To the editor,

Consider the number 16,421. President Donald Trump has lied 16,421 times in three years, documented and verified.

With that in mind, there comes a time that we cannot just sit by and ignore these lies by justifying in our minds; this is just Trump. We justify it by saying that he is just playing to his base, and unfortunately, his base believes his lies. His most recent lies must be addressed and he must be held accountable and taken to task for such hurtful, ugly statements that are just ridiculous. Trump said the Obama administration left behind “bad,” “broken,” and “obsolete” COVID-19 diagnostic tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) couldn’t have bad tests left over from the Obama administration, because the coronavirus test didn’t exist until this year. Trump was president for three (3) years before the first COVID-19 virus started.

 “I started with an obsolete, broken system from a previous administration,” Trump claimed! This is an outrageous lie. The Obama administration set up the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Bio-defense to prepare for future pandemics like COVID-19, and Donald J. Trump eliminated the Pandemic Defense Team. The Obama administration also prepared a playbook to follow, with specifications and what to do in the event of a pandemic, but, the Trump administration left it on the shelf, unread, and collecting dust!  

Trump stated that the national stockpiles were empty, which is another lie. Factcheck.org reports in 2016 described the warehouses that store the Strategic National Stockpile as “packed with stuff,” filled with “row after row of containers filled with mystery medications and equipment, including that one item everyone’s been talking about lately, ventilators.” The biggest problem was that the Trump administration failed to pay attention to the national stockpile for three years, not replenishing supplies, and this catastrophic failure falls directly on his shoulders. Even Dr. Fauci stated there were “13,000 ventilators” in the stockpile, but when it became clear that would not be enough to meet the demands of the coronavirus, “Trump was slow to act”.

Trump has tried to blame everybody for his failure to act quickly and responsively to a pandemic that he was told about at least a dozen times. The CDC knew, the World Health Organization knew, the intelligence community knew, the Trump staff knew and his response was, “it will just mysteriously disappear”, downplaying the problem for over six weeks before he was forced to take action.  His reluctance to address the problem quickly may have cost the U.S thousands of lives.

I don’t think that Mr. Trump and his enormous ego would ever let him understand, that Obama left him, a robust economy and a healthy employment picture. When Obama took over in 2009 the Dow was at 7,950, and unemployment was at 8.8 percent, and bleeding 100,000 jobs a month. In 2017 when Obama left office the market was at 19,827 and an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, while creating over 11,641,000 jobs. G.M. was rescued from bankruptcy and paid back its loans with interest. Solar and wind power increased by 369 percent with a reduction in carbon emissions of 11 percent from burning coal.

Any gains Trump made were from standing on Obama’s shoulders. Instead of trying to blame Obama for his own failures, maybe a simple, “thank you, Barack” would be in order.

Dick Atkins

Oswego

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If you are counting lies, and lauding President Obama, then your argument has no merit. President Obama lied to us nearly every time he spoke. "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor"? "Obamacare will lower the cost of healthcare"? Remember Solyndra? Remember he IRS scandal? Remember Benghazi? Remember Fast and Furious? I could go on, but there is a character number limit. The American people didn't forget in 2016, and will re-elect President Trump this November.The economy was as anemic as it gets for Obama's eight year reign. President Trump's economic record surpasses anything this nation has seen, and Obama had absolutely nothing to do with it. Obama left our President a disaster, and President Trump has corrected much of what Obama did to us.

I guess we'll simply disagree on who is , and has done a better job as our chief executive.

ariel

[scared]Trump: "I knew everything. I knew it could be horrible and I knew it could be maybe good"

"Trump has made North Korea a signature issue of his foreign policy, so the failure to achieve any serious steps toward denuclearization, while North Korea continues to improve its missile and nuclear capabilities is a stain on his record on a key issue in which he is heavily invested."

And in a rare moment of candor in 2016, Trump told “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl why he felt compelled to brand certain media outlets as "fake news.”

As Stahl recalled, Trump said, “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.” For Trump, the veracity of those stories was irrelevant. His aim is to take down the media, and the truth of their reporting right along with it.

Barack Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit from George W. Bush, and over the course of eight years, slashed it by more than half, leaving Trump with a $585 billion deficit. Trump and the spendthrift Republicans immediately ballooned the deficit by a whopping $400 billion to $984 billion in just a few years.

“We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD," he tweeted.

The president admitted, among other things, to arranging for the charity to pay $10,000 for a 6-foot portrait of him. He has also accepted restrictions on his involvement in other charitable organizations.

The settlement was an about-face for Trump. He had tweeted, "I won't settle this case!" when it was filed in June 2018.

Speaking to members of the military during his surprise trip overseas this week, President Donald Trump spoke about the raises they received.

"You haven't gotten one in more than 10 years - more than 10 years," he said Wednesday. "And we got you a big one. I got you a big one. I got you a big one."

He continued:

"They said: 'You know, we could make it smaller. We could make it 3 percent. We could make it 2 percent. We could make it 4 percent.' I said, 'No. Make it 10 percent. Make it more than 10 percent.' "

The problem with those statements? They're not true.

As The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Paul Sonne reported, the pay raise Trump authorized this year amounted to 2.6 percent, not 10 percent. And the troops have received a pay raise every year for decades.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” - Donald Trump, 2002

Grab them by the peepee.

ariel

President Trump denies he’s to blame for Harley-Davidson decision

The Milwaukee-based company said it came to its decision to shift some operations overseas because of retaliatory tariffs it faces in an escalating trade dispute.

ariel

Federal dietary rules are required by law to be updated every five years. In the past, nutritional experts focused on improving public health did this. Under Trump, a former lobbyist for the high-fructose corn syrup industry is overseeing the process. 

ariel

In her book, "Unhinged," former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman wrote that when Trump was shown an image of Harriet Tubman, his response was: "You want me to put that face on the twenty-dollar bill?"

ariel

Statement from Ellen L. Weintraub, chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission:

"Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. This is not a novel concept. Electoral intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginnings of our nation. Our Founding Fathers sounded the alarm about 'foreign Interference, Intrigue, and Influence.' They knew that when foreign governments seek to influence American politics, it is always to advance their own interests, not America's. Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation. Any political campaign that receives an offer of a prohibited donation from a foreign source should report that offer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

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