Letters to the Editor: Trump isn’t ‘trimming’ national security staff, he’s purging them

Trump and Robert O'Brien.
President Trump and his national security advisor Robert O’Brien arrive at LAX on Sept. 18, 2019.
(Associated Press)

To the editor: It is long past time for President Trump’s supporters to wake up and smell the scorched Earth. Their omniscient leader — who doesn’t read and spends much his days watching Fox News, tweeting or playing golf — does not trust experts. If you had plumbing problems in your home, wouldn’t you call an expert?

While I’m sure there is bloat in every government agency, “trimming” one-third of the staff at the White House’s national security team is not trimming, it is purging.

Purging a vital department of honorable, knowledgeable and dedicated public servants is irresponsible and dangerous.


If their reason for supporting our wanna-be dictator is that the economy is doing great (and they might want to delve a little further into that), how will that protect us from national security failures?

Lynn Eames, Los Angeles


To the editor: I suspect Trump gets away with the serial staff slashing because too many Americans do not understand the roles of bureaucrats and appointed staff. They have not been convincingly shown the concrete consequences of the under-staffing.

That leaves us thinking “no big deal” and Trump free to fire as he pleases.

Roger Schwarz, Los Angeles


To the editor: Now the national security advisor and the attorney general are tarnished. What do we expect?

The true villain is not Trump, but rather Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. That he should take it upon himself to kill the democracy he swore an oath to protect is truly heartbreaking.


I am glad I am 86 years old; I will not live to reap the whirlwind.

Nancy Palter, Los Angeles