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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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Why can't the “shithole” controversy be independently verified?

What does it take to independently verify whether or not President Trump called Haiti and other countries shitholes? Could this information be found through FOIA requests?
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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 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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What is currently known about the Mueller investigation?

I am aware the the case began with Mr. Papadopoulos, but where is the investigation currently? What are the charges? What lies have been told, who has been fired, who are the key players, what are the ...
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Why did Trump fire all members of the PACHA?

Recently, Trump fired all members of his AIDS/HIV council (PACHA). Why would anyone actively choose to shut down a council on an important health issue?
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What are the negative economic effects of lower taxes in the US? [closed]

While lower taxes theoretically lets Americans keep more of their own money, what are the negative economic effects to this policy?
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How does Trump's new national security plan differ from Obama's?

President Trump just recently released a new national security plan (full report). How does it differ from Obama's?
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What are the professional standards for FBI agents? [duplicate]

There have been a lot of stories lately about whether or not the FBI's actions in regards to Trump are proper. Fox News NPR My question is -- what are the relevant professional standards? There ...
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Why neutral countries do not reject declarations of OIC? [closed]

While Trump's decision to recognize (or to stop postponing it) the Jerusalem (western part) as the capital of Israel could be described as controversial or not, EU countries, which position themselves ...
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Reason behind why Trump may want to lift the Russia sanctions [closed]

With Trump trying to lift sanctions against Russia soon after assuming the presidential role, I'm curious what reasons Trump may have for such actions? Would there be good reasons for lifting such ...
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Who is the GOP establishment? And do they support Trump?

Who would you say (as specific as possible) consists of the GOP establishment. And more importantly, as of now (post-election), where do they stand on Trump? edit: Changed elite to establishment, ...
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Has the Trump administration so far responded to any of the “We the people” petitions?

I am curious on if the Trump administration has responded to any of the petitions that received over 100K signatures on petitions.whitehouse.gov. On this FAQ page the White House says... The White ...
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Why “must” Roy Moore step aside if abuse allegations are true?

Roy Moore is a Republican Senate candidate for Alabama. He is alleged to have committed sexual offences against an underage girl approximately 40 years ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ...
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What exactly is “collusion”? What is Robert Mueller expected to prove?

It seems to me that what most people typically mean when they say "Trump colluded with Russia to win the election" is, quite simply, that Trump, or his campaign, knowingly met with some key people ...
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What connects successful enterpreneurs and populism?

Many of the representatives of the 21st century populism turn out to be business leaders (like Trump, O'Leary, Babiš). What is the most accepted theory on why is it so among political science scholars?...
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Can the POTUS take away licenses from news networks?

Donald Trump has recently indicated a willingness to challenge the licenses of "NBC and the Networks". Does he actually have any power to do so himself? If not, can he reasonably influence others who ...
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Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decision/practice, Is this law being violated?

Currently in the US, Kneeling protests during the national anthem at NFL games have caused a tremendous controversy. The President has been highly critical of the players on these teams who choose to ...
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How does Trump's stance on Cuba differ from Obama's?

Obama administration were in the midst of restoring diplomatic relation with Cuba. Towards the last months of his presidency, he visited the nation. How does Donald Trump's policy regarding Cuba ...
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What is the advantage of changing from 7 tax brackets to 3? [duplicate]

The US administration seems to be suggesting that that the personal income tax code would be "better" with three tax brackets rather than the current seven. So what are the advantages?
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How has foreign admissions to US colleges and educational institutions fared since Trump's appointment?

U.S. President Donald Trump is interested in significant changes to US education and immigration policy. Trump and his cabinet have lauded policies which would reduce the government's role in ...
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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 Kim Jong-un mean by “denied the existence of … my country”?

According to this statement from Kim Jong-un, Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of ...
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What did Trump mean by “Nambia”? [closed]

The pronunciation suggests he meant either the Gambia, Namibia or Zambia. Which is most plausible, given his praising of the healthcare services in "Nambia"?
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Pence as president? [duplicate]

If it turns out that trump was elected due to collusion with Russia, does that mean that it was actually a Clinton win due to cheating in the trump camp? And if so, can v.p. pence then be president (...
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What is the “McCaul-Thompson” bill that may be part of Trump's DACA deal?

Today House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement concerning the tentative agreement President Trump made with them last night: President ...
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Trump and Democrats “deals”

My question is about the legislative process. Recently Trump and the Democrats worked out a "deal" on the debt ceiling and aid for Hurricane Harvey victims. And, this deal passed Congress despite ...
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Trump's recent siding with the democrats on 3 months debt extension - trying to understand a few things

I've read up on it a bit and I think I understand the basics. The 3-month debt ceiling extension gives the Democrats key negotiating leverage in December when the debt ceiling is up for discussion ...
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When will Trump canceling DACA start leading to deportations?

