In an editorial entitled “Never again” in the Nov. 11 issue of the Kyiv Post, we wrote that U.S. President Donald “Trump, like all liars, will eventually be exposed as the carnival farce that he is.” Looking back, we should have written “soon” instead of “eventually.” The signs were all there, as we noted at the time. Trump is utterly unsuitable for the office he now holds. Barely a month into his presidency, his administration is embroiled in scandal, mired in incompetence, and hobbled by failure.
From his ham-fisted 90-day ban on nationals from seven Muslimmajority countries entering the United States, to his spokesperson’s coining of the phrase “alternative facts”; from the president’s pathetic lies about the size of the crowd at his inauguration, to the resignation on Feb. 14 of his national security advisor, Michael Flynn – Trump has been everything that we expected of him: a failure.
However, it is not the ineptitude, the incompetence, the mendacity, the childishness, or the mean-spiritedness of this administration that troubles us most.
It is its links to Russia – which were obvious to everyone long before Trump and his team entered the White House.
Trump’s fawning admiration for the sinister and murderous Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, the president’s failure to release his tax returns (and thus dispel rumors that he is in hock to Russian interests), and the revelation, in a New York Times story published on Feb. 14, that members of the Trump team had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election – these are all troubling individually.
But add in Russian meddling in the U.S. election campaign, the “Trump dossier” on the president’s alleged past dealings with Russia, and Flynn’s misleading his bosses about talks he had with the Russians on lifting sanctions against Russia, and a picture emerges of an administration deeply compromised by ties to the Kremlin.
Congress must start investigations into these ties immediately. Trump’s promise to “make America great again” has proved to be a sham. America is weaker, less respected, and less credible than it was before Trump took office.
Trump has already been exposed for what he is, and now it’s time to stop this farce before more damage is done.