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 told governors that they should get respirators, ventilators and other equipment themselves if possible instead of relying on the federal government.
Disputing World Health Organization estimates of the death rate from the coronavirus, President Trump said he had a “hunch” that the actual number was significantly lower.
Trump unveiled his budget plan that includes steep cuts to healthcare, food assistance and housing for low-income families.
Kaiser Health News’ team of reporters evaluated Trump’s claims regarding healthcare policy in his State of the Union speech earlier this week, providing facts and context about the Administration’s record.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Trump signaled a willingness to cut Medicare and other programs that support working people to reduce the federal deficit which has ballooned because of his tax cuts for the wealthy.
Warren said she would begin to wipe out student loan debt on her first day as President, arguing that current law gives the president that power. She said she will cancel up to $50,000 in student debt for middle class Americans.
In a party line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, making him just the third president in U.S.history charged with high crimes and misdemeanors.
President Trump campaigned on his commitment to bring back manufacturing jobs in 2016 but his trade war has caused hiring to remain sluggish.
The Trump administration appealed a case to the D.C. Circuit court, hoping to reinstate three executive orders that restricted federal workers’ ability to negotiate over workplace issues. Last year a federal judge ruled the provisions unlawful.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began arrests of immigrant families this Sunday in an effort widely touted by President Trump who says ICE is “going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries.”
Trump tweeted that “‘Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” should “go back” to the countries they came from. Trump’s racist language targeted four congresswomen of color -- three of whom were born in this country.
Trump said in an interview that he will put forward a new healthcare plan in the next two months and plans to make this issue a central focus of his reelection effort.
Trump gave a speech focused on the environment to an audience including oil and energy lobbyists, lawmakers from energy-rich states, and people from think tanks dedicated to questioning climate science, but failed to mention climate change, the most urgent and dire environmental threat to life on earth.
Trump announced that ICE would begin to arrest and deport migrant families who have pending court dates, despite the fact that these operations are typically not announced in advance.
“Since taking office in January 2016, he has chosen anti-labor nominees for Cabinet positions, issued a number of executive orders and backed rules and legislation that weaken labor rights.”
In a new, but yet-to-be-defined role, Thomas Homan--who served as the acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and defended the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents--will join the President’s immigration team as the Border Czar.
While trying to make it harder for people fleeing other countries to seek asylum in the United States, the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy separated thousands of children from their parents upon entering the United States--including 4 month old Constantin Mutu.
In an attempt to deny climate change, Trump says he doesn’t believe science published by his own administration and supports senior national security staff who consulted members of an organization that challenges well-established mainstream scientific findings that emissions from coal oil and gas harm our air and the earth’s