Something is Seriously Off with Donald Trump
For the past few months, I have had this questions in my head, like I am sure most Americans have – How did Donald Trump ever become the President of the United States?
Sure, I am aware of the help he may have received from Russian hackers.
I am also acutely aware that other factors may have influenced the last presidential election but I have a hard time believing that we as Americans could have been so easily fooled into voting for this man, a man with the intelligence of a 6-year old.
Something is seriously wrong with Donald Trump. It scares me to say that about a man with his hands on the nuclear code and the economic levers of the world’s most powerful nation.
Trump has never seen a lie too preposterous to tell. At the last count, he has recorded over 1100 lies. There are now so many of them that the default position has become to doubt every word coming out of his mouth.
Just this week, the U.S. Justice Department confirmed what most Americans already knew – that former president, Barack Obama’s administration did not wiretap Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential elections.
“Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the department said about the tweet by Trump. NSD is the National Security Division of the Justice Department.
Trump knowingly lied about that, even when he didn’t have to. Kids lie to get out of tough situations. If you are a parent, you know that but you expect adults to know better.
The reason Trump lied was to divert attention from Russia investigations.
Before this administration, Americans and the world at large trusted every word spoken by the U.S. President. When the president spoke, people paid attention and trusted that he was telling the truth.
They also knew that U.S. presidents do not just make up stuff. When he said anything, you believed he knew what he was talking about and he meant every word.
Not Donald Trump. He has no qualms about lying and he would lie about anything, no matter how trivial.
Trump has demonstrated over and over that he had no empathetic bone in his body. His command of English language is so limited that some six-year olds have better command of the language than the President of the United States.
Just this week Trump tweeted this after visiting Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: “It’s been very nice. It’s been a wonderful thing. As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing,” Trump said. “I think even for the country to watch and for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful.”
Beautiful? His visit has been beautiful? What was Trump thinking? Beautiful is not the word that comes to mind after visiting Houston today. I live in Houston, Texas and trust me, beautiful isn’t the first thing one thinks after seeing such devastation.
“Heart breaking.” “Devastating.” Or maybe “tragic.” Those would be what you expect to hear from your president after seeing such devastation. Not beautiful?
Also consider his threats against North Korea. He has threatened the Asian nation so many times that at this point, no one takes his threats seriously. Kim Jong Un must be laughing every time Trump issues these ridiculous threats.
Red lines? Forget it. He has issued so many of those and they have been crossed so many times that the world just ignores them now.
He has taken to threatening U.S. allies who do business with North Korea, including South Korea. For what? No one knows.
“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea,” Trump tweeted over the weekend.
Does Trump understand that to preserve peace in the region, South Korea has to do business with the North?
Does he understand that should war break out in the region, South Korea stands to lose the most, perhaps more than China? Military experts say South Korea could easily lose hundreds of thousands of its citizens in case of nuclear war with the North.
Does Trump have the capacity to understand that?
Does he understand that China has no obligation to work with the United States to rein in North Korea? That the only thing driving China is self interest, not America’s interest?
On the home front, Trump has become the first United States president to go through nearly an entire year of his presidency without achieving anything meaningful legislatively. To date, Trump has managed to pass zero, yes zero major legislation.
Build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it? Nope. Pass an infrastructure bill? No. Ban Muslims from entering the United States? Bring manufacturing jobs back? Impose tariffs on good made in Mexico and China? Withdraw or renegotiate NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement? No.
How about fully repealing and replacing Obamacare? Renegotiating the Iran nuclear agreement? Cutting taxes for middle class Americansor taking Iraqi oil from Isis as he promised during the campaign? Nope, Nada.
More than six months after becoming U.S. president, Trump has managed to accomplish, well, nothing.
He has attempted on numerous occasions to take credit for the current U.S. economic growth but the truth is that the U.S. economic recovery began long before he became president and is the result of the policies and actions of the previous administration. He hasn’t put forth a single legislation aimed at boosting the U.S. economy.
Trump became rich by bullying and blustering his way through real estate deals. Bullying may work in real estate world but he is finding that in the real world, it does not.
U.S. presidency requires the willingness to work with others, the maturity to make deals and the ability to understand the complexities of the U.S. economic system. These are all qualities our president lacks.
Trump simply does not have the ability to think things through.
He spent years living off his family’s name and fortune, and borrowed money.
“I will be meeting General Kelly, General Mattis and other military leaders at the White House to discuss North Korea. Thank you,” he tweeted over the weekend.
Yes, Mr. President. No one needs to know that. Meeting with chiefs of staff and cabinet secretaries is what presidents are expected to do. Stop talking about it on Twitter.
Just do it, Mr. President!
Another tweet: “We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel. Happy #LaborDay!”
Happy Labor Day, Mr. President. Just shut up! You talk too much.
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