Malicious Lies From Donald Trump Harmful To American Democracy
What the citizenry of our nation is allowing to take place regarding the lies that Donald Trump willfully and maliciously puts forth is deeply frustrating. It is also damaging to this nation; a world powerhouse that many other countries around the world rely on. When the word of the United States can no longer be trusted grave consequences follow. Trump’s boldest attempt yet at political lies quickly escalated into an international incident Thursday.
Yesterday White House Press Secretary Spicer repeated an unfounded accusation that a British spy service spied on Trump at the behest of former President Obama. As the administration scrambled to find any justification for Trump’s tweeted accusation against Obama, the White House ensnared its closest foreign ally in the political drama. Seriously.
Keep in mind as you read this that the troubling words from Spicer came hours after the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee jointly stated they had seen no evidence of surveillance of Trump Tower. The lie that Trump spouted about Obama was firmly put in its place.
The British signals intelligence agency, GCHQ, issued a rare statement calling the claim repeated by Spicer “utterly ridiculous,”. At the same time other U.K. officials registered their displeasure with the White House.
Following up on the British displeasure Spicer and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster discussed the matter with British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch and British National Security Advisor Sir Mark Lyall. The British press today have reported that they apologized to the British government for involving them in the flap. (As you might imagine listening to BBC radio late last night was really upsetting.)
The lies from Donald Trump now are causing harm in our relationships with our closest international partners. As noted with regularity on this blog the words from a president matter. The credibility of our nation rests on the shoulders of a president. Consider the following.
At the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world stood at the brink, Soviets and America, over the Cuban missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy sent Dean Acheson, a former secretary of state, to see General Charles de Gaulle to tell him exactly, brief him personally, as the president’s emissary, on what was going on.
At the end of that talk, he said to General de Gaulle, I have been authorized by the president to show you the photographic evidence we have, and for your eyes only. And General de Gaulle said, no, no, no, that’s not necessary. All I need is the word of the president of the United States.
There comes a time in every administration when you need the president to be credible, the president to have the trust and confidence of leaders around the world in a time of crisis.
And I can see no reason that anybody would ever say this about Donald Trump: All I need is the word of the president of the United States.