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The “Art of Deflection” puts the “Art of the Deal” to shame.

If our duly elected leader is a master of anything, then he is the Tycoon of Twisting, the Mogul of Misrepresentation, the Baron of Bending and owns the Dominion of Diversion.

Nobody deflects better than de’ Donald.

In response to the never-ending Russian connection to his administration, President Trump began blowing smoke towards the mirror at the bottom of the rabbit hole, accusing President Obama of wiretapping his phone, calling him a “Bad (or sick) guy!” with threats of McCarthyism and a Nixon/Watergate conspiracy.

I’m sure he’ll put his crack “Birther Investigation Team” right on it.

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But the worst part about this attempt to deflect from the Russian issue is that it can come back to bite Trump on his rump.

In his speech last week, where reading from a teleprompter for longer than an hour without going off script was miraculously deemed “presidential,” he said, “The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us.”

Barely forty-eight hours later he tweets these accusations, without any evidence whatsoever, and follows with a self-defined, small-thinking trivial tweet whining about Arnold Schwarzenegger and “The Apprentice.”

I think his (unsecured) phone deserves its own padded walls.

If, and this is a big if, there is anything at all to his recent accusations, then it means a federal court found probable cause that the target of the surveillance is an “agent of a foreign power” in order to approve a warrant, and that possibility would spell even more bad news for the Trump administration.

We don’t need any of this.

His people need to ensure this Russian issue reaches a quick conclusion, and get it behind them so they can focus on governing the nation instead of, you know, dealing with little things like health care, immigration, the economy, ISIS and Nordstrom.

This is not about President Obama or Hillary Clinton or how Kellyanne Conway sits on a couch or how Obama put his feet on his desk; this is about interference in our federal government from a foreign nation.

It is perfect diplomacy and protocol for a Russian Ambassador to be at the White House. It is perfectly fine for a senator and member of the Armed Services Committee to meet with a Russian Ambassador.

It is perfectly absurd, however, for democrats to demand someone be fired or resign for putting Russian dressing on their salad.

And while there is zero evidence of any collusion by anyone connected with Trump, come on people, it’s not the contact that’s the issue, it is the denial of the contact. If Sen. Sessions spoke with the Russian ambassador while at the same time being a Trump surrogate, then say so.

Don’t lie about it.

And for the record, this hysteria is not from the media. It is from the American people and being reported by the media.

Big difference.

Anyway, these time-wasting deflections are preventing the country from moving forward, and besides, what has happened to dignity, class and empathy from the White House and both sides of the aisle?

There’s something Shakespearean about this entire Trump mess, only I’m not sure if it’s a comedy or a tragedy.

I simply hope the curtain comes down sooner than later.

Richard Carnes of Edwards writes weekly. He can be reached at poor@vail.net.


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