16. July 11, 2018
During a summit in Brussels with NATO allies, Trump says members of the alliance need to pay more for their defense. He chides Germany as being “a captive of Russia” because it buys oil and natural gas from Russia.
17. July 13, 2018
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers, who are accused of trying to interfere in the election as well as hacking the Democratic National Committee. The announcement of the allegations comes days before Trump’s scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
18. July 16, 2018
Following his summit meeting with Putin, lawmakers and pundits left and right roundly criticize Trump for his appearance with the Russian president. In the summit, Trump appears to downplay the conclusion of American intelligence sources that Russia tried to help him win the election, takes swipes at the FBI and special counsel for their probes into possible Russian interference in the election, and slams the U.S. news media. Former CIA Director John Brennan calls Trump’s public statements “nothing short of treasonous.”
19. July 19, 2018
The president nominates Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the resignation of Anthony Kennedy. Abortion rights advocates express opposition to Trump’s choice of Kavanaugh, while Democrats are concerned about some of his written opinions on executive privilege.
20. Aug. 12, 2018
Trump calls for a boycott of Harley Davidson Inc. after the motorcycle maker announces it is going to move production of its signature motorcycles overseas. Harley Davidson says the move is designed to avoid tariffs imposed by European Union countries in response to Trump’s imposition of duties on imported steel and aluminum.