Irresponsibly inciting the public to violence by accusing the press of being “the enemy of the people,” Donald Trump continues to escalate his attack on the Freedoms of Speech and of the Press. This administration like no other I’ve known– including the Nixon years– has sought to divide this country and undermine the trust people have in the media overall. Let’s just look at what happened after Trump met with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times newspaper on July 20th. The “failing NY Times” as POTUS has so characterized the publication. It was supposed to be an off the record chitchat. That was the agreement.

Then the President decided to dishonor the spirit of the agreement between the two men and spew forth another one of his poorly written tweets (isn’t there anyone on his team with a journalism degree or had a passing grade in high school English?).

Trump tweet

Unfortunately, it appears that not only can Trump not be trusted to honor an agreement, he also is too lazy to keep proper notes during a meeting, as the eloquent and detailed response from the publisher paints a different picture of the meeting.

Times message

It is disconcerting to have a POTUS you can’t trust. In years past, you might have disagreed with the person in the “oval office” but you never had a fear that he could not be trusted to run the country in the best interests of the citizens. Voters overlooked that Trump was a twice-divorced adulterer. Perhaps the fact that he put his personal desires above the laws of God and man, should have been given more weight.

Being POTUS should be held to a higher standard of trust.

Donald Trump may well be the living embodiment of the Peter Principle: “concept in management developed by Laurence J. Peter, which observes that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their ‘level of incompetence.’ In other words, an employee is promoted based on their success in previous jobs until they reach a level at which they are no longer competent, as skills in one job do not necessarily translate to another.” (from Wikipedia)

As I said, being POTUS should be held to a higher standard of trust.

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