by Olivier Ayotte on March 15, 2017 - 4:59pm
Donald Trump has all of the Medias’ attention since his election. He makes many controversial claims and it is exactly what journalists want. Recently, he made a claim that was as polemic as his last ones which is that the last president, Barack Obama, would have tapped his phones while the elections were going on. He tweeted: “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! ” The problem with this accusation is that Donald Trump brings no evidence to back it up. It is a lack of respect to accuse the last president without any evidence. Many peoples think that it is an attempt to change the focus of people. Indeed, there are speculations that say Donald Trump colludes with Russia. There have been many contacts between Mr. Trump during his campaign and Russians that could make people think that the Russians were involved with Mr. Trump’s election. Some people also say that it is the Russians that would have hacked Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. With these theories in mind, it is possible to affirm that the reason why the president is doing such claims is that he want people to focus on Obama tapping his phones either than him colluding with Russia.
According to the Amsterdam Declaration of 2002, the accusation of Donald Trump towards Barack Obama and the presupposed colluding with Russia is anti-humanistic. Indeed, it is said that “humanism insists that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility” and also that “humanism supports democracy and human rights” which is the complete opposite of Donald Trump’s actions. For the accusation, the president attacks Barack Obama’s reputation without any proof which flouts his human rights. For the theory of President Donald Trump colluding with Russia, it contradicts many humanistic principles but mostly the two mentioned above because it is prohibited for a President to collude with any government in order to get elected and puts also democracy into the hands of another country instead of the population. Indeed, if Donald Trump really colluded with Russia, it is then Russia and Vladimir Poutine that has the power to decide what the United States’ president will do.
In my opinion, Donald Trump is not professional enough for his position in the United States. A president should be an exemplary person for his population which Donald Trump is clearly not. It wasn’t the first time that he accused someone with no proofs and not even the first time towards the last president, Barack Obama. I think Mr. Trump should have had respect for Mr. Obama because he was the last president. This brings up a question: are respect and well behaviour two qualities that are necessary to lead a country and can controversial claims such as Mr. Trump’s affect the credibility of a country?
Beatty, Andrew, “Écoutes téléphoniques: Trump persiste dans ses accusations contre Obama”, LaPresse, March 5, 2017, http://www.lapresse.ca/international/etats-unis/201703/05/01-5075714-ecoutes-telephoniques-trump-persiste-dans-ses-accusations-contre-obama.php . Accessed 10 March 2017.