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Relax, oh ye supporters of Donald Trump. Two years in and the office has not changed the man.

Trump is still tight-fisted. The man who prided himself on not contributing to charity unless it benefitted him is trying to save taxpayer dollars. He is freezing the pay of hundreds of thousands of federal workers, denying them the 2.1 percent pay raise they were expecting this month. (This comes by executive order even as 420,000 workers are working but not getting paid, and 380,000 others have been furloughed without pay because Trump is holding the government hostage for $5 billion for a “big, beautiful wall” on the border with Mexico.)

The pay freeze won’t begin to erase the $985 billion deficit in 2018 that Trump caused by big spending, defense spending and the tax cut, 80 percent of which went to the top 1 percent. Incidentally, taxpayers so far have spent $84 million on Trump’s golf outings.

Also, the workers not being paid are not clustered in Washington but are TSA agents, air controllers, Coast Guard members, zoo keepers and park service employees who live among you. When they don’t get paid, you and your neighbors are hurt.

Trump is still mendacious. He now lies 15 times a day, on average. Most recently he told men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan that they are getting a 10 percent pay raise and said they hadn’t had a pay raise in 10 years. They are getting 2.6 percent. Cruel. Last year the troops’ raise was 2.4 percent. They have gotten a pay raise every year for decades. Total U.S. defense spending is four times greater than China's military budget, and 10 times bigger than Russia's defense budget.

Trump is still avaricious. Even after he was elected president, he was trying to negotiate a Trump Tower in Moscow. He still owns his company, which gets millions of dollars from foreigners, eager to curry favor with the U.S. president.

Trump is still alpha man. Except for Vladimir Putin, whom he inexplicably toadies up to month after month (think Helsinki), Trump disparages everyone who criticizes him, even mildly. Elizabeth Warren wants to be president? Mock her for trying to prove she has Native American blood. Falsely claim she seeks psychiatric help. Mitt Romney is a new senator? Disparage him by tweet: “I won big and he didn’t. Be a team player and win.” Criticized by a former general who said Trump does not tell the truth, Trump said he was “fired like a dog.” In fact, the general resigned and was widely praised.

Trump won’t take advice. All of “my generals” have been fired or forced to resign because they gave him their expertise. Told that the experts think a concrete wall is a waste of money, he hunkered down and refused to give up his off-the-wall campaign pledge to build something that is physically inconceivable. Current fences at high-crossing areas cost $7 billion and don’t work. Mexico will not pay for any wall, the total cost of which would be billions of U.S. tax dollars, even if physically feasible. The $1.6 billion for border security last year has not even been spent.

Worse, think Berlin Wall and how well that worked out for everyone.

Trump is not empathetic. When two immigrant children died in U.S. custody under Trump’s new policies, Trump did not express sympathy but blamed Democrats who seek immigration reform, not spending billions on a wall. His policy of separating children from their parents has been universally condemned.

Trump’s long-stated America First policy is now U.S. policy. And the rest of the world no longer considers America the moral leader of the world. Having shunned, embarrassed or alienated all America’s traditional allies, Trump is alone. Nobody, certainly not the dictators such as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, whom he cozies up to, respects or trusts him.

Trump talks about the problems that real people face but does nothing about them. Despite his promises, he has not touched the high cost of prescription drugs and student loans, the deteriorating health of a 401(k), the disappearance of pensions, crumbling roads and bridges, wage stagnation, expensive child care, obesity, opiod addiction or most problems the middle class face.

Above all, Trump remains narcissistically bombastic and predictably unpredictable. He gives himself an absolute A+ for the job he has done.

So do we, on a sliding scale, where Z is the best.

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Ann McFeatters is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may send her email at amcfeatters@nationalpress.com.

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