29. December: Donald Trump threatens to close the border to Mexico completely

US President Donald Trump has threatened to close the southern border completely, if the Democrats would give him the money to build the wall is finished. The announced Trump on Twitter. Background of the budget negotiations, the United States are currently in the so-called Shutdown. The partial government shutdown in the U.S. will last well into the new year. With his Tweet, Trump wants to put apparently, the Democrats are under pressure to follow his Wishes. Trump stood in a further Twitter message on the North American free trade agreement Nafta: The United States each year, around 75 billion dollars were lost due to trade with Mexico – “money from the drug trade, not counting”. The closure of the Mexican border was therefore a “profitable Operation”. “We build the wall or we close the southern border,” he continued.

28. December: majority of Americans Trump the blame for the Shutdown

Bad news for Donald Trump in the budget dispute: In the public’s perception of the US President bears the main responsibility for the partial government shutdown stand, shops, a survey by the news Agency Reuters and the market research company Ipsos shows. 47 percent of the respondents, therefore, Trump the blame for the so-called Shutdown, 33 percent see the opposition of the Democrats in Congress responsible, and seven percent for the Republicans.

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The so-called Shutdown was entered in the night to Saturday and has placed parts of the US government apparatus is lame. It causes about 800,000 state employees get no salary. A part of them is sent to an unpaid mandatory leave. Hundreds of thousands of state employees whose activities are considered to be indispensable, you need to do this without payment your Job.

the main point of contention in the budget negotiations is the demand by US President Donald Trump to five billion dollars (4,39 billion euros) for the construction of a wall on the border to Mexico. The opposition Democrats, and also some of trump’s Republicans reject the claim strictly.

According to information provided by Reuters and Ipsos, 35 percent of survey participants said they were in favour of the money for the construction of the wall in the budget template to include. Only 25 percent of respondents said therefore, they advocated that Trump the issue of the government brings business to a standstill.

28. December: Shutdown drags on well into the new year

The partial government shutdown stand stores in the US will last well into the new year. Only a few minutes after the beginning of the Meeting, the Congress adjourned on Thursday to next week, as US media reported. Only a few deputies appeared after the Christmas holidays in Washington. US media now expect to found that, at the earliest, at the beginning of January an agreement on the budget and the border control Mexico, and thus the “Shutdown” could be terminated.

The deputies had been informed that this year, no votes were expected, reported CBS citing Congress circles. The Congress has virtually abandoned, to be solved in this year, the deadlock between the government of U.S. President Donald Trump and the opposition Democrats over the financing of the Berlin wall, wrote the “Washington Post”.

Trump insists on the construction of a wall. He had refused a bill to sign, if not five billion dollars for the border wall would be provided. The Democrats reject the. In the future constellation in Congress an agreement is likely to be even more difficult. In January, the balance of forces change. The Senate remains in the hands of the Republicans. In the house of representatives, the Democrats have the majority. Due to the partial shutdown of the government, hundreds of thousands of government officials in the forced leave or without salary work.

26. December: Donald Trump visited for the first time, in Iraq

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Christmas, surprising U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The spokesperson of the White house, Sarah Sanders announced on Wednesday via Twitter. The President and the First Lady traveled to Iraq to visit the troops, to thank the soldiers for their service and to wish you a merry Christmas, wrote Sanders. You published a photo of Trump and his wife, together with the soldiers. For the President it is in his term of office, the first visit to combat troops abroad at all.

In the past few months, the pressure on Trump was increased, troops in the combat zone to visit. For safety reasons, such Trips are announced, never before open to the public. Details about the exact time of his arrival and for the duration of his Visit were not immediately known.

trump’s visit comes at a time of the utmost turmoil in the U.S. Department of defense. The Pentagon chief James Mattis announced a few days ago, his resignation due to fundamental content legends of disagreements with Trump. The President had announced previously, all US soldiers out of Syria to be deducted. He justified this step by saying that the terrorist organization IS completely defeated. The decision national made international for an Outcry. Experts believe that it IS not defeated, and a deduction for fatal.

23. December: Trump Mattis-successor

announced After the resignation announcement by U.S. Secretary of defense Jim Mattis for February, announced President Donald Trump, to replace him for the year, for the time being, by Deputy Patrick Shanahan. He was making “our very talented Deputy Minister of defense,” Shanahan from 1. January the acting Minister of defense, informed Trump on Sunday in the short message service Twitter. Mattis had announced on Thursday because of differences with the President for the end of February for his resignation.

23. December: “Shutdown” of the US government runs probably until after Christmas

The partial government shutdown shops in the USA will probably last until after Christmas. The U.S. Senate began its next regular meeting for the coming Thursday. Thus, it is considered likely that the law, it is only after Christmas to a formal decision on a budget – which would end the so-called Shutdown of Parts of the US government. A prerequisite for a substantive agreement is in any case first of all between the government of U.S. President Donald Trump and the opposition Democrats. So far both sides but unyielding in the dispute over the financing of a wall on the border to Mexico – what is the reason for the escalation.

