Promises remain unkept

To the editor:

As President Trump has communicated that he accepts absolutely no culpability in the most recent unfortunate shutdown of our federal government, I refer back to the shutdown of our government in 2013 under the Obama presidency, when Trump then stated that such was indeed the responsibility of the president of the United States, who he considered at that time to be chiefly responsible, as he indicated that the most unfortunate event would have been averted had he shown even a modicum of presidential leadership and deal-making ability.

Funny, now that such has taken place during his presidency, Trump claims that he, as president, is by no means responsible, even to an infinitesimal degree.

So much for President Trump touting himself as a superior leader and a “pearless deal-maker” and his claim made that he “alone can fix it (the federal government”) during his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention as his actions continue to fall woefully short of his self-aggrandizing rhetoric. It appears to be becoming even more obvious that Trump is woefully unqualified to be the president of our great nation, as his lack of knowledge in essential areas including government, world affairs, history, et. al, along with his unwillingness to listen and to learn, is very well putting our country and the world into an even more unsettling and troubling future.

It has been documented that a typical “work day” for our current president officially begins circa 11 a.m. after watching considerable cable television, in particular Fox News, and tweeting, ending his official daily work duties at around 4:15 p.m.

Trump, as president, seems to lack focus, has often seriously contradicted himself, and has been known to go back on his word to an alarming extent.

As our nation’s unemployment rate is currently most impressive, in large part as a result of the Obama economy, which elevated our country from the Great Recession under President George W. Bush, Trump indicated such figures under Obama were “illegitimate” stating: “Don’t believe these phoney numbers, when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. The number is probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent.” How ironic now that the Bureau of Labor Statistics are totally legitimate and that it is he who is mainly responsible and deserves the lion’s share of the credit for the economic turnaround.

As President Trump takes credit for the “impressive” creation of jobs in the U.S. during the first year of his presidency, when in actuality the number of jobs created per month under Trump has been 174,000, while it had been 190,000 per month during the final year of the Obama administration while reversing an economy that was losing over 800,000 jobs per month under Republican George W. Bush.

Candidate Trump stated during the electoral process that “You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price that is going to take place immediately after we go in.”

We are still waiting, and what about the security wall to be built on our southern boarder (to be paid in full by Mexico) that was also to take place immediately upon his ascension to the presidency?

The aforementioned are but a few of Trump’s promises that remain unkept, but until he is held accountable for his words and actions, or in-actions, such will continue and, I fear, that the chaos and uncertainty that President Trump has unleashed on our nation will undoubtedly continue, and, most assuredly, escalate even farther in the future.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry