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Deceiver in chief

Melvin B. Miller | 2/8/2018, 6 a.m.

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” This is an old aphorism, but it apparently does not influence Americans. Donald Trump has fooled the people again and again, yet they line up for more.

Recently he has induced his stooge, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to issue a politically biased memorandum that contravenes usual security procedures. His assertion is the necessity to inform the public but that is a commitment which Trump has consistently ignored.

While Trump professes a commitment to transparency in government, his White House has been consistently shuttered. First of all, Trump never revealed his tax returns, as has been the practice for 40 years. He conceals the visitor logs to the White House. He has not disclosed the names of foreign government officials who have stayed at his Mar-a-Lago resort or at Trump’s hotel in Washington. And most important of all, he has not disclosed the Trump business relations in countries where the U.S. has policy interests.

There have always been deceptive leaders, but who would have thought that so many Americans could be so gullible for so long?