Se­lec­tive Rus­sia sanc­tions

Re “Rus­sia ac­cuses Trump of weak­ness,” Aug. 3 and “Flap over sanc­tions has an up­side for Trump and Putin, ” Aug. 4

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

So, let’s see how this works: Most House mem­bers and se­na­tors (many of whom are lawyers) ap­proved of the Rus­sian sanc­tions bill, but that renowned con­sti­tu­tional scholar, Don­ald Trump, be­lieves sub­stan­tial por­tions of the sanc­tions act are un­con­sti­tu­tional and he will en­force those sanc­tions as he sees fit.

I think Alice’s Won­der­land can be now found in the White House. Dennis G. Cosso

Ar­ca­dia

It was grat­i­fy­ing to read the sub­head be­low Trump’s pic­ture on the front page stat­ing that “Trump qui­etly signs Rus­sia sanc­tions bill.”

As the old adage that’s at­trib­uted to Abra­ham Lin­coln goes: “Bet­ter to re­main si­lent and be thought a fool than to speak out and re­move all doubt.” Tom Kamin­ski

Man­hat­tan Beach

It was a les­son for our rookie pres­i­dent, that he can be forced by Congress to sign leg­is­la­tion he op­poses: to wit, the Rus­sia sanc­tions bill.

The founders de­vised a sys­tem of govern­ment such that no sin­gle in­di­vid­ual has unchecked power.

The idea was to guard against dem­a­gogues, id­iots and ig­no­ra­muses. Our present chief ex­ec­u­tive man­ages to com­bine all three.

Two-hun­dred-plus years later, the founders’ wis­dom is borne out. Len Gard­ner

Dana Point

Job De­scrip­tion for U.S. Pres­i­dent: White male with money, no ex­pe­ri­ence needed.

Must be Re­pub­li­can, will­ing to di­vide and sep­a­rate the coun­try through in­flam­ma­tory speeches; no qualms about dis­man­tling those pro­grams that help the Amer­i­can peo­ple, in­clud­ing health­care; abil­ity to demon­strate be­hav­ior that jeop­ar­dizes na­tional se­cu­rity and os­tra­cize our al­lies; when war­ranted, able to break laws for own self­ish gains.

Also, con­sid­ers golf­ing more im­por­tant than lead­er­ship; lacks tact, in­tegrity, pru­dence and com­mon de­cency; has a Twit­ter ac­count.

Fi­nally, re­fuses to think be­fore speak­ing; and most im­por­tantly, must be a mas­ter at the blame game, un­will­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for any­thing.

Need not ap­ply: those qual­i­fied who have a de­sire to move this coun­try for­ward rather than try­ing to set it back 50 years. Doris K. Reed

Los An­ge­les

The Rus­sians are clearly frus­trated that their se­lected choice for pres­i­dent isn’t work­ing out. Wil­liam Gold­man

Pa­los Verdes Es­tates

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