On February 3rd, 2017, Politico wrote on an overlooked part of the executive order banning visa holders entry to the US for travelers from 7 majority Muslim nations, which calls for a "uniform screening standard and procedure" for everyone seeking entry to the US, regardless of their country of origin. Politico argues that this could essentially destroy US tourism, and complicate or even block the entry of foreign diplomats. It should be noted that former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was held for questioning over the weekend at Dulles Airport, despite carrying a diplomatic passport.
On February 3rd, 2017, the Washington Post reported that Eric Trump's trip to Uruguay in early January cost US taxpayers nearly $100,000 in hotel rooms alone for Secret Service and embassy staff, for a Trump Organization promotional trip, despite Trump and his father's assurance that the family would be running the company in a blind trust and would not participate in government. Trump was photographed earlier this week at the Capitol, alongside his brother, Donald J. Trump, Jr., speaking with Senator Orin Hatch.
On February 3rd, 2017, Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks was targeted by DT supporters on Twitter for an op-ed in Foreign Policy magazine where she wrote that this was the first time in her life that she could imagine a military coup in the US, after the story was picked up and inaccurately headlined by white supremacist propaganda website Breitbart. The editorial did not call for a coup, but merely framed the possibility if DT asks the military to perform actions that violate their oath and duty to uphold the constitution.
On February 3rd, 2017, Politico reported that DT's Mar-a-Lago vacation this weekend could cost taxpayers close to $3,000,000 (three million dollars), three times more than a vacation taken by Michelle Obama that he deeply criticized in July, while claiming the unemployment rate was at "15%" (the unemployment rate was actually at 8.2%).
On February 3rd, 2017, the Independent reported that Milo Yiannopoulos's event at UC Berkeley was to encourage students to out local undocumented immigrants. While Breitbart, a white supremacist propaganda site where Yiannopoulos is an editor, insists this was not the case, the website published an article on January 31st about Yiannopoulos and the David Horowitz Freedom Center joining forces to stop sanctuary campuses "that shelter illegal immigrants from being deported."
On February 3rd, 2017, the New York Times reported that Vanity Fair and the New Yorker will not participate in the White House Correspondents Dinner. The New Yorker has canceled its usual pre-party, and Vanity Fair its usual star studded after party.
On February 3rd, 2017, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul doubled down on Kellyanne Conway's fictitious terrorist attack, the Bowling Green Massacre, that she made up on Chris Matthews' Hardball MSNBC show last night. Senator Paul went on MSNBC early this morning to say that there was an "attempted bombing" in Bowling Green by Iraqi terrorists. There was no attempted bombing or plot in Kentucky or the US, but two men Iraqi men whose fingerprints were found on incendiary devices in Iraq were arrested in Bowling Green. Contrary to Conway's insistence that the media covered this information up, there was plenty of coverage of the incident.
On February 3rd, 2017, DT signed two executive orders dismantling consumer protections from financial advisors and banks. The first, which has yet to go into affect and was due to start in April, and was crafted by President Barack Obama, would require investment advisors to work only in the best interest of their clients who are investing in retirement accounts, rather than steering investors toward or only presenting investors with higher fee options that would benefit the advisors. The White House argues that this "limits consumer choice" despite the fact that it would not only not forbid advisors from presenting investors with higher fee options, but would require that all options within an investor's parameters are presented.
On February 3rd, 2017, DT signed two executive orders dismantling consumer protections from financial advisors and banks. The second directs the Treasury Department to work with financial regulators to dismantle parts of the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Act which was put into place after the financial crisis of 2008. Among items specifically on the chopping block is the Volcker Rule, which prohibits banks from making trades for their own profit rather than their account holders.
On February 3rd, 2017, suddenly discharged Department of State official Tom Countrymen delivered a brilliant farewell address, which included this scathing indictment of DT and his administration: "Business made America great, as it always has been, and business leaders are among our most important partners. But let’s be clear, despite the similarities. A dog is not a cat. Baseball is not football. And diplomacy is not a business. Human rights are not a business. And democracy is, most assuredly, not a business."
On February 3rd, 2017, the New York Times reported that they had obtained records that show that, despite his promises to the contrary, DT has made no legal moves to distance himself from the Trump Organization in any way, shocking exactly no one.
On February 3rd, 2017, while meeting with executives representing American corporate interests, DT made clear that he will decide which reporters will be permitted to cover the White House. During the meeting, he complained that the press pool was "Not behaving" and had them escorted out of the Oval Office.
On February 3rd, 2017, without warning, the USDA's removed of thousands of records related to the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates the treatment of animals in research labs, puppy mills, circuses, and zoos.
On February 3rd, 2017, the United States Senate demanded that DT disclose the records of all members of Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach private club owned by the Trump Organization that recently doubled its membership fee and specifically advertises its relationship to DT to ensure that no "pay to play" with foreign governments is taking place.
On February 3rd, 2017, the FCC, headed up by new DT appointee Ajit Pai, informed 9 companies that they will no longer be able to participate in a program that provides assistance for broad-band internet access to low income families. The amount of assistance is $9.25 per month.
On February 3rd, 2017, the 4-month-old Iranian girl who was denied entry to the US for lifesaving heart surgery was granted a waiver by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Fatemah Reshad will receive treatment for free at a New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.
On February 3rd, 2017, NBC reported that since his inauguration 2 weeks ago, DT has been named in 52 federal lawsuits in 17 states. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are tied for second most lawsuits in which they were named in the period between January 20th and February 1st, trailing well behind with 4 lawsuits each.