clear evidence of Russia tampering in the US election in favor of Trump, the DNC e-mail leak and propaganda bots etc, which could partially explain Trump's winning of the final ...
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Can Trump just stall Mueller's investigation by replacing Sessions? [closed]

It's no secret that Trump wants to terminate the Mueller investigation and allegedly, he's considered sacking him. This would probably be a terrible move that would lead to his impeachment. However, ...
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What are the current tariffs against American goods?

Given that Trump is implementing tariffs on metal from foreign countries, tariffs are in the news. I understand that they have been extremely low in the United States throughout its Cold War economic ...