Trump controversies: Michael Flynn, the travel ban and others
Published: 2017-02-15 11:06:43.0 BdST Updated: 2017-02-15 14:40:46.0 BdST
US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation under fire was just the latest in a series of controversies that have embroiled the Trump administration since it took office on Jan 20.
Here are several of the tempests that have swirled around the new White House:
Flynn quit on Monday after misleading the White House about his contacts with Russia before taking office and President Donald Trump lost trust in him, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said. US lawmakers, including some leading Republicans, called for an investigation.
Michael Flynn. Reuters
National security at Mar-a-Lago
Private guests at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida snapped photos of the president and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe conferring and looking at documents while surrounded by aides following a weekend missile launch by North Korea.
Travel ban chaos
Trump issued an executive order on Jan 27 temporarily banning US entry by travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees, citing the need to protect Americans.
Court nominee's dismay
The Seattle judge's order drew fire from Trump on Twitter, who criticised the jurist and the court system.
Kellyanne Conway plug
Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway urged Americans last week to buy his daughter Ivanka Trump's clothing and jewellery products during an appearance on a national television programme after department store chain Nordstrom Inc said it was dropping them due to a decline in sales.
Puzder's undocumented cleaner
Trump's nominee to head the Labor Department, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, admitted on Feb 7 he employed an illegal immigrant as a house cleaner. Puzder, who already faced strong opposition from Senate Democrats and progressive groups because of his views on labour issues, said he and his wife had employed the housekeeper for a few years without knowing she was not legally permitted to work in the country. He said that when he learned of her status, he and his wife ended her employment and offered her help in getting legal status.
Mexican visit cancelled
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto scrapped plans to meet his counterpart in Washington during the second week of Trump's presidency after Trump tweeted that Mexico should cancel the meeting if it was not prepared to pay for his proposed border wall.
Spat with Australian PM
Trump abruptly ended a phone call in late January with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, telling the leader of one of the United States' closest allies that it was the "worst call by far" he had had with a foreign leader, according to the Washington Post.
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
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