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Letter: Trump’s goals more self-serving than his supporters realize
07182018 TRUMP PUTIN
President Donald Trump, left, shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

I keep asking the same question to Donald Trump supporters and never get a clear and logical answer. How do you explain our president’s ongoing and total refusal to criticize Vladimir Putin, ever for anything. I don’t think there’s a discriminating tape, but you can’t help but wonder about money laundering or maybe he and his family just owe Russian banks a ton of money and they’re threatening to collect. 

As the major teachings of Jesus suggest again and again — it’s almost always about money, follow the money. That’s one reason Robert Mueller must finish his investigation.

Trump is doing a lot of what his supporters elected him to do: cutting taxes, appointing conservative judges, zero tolerance immigration policies. Many like me disagree with how extreme his policies are and worry about other unintended consequences. Still, he’s doing what he said he would do.

A possible concern, however, might be his ultimate motivations and long term goals. I’m not sure they are the same as his supporters. His personal motivations and goals might be far more self-serving than his base thinks. Ends do not always justify means. There are always wolves in sheep’s clothing. Putin is an example, and birds of a feather do flock together.

I’m reminded of Jesus’ words, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Alan Shope

Gainesville

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