The Week in Trump is a collection of Trump news stories, editorials, memes and videos, with a focus on Russia, conflicts of interest, and mental instability.

Special Series:


This is a developing series looking in depth at the testimonies of Glenn Simpson (founder of Fusion GPS) before the House Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. The series will be supplemented by summaries of the Steele dossier, the talking points of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the opening statement to the Senate from William Browder, and the Nunes Memo.

Articles and Editorials of Interest:

March 2018

Former Playboy model gives emotional account of alleged affair with Trump, apologizes to Melania
(Washington Post – 3/23/18)

John Bolton: Bush-era war hawk makes comeback
(BBC – 3/22/18)

Nobody Is Left to Save the World From Trump Now
(New York Magazine – 3/22/18)

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer
(Daily Beast – 3/22/18)

My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data: The Cambridge Analytica scandal is drawing attention to malicious data thieves and brokers. But every Facebook app—even the dumb, innocent ones—collected users’ personal data without even trying.
(The Atlantic – 3/22/18)

How to see all the apps tracking you on Facebook — and block them
(Business Insider – 3/20/18)

Trump Made White House Staff Sign NDAs in Futile Effort to Stop Leaks: Report
(New York Magazine – 3/19/18)

Trump said Mueller’s team has ‘13 hardened Democrats.’ Here are the facts.
(Washington Post – 3/18/18)

The ‘value divide’ between Democrats and Republicans is getting bigger and bigger
(Washington Post – 3/18/18)

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans
(New York Times – 3/18/18)

(The Guardian – 3/18/18)

Jared Kushner’s Company Filed False NYC Paperwork About Its Buildings and Pushed Out Tenants, AP Report Alleges
(Newsweek – 3/18/18)


Trump’s lawyer calls on Justice Department to immediately end Russia probe
(Washington Post – 3/17/18)

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions
(New York Times – 3/17/18)

The Felix Sater Interviews:

A voter profiling firm hired by Trump likely grabbed data for tens of millions of Facebook users
(Washington Post – 3/17/18)

The Trump Tariff Layoffs Begin
(Wall Street Journal – 3/16/18)

Read former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe’s full statement after firing
(NBC News – 3/16/18)

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions
(New York Times – 3/16/18)

Russian Nikolai Glushkov’s Death In London Was A Murder, Police Say
(NPR – 3/16/18)

Trump’s CIA Has Set Up Teams To Kill Terrorists
(Buzzfeed – 3/16/18)

Meet The Activist Who Uncovered The Russian Troll Factory Named In The Mueller Probe
(NPR – 3/15/18)

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says
(New York Times – 3/15/18)

Russian Government Cyber Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors
(United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team – 3/15/18)

Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia
(New York Times – 3/15/18)

Trump ‘admitted making up figures to Justin Trudeau’
(BBC – 3/15/18)

Why Trump’s admission that he made stuff up to Justin Trudeau is particularly bad
(Washington Post – 3/15/19)

British Royal Family and government ministers will boycott World Cup in Russia after nerve agent attack on spy
(Mirror – 3/14/18)

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over chemical attack on ex-spy
(Reuters – 3/13/18)

Who Is Gina Haspel? Trump Announces CIA Replacement For Pompeo After He Takes Over For Tillerson
(Newsweek – 3/13/18)

Mike Pompeo at State Would Enable Trump’s Worst Instincts
(The Atlantic – 11/30/17)

Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo
(Washington Post – 3/13/18)

ICE spokesman resigns, citing fabrications by agency chief, Sessions about Calif. immigrant arrests
(Washington Post – 3/13/18)

The Nerve Agent Too Deadly to Use. Until Someone Did.
(New York Times – 3/13/18)

Britain gives Putin until midnight to explain nerve attack on former spy
(Reuters – 3/13/18)

Stormy Daniels Offers To Pay Back ‘Hush Money’ To Speak About Alleged Trump Affair
(NPR – 3/12/18)

Former Trump aide speaks to Mueller, believes Russia probe is ‘not a witch hunt’
(ABC News – 3/10/18)

