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Letter: Trump’s actions embolden dictators around the world

Trump’s actions embolden dictators around the world

President Trump stunned the State Department, members of Congress and democracies around the world when he recently spoke to, and even invited to the White House, the dictatorial leaders of Turkey (Recep Erdogan) and the Philippines (Rodrigo Duterte).

David Frum, a neoconservative political commentator and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, on the May 2 MSNBC show “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” aptly described the motivations behind Trump’s recent solicitous communications with these dictatorial and murderous leaders. Instead of championing human rights and individual liberties, Trump is pursuing evermore personal profit from his real estate properties located in those countries.

Trump’s narcissistic attitude toward personal profit over human rights and liberties will only serve to embolden dictators around the world to elevate the violence against their citizens, and ultimately will endanger the United States and other democratic countries around the world.

Trump’s treasonous abdication of his sworn oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and the rights and liberties of all humanity, will hasten his demise and justifies the growing sentiment to impeach this president.

Mark Diegelman

Hamburg

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