In his first White House call with Mexico's president, Trump described his vow to charge Mexico as a growing political problem, pressuring the Mexican leader to stop saying publicly that his government would never pay.

To leak or not to leak, that is the question. In the case of the transcripts of President Donald Trump's phone calls with the president of Mexico and prime minister of Australia, I have no doubt this particular leak to the press was acceptable ("Trump talked tersely with leaders of Mexico, Australia," Aug. 5). We need to protect and defend the members of the press and keep information flowing freely. How else can we be able to discern for ourselves the dysfunction of this president than to read his exact words?

The transcript of the phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may appear to cross some lines of privacy but with this president being who he is and what we know about him thus far, that is certainly not so. His conversations gave further proof and deep insight into the aggressiveness and unacceptable behavior of this president. He misrepresents, he is dishonest, he goes back on his word, he intimidates, he bullies and tries to win by intimidation.

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President Trump's character is deeply flawed as we have seen this time and time again. How long must we bear this insolence of office?

Lynn Pakulla, Ellicott City

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