POLITICS: Trump not doing well in office

Bill Tennant thinks President Trump is doing a good job (DNS, June 2).

He writes that “. . . he’s done more in the past 18 months than most presidents have done within their full four-year term in office.” Let’s look at what he actually has done.

He has insulted and antagonized our historic and/or traditional allies and trading partners — Canada, England, France, Germany and other members of the EU; Mexico, South Korea, China and Japan. He has protected and supported Putin and Russia and is attempting to negotiate with North Korea. Watch for North Korea to use photos with Trump at the summit in their propaganda while China, South Korea and Japan worry about “deals” made that might be to their detriment.

If there is anything the rest of the world has learned about Donald Trump it is that they cannot trust him.

His close relationship with Russia began when New York bankers would no longer loan him money for his projects as he would default or declare bankruptcy to avoid repayment. He learned Russians were eager to help fund his business deals because they then had leverage on him. His real estate deals with rich Russians show that pattern and explains why he is on such friendly terms with Russia.

President Trump has refused to follow procedures of previous presidents of both parties in disclosing tax records and setting up blind trusts to handle business connections. In the past, that has provided the American people with some confidence that political decisions are not being made to benefit the president and his family. That is no longer the case. Suspicious alliances/deals have been made, or attempted to be made, by the president’s family.

We expect business people to make decisions that support their personal interests but not presidents! They are supposed to make decisions that strengthen the country, not their own businesses. Space does not permit me to go into specifics of the many examples but if you have not heard of these decisions, you are getting your news from the wrong source.

Members of Trump’s cabinet and White House staff have been involved in scandals. The most egregious is Scott Pruitt, Secretary of the EPA. He has misused funds, accepted gifts of housing from a lobbyist with business before his agency, has approved changes in regulations that are a detriment to the function of the agency he heads and damages the welfare of people in the United States. It should now be called The Department Opposed to Environmental Protection. Trump praises him and condones his lack of ethics.

Mr. Tennant concludes his comments by writing, “I think it’s long past due that we all face reality and honestly do what’s the very best for our country. . .”

I commit to doing that, Bill. For the good of our country, I will oppose most of President Trump’s agenda and work to elect people who will get us back on track, working with the rest of the world to solve problems instead of looking for selfish self-aggrandizement.

Shirley McAllister


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