Questions About Trump’s Fitness For Office Arise Following Recent Gaffes
After recent gaffes by President Donald Trump, U.S. security and intelligence experts are beginning to question whether he has the intellectual capacity to manage the affairs of the nation.
Mr. Trump said recently he met a non-existent “President of U.S. Virgin Islands,” praised a non-existent African nation of “Nambia” and exhibited lack of knowledge of the existence of the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
According to a recent online report by Vanity Fair, when President Donald Trump was told by former presidential adviser Steve Bannon that he could face removal from office by vice president Mike Pence and members of his cabinet through the 25th amendment, the president reportedly responded “What’s that?” giving the impression he is not aware of the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
On Friday, Donald Trump said in a speech to his supporters in Washington that he spoke to the “President of the US Virgin Islands.” The problem is the U.S. Virgin Islands is a United States’ territory, and Trump is its president. Trump was speaking about his trip to the United States’ offshore territories that were hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in recent weeks.
“I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it,” Clapper said recently.
Also, speaking at a United Nations forum recently, President Trump referred to a nonexistent African country named “Nambia.” Experts say they could not tell if he was referring to Namibia in southern Africa or Gambia in West Africa.
While talking about the recovery efforts following the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Trump said, “I will tell you I left Texas, and I left Florida, and I left Louisiana, and I went to Puerto Rico, and I met with the President of the Virgin Islands.”
Mr. Trump repeated the mistake days later while talking to the audience at the Values Voter Summit. “The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely, and we are there, we are going to be there, we have, it is not even a question of a choice,” Trump said.
Trump was apparently referring to Kenneth Mapp, the Governor of the US Virgin Islands. A spokesperson for Mr. Mapp declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s gaffe. “It does not serve our purpose to participate in the national hoopla over whether Donald Trump is making competent comments or not,” said Sam Topp, deputy communications director for Mr. Mapp.
The official White House transcript of the speech had ‘Governor’ written where Mr. Trump said ‘President,’ a parenthetical correction of “governor” has been added.
U.S. Security and intelligence officials are worried. Former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper said recently that he question’s Trump’s fitness and ability to carry out the duties of his office. “I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it,” Clapper said recently.
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