Jan. 9 To the Editor:

In his prime time address to the nation last night, Donald Trump attempted to look Presidential. He tried to make his address sound like President Kennedy's address to the nation on the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The major difference is that the Cuban missile crisis was a real crisis. President Kennedy had U-2 photographic proof that the Soviet Union had placed offensive nuclear weapons 90 miles from America and that they were operationally ready to launch. In contrast, Trump has fabricated a "crisis" on our southern border to build an expensive and useless wall to satisfy an absurd campaign promise and to appease the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, Carlson, Coulter and his delusional base. If you fact check Trump's speech you will find that he lied, misrepresented, exaggerated and distorted many facts to confuse and frighten the American public. Even Chris Wallace of FOX called out White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Sunday on her distortions, and lies about terrorists crossing the southern border and other false claims. This is not presidential, it is disgraceful.

In the meantime, the nation is experiencing a partial government shutdown, affecting numerous government agencies and over 800,000 workers. Many of these federal workers are working without pay, and others are being furloughed without pay. So as Trump continues his temper tantrum, federal prosecutes in the Eastern District of New York are unable to prosecute the violet MS-13 gang members and organized crime leaders, airport security is threatened, immigration judges are not able to process cases, and billions of dollars are wasted.

Yes, America is experiencing a national crisis, but it does not reside at the southern border, it sits in the Oval Office.

Rich DiPentima, LTC, USAF Ret.