Letter-writer’s statements about Trump misleading, can be disproved (letter)
August 15, 2018
I read Linda Carr's most recent letter ("Trump's Montana rally appalling" Linda Carr, Sunday July 29th). Many of the articles statements are false and they are hurtful as they prevent fact based civil discourse necessary to solve problems and preserve our great democracy.
Ms. Carr's letter states Trump believes "Russia and North Korea are our friends and we'll all be just fine…" is a false statement. Trump advocates a tough stance to North Korea. All recent presidents have recognized North Korea is a rogue nation with advancing nuclear arsenal and missile capabilities. Prior to Trump, the policy of the United States toward North Korea was "strategic patience" (Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama).
Trump's stated goal is complete and irreversible, verifiable, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in return for security and prosperity for North Korea. Under Trump, the US gained the cooperation of Russia and China and consequently UN sanctions created an embargo on North Korean imports of crude oil, natural gas, and restrictions on North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank North Korea.
Prior to the Singapore Summit, as a goodwill gesture Kim authorized the release of three hostages. The Singapore Summit of June 12 between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump achieved some benefits toward the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has not tested nuclear weapons or launched missiles, the remains of 55 US soldiers from the Korean war have been returned, and North Korea has destroyed a nuclear missile testing site. Read USA Today Feb. 6 article, "Trump's plan for nuclear weapons makes sense." I agree with Trump's goal of preventing North Korea from hitting the U.S. mainland with a nuclear missile.
Trump has been tougher on Russia than Obama. Trump has:
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• Imposed more and tougher sanctions than Obama.
• Trump met June 27 with the National Security Council to harden 2018 election security.
Ms. Carr's letter goes on to falsely, carelessly and dangerously state "the president has made a mockery of the FBI, the CIA, … institutions that protect our civil liberties and us." Could we all agree, if the leadership of FBI and CIA was corrupt, partisan, and treated individuals differently depending on their political view this would be a greater danger to our civil liberties? Department of Justice watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horwitz (appointed in 2012 by President Obama), whose report cites an unflattering portrait of the leadership of the FBI to include James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page. All Americans watched James Comey, director of the FBI, mishandle the Hillary Clinton email probe frustrating Democrats and Republicans alike.
The late and great Sen. Daniel Monahan famously said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." Outrageous and exaggerated poisonous public partisan comments are a first amendment right but fail to advance the general welfare of a divided and polarized American electorate.
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