Judge Robart, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota, issues a nationwide stay (documents) suspending Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Robart says the order adversely affects residents in areas of education, employment, education and freedom to travel:
[The states] have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the Executive Order.
A lawyer for the Justice Department in a court hearing in Virginia says more than 100,000 visas have been revoked because of Trump’s executive order. The lawyer’s number came in response of a question from US Judge Leonie Brinkema about how many people have been affected by this order. The state department disputed this number, saying “fewer than 60,000 individual’s visas were provisionally revoked because of the executive order. Erez Reuveni, of the office of Immigration Litigation within the Civil Division of the Justice Department, also claimed that no legal returning residents have been denied entry at Dulles International Airport.
Kalanick steps down from President Trump’s economic advisory group after criticism from his staff and the public. Kalanick:
Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that. Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community. The implicit assumption that Uber (or I) was somehow endorsing the Administration’s agenda has created a perception-reality gap between who people think we are, and who we actually are.
President Trump will sign an executive order to water down the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory framework put into effect in response to the financial crisis. White House National Economic Council Director Cohn:
Americans are going to have better choices and Americans are going to have better products because we’re not going to burden the banks with literally hundreds of billions of dollars of regulatory costs every year.
NBC reports that President Trump could put sanctions on Iran, in response to the continuous terrorist activity and repeated ballistic missile tests. Iran insists that it did not break the current nuclear deal since the missile was not capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
In a series of tweets Alabed asks President Trump if he has ever felt hunger.
Have you ever had no food, no water for 24 hours? Just think of refugees and the children of Syria…Dear Trump, banning refugees is very bad. Ok, if it’s good, I have an idea for you. Make other countries peaceful.
Nearly 1,000 Twitter employees donate more than $500,000, to the American Civil Liberties Union, to fight Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The donations are matched by CEO Dorsey and Chairman Kordestani. Twitter lawyer:
Our work is far from done. In the coming months we’ll see a flurry of legal challenges, legislative pushes and public pronouncements. But as long as civil liberties are threatened, I’m proud to know that as individuals we will stand up to defend freedom and look after people.
Bornstein says Trump takes a small dose of the drug finasteride, which lowers levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, and is marketed as Propecia to treat male pattern baldness. The drug is also responsible for Trump’s low score in a prostate cancer test. Bornstein says he also takes the drug to maintain his own shoulder-length hair.
He has all his hair. I have all my hair.
Bornstein also says Trump takes antibiotics to control rosacea, a common skin problem, a statin for elevated blood cholesterol and lipids, as well as a daily baby aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack.
At the National Prayer Breakfast President Trump asks a room full of lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders to pray for Schwarzenegger’s ratings on The Apprentice.
We had tremendous success at The Apprentice, and when I ran for President I had to leave the show…And they hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger to take my place. We know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It has been a disaster. And Mark [Burnett] will never, ever bet against Trump again. I want to just pray for Arnold if we can…for those ratings.
In a phone call with Australian PM Turnbull, President Trump calls into question the resettlement of refugees – most of whom are men from Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq – currently held in offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Trump called the conversation “the worst by far” of his calls with world leaders that day, and cut it short.
Trump fires Yates for her refusal to defend his executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The president replaces Yates with Dana J. Boente, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, saying that he would serve as attorney general until Congress acts to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. In his first act in his new role, Mr. Boente announced that he was rescinding Yates’s order. Administration statement:
The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel. Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
At an event at the White House, Trump selects Gorush as his candidate to replace Judge Antonin Scalia on tIf confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old would restore the court’s conservative majority, lost with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. If successful, his nomination will restore the five-four conservative majority on the nine-seat high court.Trump:
[Gorsuch has] a superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to text. Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and has earned bipartisan support…It is an extraordinary resume. As good as it gets. The qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute. I only hope that Democrats and Republicans can come together for one, for the good of the country.
The towering judges that have served in this particular seat of the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment. Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. Agree or disagree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench shared his wisdom and his humor. And like them, I miss him.
The US carries out targeted drone strikes in Yemen, killing five al Qaeda operatives and took place in the town of al Bayda. The strikes were the first to take place under President Trump. The strikes did not require Trump to sign off on them. Under then-President Barack Obama, the authority to order such strikes in Yemen was devolved to the four-star commander of US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel.
Iran’s President Rouhani says President Trump is a political novice. Tehran has already said it will take legal, political and reciprocal measures in response to Trump’s order suspending the entry of people from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. Rouhani:
He [Trump] is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It’s a totally new environment to him.
Trump releases a statement regarding his executive order on immigration.
America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.
Farah releases a statement on Trump’s executive order to curtail immigration from countries including his homeland of Somalia.
