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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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How did Mexico react publicly to the suggestion it would pay for Trump's border wall?

It has been suggested that Mexico pay for the wall in one lump-sum payment, for example by this memo by the Trump campaign (relevant quote below): It's an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time ...
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Why does there not seem to be more support for state-specific border walls in the US?

While there seems to be a good amount of discussion about the border wall desired by President Trump, I have not seen much in the way of discussion regarding state-based approaches; that is, given the ...
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What percentage of Obama and Bush's speeches were aired?

Recently, the major over-the-air (OTA) broadcast networks aired a speech by Donald Trump on immigration. Many news organizations and commentators contrasted this to a previous decision, in 2014, to ...
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Did Trump's administration ever explain why they gave up on their plan to force Mexico to pay for the wall using the Patriot Act?

In 2016, Trump's administration issued a plan on how to force Mexico to pay for the wall: On day 1 promulgate a "proposed rule" (regulation) amending 31 CFR 130.121 to redefine applicable ...
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Has anyone posed the argument that the 'wall' could potentially be used to keep Americans in against their will?

I personally see some advantages as well as potential pitfalls in building a wall on the southern border. As an American who values freedom above all else, my biggest concern against the building of ...
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What percentage of Trump supporters believed that Mexico will literally pay for the construction of the border wall?

According to a recent comment by President Trump: "When during the campaign, I would say 'Mexico is going to pay for it,' obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they're gonna write out a ...
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Mexico indirectly paying for the wall

Donald Trump has indicated that the proposed USMCA means that Mexico would indirectly be paying for the wall many times over. What I don't understand is how, even if the trade is more beneficial to ...
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Are there any details as to where the $5,710,357,000 to fund part of Trump's wall would come from?

Last month the House of Representatives passed a temporary spending bill relating to Trump's border wall, which I believe is the following: Sec. 141. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act,...
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Have a large number of Congressmen announced voluntary retirement like they did after the 2016 elections?

What seems to be an abnormal number of Congress members mostly in the GOP announced voluntary retirement after Donald Trump was elected in 2016. I was unable to find another example of this strange ...
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Are there any assumptions on how long the US government shutdown is bearable for the unpaid employees?

I know that the government employees will be paid for their work during the shutdown after it has ended. However in the meantime they have to live on savings or on borrowed money. Where I live (not ...
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Why did Trump willingly take blame for shutdown? [closed]

It is hard to say that the shutdown is due to one particular party only, despite the claims made by Democrats and Republicans alike. The truth is that either party has the choice to concede and end ...
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Why does Trump say he is ready for the shutdown to go on for years, as if he has a say in the matter? [duplicate]

https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/government-shutdown-january-2019/index.html Trump has said that he is ready for the shutdown to go on for years. Why does he say this as if he has any say ...
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How do Brexiteers interpret Trump's insistence on a wall? [closed]

If Trump were involved with Brexit, would he insist on a hard infrastructure (a wall perhaps) on the Irish border? One senses that in his way of thinking it would be the only way of keeping out ...
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Why are Republicans (Trump, Graham) going all-in on border security funding when they most likely won't get it? [closed]

Trump was not able to get (enough) border security funding, and so due to that disagreement, the government shut down. In particular, the Senate approved a bill without that border-funding, but the ...
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What happened to the steam catapult topic?

In mid 2017 Donald Trump communicated to the press, that the US Navy would not be going forward with the electric aircraft carrier catapult system (around which the new Ford class aircraft carrier has ...
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Long term, does Trump's wall cost more than it saves per year?

One of the biggest areas of disagreement on the wall is its cost efficiency. Republicans claim it will save us money by preventing the need to support illegal immigrants who enter the US, while ...
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Criticism of Trump's drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, what would be the alternatives?

We've recently seen high level departures from defence officials in the Trump administration. And criticism and concern by allied governments. Those frustrations are motivated largely by the US ...
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Can't congress override Trump's assumed veto of the temporary spending bill?

The senate unanimously passed a spending bill a few days ago to keep the government funded until mid-February. Trump stated that he will veto it because it doesn't include funding for a wall. There is ...
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How does Donald Trump define the word conservative?

