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Trump’s relations with Russia and North Korea are completely normal given what passes for Trumpian reality. His idea of what’s real is whatever comes out of his mouth, anywhere, anytime. Trump, Putin and Kim are all the same, braced with lifelong experiences believing in their cockeyed and dangerous world view.
Richard N. Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and adviser to four presidents, said of Trump’s personal meetings with Putin, “If any president would have wanted witnesses and protection, it ought to have been Donald J. Trump.”
You’d think a man in as much hot water as Trump with a special counsel investigating undisclosed Russian deal-making would want backup. Nope. Instead, Trump does everything possible to keep things clandestine, demanding secrecy from interpreters and confiscating notes.
When the hammer comes down, no one will be more surprised than Trump.
During his campaign, Trump knew Putin hacked the DNC database and invited this country’s enemy to destroy a worthy political opponent. Regardless of anyone’s subjective views of Hillary, this is not done, ever. It’s treasonous, in addition to being thuggish and simple-minded.
In 2017, Trump encores by firing James B. Comey, director of the FBI, which becomes so concerned about Trump’s aiding and abetting Russia that it opens up a counterintelligence investigation.
Several of Trump’s closest former advisers are being prosecuted by Mueller for involvement with Russia, including George Papadopoulos, policy adviser; Paul Manafort, campaign chair; Michael Flynn, national security adviser; and longstanding personal lawyer Michael Cohen. All have pleaded guilty.
Now, Cohen has changed his mind about publicly testifying to Congress because of veiled threats to his family originating from, you guessed it, the president.
Trump should resign or be impeached and imprisoned.
Regarding the government shutdown, Trump is a dismantler, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, Trans-Pacific Partnership and constantly threatening our longtime invaluable partnership in NATO. Breaking government is nothing new for Donald. He has no compunction about holding federal workers hostage for a wall which, again and again, he touted would be paid for by Mexico. Trump is and always has been notorious for sticking it to workers and laborers. Reneging on contracts is his par for the course.
Deborah A. Baro