There is no question that President Donald Trump has been good for many businesses.
His administration has removed many regulations that businesses did not approve of. The tax cuts he helped usher into law have helped many companies save money. There is reason for business owners and executives to support the president and his policies.
That can no longer matter.
The president’s performance at Monday’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is proof that his stewardship of this country cannot be trusted.
Trump is taking the word of a brutal dictator—who has a history of lying without compunction—over his own intelligence agencies and congressional committees.
Every American governmental agency that has looked into the matter agrees that Russia meddled in America’s 2016 elections. There is widespread disagreement over whether they were successful, whether they colluded with Americans and whether the Trump campaign was involved, but there is no disagreement over this point: They tried to affect the elections.
Trump stood on the world stage Monday next to the leader of a longtime adversary and said that the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the House and Senate Intelligence committees are all wrong and that he believes Putin.
“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said Monday.
Whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is irrelevant. Whether Trump’s words at Monday’s press conference amount to treason—as some are claiming—is irrelevant.
What matters is that Trump is listening to a foreign power over his own government.
No matter how much you are benefiting from Trump’s policies, that should terrify you. It is incumbent on the Republican Party to take steps to prevent Trump from harming our democracy.
Business people, even if they are happy with the Trump administration’s policy decisions, must tell their representatives in Congress that their principles are more important than their profits.