Editor’s Note: Everyone’s got an opinion, but who has the facts? At LibertyNation.com, we like to say, “Truth is Making a Comeback because Facts Matter.” So, each week, our editorial staff combs through the noise to bring you the highlights of what the president did and said.
February 3 – Monday, Feb. 3 began a very busy week for President Trump. As usual, some of his actions made national news and some did not. The president delivered remarks for the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment, which expanded the right to vote to many who had previously been disenfranchised based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” He amended the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands disaster declaration, making more assistance available. Craig Edward Leen of the District of Columbia was nominated to the post of Inspector General at the Office of Personnel Management. First Lady Melania Trump also officially announced the 2020 White House Easter Egg Roll, which will take place Monday, April 13.
February 4 – Just a day before the Senate decided his fate as president, Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address. He also made quite a few nominations: Lorenzo Candelaria of New York to the National Council on the Humanities, Tony Hammond of Missouri to the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Johnathan D. Hiller of Virginia to the Board of Trustees to the United States Naval Academy, and Isaac Applbaum of California, Constantine M. Saab of Virginia, William Henry Kirkland III of Georgia, and Bradley P. Johnson of Virginia to the Commission on Presidential Scholars. He also made five judicial nominations: John Leonard Badalamenti of Florida to the Middle District of Florida, Thomas T. Cullen of Virginia to the Western District of Virginia, Kathryn C. Davis of Maryland and Daniel Z. Epstein of Texas to the US Court of Federal Claims, Anna M. Manasco of Arkansas to the Northern District of Arkansas, Stephen P. McGlynn of Illinois to the Southern District of Illinois, and Drew B. Tipton of Texas to the Southern District of Texas. Michael Allen Hager of Arkansas, Thomas L. Foster of Virginia, Vincent F. DeMarco of New York, and Owen McCurdy Cypher of Michigan were also appointed US Marshals for districts in each of their respective states.
February 5 – The biggest news of the week, perhaps, was Wednesday’s Senate vote to acquit President Trump of the impeachment charges against him. The vote went as expected, with all but one Republican voting to acquit and all Democrats voting to convict. The president was, of course, quite happy about the outcome, though he did report being very disappointed in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for ripping up his speech. In addition to the resolution of the impeachment trial, the president appointed four judges: Christy Chriswell Wiegand of Pennsylvania to the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Franklin U. Valderrama and Iain D. Johnston of Illinois to the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and David W. Dugan of Illinois to the District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
February 6 – Thursday, Feb. 6, the president signed one bill into law. The Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act extends the scheduling order that classifies certain fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs for an additional 15 months. Thursday was also the 68th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, which President Trump has attended each year of his presidency.
February 7 – President Trump flew to Charlotte, N.C. Friday to attend and address the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit. He stopped for a chat with the press before boarding Marine One and fielded questions on a number of topics. The biggest reveal here was his response to rumors that he planned to sack both Alexander Vindman, who testified against the president during the impeachment inquiry, and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Trump explained that he wasn’t happy with Vindman, but that everything was fine with Mulvaney. Vindman, of course, was escorted out of the White House Saturday, Feb. 8.
Tune in to LibertyNation.com next Sunday for the next installment of “The Trump Report: Just the Facts.”
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