President Trump the Game Player / by marilyn salenger


It took President Donald Trump 41 days after posting the Tweet above to let us know what he said in that Tweet was false and misleading. His new Tweet on June 22 comes one day before a congressional deadline for the White House to turn over information about possible recordings of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. 

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Trump's refusal to state fact up front caused over one month of serious and continued speculation as to whether or not there were tape recorded conversations of Trump and Comey. The implications of such tapes, if they existed, were enormous. At its core lay the potential of hearing the truth, something that has been consistentantly hard to ascertain from this President.

The issue of whether President Donald Trump, during a private meeting, told his FBI Director to shut down the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 investigation goes to an impeachable offense. Obstruction of justice.

Donald Trump has been playing dangerous games with this issue as if there are no consequences. When asked by reporters on June 9, 2017 if the tapes existed, he responded by saying, "Well, I’ll tell you something about that maybe sometime in the very near future."

One can try and be as objective as possible about Donald Trump's behavior as President, but he himself makes that as difficult as possible by continually showing us his true colors. What he was as a private citizen is what he was. But as President, slippery Donald is beginning to rival "tricky Dick" Nixon with his personal manipulation of the truth. 

President Trump is choosing to lead by inuendo and lies. That fact is now directly confirmed by his latest tweets and fabrications about tape recordings.

And then there is Russia's interference with the 2016 election. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Russia hackers targeted 21 states during the 2016 election. As frightening as that information is, President Trump refuses to acknolwege any Russian interference despite statements of fact. The looming large question remains, why?

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Game playing belongs on game shows or table tops, not in the White House emanting from the President of the United States. If Donald Trump doesn't realize it by now, lies and malicious inuendo will come back to haunt him.