First of all, let me be the first to agree with Donald Trump and the White House — there is a whole lot of “Fake News” being disseminated to the public.
That said, though, I will also add that all the “Fake News” is being distributed by the White House and by Fox News, which can’t bring itself to admit that President Trump is at fault for the vast majority of the controversy surrounding his presidency.
Drip, drip, drip — that’s exactly how every bit of negative news about Trump and his election team reaches the public. Jared Kushner has had to amend the form he completed in order to obtain his high-level security clearance on more than one occasion. It’s very hard to believe he simply “forgot” to include the fact that he attended a meeting in June of 2016 with a Russian attorney — especially when that attorney brought an interpreter to the meeting, it was held in Trump Tower and we now know it was arranged because damaging information on Hillary Clinton was promised to the Trump campaign.
Donald Trump Jr. has obviously been less than forthcoming when he, too, was forced to admit that such a meeting had taken place. First, he said that Kushner, who’s married to his sister Ivanka, had no idea what would be discussed at the meeting. He then had to admit that wasn’t true when emails surfaced which showed explicitly that Trump Jr. had told Kushner about the meeting, and what it was about.
President Trump’s own lawyer was on virtually every Sunday news magazine program denying that the president even knew about the meeting, let alone what was to be discussed.
That’s very hard for anyone to believe.
On June 7, 2016, candidate Donald Trump went on national television, during one of his campaign gatherings, and promised that “next week” we will have more damaging information on Hillary Clinton and that he would personally reveal that damaging information. That was two days before the June 9 meeting with Donald Jr., Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort.
To anyone with even a little bit of common sense, it’s pretty obvious that candidate Trump new exactly what had been promised by the Russian lawyer during the meeting. It’s just too much of a coincidence to believe anything else.
And Donald Jr.?
When we were young, I’d imagine all of us heard the old saying, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Perhaps that was something that Donald Trump Jr. missed while growing up in his ivory tower, sheltered from all the common folk that make up most of this great place we call The United States of America.
Trump Jr.’s first account of the meeting was that it was about immigration of Russian children and that he alone attended the meeting. Then the emails surfaced. Trump Jr.’s second account was that only he, Manafort and Kushner had met with the Russian lawyer and an interpreter. Of course, we now know that, too, was a lie. So … Trump Jr. tried again, this time admitting that two other Russians also attended the meeting.
And, so it goes.
Perhaps we can’t blame Donald Jr. for his inability to get the facts right, the story right.
How many times have we heard his father say, “I’m going to sue,” or “We’ll be releasing such-and-such information in two weeks,” or “I’ll release my taxes when the audit ends.”
How many promised suits have been filed? How many times has his promise of information in “two weeks” passed without another mention of whatever it was he was talking about, and aren’t we still awaiting release of his taxes?
If we are to believe polls, President Donald Trump’s current approval rating is 36 percent. That’s the lowest approval rating of any president since the turbulent 1970s. (Remember, Richard M. Nixon? Remember how Mr. Nixon considered the press to be his enemy? Remember when Republicans joined Democrats in instigating impeachment proceedings against Mr. Nixon? Remember when Mr. Nixon resigned — the only president in U.S. history to do so — to avoid the inevitable removal from office?)
I’m not alone when I say I’m pretty much fed up with the way the current White House is forced into one cover-up after another, one denial after another, one adjustment to official statements after another.
I’m tired of all the lies coming out of the White House.
It’s hard not to compare this White House with the Nixon White House of more than 40 years ago. I lived through that shameful part of American history. And, when I think about it, I can still see Richard M. Nixon looking straight into the camera and saying that the American people have a right to know if their president is a crook or not and “I am not a crook.”
Who says history never repeats?
Bill Haglund is a retired writer for the Boone News-Republican and Dallas County News and can be reached at email@example.com.