Letter to the Editor

Trump — the most transparent president ever?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Transparency in social contexts is defined as: “operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. It implies openness, communication and accountability.”

Under no stretch of the imagination can this president claim transparency. He has refused to honor the decade's long practice of voluntarily releasing his tax returns. He has directed the IRS to refuse the request of Congress to release his taxes. He has directed the entire White House staff to refuse all Congressional subpoenas and requests for information. He has directed Deutsche Bank to refuse to release his transaction records to Congress.

He held high level policy talks with President Putin and directed that no U.S. personnel be present to record the commitments. He has refused to supply any documents requested by Congress. He has attempted to block the release of the unredacted copy of the Mueller report to Congress.

He attempted to stop Robert Mueller’s investigation into his activities by directing subordinates to fire him; but knowing it was a wrong thing to do, they refused to do it.

One has to wonder why Trump is stonewalling all queries into his activates. I doubt that he is being modest and not wanting the public to know how good his behavior was. There is growing sentiment that Trump has now earned the title of the worst U.S. President in history. They may be correct.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake