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Hiding Something?

Editor, News-Register:

The main focus of the national media continues to be, as is most appropriate, the impeachment inquiries by the U.S. House of Representatives on whether President Trump is culpable in the attempt to pressure the Ukraine government to conduct a formal investigation of Hunter Biden, who just happens to be the son of Democratic challenger and former vice president Joe Biden. The proposed investigation involves Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine during his son’s tenure on the board of Burisma, a natural gas firm. The impeachment inquiries are in respect to Trump seeking an investigation in order to release approximately $400 million in much-needed and congressionally approved military aid.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight other pertinent events and/or occurrences regarding Trump and his administration, including:

Trump, a lifelong resident and for many years the personification of New York City, has decided to claim his residency to be in Florida, as an expressed result of his belief that he feels that he has been “treated very badly by the political leaders of New York City, as well as the state of New Yorl.” However, some believe that this decision was primarily based on the state of New York having a 9% tax rate and New York City’s rate is 4%, whereas Florida has no state, local or estate taxes.

President Trump recently and quite inappropriately hosted Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, at the White House, approximately one month ago, following Turkey’s offensive to displace our longtime and loyal allies, the Kurds, from northern Syria, and as a result, approximately 180,000 people were dislocated.

Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime adviser and confidant, was found guilty on numerous charges for his efforts to assist then-candidate Trump during the 2016 presidential election, using inappropriate and illegal methods.

Recently exposed emails provided evidence that top presidential adviser Stephen Miller had been a proponent of numerous controversial white nationalist sites, prior to his appointment in the Trump administration.

It has been reported by The New YorkTimes that, during his tenure in office, President Trump has incredibly tweeted 11,390 times. The rate actually tripled during the previous three months, and of these, Trump has praised himself 2,026 times and has attacked no fewer than 630 people and things in 5,889 tweets and has referred to himself as “America’s favorite president” 16 times.

In closing, can you imagine the level of vituperation of Republicans if the Clintons or other Democrats had refused to testify before Congress during investigations, as President Trump has done thus far during his current impeachment hearings? And, he has encouraged numerous others not to participate and honestly testify. At the very least, such actions make the president appear that he, perhaps, is desperately trying to hide something.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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