A letter to the editor published on April 21 and entitled "We should recognize and be grateful for President Trump's successes" deserves an answer. The author blamed Democrats for "lying, plotting, and denouncing our president."

On Feb. 3, 2017, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said that he "has no regrets about criticizing Donald Trump as a fraud and a phony."

In May of 2017, President Trump submitted his budget for fiscal year 2018. It was a $4.1 trillion plan that got a chilly reception from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats. Rep. Harold Rogers, a veteran Republican who represents a poor district in eastern Kentucky, said that the budget would have cuts that are draconian (harsh, cruel). He said that the cuts are not "mere shavings, they're deep, deep cuts."

To defend Trump, the apparently embarrassed Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan remarked that "Trump is new to politics and not fully aware of all of the protocols." The implication was that Americans should just be patient because things will get better — but they haven't!

In June of 2017, there was a reliable report that President Trump's budget called for sharply reducing funding to programs that shelter the poor and which combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact the type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords (Donald Trump is one of those landlords).

Trump has announced the imposition of tariffs saying that trade wars are easy to win. Republican President Ronald Reagan once likened trade wars to the pie fights in old Hollywood comedies. "One pie in the face leads to another, and then another. Pretty soon everything and everybody just gets messier and messier. The difference here is that it's not funny it's tragic. It costs jobs."

The problems with the ineffective Trump administration go on and on but I have used the number of words allowed by the newspaper. Suffice it to say that there is a good reason why President Trump has never been able to exceed fifty percent approval.

Dennis D. Wakefield

South Ogden

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