On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien. I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years – working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home – to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice. I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood. My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.
The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issues a stay after two of 12 refugees held at JFK airport were released, after 14 and 24 hours respectively. The ACLU had filed a petition on their behalf, but the stay is effective nationwide. Under the stay, none of the travelers held at airports across the nation can be sent back. However, the measure doesn’t mean they have to be allowed into the country – leaving them in a legal grey area. A senior Homeland Security official says that roughly 375 travelers affected by the executive order. Out of the 375, 109 were in transit to the US and denied entry. Another 173 people were stopped by airlines from boarding an aircraft to the US. An additional 81 travelers with green cards or special immigrant visas received waivers.
Two of twelve immigrants detain at JFK Airport following Trump’s executive order on immigration are released. Hameed Khaled Darweesh, who was an Army interpreter in Iraq says:
I suffered to move here, to get my family here …. I can’t go back. [I will be killed in Iraq].
Trump signs an executive order that suspends all refugee resettlement into the U.S for four months and refugee resettlement from Syria indefinitely. He also suspends for three months entry by citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, including apparently people holding dual citizenship with other nations. Trump says the suspensions are needed to protect the nation from potential terrorists he believes could sneak into the U.S. while he and his national security team determine how best to strengthen vetting procedures.
At a joint press conference with Angela Merkel, President Hollande says Trump’s administration poses “challenges” for Europe.
Let’s speak very frankly, there are challenges, there are the challenges the US administration poses to our trade rules, as well as to our ability to resolve conflicts around the world,” Hollande said in Berlin. So we of course have to talk to Donald Trump since he was chosen by the Americans to be their president.
President Trump signs an executive order authorising the start of the construction of a border wall with Mexico and boosts border patrol forces and increases the number of immigration enforcement officers from 20,000 to 30,000. The orders also call for stripping sanctuary cities of federal grant funding and announces new criteria that could make many more illegal immigrants priorities for deportation. The executive orders do not cover the cost of the wall.
Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.
Trump and Pence meet with tech industry leaders at Trump Tower. Trump:
This is a truly amazing group of people. I won’t tell you the hundreds of calls we’ve had asking to come to this meeting. I’m here to help you folks do well. And you’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by the bounce. They’re all talking about the bounce. So right now everybody in this room has to like me — at least a little bit — but we’re going to try and have that bounce continue.
Multiple news outlets report that Perry is Trump’s pick to head the Department of Energy.
Trump nominates Goldman Sachs president & COO Cohn as the Director of his National Economic Council. Trump:
As my top economic advisor, Gary Cohn is going to put his talents as a highly successful businessman to work for the American people. He fully understands the economy and will use all of his vast knowledge and experience to make sure the American people start winning again.
I share President-elect Trump’s vision of making sure every American worker has a secure place in a thriving economy, and we will be completely committed to building a nation of strength, growth and prosperity.
Gates says he recently talked with Trump on the phone about innovation and green energy, He says it was the first time they have spoken although they have mutual friends.
A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like. But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that. I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation. Of course, my whole career has been along those lines. And he was interested in listening to that. And I’m sure there will be further conversation.
Trump and West meet at Trump Tower in New York City. West makes no comment. Trump:
We’ve been friends for a long time. We discussed life.
Trump’s transition team announces that Tillerson will be the secretary of state. Tillerson had reportedly jumped to the front of the pack of candidates in recent days, despite not being mentioned on shortlists as recently as last week.
This story will be updated as news develops…
Trump denies a CNN report that said he would continue to work on The Apprentice while he is president.
Trump visits with victims and families of Ohio State University attack.
This is a great honor for me today. We are in a fantastic state that I love, Ohio. We just saw the victims and the families. These were really brave people, amazing people. The police and first responders were incredible. The job done, in particular by one young gentleman, was incredible. I got to meet him and he’s very brave. The families have done so well to come through this so well, so a lot of respect.
Trump gives a tribute to Glenn.
Trump responds to Jones, who had called his visit to Carrier “a dog and pony show” and that he “had lied his ass off”.
Trump also hit back at the Union:
Trump nominates Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Kelly would be the fifth person to lead the department. An official announcement is pending.
Sources report that Trump will nominate Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Trump nominates WWE co-founder McMahon to run the Small Business Administration. Trump said McMahon had helped the WWE grow from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees worldwide. Trump:
Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe.
Our small businesses are the largest source of job creation in our country. I am honored to join the incredibly impressive economic team that President-elect Trump has assembled to ensure that we promote our country’s small businesses and help them grow and thrive.
Trump is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. In the article, Trump talks about his position as president elect:
What amazes a lot of people is that I’m sitting in an apartment the likes of which nobody’s ever seen. And yet I represent the workers of the world. I’m representing them, and they love me and I love them. And here we sit, in very different circumstances.
