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Letter to the Editor: Hosting visitors in Florida wrong

As an immigrant and naturalized citizen of this country, I was thrilled and delighted to visit Washington, D.C., and tour the seat of our government. As a family we “did” Washington: the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the museums, the Mall — we did it all. Most inspiring to me was the White House, that home of the sitting president. It is not a palace or castle built by a monarch or despot, but our White House was built by the people, for their chosen leader, and is the “People’s House.”
It is therefore with shock and outrage that I see our present leader entertaining foreign dignitaries not at this symbol of our democracy, but at his exclusive, rich-and-famous-only, golf resorts. These resorts are the complete antithesis of everything the White House stands for. The President’s actions show a fundamental lack of understanding of the values and history of this country. I feel it is an insult to visiting foreign leaders who expect to be entertained at the White House. Imagine the Queen of England entertaining President Trump at the Buckingham Palace Tea Shop.
If this were not enough, the cost of security at these various resorts is staggering. At the same time, security and staff are still retained at the White House. A budget that takes funding from social programs, but allows huge amounts of money to be spent on unnecessary security, is morally wrong. Not only that, but it further enriches an extremely wealthy man and his family at the expense of the people he has sworn to serve. America no longer needs to welcome “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” It is creating plenty of its own!
Lindsay Hart
Middlebury

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