FLORIDA/ENVIRONMENT/OIL/TRUMP POSITION CHANGE: “We’re here today to celebrate our incredible record of natural conservation and environmental protection… In a few moments, I will sign a presidential order extending the moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida’s Gulf Coast and expanding it to Florida’s Atlantic Coast, as well as the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina… You […]

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TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Trade clashes with Europe are brewing. Border tensions with Mexico are boiling. Negotiations with North Korea and Iran are murky as ever. What can Americans expect in these uncertain times? We’ll see what happens. President Trump, a new-to-the-game politician who once campaigned on a promise of ‘I alone can fix […]

Read More… from 5/2/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump is facing cresting challenges at home and overseas by rejecting traditional West Wing structures and defying an orthodox policy process while stacking his administration with subordinates who share his combative reflexes. A month of turmoil, staff purges and sharp policy shifts by a President determined more […]

Read More… from 4/2/2018


GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump’s calls for changes to gun laws in the wake of last week’s Florida school shooting push Congress toward a new politically fraught debate just months before the midterm elections. For more than a decade, and after multiple attacks on students, lawmakers have shied from making any significant […]

Read More… from 2/22/2018


2A/GUNS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump supports efforts to strengthen the federal background-check system for firearms, his press secretary said Monday [2-20-18], adding that he had spoken with a top GOP senator about legislation to do so following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said […]

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BUDGET/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Senate leaders, disregarding President Trump’s blustery threats to shut down the government, neared a far-reaching agreement on Wednesday [2-7-18] to set spending levels on military and domestic spending for the next two years, breaking the cycle of fiscal crises that have bedeviled the Capitol since last summer. The accord was […]

Read More… from 2/7/2018


BORDER/DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Polling shows nearly 7 in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes DACA, fully secures the border, ends chain migration & cancels the visa lottery. If D’s oppose this deal, they aren’t serious about DACA-they just want open borders. https://t.co/XDMcDOr9vM” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 6, 2018 11:00am […]

Read More… from 2/6/2018


CRIME/DRUG/KELLYANNE CONWAY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump’s war on opioids is beginning to look more like a war on his drug policy office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming […]

Read More… from 2/6/2018


BORDER/BUDGET/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES/WALL: “President Donald Trump on Monday [2-5-18] again insisted on funding for his promised border wall, making clear the high hurdle faced by a bipartisan pair of senators who are backing an immigration plan that leaves out wall funding and other Trump demands. The senators are hoping that their legislation, being […]

Read More… from 2/5/2018


IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump’s call for lawmakers to embrace what he termed a compromise proposal on immigration got a chilly reaction Wednesday [1-31-18] from both Democrats and Republicans, who are struggling to make progress in their negotiations. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, Mr. Trump highlighted the details […]

Read More… from 1/31/2018


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “The Trump administration is searching for a new candidate to be the ambassador to South Korea, after U.S. officials said Tuesday [1-30-18] that its previous pick, Victor Cha, is no longer under consideration. The Trump administration notified the South Korean government in December that Mr. Cha would be its […]

Read More… from 1/30/2018


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “When President Donald Trump makes his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday [1-30-18], it will offer an opportunity to build momentum behind his second-year agenda on the heels of a government shutdown and ahead of a contentious immigration policy fight. Even for Mr. Trump, […]

Read More… from 1/28/2018


DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!” -Donald […]

Read More… from 1/27/2018


DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump proposed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, if lawmakers agree to create a $25 billion fund to expand barriers along the Mexican border and implement other deep changes to the immigration system. The White House suggested the proposal […]

Read More… from 1/25/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/ISRAEL/PALESTINE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday [1-25-18] to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they had snubbed the United States by not meeting Vice President Mike Pence during a recent visit. Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister […]

Read More… from 1/25/2018


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Trump said on Wednesday [1-24-18] that he is open to a path to citizenship after 10 to 12 years for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, days after rejecting a bipartisan plan with that as its centerpiece. Mr. Trump once again seemed […]

Read More… from 1/24/2018


JOHN KELLY/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “After moving into his West Wing corner office, John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, replaced the three large flatscreen televisions over the fireplace with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. The quiet imposed by the retired four-star Marine general presents a counterpoint to Trump and his loyalists, many of whom […]

Read More… from 1/19/2018


JOHN KELLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump vented frustration at White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday [1-17-18], upset about how Mr. Kelly described his immigration views in a Fox News interview and how he presented them to members of Congress earlier in the day, according to a person familiar with […]

