Some political analysts are concerned about his seeming mental confusion, as Mr. Trump appears to be detached from reality and history (for example, the Civil War could have been avoided if Andrew Jackson had been president). His flagrant and frequent flip-flops and cavalier choice of words are highly disturbing.
Mr. Trump is still expressing admiration and appreciation for strongmen around the world. He has praised Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and even the brutal and erratic dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, who he says is a “pretty smart cookie” whom he would be “honored” to meet.
Rather than maturing and evolving into a reasoned and prudent leader, Mr. Trump seems to be devolving into an impetuous and willful one who does not understand the history of our country, or learn from it. Mr. Trump’s recent behavior makes it abundantly clear that character and temperament really do matter.
KEN DEROW, SWARTHMORE, PA.
To the Editor:
Re “Trump Overture to North Korea Is Full of Risks” (front page, May 2):
With regard to President Trump’s willingness to meet with people such as Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Kim Jong-un of North Korea, I would ask how the United States’ superior and somewhat childish policy of having no consort with the leaders of regimes that behave in ways contrary to our values has done anything to change their ways.
In fact, I would guess that for someone like Kim Jong-un, our disapproving posture may have exacerbated his aggressive stance. I don’t see how sitting down leader to leader with someone considered a rogue and talking to him translates into an uncritical embrace of his behavior, or an abandonment of our own principles.
ANNE MINICH, NEW YORK
To the Editor:
“President Abruptly Ends CBS Interview After Question About Wiretaps” (news article, May 2) notes that the White House on Monday released a 30-second political advertisement.
This must be the first time in our nation’s history that a sitting president, just a few months after taking office, feels the need to advertise on TV to convince voters that he knows what he is doing.
All available evidence points to the fact that this man is far beyond his skill, intelligence, wisdom and administrative abilities in this role. No amount of TV ads will convince any thinking American that we are in good hands with Donald Trump’s fake leadership.
JAMES SHANNON, ST. PAUL