Questions tagged [donald-trump]

Donald Trump served as the 45th president of the United States of America from 2017 to 2021. Use for questions specific to Donald Trump or his policies. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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What is Trump's plan to end or reduce US involvement in Syria?

Trump recently slammed the "endless wars", but an apparently not very well publicized Pentagon press release from Oct 8 says: Despite continued misreporting to the contrary, Secretary Esper ...
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Can Trump really implement his tax reform?

Tax reform has been one of the positions of the Trump campaign since the beginning. His website claims that he will reduce tax rates, but also suggests that he will eliminate many deductions and loop ...
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Why is the Trump Administration often labeled as anti-science?

Is there any evidence that Trump and his administration are anti-science? And since when has the equation been drawn between conservatism and anti-science sentiment? Allegations (from, for example, ...
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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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Why might the Russians want Trump to win? [duplicate]

The American CIA reportedly believes that the Russians, in the form of the Russian government and possibly private actors, went to signficant length (psych / cyber ops) to help Trump win. Having said ...
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What is the point of impeaching Trump?

By attempting to impeach Trump, Democrats will accomplish either of two things. They will succeed in removing him from office. Mike Pence takes over. A career politician, well liked by conservatives, ...
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What reasons may Donald Trump have had for firing FBI Director James Comey?

What were the reasons behind Donald Trump deciding to fire FBI Director James Comey? If anything, Trump should have been happy with him, since he held that press conference about re-opening the ...
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Why has Donald Trump's popularity remained so stable over a rather long period of time?

According to fivethirtyeight.com, Donald Trump's popularity seems to be rather constant over time, in contrast to his predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush who suffered a popularity erosion ...
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Why is Trump's omission of an explicit mention of Jews from the holocaust memorial a big deal?

So, I'm not a fan of President Trump, but I feel like it's a not a big deal when Trump didn't explicitly mention the Jews in his holocaust memorial. Per his statement, he didn't make light of it or ...
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Has Trump publicly stated during what period he believed the USA to be great?

Perhaps the most known slogan by the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 is Make America great again. Has he made any public statement exactly what period in history he considered that the ...
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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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Is it true that “Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” in the House impeachment proceedings?

I was just reading the editorial Trump Should Be Removed from Office in Christianity Today, and I was struck by this quote (emphasis mine): Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had ...
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In what way would invoking martial law help Trump overturn the election?

In the news, it has been said that still-president Trump could invoke martial law in order to help him overturn the election (CNN, Business Insider) Flynn had suggested earlier this week that Trump ...
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Does the DOJ's declining to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call ruin the basis for impeachment?

Background 2019-07-25US President Donald Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is central to the recent Trump–Ukraine controversy. 2019-09-24Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker ...
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Why has Speaker Pelosi been so hesitant to impeach President Trump?

I am curious as to why Nancy Pelosi (until 9/24/2019 17:00 EDT) seemed to be so reluctant to push for Donald Trump's impeachment. It seems that the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly outraged ...
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Can a US president have someone sent to prison?

In an interview at the White House recently, Donald Trump is quoted threatening a journalist with prison time by saying: "You can go to prison instead," Is the president of the United States ...
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Why is Donald Trump so popular?

In the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump is (as of the 20th of Jan 2016) leading the Republican opinion polls, with almost twice the number of points as Ted Cruz. What makes him so popular?
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At Trump's inauguration, who was the man in the wheelchair and why is he important?

I'm trying to figure out who is this guy in the wheelchair and why is he so "important". Both (now former president) Obama and Mr. President Donald Trump shook hands with him and had a little chat. ...
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What was wrong with how James Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server?

The Trump administration has cited former FBI director James Comey's way of handling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server as the main reason for firing him. Below is the ...
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What domestic benefits might Putin expect from endorsing Trump?

This is a follow up from my other question. The answers in the linked question agreed that Putin's incentives for endorsing Trump were primarily domestic, such as pushing anti-U.S. government ...
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How are steel imports supposed to threaten US national security?

I am reading this article. Therein it is stated that: Under national security grounds (Section 232), Trump applied tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium in March 2018, covering $ 10.2 bn ...
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What retaliatory actions could Trump take against Twitter?

Today, for the first time, Twitter attached a warning label in a tweet from president Trump. As a reaction, he tweeted: ....Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not ...
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How true are Trump’s claims about NATO spending?

Over President Trump’s term in office, he has been very vocal about the spending commitments made by many NATO countries, and their frequent failure to live up to them. He now seems to be taking ...
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How has the handling of the coronavirus outbreak (CoViD-19) affected Donald Trump's approval ratings?

From the outside it appears that the coronavirus (CoViD-19) outbreak has caught the USA off guard and that it's been handled quite poorly to date. So my assumption is that this would have a negative ...
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Have pollsters examined the possibility of a “shy Tory factor” in the 2016 presidential election?