Read More… from 1/18/2018


BORDER/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES/WALL: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [1-18-18] insisted that ‘the Wall is the Wall’ and his conception of it had never changed, the morning after Hispanic lawmakers said his chief of staff told them that the president’s promise to build a wall along the Mexican border was ‘not fully informed.’ ‘The […]

Read More… from 1/18/2018


BORDER/DHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES/WALL: “The Trump administration would cut or delay funding for border surveillance, radar technology, patrol boats and customs agents in its upcoming spending plan to curb illegal immigration — all proven security measures that officials and experts have said are more effective than building a wall along the Mexican border. President […]

Read More… from 1/8/2018


CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Trump presented a blueprint for the country’s national security on Monday [12-18-17] that warns of a treacherous world in which the United States faces rising threats from an emboldened Russia and China, as well as from what it calls rogue governments, like North Korea and Iran. To […]

Read More… from 12/18/2017


FBI/LEGAL/MICHAEL FLYNN/MIKE PENCE/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “The White House’s chief lawyer told President Donald Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the FBI and lied to Vice President Mike Pence and should be fired, a source familiar with the matter said Monday [12-4-17]. The description of the conversation […]

Read More… from 12/4/2017


DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Former NBC television host Billy Bush accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ‘indulging in some revisionist history’ for reportedly telling allies it was not his voice making lewd remarks as the men waited to film a segment for ‘Access Hollywood’ in 2005. ‘He said it. *Grab ’em by the pussy,*’ […]

Read More… from 12/3/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Donald Trump left open the door for North Korea to return to negotiations and said there were signs of progress in the nuclear standoff, his conciliatory tone marking a departure from recent hostile rhetoric toward Pyongyang… On Tuesday, standing 35 miles from the North Korean border, […]

Read More… from 11/7/2017


ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Trump said on Thursday [8-10-17] that he had not considered firing Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the election, contradicting private statements the president has made to his aides and friends about his desire to dismiss Mr. Mueller… The Justice Department investigation into […]

Read More… from 8/10/2017


MEXICO/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “President Trump will call for a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports in the hopes of raising billions of dollars to help construct a controversial wall along the southern border of the United States — a move likely to ratchet up the tension between the two nations.”  –Halimah Abdullah and Suzanne […]

Read More… from 1/26/2017


MEDIA: “OK, no, I don’t hate anybody. I love the media. They’re wonderful.” [NOTE: In the same speech Trump also stated, “They are the most dishonest people in the world. The media. They are the worst. They are very dishonest people. They are terrible.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, Rally, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 20, 2016 […]

Read More… from 4/20/2016


MEDIA: “They are the most dishonest people in the world. The media. They are the worst. They are very dishonest people. They are terrible.” [Note: On 10-12-2004 Trump stated, “I continue to alienate members of the press on occasion, but on the whole, I like them.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, Rally, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 20, 2016,  […]

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HILLARY: “Incompetent Hillary doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She doesn’t have a clue. She’s made such bad decisions.” [Note: On 1-15-2000, Trump said “Hillary Clinton is definitely smart and resilient.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “Fox News,” foxnews.com, March 22, 2016,  […]

Read More… from 3/22/2016


DEBATES: “I think we’ve had enough debates.” [Note: On 12-7-2011 Trump tweeted, “Why is the GOP establishment so threatened by the Newsmax – @iontv debate? More debate is always better.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “Fox and Friends,” foxnews.com, March 16, 2016,  […]

Read More… from 3/16/2016


DONALD ON DONALD: “I’m speaking with myself, No. 1, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things. … My primary consultant is myself.” [Note: On 2-13-16 Trump stated, “I do listen to people. I hire experts. I hire top, top people. And I do listen.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “Morning Joe,” […]

Read More… from 3/16/2016


DONALD ON DONALD: “I do not condone violence in any shape.” [NOTE: On 2-1-2016 Trump said, “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ‘em, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell—I promise you, I will pay the legal fees, I promise, I promise.”]  – Donald Trump, […]

Read More… from 3/13/2016


DONALD ON DONALD: “I don’t think there are two Donald Trumps. I think there’s one Donald Trump.” [Note: Earlier in the same speech Trump stated, “I think there are two Donald Trumps.”]  – Ashley Parker, “‘Two Donald Trumps’ Emerge, the Public One and the Private One,” New York Times, March 11, 2016 […]

