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Letter: What are they doing?

To the Editor:

I just don’t get it: Just exactly what do these people do on a daily basis? Other than attempt to soothe and protect the obviously very fragile ego of emperor Donald Trump? Not much, apparently.

While the supreme leader was on his latest junket to be bathed in glory by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan, the White House and defense department – all the way up to “acting” Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan – minions were busy doing “official U.S. business” of attempting to hide the warship USS John S. McCain and any crew member from notice of his majesty.

What is not known at this point is exactly how many man hours and resultant U.S. taxpayer dollars were spent on this obvious strategic military objective. From determining if the ship, which was undergoing repairs from a collision, could be moved to hanging tarps over the name of the vessel to giving sailors the day off so no service members would be spotted with a cap reading “McCain.”

This is getting just completely stupid. While the boss is on foreign soil bashing his political rivals, the support team back home is ensuring nothing will upset his plan to bask in some well-deserved spotlight right up to presenting the now perpetual “Trump Cup” to the winner of a sumo wrestling match to the well-timed meeting of the new Japanese emperor – a great honor as Trump noted since he was the first world leader to be received.

I certainly hope that ever-reliable vice emperor Mike Pence was keeping his steady hand on the wheels of government while the boss was away. While I am certain there was much accomplished by the “great negotiator” on this trip – from getting Japan to agree to make all their autos in the U.S. and import them to Japan to putting Trump’s likeness on the Japanese yen. And when he returns to the area in a couple of weeks, I feel confident there will be much more progress with good buddy Kim Jong-un of North Korea. One little note to Trump expressing how great he is and Kim has another year to play.

Tim Knutsen

Crystal Lake

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