Letter: Assessing Trump

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Assessing Trump

After reading Steven H. Osborn’s letter in the Monitor on July 13, I would first like to say, thank you for your service.

Second, I agree that when it came to foreign policy, Obama left a lot to be desired. His reluctance to listen to military experts about a withdrawal of troops led to the creation of ISIS as a terrorist threat. But the successes we’re having now against ISIS are merely the result of Trump’s continuation of policies and actions that were set in place during Obama’s tenure.

As for our current president’s ability to “sit down” with other world leaders and that he’s on such good terms with Putin in and of itself is a good thing, I guess. But when you consider how far-reaching, and how monetarily advantageous that relationship is for the nepotistic Trump administration, doesnt’ that give you pause? Especially considering the newest revelations about security clearance and possible felonious actions of some of Trump’s Cabinet.

And what of the way our long-standing allies view him, and by extension, us, now that 38 percent of us voted for Trump and – because of an arcane institution that should be abandoned in the 21st century – that was enough to give him the win? Angela Merkel is now considered the leader of the free world.

Trump’s performance so far is best summed up by the old adage, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Trump has occasional moments of clarity – like calling the new health care plan “mean,” ultimately making it impossible for any Republicans who are concerned about their jobs to back it. Those moments, however, are only blips on a screen filled with incompetence, indecision, flip-flopping and, of course, the inexorable tweeting.

Having a beef with one of the Monitor’s more “singularly obsessed” and “unconventional” authors is one thing. But to turn that criticism into a positive review of a president who’s gone back on numerous campaign promises (repeal and replace ACA, move the embassy to Jerusalem, etc,) is quite another.