How many mulligans are you willing to give Trump?

To the editor:

So how is that, “We don’t take him literally we take him seriously” thing working out for you and more importantly for the country and the world for that matter as manifested by his March 11 address deigned to “calm” the markets? Well here is just a brief explanation as to why “literally” matters.

President Trump gave a brief address on March 11 on the coronavirus and steps that were going to be implemented. The entire document can be read here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/

However, the policy does not restrict “all travel” from Europe, as Trump claimed, and does not only exempt the U.K.

Instead, as other administration officials later clarified or corrected the policy restricts travel for most foreign nationals who have been in one or more of 26 European countries that make up the Schengen Area in the past 14 days. An area which includes most but not all of continental Europe, and excludes countries such as Ireland, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. A fact later pointed out by the Irish Prime Minister the next day.

Can be viewed here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?470295-1/president-trump-defends-travel-ban-europe-stop-coronavirus-spread

Trump was also wrong to say that the policy will bar the transfer of goods between Europe and America, It will not. The White House noted in a fact sheet released the same day that the policy “only applies to the movement of human beings, not goods or cargo.”

Why is it important that the President of the United States be seen as a person that can be taken literally; what do “nit-picky” mistakes mean? In this case absolute chaos for the continent of Europe not to mention our airline and shipping industries and more panicked selling in the stock-market.

Which begs the question, why did Trump not state it correctly? Three possible reasons 1. His speech writer, Steven Miller, didn’t include the afore mentioned information in which case he should be fired immediately or 2. Trump deliberately omitted reference to the Schengen Area either because he was afraid of making a mistake with the multisyllabic words, and being laughed at latter, he was just too worn out by the length of the address and shortened it. 3. He just isn’t equipped empathically or cognitively to understand why precise language is necessary when trying to convey complicated ideas.

These were but two misstatements made by the president in his feeble attempt to appear presidential and failed try at calming the markets. This is also not the first time, this week, that he has spoken unartfully only to be corrected later on this topic. Which in my opinion shows an inability or an unwillingness to learn from his mistakes?

A characteristic absolutely essential to anybody in a position of authority is that you are able to learn from your mistakes and take the advice of those with more experience and knowledge than yourself and incorporate that all into your decision-making process. The result of which can then be judged by whatever standard one may wish to employ; hopefully rational!

So, I would like to ask the “Trump Voter” in as much as Trump fancies himself a great golfer, how many mulligans are you willing to give this guy?

Clark Wagner



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