Americans apologize for their president
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
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.