Not only Americans but the entire world have witnessed countless times that Donald Trump and members of his administration lied. We all see it so often that it is almost impossible to say when they said the truth.
The latest scandal related to Trump’s administration mishandling of abuse allegations highlight to what extend Donald Trump and his team have spiritually eroded.
Apparently, the White House was informed in early 2017 that Rob Porter’s ex-wives had complaints about Porter’s behaviour, including learning in the fall about the domestic-violence allegations discovered by the FBI. And yet, the White House including John Kelly acted as if they have learned about the abuse at the same time with the public.
The other example of Donald Trump’s complete lack of any moral standards is the scandal regarding his relationship with a porn star.
The New York Times reports that the admission by President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer that he sent $130,000 to a pornographic film actress, who once claimed to have had an affair with Trump, has raised potential legal questions ranging from breach of contract to ethics violations.
According to The New York Times, the lawyer, Michael D. Cohen said that he had used his own funds to facilitate the payment to Stormy Daniels., adding that neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign had reimbursed him for the payment. He insisted that the payment was legal.
Cohen’s assertions left many questions unanswered, including whether the payment was truly a personal gift by him or whether he was reimbursed by some other party, like Trump or an associate of Trump.
But one of the most shocking of all the White House “mishandlings” is a Florida school shooting in Parkland on 14th February, whereby at least 17 people were killed.
The Washington Post reports that a heavily armed 19-year-old who had been expelled from a South Florida high school opened fire on campus shortly before classes let out Wednesday, killing 17 people while terrified students barricaded themselves inside classrooms, police said.
The Broward County sheriff identified the suspect as Nikolas Cruz, who had recently attended the school but had been kicked out for “disciplinary reasons.”
He was captured after a manhunt that transfixed the region and forced a nearby school into a lockdown, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Students recalled terror and confusion in the aftermath of the shooting.
“It’s a horrific, horrific day,” said Israel, whose own triplets graduated from the well-regarded high school. “It’s catastrophic. There really are no words.” The victims included several students and adults, authorities said.
However, instead of immediately issue a public statement, several hours after a mass shooting, the White House and President Donald Trump remained largely silent.
The White House said Trump was monitoring the situation. And Trump tweeted his “prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.”
The situation doesn’t look good on any other fronts.
Mike Rogers and Rick Ledgett published “Four steps to fight foreign interference in U.S. elections” whereby they said that one of the most dangerous misconceptions about the threat of Russian interference in American democracy is that it began and ended with the 2016 presidential election.
Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, served in the House from 2001 to 2015 and was chairman of the Intelligence Committee from 2011 to 2015. Rick Ledgett was deputy director of the National Security Agency from 2014 to 2017. Both are members of the Advisory Council of the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
They highlight that regardless of partisan affiliation, everyone should accept the intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. And similarly, everyone should accept Tuesday’s warning from the country’s top intelligence chiefs that Russia should be expected to do the same when Americans return to the polls in November.
Nevertheless, Donald Trump continues to ignore top officials’ warnings on Russia.
The New York Times reports that the phalanx of intelligence chiefs who testified on Capitol Hill delivered a chilling message: Not only did Russia interfere in the 2016 election, it is already meddling in the 2018 election by using a digital strategy to exacerbate the country’s political and social divisions.
No one knows more about the threats to the United States than these six officials, so when they all agree, it would be derelict to ignore their concerns. Yet President Trump continues to refuse to even acknowledge the malevolent Russian role.
According to the New York Times, it’s particularly striking that four of the men who gave this warning to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday — the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo; the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats; the F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray; and the Defense Intelligence Agency director, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley — were all appointed by Trump.
They testified that the president has never asked them to take measures to combat Russian interference and protect democratic processes.
Donald Trump’s attitude towards Russia is rather unique. He fired Mr Wray’s predecessor, James Comey, to derail the F.B.I.’s investigation of possible Trump campaign involvement with the election hacking, and reportedly asked Mr Coats and Mr Pompeo to help end the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Mr Flynn’s contacts with Russians.
With the midterm elections only nine months away, the federal government is taking some defensive measures. It is trying to get at least one election official in each state a security clearance to make them aware of threats and is providing states with enhanced online security to ensure that Americans’ votes will not be manipulated.
But lack of Trump’s commitment leads to a slower mobilization to take all measures needed to confront the problem that strikes at the heart of the system. Dysfunctional Trump also did not come up with a comprehensive and well-funded plan for protecting critical infrastructure, countering cyber attacks and mitigating propaganda.
The New York Times says that the president should not only be strengthening electoral defences, but also pushing back against Russia, instead of ignoring a law Congress adopted overwhelmingly to impose sanctions for election meddling and aggression against Ukraine. The list of potential activities meriting sanctions covers weapons deals, human rights abuses and Russian cyber attacks against the United States and other democracies.
Trump’s dysfunctional presidency was vividly displayed during January 2018 government shutdown. However, the scale of the issue of the Russian government plans to interfere with 2018 elections is completely different. It represents a direct threat to the national security.
Therefore, the fact that Donald Trump continues to ignore warnings from top officials may not be a result of his ignorance.
By now, many of us know that the only value appreciated by Donald Trump is a monetary value. It seems that human lives, national security, respectful attitude to women, compliance with laws are more or less an empty sound.
He knows that his rating is falling and he understands that if Republicans lose total control, his presidency is likely to end soon after Democrats regain positions in the government.
He may also be clear that losing the presidency could not be the end of the story. He understands that with Robert Mueller Russian investigation getting closer to the finish line, Trump could also lose his freedom.
It is possible that behind his lack of actions hides Trump’s intent to assist the Russian government to implement its plan by simply doing nothing to prevent it. Because it could be the only way for Trump to remain in power.
Whether it could damage the national security is unlikely to be on the Trump’s priorities list as to him it cannot be measured in US Dollars or any other currency.
But it is also important to notice that the Republican Party’s support was more than solid all this while. Somehow we do not hear from Republicans that lack of the required actions to ensure that 2018 elections are duly protected is not acceptable.
Moreover, Donald Trump wouldn’t have been so confident that he is above the law if not for the continuous support of Republicans.
It only means that Republicans may also not be mind if the Russian government interferes the upcoming elections as it would allow them to stay in power.
If this assumption is correct, it would lead to one conclusion that Donald Trump’s and the Republican Party’s inactions are nothing but a criminal conspiracy and treason.