In­ves­ti­gate Trump

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

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.

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