WSJ op-ed warns Trump over Obama accusation

A Tuesday opinion editorial published by the Wall Street Journal asserts President Trump is damaging his own credibility by refusing to back down or apologize for his accusations that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower — warning that the president needs to be truthful or will be “his own worst political enemy.”

According to the latest Gallup poll, President Trump’s approval rating dropped in one week from 45 percent to 37 percent, the lowest level since he took office.

The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed reads:

“Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.”

It continued:

“If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?

“We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.”

The editorial comes on the heels of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday that Trump’s wiretapping accusations are unsupported.

The Journal’s editors also mocked Trump for repeating unproven comments by a Fox News contributor regarding British intelligence agency links to the Obama wiretapping claim:

“Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims.

“Sean Spicer — who doesn’t deserve this treatment — was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.”

The Journal is also looking for the Trump administration to apologize for its assertions regarding the Obama wiretap.

 

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