By this time, nothing Donald Trump says or does should shock anyone. Yet, the President continues to defy conventional political wisdom with little regard to the consequences.

Has the United States ever had a leader like Trump? I think not!

Trump’s recent “take no prisoners” rampage through Europe and Great Britain infuriated some of this country’s closest allies.

A chummy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin resulted in an outcry from members of his own party, some who openly questioned Trump’s patriotism.

As is almost always the case, I found myself nodding in agreement with some of the President’s comments while becoming outraged by others.

I, for one, understand Trump’s frustration with the investigation into meddling by Russians in the last general election.

Special Councel Robert Mueller has spent huge sums of money looking into the allegations of Russian involvement. Five people have pleaded guilty to various charges, including former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

While many U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russians did try to influence the 2016 election, no one has found a “smoking gun” pointing a finger of blame at Trump.

If Mueller has a case against the President, it’s time for him to lay those cards on the table. I think the investigation has gone on far too long.

Furthermore, what if the Russians did meddle in the 2016 election? This country has a long history of trying to influence elections in other countries, too.

Dov Levin, an academic at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University, concluded from his research that the United States has intervened in more than 80 elections around the world since World War II.

This doesn’t mean I condone Russian involvement in the 2016 election, but Trump is correct when he says the United States has done some things that aren’t so nice.

Many people have been critical about Trump’s statement that he believes Putin’s denial of Russian involvement in the election, even though U.S. intelligent agencies say otherwise.

Is Trump distrustful of his own intelligence people? I imagine so. An FBI agent testified before Congress only last week that he had a bias against the President.

So, while I understand some of Trump’s comments, I cannot believe how badly he has treated some of this country’s most loyal allies.

He was downright rude to British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Meanwhile, Trump seemed anxious to be buddies with Putin. The two men spent hours behind closed doors and afterward the President seemed to fawn over his new friend.

It reminded me of Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump totally flip-flopped on his opinion of the dictator. During his campaign for president, Trump called Kim Jung-un a maniac. After the meeting, he said he had a “special bond” with the North Korean leader.

There’s an adage that birds of a feather flock together.

If true, I find Trump’s friendship with Putin and Kim Jong-un worrisome. Does this relationship between the men indicate common ambitions?

I hope not.


Steve Robertson is owner and publisher of the Waccamaw Publishers family of community newspapers

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