During my 36 years of federal employment I was privileged or directed to visit most European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries, including Russia, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, Pakistan and others less politically attuned to U.S. policies.

At each, I was proud to present my U.S. passport to customs and immigration officials and almost invariably would be greeted with a smile and "welcome."

Today, and given Trump's throwing of our Kurdish allies under the bus, I would be less proud and probably much less likely to be so greeted.

In fact, I would be reluctant to travel to some of those countries.

How this vulgar, promiscuous, disabled-mocking, lying, family-separating and internationally ignorant person ever reached the White House eludes me, and the silence of our local Republican politicians re his actions is deafening.

Gary Lierman