Si­lence adds noth­ing to the dis­cus­sion

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION -

SIR,

I have no idea whether Pres­i­dent Trump re­ceived lots of money from his par­ents or whether there was tax fraud in re­la­tion to val­u­a­tions and the state­ment from his Lawyer, Charles Harder, has con­fused me even more. The state­ment was in re­la­tion to ma­te­rial pub­lished in the New York Times, a pa­per that peo­ple gen­er­ally be­lieve to be com­pletely hon­est and ac­cu­rate.

His state­ment in­cluded ‘the facts upon which The Times bases its al­le­ga­tions are ex­tremely in­ac­cu­rate’ and this, like many state­ments from the White House, is jum­bled, con­fus­ing and per­haps self-con­tra­dic­tory. An ex­am­i­na­tion of the points is worth con­sid­er­ing, start­ing with ‘the facts’, as facts, are facts and there­fore cor­rect state­ments – or at least they used to be.

Is it too sim­plis­tic to­day to say some­thing is in­ac­cu­rate rather than quan­tify how in­ac­cu­rate they are? There is also some room to rein­ter­pret this as it says that their ba­sis was wrong but could the sug­ges­tions be con­firmed with fuller dis­clo­sures.

If it’s wrong, and I re­peat - I don’t know, the Pres­i­dent should re­lease the old tax records and sue them for mil­lions and an apol­ogy. Lead­ers should be the most open peo­ple in their coun­tries and be will­ing to face their ac­cusers openly. Si­lence adds noth­ing to the dis­cus­sion.

Yours Sin­cerely

Den­nis Fitzgerald,

Mel­bourne,

Aus­tralia

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