OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF MONTENEGRO AND PRIME MINISTER DUSKO MARKOVIC
On behalf of the American people I hope you will accept our deepest apology for the rude behavior of the individual Donald J. Trump last week at the NATO summit.
His boorish conduct can be ascribed to, among other things, a lack of the most rudimentary knowledge of the basic architecture of international relations:
Montenegro is a small nation. Its population is estimated at 622,000. The population of the United States, on the other hand, is estimated at 326 million. Donald J. Trump is ignorant of the fact that in international relations the principle of Westphalian Sovereignty applies, meaning that all nations regardless of size are equal.
Please be advised that Donald J. Trump does not represent us.
That fact is easily shown quantitatively.
In the presidential election held November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump received 62,984,825 votes. The legally eligible voter population on Election Day is estimated at 231 million. Conclusion: Donald J. Trump represents 27% of the eligible voter population. Only by the most fanciful of calculations is that figure anywhere near a majority.
Of the votes actually cast, he did not receive even a plurality, much less a majority.
The result is the United States presidency of Donald J. Trump is legal but illegitimate.
Please be advised further that legality may be temporary.
A lawsuit filed in January by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington contends that President Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. The clause (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8): “[N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them [i.e., the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
Last month, more than 200 restaurants and thousands of restaurant workers joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs.
We invite all governments and their citizens to pause, reflect and adopt the appropriate course of action concerning the legal but illegitimate standing, as well as the possibly pro tem legality, of the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
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