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Donald Trump’s 10 Biggest Blunders So Far

In less than two months, Trump’s compiled quite a list.

January 20, 2017 – a day that will live in infamy.  Or at least, the start of a new Trump administration that is quickly amassing a list of missteps.  The new administration is bring bold ideas, borderline illegal policies, and just plain stupidity with interactions.  Let’s review ten of the biggest missteps in the Trump administration so far.

1.     The Yemen Raid Was a (Very Questionable) Success

Trump considers himself a smart guy.  And he’ll tell you.

He’s even refused daily intelligence briefings because of his high intelligence.

Using his intelligence when deciding his first military raid decision, President Donald Trump sat down at dinner with son-in-law Jared Kushner, Senior Counselor Steve Bannon, National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.  At dinner, the decision was made to raid a site in Yemen on a terrorist organization; a plan that Obama deemed too risky at the time.

You can read about the planning of the raid here.

What resulted were 30 dead, including civilian women, children, and a Navy SEAL.

“The raid that was conducted in Yemen was an intelligence-gathering raid. That’s what it was. It was highly successful. It achieved the purpose it was going to get — save the loss of life that we suffered and the injuries that occurred,” Spicer said.

The aftermath resulted in Yemen pulling permission for more missions without approval.

And during this time, Trump passes the buck.  He blamed the generals and former President Barack Obama, while calling the operation a success.

John McCain spoke out against the raid as a failure, countering the administration’s position and fallen SEAL William “Ryan” Owens’s father called for an investigation.

2.     The Early Morning Twitter Rant About Obama Wiretapping Trump Tower

Aside from a Breitbart article without true sources and Rush Limbaugh purporting the ideas of that particular article, Trump’s claims don’t seem to be based on fact.

Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, denied the this claim.  The FBI Director, James Comey, has publicly asked the Department of Justice to reject these claims.

Moreover, Trump doesn’t need to ask for an investigation into wiretapping, he can declassify it himself.

3.     The Muslim Ban… Er, Immigration Ban… Er, Travel Ban? –  Part I and II

Remember when Trump said he’d ban Muslims from entering the U.S.?

And then banned people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. with an EO, but gave preference to minority religions from those countries, specifically giving leeway for Christians?  And then said it’s not a Muslim ban?

This “Travel Ban” invoked terrorism and American safety as the need for the ban’ specifically citing the attacks of 9/11.  The problem?  Terrorists from 9/11 and after hadn’t originated from any of the banned countries.  This ban wouldn’t have stopped 9/11, San Bernardino, the Orlando mass shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as many others.

Which is one of the many reasons why the ACLU brought suit.  And won.

Fast forward a month – “Travel Ban” part II is unveiled, with more legal footing, but already seeing opposition.  Hawaii becomes the first to bring suit.

4.     Attempts to Stop Leaks from the White House Actually Leaks

Distrust of the administration, issues of the President himself, and others, have spurred on leaks from the White House.

One particular leak is of Spicer searching staffers phones in order to stop the leaks.  That also leaked.

Here’s a list of what’s leaked so far.

5.     Trump Hangs Up on Australian Prime Minister

When Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, asked Trump about America’s promise to take in Syrian refugees, Trump chided the PM and hung up.

The President was quoted as saying things like “ worst call so far” and labeling the refugee agreement as a “dumb deal”, according to BBC.

It’s worth noting that according to the U.S. Department of State, “Australian forces have fought together with the United States military in every significant conflict since World War I.”

6.     Publicly Lambasting Nordstrom on Twitter for Dropping Ivanka Trump’s Line

At a time when Trump was to be divesting from any family business dealings, he publicly tweets at Nordstrom from his personal account for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.  AND RETWEETED IT FROM THE POTUS ACCOUNT.

Some call this an ethics violation, like Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who retweeted and tagged the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

7.     Banning Media from a Press Conference

Media outlets were banned from a press conference in February 2017.  These barred outlets are primarily labeled more progressive – CNN, New York Times, Buzzfeed, among others – but allowed in major networks and conservative outlets.

Although no real reason was given, the media promptly points out there was plenty of room for other outlets.  Here’s the audio.

This comes days after another twitter tirade labeling some media as fake news and the enemy of the American people.

Just a reminder, the first amendment protects a free press (in case Trump is reading):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

8.     Journalists Faced Felony Charges for Reporting Inauguration Day Riots

That pesky First Amendment, freedom of the press.  This was originally challenged on Inauguration Day.  Journalists covering a riot were arrested and faced felony charges.

Rioting and destruction was happening, so police arrested over 200 people, including the press, because they were present.  Those felony charges were eventually dropped.

9.     Largest Inauguration Crowd Never

Sean Spicer criticizes the media for many things, like not covering the inauguration as the largest.  See the first press briefing clip, starting after his first issue with the press coverage.

But, let’s look at the last president’s inauguration. Notice anything different

Experts did.

10.    Keystone Pipeline Will Not Be Mandated to Use American Steel, Despite EO

The executive order mandates that u.s. steel will be used in construction, maximizing the positive effect on the manufacturing industry.

“We put you heavy into the pipeline business because we approved, as you know, the Keystone pipeline and Dakota, but they have to buy, meaning steel, so I’ll say U.S. steel, but steel made in this country and pipelines made in this country,” Trump said to United States Steel CEO, Mario Longhi.

Except, that’s not true.  The Keystone Pipeline is considered a pre-existing project; since it’s not new, the EO doesn’t apply.

Maybe we’ll get the other 50% of his “Buy American, Hire American” promise?

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