Do you believe Donald Trump when he says he has never met Vladimir Putin? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
I think it is human nature for most people to initially accept what someone says. I want to believe that someone’s words match their actions. But when there is a gap, that is, when someone’s words consistently belie their actions, exaggerate or misstate the truth, I then suspend my belief in anything that person says.
For me, this betrayal of trust runs deepest when it is a loved one or, yes, Donald Trump, the president of the United States, whose proselytic words represent a fictive vision of this country, once seen around the world as a totem of democracy, tolerance and equanimity.
I do not know whether or not Donald Trump has met Vladimir Putin. But I do know this: as the former head of Russia’s infamous spy agency the KGB, Mr. Putin, like any other apparatchik, is practiced in the art of lying; and Donald Trump’s pronouncements of the past six months have consistently demonstrated his own disregard for the truth.