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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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Which investigations against Trump are getting delayed due to the government shutdown? (if any)

There are currently several investigations on-going that involve Trump. Many of them are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_investigations_into_Trump_and_Russia_(2017) So my ...
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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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Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence?

The biggest question I've had about Trump's presidency is why so many members of the GOP are so loyal to him when the alternative is Pence (i.e. if Trump was removed from office). Pence is arguably ...
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Are the “security concerns” for the State of the Union legitimate?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department ...
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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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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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Why is the US president commander-in-chief?

Democratic governments are often set up in such a way that no single person holds too much power, even the president/prime minister/etc. In the US, you e.g. have the Congress. This means that if the ...
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Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN?

The Trump administration has been targeting reputable news organizations like The Times and CNN, calling them "fake news". What is this administration trying to accomplish here?
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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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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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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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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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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 Trump or his administration published an analysis of a border wall vs. other methods of policing?

The eastern EU border is 6000 km long and partially patrolled with drones (I'm not sure to what extent). The southern US border is around 3500 km long, and Mr. Trump has proposed to build a wall to ...
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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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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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What kind of approval does Donald Trump need to build his wall?

Can the president order the construction of a wall in the southern border just by himself, such as with an executive order? What kind of approval does he need to initiate construction of such a wall?
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Did Schumer offer Trump a deal that included the wall?

The United States is currently in a government shutdown, because Democrats won't vote for an appropriations bill without a deal on DACA, and President Trump won't agree to a deal on DACA without ...
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Why would Mexico be inclined to help pay for Trump's wall? [duplicate]

I'm reading a news article about Trump's plan for his first 100 days. The following discusses his controversial "build a wall" proposal: He also laid out his plan for working with Congress to ...
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Did Anthony Scaramucci receive a certificate of divestiture in 2017?

I have read the following account of possible leveraging financial effects for Anthony Scaramucci from joining the White House staff (briefly) in 2017. This is from Michael Wolff's new book Fire and ...
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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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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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Did Trump's administration indicate their opinion of whitehouse.gov petitions?

Leaving aside the specific politics of their answers, my overall impression was that Obama administration treated Whitehouse petitions more like a minor sideshow than anything else. Writing less than ...
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Why did many voters support a border wall instead of other border control methods?

According to then candidate Donald J Trump's proposal, the US should build a wall on its southern border with Mexico. Seems every time he mentioned the wall in his rallies, his crowd cheered and were ...
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Does Trump's wall require congressional approval?

Donald Trump seems to have signed an executive order to start the construction of the border wall between the US and Mexico: Sec. 4. Physical Security of the Southern Border of the United States. ...
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What current source(s) of funding is Donald Trump planning to use to pay for the Mexico/US border wall?

Donald Trump claims that Mexico will pay for the wall, but surely now he's signed an executive order there would be some form of timeframe for the construction to start taking place? The Trump ...
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What is Donald Trump's plan surrounding the US-Mexico border wall?

Has Donald Trump laid out a plan for the Mexico border wall or ever talked about it with more detail to clarify what his ultimate plan and goal may be to build a wall? Can anyone think of any reason ...
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How could the USA get money from Mexico for a wall? [duplicate]

While building a wall along the Mexican border should not be impossible for the USA, I wonder how they could make Mexico pay for it. One way would be to pay 50-50, but I don't see the incentive for ...
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How will shutting the government down enable Trump to build his Mexico border wall?

In a recent rally in Pheonix, Arizona, Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if that's what it would take to build his infamous Mexico border wall: "If we have to close down our ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do some people take issue with kneeling during the anthem in US?

These days the heated disagreement between President Trump and NFL players is all over the online media. What's wrong with Kneeling and why does he want them not to kneel and why do they still do it? ...
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What did we learn about Trump's strategy to achieve peace in the Middle East after his May 2017 visit to Israel and Palestine? [closed]

Trump famously declared that he is the one to bring peace to the Middle East region. He recently visited Israel and Palestine, meeting with Netanjahu and Abbas. Did he mention the peace process ...
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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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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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Has any respected conservative/libertarian/Republican writer, speaker, or officeholder in any way endorsed Donald Trump as a serious candidate?

With the starting electoral debate for the 2016 USA elections Donald Trump has been high on the news. He's made many controversial statements and defies many standards of what would expected from a ...
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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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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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Why is there a 15% set threshold for pres. debates in the US, instead of 10 or 5%?

"When the Commission on Presidential Debates this year finalized its rules for determining which candidates get invited to this fall’s headline debates, it suddenly made Libertarian dark-horse ...
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How much interaction does a US president have with the legislative branch of his party?

I honestly don’t know. Does he meet with them on a daily or weekly basis, or is he more isolated, concerning himself with making policy and leaving them to implement it? If the former, how does ...
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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 ...