Read More… from 3/11/2016


BUSH FAMILY: “He’s like a lost soul, Jeb Bush … this poor, pathetic, low-energy guy.” [Note: On 1-15-2000 Trump stated, “Jeb Bush is a good man. I’ve held fundraisers for him. He’s exactly the kind of political leader this country needs now and will very much need in the future. He, too, knows how to […]

Read More… from 1/21/2016


CAMPAIGN: “I honestly believe those polls are wrong.” [NOTE: On 11-17-2010 Trump said, “Oh, I believe in polls. I mean, look, if you look at the polls– if you look at the polls in the elections, most of them were pretty right. I mean, there were a couple off.”]  – Rebecca Berg, “Trump on his Lead […]

Read More… from 10/24/2015


PLANNED PARENTHOOD/POLITICS: “But Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean, if you look at what’s going on with that, it’s terrible.” [NOTE: On 2-25-2016 Trump said, “Millions and millions of women—cervical cancer, breast cancer—are helped by Planned Parenthood. So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned […]

Read More… from 10/18/2015


DONALDISM: “All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements—they’re a disaster.” [NOTE: On 3-3-2013 Trump said, “You’ve got to take care of your body and stay healthy.”]  – Mark Leibovich, “Donald Trump is Not Going Anywhere,” New York Times Magazine, Sept. 29, 2015 […]

Read More… from 9/26/2015


DONALD ON DONALD: “I do whine, because I want to win, and I’m not happy about not winning, and I am a whiner, and I keep whining and whining until I win.” [NOTE: On 10-10-1990 Traump stated, “Toughness is knowing how to be a gracious winner—and rebounding quickly when you lose.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “New […]

Read More… from 8/11/2015


ABORTION/DONALD ON DONALD: “I am very, very proud to say that I’m pro-life.” [NOTE: On 10-24-1999 Trump stated “I’m totally pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject, but you still—I just believe in choice. … I […]

Read More… from 8/6/2015


HILLARY: “She was the worst secretary of state in the history of our nation. There’s never been a secretary of state so bad as Hillary.” [NOTE: On 8-10-2013 Trump said, “I think that a lot of people will be looking at Hillary’s record as secretary of state, and she will be defending that, and I’m […]

Read More… from 7/8/2015


DONALDISM: “The American Dream is dead.” [NOTE: On 10-12-2004 Trump said, “I’m walking, talking proof of the American Dream. For me, the American Dream is not just a dream; it’s a reality.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, Trump Tower New York, June 16, 2015 […]

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DONALD ON DONALD: “Well, I read a lot … and over my life, I’ve read so much.” [NOTE: On 2-19-14 Trump said “I don’t read much. Mostly I read contracts, but usually my lawyers do most of the work. There are too many pages.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Feb. 25, 2015,  […]

Read More… from 2/25/2015


LEGAL: “… It’s a case [Trump University lawsuits] that is nonsense. It’s something I could have settled many times. I could settle it right now for very little money, but I don’t want to do it out of principle. The people that took the course all signed — most, many, signed — report cards saying […]

Read More… from 2/25/2015


DONALD ON DONALD: “I do love provoking people. There is truth to that.” [NOTE: On 12-5-11 Trump said “I don’t want to be provocative, and in many cases I try not to be provocative.”]  – McKay Coppins, “36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump,” Buzzfeed.com, Feb. 13, 2014 […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE: “Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!” [NOTE: On 4-28-10 Trump stated “I’m an environmentalist.”]  – Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, Dec. 6, 2013 […]

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OBAMA: “Barack Obama is not who you think he is. Most overrated politician in US history.” [NOTE: On 4-15-2009, Trump stated, “Oh, yes, he’s a champion. I mean, he won against all odds. If you would have looked—when he first announced, people were giving him initially no chance. And he’s just done something that’s amazing. […]

Read More… from 10/15/2012


GUNS/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “I’m not a hunter and don’t approve of killing animals. I strongly disagree with my sons who are hunters, but they acted legally and did what lots of hunters do.” [NOTE: On 7-31-2015 Trump stated, “My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big […]

Read More… from 3/15/2012


FOREIGN POLICY/POLITICAL FIGURES: “He should be ignored: @RonPaul’s foreign policy is a dream come true for our enemies. He has zero chance to beat @BarackObama.”  [NOTE: On 8-23-2011 Trump tweeted, “Ron Paul has some serious ideas which deserve serious consideration. Wrong for media to ignore him.”]  – Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 4, 2012 […]

