Monday, Feb. 20
Š Trump named Gen. H. R. McMaster as new national security adviser.
Š Trump named retired Gen. Keith Kellogg as chief of staff to the National Security Council.
Š Senior National Security Council aide Craig Deare fired for criticizing Trump’s and his chief strategist Steve Bannon’s Latin American policies.
Š The FBI pursued at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections.
Š U.S. troops will stay in Iraq for “a while,” said Defense Secretary Mattis.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Š The DHS issued a sweeping set of orders to increase immigration enforcement and instructed all agents to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.
Š After a rising number of threats against the Jewish community, Trump speaks out against anti-Semitism.
Š Trump administration planned new guidelines on transgender students. Press Secretary Spicer said it is a states’ rights issue.
Š DREAMers — undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children — will not be included in expanded deportation efforts.
Š EPA Administrator Pruitt fails to mention climate change in his first speech to EPA employees.
Š House bill HR1213 introduced to require, as a condition on the receipt of Federal funds, that States require law enforcement agencies to have in effect a policy regarding the use of body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Š DHS Secretary Kelly claimed the U.S. will not conduct mass deportations.
Š Trump reversed guidelines protecting transgender students.
Š Sen. Susan Collins suggested the possibility of issuing a subpoena for Trump’s tax records as lawmakers probe Russia’s interference in last year’s election.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Š Secretary of State Tillerson and DHS Secretary Kelly met with Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s foreign relations secretary, in Mexico City to talk about Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over Trump’s immigration crackdown. Videgaray said, “I want to say clearly and most emphatically that the Mexican government and the Mexican people have no reason to accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another.”
Š Trump described his Administration’s deportation efforts as a “military operation.”
Š Trump reportedly asked business associate Robin Bernstein — a founding member of Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club — to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic, where Trump’s company may be pursuing a deal.
Friday, Feb. 24
Š Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to go public and stifle media reports about communications between Trump’s associates and Russians known to U.S. intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign. The FBI rejected this request to stifle media reports.
Š Press secretary Sean Spicer implied the Trump administration will enforce and criminalize recreational marijuana use saying, “You will see greater enforcement of it.”
Š Fifteen law professors filed a letter with the Washington, D.C., bar requesting Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s senior advisor and Washington, D.C., attorney, be sanctioned for violating government ethics rules and “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.”
Š Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, barred the following journalists from his daily press briefing: The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, the BBC and The Huffington Post. The following reporters, all with conservative leanings, were admitted: Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington Times, ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fox News.
Š House bill HR1218 introduced to amend the Social Security Act to establish a Social Security Surplus Protection Account to hold the Social Security surplus and a Medicare Surplus Protection Account to hold the Medicare surplus; to provide for suspension of investment of amounts held in such Accounts until enactment of legislation providing for investment in investment vehicles other than obligations of the United States, and to establish a Social Security and Medicare Part A Investment Commission to make recommendations for alternative forms of investment of the Social Security and Medicare surpluses.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Š Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen confirmed that analysts at the DHS intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.
Š California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa called for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Trump associates’ contacts with Russia.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Š Trump announced he will not attend this year’s White House correspondents’ dinner in April, marking the first time a President has not attended in over 30 years..
Š Mexico said it would not deport more Central Americans. The U.S. wants Mexico to hold migrants and refugees as they await trial in the U.S., forcing Mexico to deport them instead.