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Under Trump, U.S. moral authority in steep decline

The fact that President Donald Trump has retweeted material from a far-right extremist group called Britain First might be unsurprising at first glance. However, the fact that he seems eager to promote such suspect videos is evidence of at least two things: One, he knows nothing and cares even less about the source of the videos and the impact, in Britain, of his seeming to endorse the content and the group. Second, he also does not appear to care much about the declining moral authority of the nation he leads (“Alternative Fact of the Week: Made-up Muslims,” Nov. 30).

While he and his "handlers" (who obviously cannot handle him at all) play to the ill-defined base, they are further squandering the centuries long efforts to make of the United States a world leader in international affairs. We are being reduced to a dangerous sideshow, a nation with resources, riches, weaponry second to none but with little genuine sense of responsibility for its actions. It would be easy to despair, but perhaps the common sense of the American electorate could still save our credibility and our historic mission to be a force for national and international good.

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Jon McGill, Baltimore

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