Michael Cohen used Trump company email in Stormy Daniels arrangements
(NBC News – 3/9/18)

The secret Seychelles meeting Robert Mueller is zeroing in on, explained
(Vox – 3/7/18)

Putin praises Trump, says U.S. political system eating itself
(Washington Post – 3/7/18)

BREAKING NEWS: Nerve agent WAS used to poison Russian spy and his daughter as it’s revealed police officer first on the scene is also fighting for his life
(Daily Mail UK – 3/7/18)

The bank deregulation bill in the Senate, explained
(Vox – 3/6/18)

Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed
(NBC News – 3/6/18)

Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel
(New York Times – 3/6/18)

The long, terrifying history of Russian dissidents being poisoned abroad
(Washington Post – 3/6/18)

WSJ: Cohen complained about lack of reimbursement for porn star payment
(CNN – 3/5/18)

Former Russian spy critically ill in UK ‘after exposure to substance’
(The Guardian – 3/5/18)

Trump-Russia: Ex-aide refuses to co-operate with Mueller probe
(BBC – 3/5/18)

Christopher Steele: The Man Behind the Trump Dossier
(The New Yorker – 3/12/18 Issue)

 ‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages
(Washington Post – 3/3/18)

(Reuters – 3/2/18)

Mueller is reportedly scrutinizing Trump’s efforts last July to force Jeff Sessions out of office
(Business Insider – 3/2/18)

Putin on U.S. election interference: ‘I couldn’t care less’
(NBC News – 3/1/18)

Trump ignored ‘bright line’ on discussing Russia with Hicks
(Politico – 3/1/18)

Exclusive: FBI counterintel investigating Ivanka Trump business deal
(CNN – 3/1/18)

2 Meetings With Jared Kushner, and $509 Million in Loans: DealBook Briefing
(New York Times – 3/1/18)

Is Jared Kushner using the White House as his own personal boardroom?
(Washington Post – 3/1/18)

Jared Kushner Flames Out
(New York Times – 3/1/18)

Putin threatens US arms race with new missiles declaration
(The Guardian – 3/1/18)

February 2018

Hope Hicks to Leave Post as White House Communications Director
(New York Times – 2/28/18)

Trump Calls Sessions’s Handling of Surveillance Abuse Allegations ‘Disgraceful’
(New York Times – 2/27/18)

Ben Carson’s HUD Spends $31,000 on Dining Set for His Office
(New York Times – 2/27/18)

Shocker: Democrats’ predictions about the GOP tax cut are coming true
(Washington Post – 2/27/18)

Republicans Don’t Want to Know if Trump Colluded with Russia
(Vanity Fair – 2/26/18)

Trump’s Miss Universe Gambit
(The New Yorker – 2/26/19)

2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats’ Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo Is Released
(New York Times – 2/24/18)

Inside the Manafort money machine: A decade of influence-peddling, lavish spending and alleged fraud
(Washington Post – 2/23/18)

FACT CHECK: Why Didn’t Obama Stop Russia’s Election Interference In 2016?
(NPR – 2/21/18)

Trump supporters, conservatives rage over Russian bot purge, #TwitterLockOut
(USA Today – 2/21/18)

Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference
(Politico – 2/21/18)

The Making of a No. 1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy
(New York Times – 2/21/18)

FACT CHECK: Why Didn’t Obama Stop Russia’s Election Interference In 2016?
(NPR – 2/21/18)

Exclusive: Mueller’s interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts
(CNN – 2/20/18)

Axios: Kelly, Secret Service agent scuffled with Chinese officials over nuclear ‘football’
(The Hill – 2/18/18)

Former Trump aide Rick Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say
(Los Angeles Times – 2/18/18)

Trump’s Evolution From Relief to Fury Over the Russia Indictment
(New York Times – 2/18/18)

Full Text of Mueller Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals
(U.S. Department of Justice – 2/16/18) (BBC – 2/16/18)

Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference
(CNN – 2/16/18)

Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity
(The New Yorker – 2/16/18)

Mueller levels new claim of bank fraud against Manafort
(Politico – 2/16/18)

Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller
(CNN – 2/15/18)

Priebus on White House chaos: ‘Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50’
(Politico – 2/15/18)

“Who Needs a Controversy Over the Inauguration?”: Reince Priebus Opes Up About His Six Months of Magical Thinking
(Vanity Fair – 2/14/18)

Trump’s Biggest Potential Conflict Of Interest Is Hiding In Plain Sight
(Forbes – 2/13/18)

Stormy Daniels’ Explosive Full Interview on Donald Trump Affair: “I Can Describe His Junk Perfectly” (EXCLUSIVE)
(InTouch – 2/14/18)

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
(Buzzfeed – 2/11/18)

Bob Mueller’s Investigation is Larger – and Farther Along – Than You Think
(Wired – 2/5/18)

January 2018

MSNBC analyst to Dem rep: Has Nunes been compromised by the Russians?
(The Hill – 1/30/18)

Is Money-Laundering the Real Trump Kompromat?
(The Atlantic – 1/19/18)

Investigators Are Scrutinizing Newly Uncovered Payments By The Russian Embassy
(Buzzfeed – 1/18/18)

Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries
(Washington Post – 1/11/18)

Trump Renews Pledge to ‘Take a Strong Look’ at Libel Laws
(New York Times – 1/10/18) 

Democrats go it alone on Russia probe after partisan breakdowns
(Washington Post – 1/10/18)

Trump lawyer Cohen sues Fusion GPS, BuzzFeed over Steele dossier
(Politico – 1/9/18)

Senate Judiciary Committee Testimony by Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson
(Assets DocumentCloud – 1/9/18)

Fusion GPS Founder’s Senate Judiciary Testimony Released
(NPR – 1/9/18)

Former GOP rep: Trump’s mental health ‘a grave conversation’
(The Hill – 1/8/18)

Republicans who blasted Trump are still standing by him. Here’s why.
(NBC News – 1/8/18)

Making China Great Again
(The New Yorker – 1/8/18 Issue)

Trump Administration Set for Broad Engagement with Russia in Early 2018
(Buzzfeed – 1/7/18)

Trump reportedly starts his days later because he wants more ‘executive time’ to watch TV and tweet
(Business Insider – 1/7/18)

Trump, Defending His Mental Fitness, Says He’s a ‘Very Stable Genius’
(New York Times – 1/6/18)

The psychiatrist who briefed Congress on Trump’s mental state: this is “an emergency”
(Vox – 1/5/18)

Why do US evangelicals support Trump’s Jerusalem policy?
(BBC – 1/5/18)

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation
(New York Times – 1/4/18)

‘Yesterday morning, he was key. Today, I’m not sure’: Bannon’s allies start to abandon him
(Washington Post – 1/4/18)

Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?
(The Atlantic – 1/3/18)

Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book
(The Guardian – 1/3/18)

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President
(New York Magazine – 1/3/18)

Donald Trump’s Year of Living Dangerously
(Politico – 1/2/18)

December, 2017 and earlier

Incoherent, authoritarian, uninformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read
(Vox – 12/29/17)

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times
(New York Times – 12/28/17)

Dear F*cking Lunatic: An open letter to Donald Trump
(Daily KOS – 12/29/17)

This Should Freak Everyone Out: The Arctic Will Never Be Frozen Again

(Mother Jones – 12/26/17)

(Washington Post – 12/21/17)

The Darkest Day of the Year
(Democracy Now – 12/21/17)

Donald Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: A Fundamental Crisis
(Mother Jones – 12/20/17)

Internal FCC Report Shows Republican Net Neutrality Narrative Is False
(Motherboard – 12/18/17)

Increasingly a Necessity: A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism
(Moyers and Company – 12/15/17)

The Uncanny, Frightening Ways That Trump’s America Mirrors Hitler’s Germany
(Alternet – 12/11/17)

Putin’s Media Czar was Murdered Just Before Meeting Feds
(Buzzfeed – 7/28/17)

Why My Student Voted for Trump
(Moyers & Company – 1/23/17)

(See also side bar for articles from previous months)