Donald TrumpU.S. President
Donald Trump is President of the United States, a former real estate CEO, and a reality television star.
Unions and Workers
Celebrated the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, a devastating and calculated attack on working people and unions.
Issued a rule change attacking roughly 800,000 home care workers’ ability to use common paycheck deductions for health insurance contributions, union dues, and other expenses.
Relaxed responsibility for companies like McDonald’s over their franchises. Under the new rule, fast food and other franchise workers face new obstacles to forming unions and raising wages.
Appointed a Labor Board that systematically rolled back workers’ rights to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their employers.
Proposed a new, higher overtime pay threshold that would cover 3 million fewer workers than an Obama-era overtime proposal.
Classified more workers as “independent contractors” so that their employers won’t have to pay them minimum wage.
Said during his 2016 campaign that he supported a $10 federal minimum wage, but has not sought any increase in the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour.
Is asking the Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Classified Uber drivers as “contractors”, creating new barriers to organizing for millions of workers in the growing gig economy.
He has vowed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it and has taken steps to weaken the law, drive up the cost of coverage, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and make it harder for people to access care.
He has made reducing immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, calling immigrants criminals, separating immigrant children from their parents in hopes of deterring future immigration, and promising to build a wall at the Mexican border. He has attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects DREAMers and to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost all of those who had those protections when he took office; those efforts have thus far been thwarted by the courts. He has also ramped up arrests, detentions, and deportations of people with no criminal record and has drastically reduced refugee admissions.
Has repeatedly called climate change “a hoax” and has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, an international commitment to halt climate change.
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Trump Claims He Slowed Coronavirus Testing to Depress Reported Cases in Recent Rally and Subsequent Public Appearance
At a recent political rally, widely criticized for creating the potential for spreading the coronavirus, Trump told attendees that he instructed aides to slow down coronavirus testing to create the appearance of fewer COVID-19 cases. At a subsequent press conference he reiterated his claim.
Undeterred by pleas from Oklahoma officials and public health experts, Trump planned to hold his first political rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahoma despite the significant increase in coronavirus cases in the state.
President Trump pushed back at the idea of police reform and systemic racism in America’s police departments at a White House event with local law enforcement, even as some of the local officials attending urged Trump to support reforms in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.
Trump Administration Uses Tear Gas, Flash Grenades on Peaceful Protestors in in Front of White House
President Trump’s administration used tear gas and flash grenades against people peacefully protesting the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor and others in front of the White House. Police employed these violent tactics at the behest of the administration to clear a path for Trump’s photo op in front of a nearby church.
5/30: Trump Threatens Military Intervention Against U.S. Citizens In the midst of protests over the murders of black people and the President’s response--as well as the deaths millions of Americans from COVID-19, Trumped encouraged further unrest, rather than taking steps to help the nation heal.
As states across the country prepare to conduct elections by mail to ensure people can vote safely during the pandemic, Trump falsely claimed that voting by mail will result in thousands of fraudulent ballots and forgeries.
Trump Argues He Is Not Responsible for His Administration’s Much-Criticized Response to the Pandemic
Trump continues to make the case that his administration has done an excellent job in its response to the coronavirus, despite the fact that the U.S. has the most deaths of any country in the world and has lagged behind many other countries in per-capita testing.
Despite the growing pandemic, Trump promised to continue his efforts “to terminate health care under Obamacare”, including the provision guaranteeing coverage for preexisting medical conditions.
Trump announced he would not extend federal social-distancing guidelines, instead focusing on how states can safely re-open.
Trump lent his support to people who are protesting governors’ stay-at-home orders despite the fact that the social-distancing restrictions follow the guidelines of his own administration.
Trump is pushing to re-open the economy even though most states do not have the capacity to conduct enough tests to assess the penetration of the virus. Public health experts say widespread testing is crucial to make it safer for Americans to return to work.
Despite soaring unemployment and millions of Americans losing their health insurance, the Trump administration has rejected a plan to reopen Obamacare enrollment.
Trump Says He Does Not Believe New York Hospitals Need Many More Ventilators to Care for COVID-19 Patients
In a call with Fox News, Trump said that he didn’t think New York hospitals really needed as many ventilators as Gov. Cuomo has requested to care for COVID-19 patients -- despite the fact that the pandemic is already overwhelming New York hospitals and sickening healthcare providers who don’t have necessary personal protective equipment. Medical experts predict it will get significantly worse.