Today, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama, which gave illegal immigrants who came to America as children two-year work ...
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Why does the US not just accept North Korea's nuclear ambitions and attempt to mend relationships?

Many experts propose that it is not practically possible (without engaging in war and endangering the lives of many civilians, in both US and ally territory) to prevent North Korea from building ...
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Why can't president Trump just ask the NSA for the emails that Hillary deleted?

Since we know that the NSA collects internet traffic and email, why can't president Trump just ask the NSA for a copy of Hillary's deleted emails? They weren't on an encrypted government system so ...
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Under existing US laws, could the US immigration authorities begin issuing fines to employers who hire illegal immigrants?

Trump loves to talk about building a wall on the border with Mexico and how it would help reduce the stream of illegal immigration. However I don't understand why they cannot approach the issue from a ...
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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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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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Is President Trump right that there was violence on “both sides” in Charlottesville?

Today, President Trump claimed that there was violence on "both sides," and that alt-left and alt-right both shared blame in the incidents at Charlottesville, Virginia. Is this factually accurate? I'm ...
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Does diverging attitudes towards Slovenia coincide with Trump's election?

Which Country Is America’s Strongest Ally? For Republicans, It’s Australia mentions that Slovenia is one of the countries which Republicans most favourably view compared to Democrats. I can ...
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Why did Russia expect Trump to have a friendlier attitude towards them than Obama and Clinton? [closed]

Russia has recently announced they're expelling 755 American diplomats as a response to Obama's equivalent move last year: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the United States will ...
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Which policies has Trump enacted that has (possibly) influenced the GDP and economy positively?

I was talking to a Trump supporter who claimed that Trump is politically and economically competent, pointing to this article showing how Trump has caused the GDP to reach a record high level (or, at ...
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Is it possible for Trump to kill Affordable Care Act (or just the Individual Mandate) through an Executive Order?

President Trump has been waiting for Republicans in Congress and Senate to successfully pass an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Instead of waiting for the Congress and ...
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How can.Obamacare implode? [closed]

Trump says 'let obamacare implode'. He says it like it will happen but will it? In the next 4 years? Maybe this is opinion based but then i ask: what possible ways are there for it to implode?
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What share of Donald Trump's voters in 2016 voted for George Bush in 2004?

Donald J. Trump (DJT) received roughly 63 million votes in 2016. Geroge W. Bush (GWB) received 62 million votes in 2004. At the same time the US Population has grown from 293 to 322 million people (...
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Have any investigators requested the minutes of Trump's Oval Office meeting?

On May 19, the New York Times published a story which said that according to the official White House minutes of President Trump's May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei ...
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Why is it a problem for Trump Jr to have met with Russians?

My understanding is that Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer intending to get information damaging to Hillary Clinton from said lawyer. Campaigning politicians always gather damaging information about ...
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What does Russian “Meddling” mean? [duplicate]

Almost daily we hear that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. What does it mean to meddle? What is the evidence? med·dle verb interfere in or busy oneself unduly with ...
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How people in the US think about media, especially CNN?

Trump's conflict with the media, especially with CNN, continues... In a tweet, which was retweeted from the official @POTUS account, Trump wrote that: #FraudNewsCNN #FNN Trump also claimed that ...
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Did Trump shift the immigration debate to the right?

In the United States there have long-standing disagreements concerning what to do about illegal immigration. But it seems to me that prior to the 2016 election, the mainstream of both U.S. political ...
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Is Donald Trump under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller?

I've seen conflicting reports about whether Donald Trump is personally (i.e. not his campagin) under investigation. The Washington Post says: "The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to ...
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Why is Trump creating more pressure on Pakistan?

According to this report, The Pentagon is warning that the Islamic republic may soon house a Chinese military base. While the U.S. gives Islamabad hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, the ...
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Why did the presidents of US and Romania contradict each other about the Visa Waiver Program?

One question, addressed to US President Donald Trump, was related to the Visa Waiver Program. Specifically, if he and Romanian President had discussed the Visa Waiver Program for Romanians. ...
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Do perjury as well as obstruction of justice both have the same consequences for the POTUS?

Intro In light of James Comey's testimony yesterday, and the responses by President Trump (through his lawyer and personally) I was wondering, what could happen to President Trump. According to this ...
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What can happen to President Trump in light of Comey's hearing?

Intro Former FBI director James Comey recently testified, under oath, before the Senate Intelligence Committee. In his testimony, among other things, he repeated his claims that President Trump urged ...