Most of the polling for the 2016 US presidential election have been favourable to Hillary Clinton. One of the biggest questions I have right now is whether the polling is accurate. In particular, ...
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How do Trump's public statements make DOJ's job impossible?

ABC interview speaks for itself: video, transcript, commentary. No doubt that Trump has a right to express his opinion (as do you or I), but what I don't understand is how that makes it impossible ...
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What is Trump's position on the whistle blower allegations? What does he mean by “witch hunt”?

Last night, on a major US TV network there was a Trump ad about the "Witch Hunt" and ongoing impeachment proceedings. It was unclear from the ad, if Trump's position is that he didn't take the ...
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Does the Mueller report show a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump Campaign?

According to the information contained in the Mueller Report, was there a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia? By conspiracy, I mean both the legal definition and in an informal sense; ...
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Can President Trump’s Immigration Order be reverted?

On 27th January, according to this article, Donald Trump approved a sweeping executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees ...
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What is this symbol doing on Donald Trump's podium?

So, I noticed during the recent press conference that Donald Trump appears to have a symbol on his podium. It roughly looks like this symbol: In Britain, this is a common road sign, seen on one-way ...
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Would Mike Pence become President if Trump was impeached and removed from office?

Let's assume President Trump is successfully impeached and removed from office on Monday/Tuesday (before his term expires and he leaves office on the 20th). Would Vice President Pence take over and ...
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What powers does POTUS currently have to ban a web service in the USA by presidential order?

It was reported on the 31st July 2020 that Donald Trump wants to ban TikTok in the USA. President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United ...
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Can the President put his assets in a blind trust managed by his family members?

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, there has been a lot of discussion about the conflicts of interest that would arise from his company. There have been calls for him to put his assets ...
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What exactly did Donald Trump say about abortion?

Many news reports say that in an interview with Chris Matthews in March 2016, Donald Trump said that women who have abortions should be punished. What exactly did he say?
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Is there historical precedent for the US Senate to confirm a SCOTUS nominee from a POTUS of their own party in an election year?

There is debate over whether it is right for Donald Trump to try to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the SCOTUS now, because the election is coming up. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said he will still ...
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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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Why another impeachment vote at the Senate?

I always thought it was a three-step procedure: First, the Congress investigates. Second, the House of Representatives must pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of ...
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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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What is the Trump administration's legal basis for not imposing sanctions on Russia?

In July, Congress passed, in a near-unanimous vote, a law called the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which among other things imposes sanctions on Russia for their interference ...
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Did Donald Trump break any laws by asking James Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation?

Written in Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation: “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. The existence of Mr. Trump’s request ...
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What are the consequences if the House of Representatives condemns Trump?

The US House of Representatives is preparing to vote to condemn Donald Trump for the tweets he wrote this week regarding several Congresswomen, which have been widely characterized as racist. Are ...
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How does the timeline of Donald Trump's appointments compare to that of previous President-elects?

There is a lot of news these days about Trump's picks for various high-level government positions (including Cabinet appointments) and Democrats' reactions to them. However, the last time a new ...
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Can Florida ban Trump from visiting?

Trump's consistent weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago in Florida are apparently wreaking havoc on the economy of the city it's in, Palm Beach. This is of course due to the fact that his visit, due to his ...
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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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Social media impact on Trump's presidency

It is difficult for me to realise really how much social media content approves or rejects some political party or person. The content is automatically generated and will always fit what the reader ...
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Which powers allow the President to adjourn Congress and unilaterally approve nominees to federal positions?

This article describes Trump's Covid-19 press conference on April 15th, in which he stated that: "I have a very strong power. I'd rather not use that power, but we have way over a hundred people ...
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What criminal referral did Michael Flynn’s lawyer have advance knowledge of?

Liberal journalist Marcy Wheeler just tweeeted this: [S]omeone should figure out via what means Sidney Powell knows exactly what John Durham is up to[.] And to be clear, I mean BOTH that she ...
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How have US pro-life groups responded to Trump's COVID-19 crisis response, given that it could permit more deaths?

I would expect US pro-life groups to simultaneously support Trump (as they're typically right-leaning), yet simultaneously strongly against his death-permissive approach to bolster the economy during ...
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Is the U.S. still a democracy now that the President lost the popular vote?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Democracy can mean rule of majority. Is the U.S. still a democracy now that Donald Trump is leading the executive branch while he lost the popular ...
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Did two dissenting Supreme Court justices agree that Trump was “absolutely immune” to the Manhattan DA's subpoena?

In the CNN News clip Analyst: Trump doesn't have legal power to do what he's threatening former federal and state prosecutor and current CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said: Last month by a 7 to 2 vote ...