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Barack Obama, not Donald Trump, made White House staff take lie detector tests: so who’s paranoid now?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 September, 2018, 8:33am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 September, 2018, 8:33am

Kevin Rafferty surely is aware that the US is not a direct democracy but a constitutional republic: there is a distinct difference (“As Woodward’s book proves, the US is an empire in decline”, September 12).

Let us not forget Richard Nixon was a very significant and strong president whose immense achievements were ignored in the wake of Watergate: the end of the Vietnam war and detente with communist China are but a few.

Of course, incidents like Barack Obama telling the Russians he would have “more flexibility” after his reelection, Bill Clinton receiving US$500,000 for a speech in Moscow, and the donation of millions to The Clinton Foundation – possibly in anticipation of Hillary becoming president – are conveniently forgotten, even as there are repeated cries for Donald Trump’s impeachment and calls to make life miserable for Trump’s cabinet and their families.

Watch: Obama tells Medvedev he will have more “flexibility” after re-election

Trump, the new Teflon president that America needs now

Rafferty refers to the paranoia within the Trump White House and mentions that the idea of lie detector tests was mooted by Trump, the “liar-in-chief”! Rafferty should know Obama actually did subject his staff to lie-detector tests to counter the threat of leaks, creating a deeply paranoid working environment.

G. Bailey, Ta Kwu Ling