Ronald Reagan's rise to prominence was built on the conservative intellectual movement and the thinking of figures like Russel Kirk, Frederick Hayek, Frank Meyer, Irving Kristol,and William F. Buckley ...
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Border Wall GoFundMe - Is It Possible to Donate Money to the Government for a Specific Purpose? [duplicate]

A recent gofundme page is seeking to crowd fund Trump's proposed border wall. Assuming that this is a genuine attempt to raise the money rather than a scam or political stunt, is it even possible for ...
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Might two countries coordinate balanced tariffs?

If a country wanted to reduce taxes (say for some income bracket) but wanted to keep a balanced budget, would targeted tariffs not be a good way to do this? Would tariffs on goods that everyone (rich ...
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If the office of POTUS was obtained illegally, what happens?

There is a lot of media currently about activities relating to the election of the current US President (Trump). While things like colluding with Russia may not be illegal some other activities may ...
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Is Trump an isolationist?

Concerning foreign policy is President Trump an isolationist? If he is, to what extent? His anti-globalist 'America First' rhetoric and his anti-alliance talk would indicate he is an isolationist yet ...
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Has Trump previously engaged in speculation about “cultural marxism”?

Trump recently retweeted this tweet by Charlie Kirk which claims that: They want to cover up the middle class rebellion against cultural Marxism Has Trump previously mentioned the "cultural ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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How much apparel has Trump sold?

I'm interested in how much Trump apparel is out there: how much has been produced or ordered or sold by his campaign, how much his supporters have bought or been given—and how this compares to that of ...
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Has and could Trump's anti-vaxxer views affect US government policy?

Trump tweeted in 2014 that vaccines can cause autism. Has his attitude towards vaccines (assuming they haven't changed) affected US government policy on vaccines? If they haven't affected government ...
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How do Obama and Trump era uses of pepper spray and tear gas against migrants on the Mexico-US border differ?

A caravan the Trump administration discussed at length before the US midterms recently reached a port of entry, and was attacked with tear gas. After this proved controversial, there was much ...
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Stated reasons why Trump waited until the day after the election to oust Sessions?

Trump has been critical of now-former AG Jeff Sessions for some time now - more than a year - largely around his recusal from the "Russia investigation". Is there any reasoning provided as to why he ...
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Does Trump's hush-money problem make him vulnerable to impeachment and removal?

A recent long article in the Wall St. Journal painstakingly recounts a sequence of events regarding President Trump and some controversial payments. The article does not go into detail as to how this ...
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Was the enacting of DACA unconstitutional?

I had seen one of the arguments towards Trump's efforts to end/reform DACA was that Obama had exceeded his Presidential power when executing such an order. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ...
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What impact will keeping the Senate but losing the House have on Trump's ability to implement his agenda?

In the 2018 mid-term election, the Republicans lost the house but appear to have increased their majority in the Senate. Will that give President Trump more power to implement his agenda (...
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What does it actually mean for the Republicans to have lost the House of Representatives?

As a non-US person, (German) radio told me the Democrats would now be able to force Trump to publish his tax return and prevent him from funding his wall. That's probably a nice little "haha" for us ...
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How much of Trump's border wall has been completed so far?

Has anyone got any figures for how much of the Great Wall of Trump has actually been constructed at this point, 3rd November 2018, a few days before the mid-term elections? I'm not interested in ...
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Is there any mechanism by which the President can revoke green cards obtained legally through employment?

In regards to current legal immigrants who obtained a green card through employment. As the status of green card holders is determined by the State Department and enforced by federal employees, does ...
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Why can't Donald Trump revoke birthright citizenship?

Recently, there has been a huge debate about revoking birthright citizenship from children born in the US to illegal alien immigrants. I read here that almost all left and right wings of the US ...
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Is the Republican party obligated to renominate Trump for Presidency in 2020?

Presuming Donald Trump wants to become nominated for a second time, is the Republican party obligated to let him do so? Or can they put forward alternative candidates that would potentially defeat ...
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

We have a question about motivating western countries to start sanctions against Saudi Arabia. It is rather simple question - murdering and torture in embassy are hard things to explain And what is ...
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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 ...