He talks about seeing a news story on NBC about the Carrier plant featuring a union representative and a plant worker talking in a bar.
[The man looked at the camera and said] ‘We want you to do what you said you were going to do.’ I said, I never said they weren’t going to move, to myself…He energized me, that man. And I called up the head of United Technologies.
He also talks about young illegal immigrants:
We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.
Trump announces that SoftBank’s CEO, Masayoshi Son, has agreed to invest $50 billion in U.S. which will create 50,000 new jobs. Son says the money would be invested in startups in the U.S. He and will come from a $100 billion investment fund he set up with Saudi Arabia. Trump:
This is Masa of Softbank from Japan, and he’s just agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and 50,000 jobs. And he’s one of the great men of industry. He’s one of the truly great men.
Trump says he will cancel the $4 billion order for the new Air Force One.
He also tells reporters:
The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.
Boeing says the current Air Force One program is worth $170 million.
We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer,
Chris Suprun, a Republican elector from Texas, says he will not cast one of Texas’ 38 electoral votes for Trump. This despite Trump winning the state by nine percent, and Suprun having signed a pledge to vote for the winner.
I’m expecting backlash, but that has been par for the course this campaign. People are unhappy. They’re angry. But I’m angry, too. I was told if we elected Donald Trump he would transform his personality into being presidential. He isn’t,” Suprun said. “I wanted him to be presidential, but since the election he hasn’t grown into our institution, he’s attacked them. I am here to elect a president, not a king. I am not sure of who I will vote for, but would have to strongly consider someone like (Ohio Gov. John) Kasich who has both executive and legislative experience bringing people together.
Trump announces three appearance dates with Mike Pence as part of his Thank You Tour. He will visit North Carolina on Dec 6, Iowa on Dec 8, and Michigan onDec 9. Tickets are available on Trump’s website.
Gore meets with Trump and Ivanka to discuss climate change at Trump Tower. Ivanka reportedly wants to make climate change her signature issue. Gore:
I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.
Trump appoints Carson as Secretary for the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Trump:
I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.
I am honored to accept the opportunity to serve our country in the Trump administration. I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need. We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.
Trump tweets that China did not ask for permission when it devalued its currency, taxed US products, or built a military complex in the South China sea.
Trump comments on the Green Party dropping the Pennsylvania recount, and says Stein used the recounts as a way to get money.
Conway says that if the race had been for the popular vote, the Trump campaign would have won that as well.
The idea that we’re going to talk about the popular vote answers your questions about sore losers. The idea that Donald Trump doesn’t have a mandate after he got 100 more electoral votes than Mitt Romney did, he got 306, it wasn’t close. He won states that had not gone Republican in decades. Had this been a race for the popular vote, we would have won that, too. Mr. Trump would have campaigned in California, in New York, stayed in Florida, gone to Illinois perhaps. These population rich states. We did what you are supposed to do to become president…The idea he doesn’t have a mandate when they lost the White House, 60 seats in the house, over a dozen Senate seats, over a dozen governorships and over 1,000 state legislative seats, this is Democratic Party is having an identity crisis and a circular firing squad. What I heard is, it’s Bernie Sander’s fault, James Comey’s fault anybody but Hillary Clinton’s fault.
In a series of Tweets, Trump warns companies that they will face new taxes if they leave the USA.
The U.S. is going to substantialy reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies ..wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged. Please be forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Trump criticizes Saturday Night Live, and Baldwin’s impression of him.
Trump’s team say he has spoken directly with Taiwan’s President Tsai – breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut. The president-elect congratulated Tsai on her recent election win. They also noted the “close economic, political, and security ties” between the US and Taiwan.
In a teaser for an upcoming 60 Minutes interview, Ryan tells Pelley his relationship with Trump is good, and that they speak on the phone nearly every day. On whether he thought Trump would be nominated:
I didn’t see this one coming. He knows that. Donald Trump’s a very– he was a very unconventional candidate. He’s going to be an unconventional president. What I like about it, in my, like I said, almost daily conversations, is he’s just a get-things-done kinda guy.
On the separation of powers.
We’ve talked about that extensively. We’ve talked about– the Constitution, Article I on the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly, actually, that– that, under President Obama’s watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the Legislative Branch of government. And we want to reset the balance of power, so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored.
Trump gives his first public speech since winning the election at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of his Thank You Tour.
A source in Trump’s transition team says Trump has appointed Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis joins a Trump national security team that already includes retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director. The official announcement is expected early next week. Mattis will need a waiver from Congress in order to be confirmed, as a legal statute bars service members from quickly entering civilian positions.