The British and French were at war again and the British commiting impressment of American sailors. Because of this, Washington sent John Jay to Britain to fix this problem. When he came back, he fixed many problems with the British.
Give us a 1.2 million loan and $250,000 or you can't meet with Talleyrand.
Before leaving office, President Washington wrote a farewell speech. The speech gave Americans advice on how to run the country such as to stay away from politics in Europe.
Alien & Sedition Acts
Sir, your under arrest.
Political parties started not too long before George Washington left office. The Federalists were led by Alexander Hamilton and the Democratic-Republicans were led by Thomas Jefferson. Alexander liked the British and Thomas liked the French.
Hurry, Thomas Jefferson takes office tomorrow.
After the Jay Treaty, France was not happy with the United States. When the U.S. sent 3 commissioners to France to set things right. Instead of meeting Talleyrand, they were met by men they called X, Y, and Z. These men wanted a massive loan and a lot of money and so the commissioners went back to America.
The Alien and Sedition Acts were created by President John Adams. They allowed the President to arrest anyone who might have caused a problem with national security. They also allowed the President to do other things with people who might be causing a problem with national security.
Your of French descent and we are at war with France.
The Midnight Appointments were when Presidents rush to create new laws that their political party will like. These are usually done when the President and Congress are led by the same party.