Trump’s many claims

DITOR:

At the recent dinner for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and his wife at Trump’s Florida retreat, the officer carrying the Nuclear Football, the device used to launch nuclear missiles was in attendance, mingling at the party. His picture was taken as he posed with the container with a big smile on his face. His name is Rick and he is now compromised. This laxness is inconceivable.

According to reports on Feb. 16, 2017, the University of Pennsylvania reports that Donald Trump did not graduate in the top 15 percent of his class in 1968 and he did not make the dean’s list, despite his reported claims. The school newspaper adds that the university’s online alumni database lists 366 graduates of its business school in 1968, therefore, not being named among the top 56 means that Trump didn’t “graduate first in his class,” as he’s reportedly claimed in past interviews. And, on Feb. 20, 2017, a Swedish newspaper responded to President Trump’s remarks on an incident “last night” in Sweden with its own list of the day’s events. Aftonbladet, an English-language Swedish newspaper, published a list in response to Trump’s comments Saturday that a terrorism incident occurred in Sweden “last night.” The list of incidents includes a man setting himself on fire in Stockholm, Sweden, and a drunk car chase. No terrorism.

And, the president of Trinity Washington University harshly criticized President Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway, who graduated from the university in 1989. Patricia McGuire accused Conway of “facilitating the manipulation of facts” and encouraging “grave injustice” by supporting Trump’s policies, The Washington Post reported on Feb. 17, 2017. “Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trinity Class of 1989, has played a large role in facilitating the manipulation of facts and encouraging the grave injustice being perpetrated by the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants among many other issues,” McGuire wrote, according to the newspaper.

On Feb. 16, 2017, White House press conference Trump claimed: “I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” In fact, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all earned bigger margins in the Electoral College than Trump did. At this same press conference he claimed, “Now, when WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” In fact the organization made its name releasing hundreds of thousands of pages of classified U.S. material. On his Tweet on Feb. 7, 2017, “It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country.” President Obama didn’t have his final cabinet member confirmed until April 28, 2009, 99 days into his presidency. Trump wasn’t even a full 19 days into his presidency when he posted this tweet. As he continues to lie to us, leaders of other countries won’t trust him, either. Ineptitude and deceit is a terrible combination and this Administration is infected with it. And, it’s far from over.

Gerry Niedermaier

Gladstone