Letter to the Editor

Trump on intelligence, truth

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

During Michael Cohen's testimony to Congress, he produced letters Trump directed him to send to Trump's high school and colleges, threatening them with legal action and jail time if they ever released his academic records. A seemingly strange thing to do when he repeatedly claimed that he graduated "first in his class" from the Warton School of Business at Penn. It becomes clear why Trump did this when you note that Trump did not even make the Warton's published list of honor graduates (3.40 GPA or higher). By comparison President Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. Trump did not attend grad school and he loves to call political opponents "low IQ."

Moving on to another meaning of the word "intelligence," you have to wonder why Trump has such distain for the CIA and other U.S. intelligence services. He insists President Putin is correct in his denial of meddling in our election process and that our U.S. intelligence groups are not to be believed even in the face of indisputable proof of their actions. 
Spies and informants have been and still are an invaluable tool used against our adversaries in determining our response to threats to our national security. It was recently revealed that Kim Jung Un's brother was murdered by Kim when he discovered that he was a CIA informant. Trump promptly stated that spying on Kim "would not happen under my auspices, that's for sure. I wouldn't let that happen under my auspices."

Breaking promises has been a common occurrence by Kim and still continues today. Yet Trump stated "we fell in love." Our intelligence agencies warned against believing Kim, but Trumpís "love" displaced intelligence.

This week, Trump told George Stephanopoulos he saw no problem using intelligence supplied by Russia to help his campaign. Our constitution forbids it.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake