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Trump; facilitator of divisiveness, suppression; negative policies and actions

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It's evident that this president considers himself a master facilitator; a man of action, one who gets things done. The problem, however, is that in a relatively short period of time in office, he has become a facilitator of divisiveness, suppression, and negative policies and actions that adversely affect America.

Can such a conclusion be supported by fact and evidence? Well, all one needs to do is take a look at how he has carried out the responsibilities of his office, and the effect his actions are having on this country and people.

Divisiveness

Trump has objectives that he says will make this country great again. But, based on what we have seen so far, an objective of uniting this country, bringing people of different races, nationalities and religions together, is most certainly not one of them. It seems as if he is determined to take the word "United" out of the United States

We've watched as he has taken the art of insulting others to levels never seen in any previous administration. He was quick to initiate a travel ban on certain countries with the clear intent to keep Muslims out of America.

In his short tenure he has disparaged important elements in this country; the judicial system, the FBI and other intelligence agencies, the U.S. military, its generals and has declared war on the national media. He has further divided an already greatly divided Congress and alienated his party's leaders, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, the leaders of the Senate and House respectively.

The area of sports in America has not escaped his venom as he entered into the midst of the NFL player protests over injustice, tweeting about "those SOBs" that needed to be fired. He has even urged Americans to stop watching the NFL as a form of punishment against those who refuse to bend to his will.

And then we see him at his worst as he attempts to deal with the crisis in Puerto Rico. The people of that small island, fellow Americans, are desperate; they are begging for supplies, food, water, fuel, and medicines. There are some 10,000 shipping containers sitting at various ports in that country that are not being unloaded and distributed nearly as quickly as necessary.

The mayor of San Yuan has been pleading for more help. He could have told this mayor "I hear you, I understand the desperation of your people and so I'm instructing FEMA and all other agencies involved in the recovery process to double their efforts; I'm ordering the military to send rescue ships into that area, to use a great many helicopters and military personnel to ratchet up our efforts. Hang in there, this government and the people of America are behind you."

Unfortunately, he offered no such moral support. Instead, he created a series of tweets in which he did the opposite by verbally attacking this mayor, other leaders in that country and even took aim at the Puerto Rican people saying, ""They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort." And also "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help."

This kind of leadership is shameful. The people of the world are watching as this crisis unfolds and wondering how the American people could have elected an individual to the presidency that is so callous and unfeeling. This kind of behavior is repulsive and beneath the dignity of the presidency. But we must remember; this is not a typical U.S. president, this is Trump. .

Suppression

Mr. Trump is a master of the art of suppression, i.e., if he had the power to shut up everyone who in any way disagrees with him on any issue he would do it. He uses Twitter in the attempt to silence those who dare to criticize him or even question what he says or does.

He once suggested that U.S. libel laws should be "opened up" so he could sue media organizations that he says falsely criticize him. He once suggested that the government should punish those who deliberately burn the flag as a form of protest and even take away their citizenship. He has complained that, under current law, "our press is allowed to say whatever they want."

No question but that, if he had the power, he would have the entire U.S. media be no more than a subsidiary of the government, namely, his administration.

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