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Letter: Trump charismatic or double-edged?

Love, hate or somewhere in between

Trump charismatic or


Love, hate or somewhere in between, Donald Trump comes across as being “charismatic” if nothing else.

There are those that would blindly follow him to the ends of the earth, and there are those that would probably like to scorch the earth that he stands or walks on.

I don’t think that there is anyone, irrespective of love or hate, that would argue that Trump — unlike any other previous president — brings a certain “je ne sais quoi” to this position. Many people are still wondering what it is that he brings. Others would have us believe that the man walks on water and can do no wrong. Ask yourself, not being an American, where am I with this. Keep in mind that, although we are not Americans, there are possible consequences to his actions that might affect us.

Let’s look at some of these. There is the current sabre rattling situation between the U.S and North Korea. How does this affect us, you might ask? Simply put, we are under the protective wing of Uncle Sam — plain and simple. Big brother U.S. looks after us irrespective what the Ottawa bunch says.

Further to that. Did you know that as President of the U.S. Trump can, without any consultation with his military advisors, Congress or the Senate, launch missiles as he sees fit? A little scary, isn’t it? One man and one man alone can start the Third World War in a matter of about four minutes. Could he? Yes. Will he? Who knows? To listen to his rhetoric on this matter gives credence to the phrase “talk is cheap.”

Another ploy that Trump appears to be a past master at is the art of deflection. If he is quoted as stating something, and if he doesn’t want to answer any direct questions regarding what was said, he directs underlings to supply answers or he, himself, tweets statements that indirectly answer by bringing other non-related points into play that seem to bury the real issues through this deflection.

Overall, he seems to think that he’s still on his TV show set where, if he doesn’t like what’s going on, the stock phrase “you’re fired” seems to be the order of the day. He seems to forget that his TV appearances now are very real and not a weekly show and that the audience is watching his every move.

Ron Barillaro


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