Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Controversies

  • Donald Trump lashed out at Germany, one of Americas most powerful allies, via Twitter and said that the relationship between the two countries was "very bad" for the United States before threatening that the relationship "will change" without elaborating further.
  • An unidentified person from the Trump Administration leaked highly classified information about the terrorist attack in Manchester, England without receiving approval from the British government and while the British government was still tracking down all possible leads into the bombing.
  • First Lady Melania Trump swatted away Donald Trump's hand as he reached for it on the tarmac at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. The First Couple were walking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife on a red carpet when a camera caught Trump reaching for her hand only to have the First Lady swat it away.
  • Donald Trump bragged about firing former FBI Director James Comey to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during a private meeting in the Oval Office. Trump's meeting with the FM and Ambassador were held the same day he fired Mr. Comey. An intelligence source reported that Trump told that two that he just "fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job."
  • Donald Trump accused Secretary Hillary and President Obama of committing "illegal acts" in an early morning Tweet lamenting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election and their potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump tweeted: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!"
  • Donald Trump claimed that the current investigation into his and his campaigns ties to the Russian government is "the greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history." Trump offered no documentation to back his claim up.
  • Donald Trump's top advisers are afraid to leave him alone with foreign leaders because they are worried that he will "speak out of turn." This is especially true for his National Security Adviser, General McMaster, who feels he has "to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground."
  • Donald Trump shared the highest level of classified information about the Islamic State with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during a meeting with the two in the oval office. The individual who provided the information did not give the Trump White House permission to share it with Russia and it is very possible that the source is now compromised. Government officials, speaking confidentially, claimed that the information Trump passed along was so secret that it hasn't been shared with our closest allies.
  • Donald Trump claimed that former FBI Director James Comey requested to have a private dinner with him shortly after his inauguration, but multiple sources have said that is not true and that such a request would have had to be approved by the Deputy Attorney General before Comey would be able to host the President for dinner.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's wrote a letter recommending the termination of FBI Director James Comey and that Trump agreed after receiving the letter from him, but that is not true. What actually happened is that Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who has supposedly recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election), and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to his office and asked the two to come up with a reason in writing to terminate Mr. Comey. Rosenstein then followed the orders of the President and wrote a memo outlining why Comey should be let go, which Trump then used as a justification to terminate Mr. Comey.
  • Donald Trump refused to allow any American press in the oval office to capture images of his meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, but he did allow the Russian press to enter and document the meeting.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ran behind a tall bush on the White House grounds in an attempt to avoid answering journalists questions regarding Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Spicer spent several minutes behind the bushes before eventually reappearing and answering a handful of questions from the press, although he insisted they all turn their lights off.
  • Donald Trump was personally warned by President Obama that Michael Flynn was potentially compromised by the Russian government two days after the Presidential election. Trump ignored President Obama's warning and asked Flynn to be his National Security Adviser. Flynn was fired from the position weeks later after it was revealed that he lied about conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
  • Donald Trump sent out numerous tweets accusing former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates of leaking classified information and encouraging Republican Senators to grill her on that issue. Legal analysts have pointed out that there is no precedent in our nations history where a President threatened a witness before they were to testify before a Senate committee.
  • Four top aides to Donald Trump are accused of secretly meeting with Russian government officials in Prague during the height of the 2016 Presidential campaign. A memo written by a respected former MI6 official to the British government claims that these officials went to Prague to hold “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers” over how to reimburse the hackers for their work.
  • Donald Trump told a Reuters journalist that he thought being President would be easier and that he missed his old life of luxury. Trump said that he "loved [his] previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
  • Donald Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama was to blame for Michael Flynn's vetting because Flynn accepted payments from Russian officials during the Obama Administration. Trump claimed that he decided not to vet Flynn because "he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration."
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a federal judge for putting a hold on Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban by degrading him for "sitting on an island in the Pacific." Sessions told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that he is "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
  • Donald Trump told Fox News that he was "sending an armada" towards North Korea to counter North Korea, but the carrier group was actually heading in the opposite direction towards Australia.
  • Donald Trump bragged to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he just bombed Syria while they were eating the dessert portion of their dinner. Trump told an interviewer that the two were eating "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen" when he told President Xi Jinping about the missile strike. Trump then claimed that President Xi Jinping was silent after being told about it.