Amer­i­cans apol­o­gize for their pres­i­dent

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “Trump backs out of G7 ac­cord af­ter leav­ing sum­mit in Que­bec,” June 10. As proud cit­i­zens of the United States, we are writ­ing to ex­press our hor­ror and dis­may at the child­ish, mean-spir­ited and aber­rant be­hav­iour of our pres­i­dent and his syco­phants at and fol­low­ing the re­cent G7 sum­mit, and to con­vey our sin­cere apol­ogy on be­half of the mil­lions of our fel­low cit­i­zens who be­lieve, as do we, that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump nei­ther rep­re­sents the best in­ter­ests of our coun­try nor the sen­ti­ments of its peo­ple.

He com­mands nei­ther a rudi­men­tary un­der­stand­ing of his­tory nor an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fun­da­men­tal val­ues that have guided our re­la­tion­ship with al­lies for many decades.

Rather, he seems mo­ti­vated by nar­cis­sis­tic and small-minded ef­forts at self-ag­gran­dize­ment, re­gard­less of the cost to the United States and, in­deed, the sta­bil­ity of long-stand­ing al­liances through­out the world.

We can only hope that our friends abroad will view this pres­i­dent, as do we, as a se­ri­ous aber­ra­tion in the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that a ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens in this coun­try can be­gin to re­pair in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture. In the mean­time, we hold our col­lec­tive breath and pray that our val­ued re­la­tion­ships with friends and neigh­bours will not be ir­repara­bly dam­aged. Ron and Judy Romines Wood­side, Cal­i­for­nia Robert and Frances Pierce Por­tola Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia Har­vey and Miriam Rosen­thal Wood­side, Cal­i­for­nia

EVAN VUCCI, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, left, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron at the G7 sum­mit in Que­bec.

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