Read More… from 1/4/2012


OBAMA: “He’s been a horrible president.” [NOTE: On 4-15-2009, Trump said “Here’s a man [Barack Obama] that not only got elected, I think he’s doing a really good job.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “Fox News,” foxnews.com, April 14, 2011,  […]

Read More… from 4/14/2011


OBAMA: “Here’s a man [Barack Obama] that not only got elected, I think he’s doing a really good job.” [NOTE: On 4-14-2011, Trump said, “Barack Obama has been the worst president ever.”]  – Donald Trump, Transcript, “Larry King Live,” CNN.com, April 15, 2009 […]

Read More… from 4/15/2009


DONALDISM: “If striving for wholeness means diminishing your competition, then your competition wasn’t much to begin with.” [NOTE: On 11-12-1987 Trump said, “Sometimes, part of making a deal is denigrating your competition.”]  – Donald Trump and Meredith McIver, “Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life,” April 14, 2009 […]

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DONALDISM: “Sometimes people will come into my office and they will be great. They will look great, they’ll sound great, they dress beautifully; everything is great. Then after you hire them they turn out to be morons. Sometimes a real slob will come in looking for a job. He does not dress well. He does […]

Read More… from 11/13/2008


BUSINESS: “Remember that in the best negotiations, everyone wins.” [NOTE: On 11-13-2007 Trump said, “You hear lots of people say that a great deal is when both sides win. That is a bunch of crap.”]  – Donald Trump and Meredith McIver, “Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success,” Jan. 18, 2008 […]

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DONALDISM: “When you shake somebody’s hand, go with it. It is very important. Shaking hands with someone means you are making a deal.” [NOTE: On 3-23-2004 Trump said, “Some business executives believe in a firm handshake. I believe in no handshake. It is a terrible practice. So often, I see someone who is obviously sick, […]

Read More… from 11/13/2007


DONALD ON DONALD: “When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get even!’ That is not typical advice, but it is real-life advice. If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck! When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing […]

Read More… from 11/13/2007


DONALD ON DONALD: “My motto is ‘Hire the best people, and don’t trust them.” [NOTE: On 10-10-90 He said “I surround myself with good people, and then I give myself the luxury of trusting them.”]  – Donald Trump, “Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life,” Nov. 13, 2007,  […]

Read More… from 11/13/2007


DONALD ON DONALD: “I win, I win, I always win. In the end I always win, whether it’s in golf, whether it’s in tennis, whether it’s in life, I just always win. And I tell people I always win, because I do.”  [NOTE: On 10-10-1990 Traump stated, “Anyone who thinks he’s going to win them […]

Read More… from 10/26/2005


DONALD ON DONALD: “If I get my name in the paper, if people pay attention, that’s what matters. To me, that means it’s a success.” [NOTE: On 10-10-1990 Trump said,”Publicity gradually dehumanizes you.”]  – Gwenda Blair, “Donald Trump: Master Apprentice,” March 1, 2005 […]

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DONALD ON DONALD: “There’s no excuse for staying home; the world’s too fantastic to miss out on it. I wish I could travel more.”  [NOTE: On 10-10-1990 Trump stated, “Stay as close to home as possible. Travel is time-consuming and, in my opinion, boring—especially compared with the fun I have doing deals in my office. […]

Read More… from 10/12/2004


DONALDISM: “Don’t worry about actively promoting yourself.” [NOTE: On 12-24-1984 Trump stated, “Let people know what you’ve done. What good is it if no one knows about it? You’ve gotta be a promoter.”]  – Donald Trump and Meredith McIver, “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire,” Oct. 12, 2004 […]

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DONALD ON DONALD: “Fortunately, I don’t pride myself on being a know-it-all.” [NOTE: On 11-15-1984 Trump stated “It would take an hour and a half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles. … I think I know most of it anyway.”]  – Donald Trump and Meredith McIver, “How to Get Rich,” March 23, 2004 […]

Read More… from 3/23/2004


IRAQ/WAR: “The war’s a mess.” [NOTE: Trump stated, on 9-11-2002 “In favor of invading Iraq? ‘Yeah, I guess so.’ ” and then on 3-21-2003, “It [Iraq War] looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint.”]  – William Booth and Sharon Waxman, “Hollywood Partyers, Soldiering On,” The Washington Post, March 23, 2003 […]

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POLITICAL FIGURES: “… Ronald Reagan, to me, was a great president. And whether you are liberal or you’re conservative, people really view him as a great president. He’ll go down as a great president and not so much for the things he did, it’s just, there was a demeanor to him and a spirit that […]

Read More… from 10/8/1999