James Coburn

James Coburn

Resist a power that distorts the tenants of democracy. We do not acquiesce to a dictator in Russia. We are Americans.

On July 16, President Donald Trump allowed our integrity as a nation to be tossed under a bus during an international spectacle in Helsinki with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

The two men held a press conference after a surreptitious, one-on-one meeting that excluded members of U.S. intelligence and the State Department. Trump needs to brief Congress and the people of the United States. Can Trump be trusted? I think not. Diplomacy is made by strength and not weakness.

For Trump to have asked for Russian interference during the campaign, and then as President of the United States deny former KGB officer Putin accepted the offer is absurd and dangerous. Instead, Trump chose to discredit the FBI. This is damaging to the credibility of our nation. I'm sure Putin is loving it.

On July 27, 2016, Trump asked Russia to hack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s missing emails as then presidential candidates Clinton and Trump were seeking the nation’s trust.

“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said.

Investigations are better left for American intelligence. Better left for the Justice Department to issue 12 indictments against 12 Russian operatives as part of the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

With Putin at his side, Trump said the United States has been foolish.

“There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it,” Trump discredited the FBI. “And people are being brought out to the fore. So far that I know, virtually none of it related to the campaign. And they're going to have to try really hard to find somebody that did relate to the campaign.”

The President said Putin had an interesting idea. He said Putin offered to have Russian intelligence meet with FBI special investigator Robert Mueller to discuss Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

We do not need your meddling, Mr. Putin.

Education tells us not to memorize words and speeches for the sake of repeating. Education is to understand content and to relate matters to world history.

We do not placate tyrants. Former President Ronald Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the Communist Part of the Soviet Union from a position of strength based on American values.

Leaders do not assume they have all the answers. They listen. Now it’s time to listen to the will of the American people. Both sides of the political aisle have called it like it is. Mr. Trump, listen to the citizens who employ you. Do not assume a vainglorious demeanor. Do not discredit this nation.

We are a democratic Republic with checks and balances. You weaken the presidency by discrediting American institutions working to protect us.

This is not about red and blue states. We are a common bond of patriots honoring honest men and women.

Let facts stand as they are Mr. Trump. This is about the lives of the American people. You have not improved relations with Russia. Putin smiles.

You winked at our adversary while shunning justice.