In the night to Saturday a household appeared to lock parts of the government in power, because up to this time, no new budget law had been adopted for several Federal ministries. Trump had refused to be a of the budget act of signing, if not provided therein, also money for the long-requested border wall Mexico. He demanded five billion dollars. In the US Congress there was, however, not a majority. Due to the lack of budget law, then went to the government to Share the money.

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DPA 22. December: US special envoy for the fight against IS back step back, step back

The U.S. special envoy for the fight against the jihadists militia Islamic state (IS), Brett McGurk, occurs. McGurk to give up his Post for the 31. December, said a representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs in Washington on Saturday. The decision was announced three days after the surprising announcement by US President Donald Trump, all of the 2000 U.S. soldiers from Syria to deduct.

21. December: Trump is considering, apparently, visit to Germany

US President Donald Trump wants to come, according to US Ambassador Richard Grenell to Germany and the hometown of his ancestors in the Rhineland-Palatinate visit. “I don’t know when, but he told me that he is coming to the hometown of his family wants to see,” said Grenell in Berlin.

trump’s paternal grandparents came from Kallstadt an der weinstraße. The village with about 1200 inhabitants, is one of the best-known wine villages in the Palatinate. Trump was never there.

The US President has visited during his nearly two years in office already once in Germany: In July of 2017, he took part in the G20 summit in Hamburg. Was a purely bilateral visit, he, however, never been to Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Trump two Times in Washington.

20. December: Trump switches to U.S. Secretary of defense Mattis

Only a few hours after the US President, Donald Trump has announced that 2000 US soldiers out of Syria to be deducted, he changes his Minister of defence James Mattis. Mattis will leave at the end of February the Cabinet of Ministers, announced by Trump on Twitter. In two Tweets, Trump praised Mattis and thanked him for his service. Mattis was considered for some time as one of the candidates, the need to leave the White house. Most recently, the two had a wand, apparently, differences of opinion about the new chief of General Mark Milley, the U.S. President against the recommendation of Jim Mattis had been nominated.

20. December: US President rejects compromise to the budget act ab

In the budget dispute in the USA, will be President Donald Trump, according to the Republican Congressman is not a law on transitional financing up to 8. February to sign. The speaker of the house of representatives, Paul Ryan, said that Trump had given the with his “legitimate concern” for border security. Ryan and other Republican members had previously met at the White house with Trump. The President of the United States requested five billion dollars for the planned construction of the wall on the border with Mexico are not included in the financing plan. The bridge financing has to pass the Senate by midnight on Friday the house of representatives, and Trump will be presented for signature. Otherwise, there will be a closure of approximately a quarter of the Federal authorities. Republicans and Democrats alike indicated that the submission by the Congress is likely to be approved.

18. December: trump’s Foundation is because of illegal shops

resolved, The Foundation’s US President, Donald Trump will be dissolved because of illegal transactions. The Trump Foundation have signed an agreement, said New York state attorney Barbara Underwood. “The Trump Foundation was little more than a cheque book, in order to serve business and political interests of Mr. Trump,” wrote Underwood. The remaining assets of the Foundation should now be to several charity organizations. Specifically, the Trumps should have collected with the Foundation’s donations in the amount of 2.8 million dollars, in order to influence the presidential election campaign in 2016. With the money, Trump paid open legal claims against his holiday home Mar-A-Lago in Florida and a Golf club, Trump Hotels advertised and things purchased for personal use.

15. December: trump’s interior Minister resigns from US government

From the government team of the US President, Donald Trump ruled out another member. Minister of the interior, Ryan Zinke will go to the end of the year, announced by Trump on Twitter. A successor will be named next week. Prong was longer than the loose candidate. The Democrats had to initiate after the house of representatives-winning the between choice announced investigations against the future Ex-Minister of the interior – due to the possibility of questionable expenses stories.

15. December: Trump nominated budget Director Mulvaney as interim chief of staff

After persistent speculation has appointed US President Donald Trump his former budget Director Mick Mulvaney to the interim chief of staff in the White house. The ultra-conservative Mulvaney to replace the outgoing chief of staff John Kelly, as Trump announced on Twitter. The search for candidates for the key Posts in the White house appears to be harder than I thought. Mulvaney had done in his previous role as budget Director in the White house for “outstanding” work, said Trump. He is looking forward to working with him in his new Position, cooperate. The 51-year-old Mulvaney, a former Republican Congressman for the U.S. state of South Carolina, is considered to be extremely conservative and as a supporter of a strict Haushaltsdisziplin. As a budget Director in the White house he is for government spending and administration.

Whether Mulvaney should only be a temporary solution, remained unclear. From the White house it was said: “There is no time limit. He is acting chief of staff, which means that he is the chief of staff. On the question of why Trump Mulvaney announced as acting chief of staff, said: “Because this is what the President wants.”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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