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Trump mangles the English language

President Donald Trump's use of the English language is stunningly incoherent. In a recent article ("Trump says China won't be labeled a currency manipulator," April 13) about Trump's negotiations with China and his switch from saying that China manipulates its currency to saying that it is not a currency manipulator, President Trump is quoted as saying: "The way you're going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea, otherwise we're just going to go it alone. That will be all right too. But going it alone means going it with lots of other nations."

Huh? Going it "alone" means going it with lots of other nations? Is that what "alone" means?

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He used to say that "NATO is obsolete." Now, it is "no longer obsolete." What? Once something is obsolete isn't it always obsolete? Think of 8-Track tapes, the slide rule and the cross-bow.

Now, he's not the first politician to mangle the English language. I remember Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago once wanted to pass a bill unanimously, but one of the legislators said he was opposed it and would vote against it. So Mayor Daley said, "OK, we'll pass the bill unanimously without you."

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President Trump is making ex-President George W. Bush look scholarly.

Irwin E. Weiss, Baltimore

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