2017-03-23 / Letters

Words for Trump: Shallow, vindictive, vain and erratic

To the Editor:

Letter writers of late have hurled a litany of charges against anyone with the temerity to question the actions of President Trump. Suspected ties to Russia are referred to as having “zero proof” despite Russia’s known meddling in our democratic election; the resignation of the National Security advisor for undisclosed contacts with Russia (recorded while in the Dominican Republic); and the recusal of the Attorney General for lying during his confirmation hearing about not having contact with members of the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. This, in addition to Trump’s son’s comment that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets”.

Trump’s unsubstantiated and now widely discredited allegation (by Republican leadership) of wiretapping by President Obama are seen by these conspiracy theorists as part of the CIA’s recently disclosed surveillance program. Comments such as regarding warrantless spying on U.S. citizens show just how much these people are uninformed. By act of Congress, the CIA has no legal jurisdiction to conduct operations within U.S. borders. Such activity is the exclusive pervue of the FBI and local law enforcement. If it did take place, and the CIA involved, it would constitute illegal conduct. Trump’s new head of the CIA can certainly get to the bottom of it. It has been several weeks since the allegation was leveled and the administration has not come forward with one shred of evidence; this episode is but another example of disturbing behavior exhibited by the President.

David Remnick said it best in the March 20, 2017 edition of the “New Yorker” when he wrote: “The problem in Washington is not a Deep State; the problem is a shallow man – an untruthful, vain, vindictive, alarmingly erratic President.”

Dan Ziegeler
E. Tatch Rd.

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