How Trump Tanked His Own Awful Health Care Plan, And 18 Other Facts You Need To Know Immediately

From stripping NASA’s earth science division, to playing truck driver while the AHCA floundered, here’s everything Donald Trump did this week.

March 24, 2017
How Trump Tanked His Own Awful Health Care Plan, And 18 Other Facts You Need To Know Immediately Trump sits in the driver's seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House to discuss healthcare, March 23.   JIM WATSON / Getty
1. Found out he's definitely being investigated by the FBI for ties to Russia.
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2. Requested lifting the policy that limits the number of air strike casualties, after U.S. drones killed over 85 in Syria and as many as 200 in Mosul.

The Telegraph reported that on Tuesday, a "suspected US air strike on a school being used as a shelter by families displaced from the Isil-held Syrian city of Raqqa killed at least 33 people on Tuesday, in the latest high civilian casualty raid by the coalition."

"On Thursday [March 16], a U.S. Reaper drone struck a gathering in a rebel-held village in Aleppo province, killing as many as 49 people. Monitoring groups say most of the dead were civilians who had gathered at a mosque to pray, while the Pentagon claims the gathering was a meeting of al-Qaeda members," Democracy Now reported on Monday. It's also been reported that "the number of civilian casualties in U.S. airstrikes has been escalating since Donald Trump took office two months ago."

And in Mosul: "The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Friday that it was investigating reports that scores of civilians — perhaps as many as 200, according to local residents — had been killed in recent American airstrikes in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Iraq’s security forces have been waging a monthslong offensive," reported The New York Times.

3. Told the GOP they'd lose their seats in 2018 if the AHCA doesn't pass. (Spoiler: it didn't.)
4. Claimed his campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has proven ties to Russia, played a minor role in the 2016 campaign.
5. Approved security clearances for his daughter Ivanka.
6. Came for Colin Kapernick.

“There was an article today…that NFL owners don’t want to pick [Kaepernick] up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” Trump said at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday. “Do you believe that? I said, ‘If I remember that one, I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.’”

7. Stripped earth science funding from the NASA budget.

To focus on Mars exploration. SMH.

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8. Issued a gag order to officials on details of the budget.
9. Has been filling top Pentagon and Homeland Security positions with defense contractors.

"Benjamin Cassidy, installed by Trump as assistant secretary for legislative affairs, previously worked as a senior executive at Boeing’s international business sector, marketing Boeing military products abroad," The Intercept reported. "Jonathan Rath Hoffman, named assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a consultant to the Chertoff Group, the sprawling homeland security consulting firm founded by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff."

10. Met with the Congressional Black Caucus, who gave him a document titled "We Have A Lot To Lose."
11. Said he felt "vindicated" by being briefed by Devin Nunes, who is leading the Russia investigation.

Nunes also went straight to the White House to brief Trump before briefing his colleagues.

12. Told a TIME reporter "I'm president and you're not."
13. Pretended to be a truck driver.
14. Backed off his divestment pledge, and will now receive quarterly reports on the profitability of his business from son Eric Trump.
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15. Gave the go-ahead for the Keystone XL Pipeline
16. Claimed he's "done everything he can" to make the AHCA work. (Spoiler: it, uh, didn't work)
17. Killed his own health care plan entirely when it was clear that it couldn't get enough votes in the House.
18. Called reporter Robert Costa on his personal cell phone to tell him he's backing off healthcare for now.
19. Blamed the failure of the AHCA on the Democrats in his statement from the Oval Office.

Even though the Republicans have a multi-year majority in the house and didn't even need Dems to pass this thing.

Whew. Got all that? Maxine Waters says:
How Trump Tanked His Own Awful Health Care Plan, And 18 Other Facts You Need To Know Immediately