Donald Trump: Most Controversial President Ever?
Trump seems certain to go down in history as one of the most controversial Presidents in the history of the United States. His inauguration on January 20th has not quieted the controversy he has evoked since he won the elections.
Indeed, it appears to have escalated.
No other President in the history of the United States has been met with such vehemence in the form of nationwide demonstrations and marches at the very beginning of their presidency.
That opposition has come because the new President, during the campaign, as President-Elect and now as President, made some strong anti- establishment pronouncements.
His constant attacks on the mainstream media pushed them to be extremely aggressive to him. The ‘fighter’ in Trump made him react strongly to them and this has made the situation more tense.
We should not allow these controversies to cloud an objective assessment of what seems good in his positions and what appears to be bad.
We can surely find both in him. In his international policies, we can see much that will create difficulties for the world if he implements them.
One such position is his attitude to China.
China is no pushover. It is the second largest economy in the world and is still amongst the fastest growing countries. Any trade dispute with China will certainly have an impact on the rest of the world. It is possible that the U.S itself can be seriously hurt by such a policy. In this case, it is hoped that the new President will rethink his position.
A trade war between with these two economic giants will not benefit anyone. Third World countries will be certainly be negatively affected.
His policy towards the agreement that President Obama reached with Iran is also troubling. This is an excellent accord for both countries and for Trump to now change that position could very well push Iran towards re-developing nuclear weapons.
If he carries out that threat, he will be creating more tensions in that already troubled part of the world.
President Trump would be well advised to stick to the commitments his predecessor made.
Still in the Middle East, his policy on the Israel/ Palestinian conflict will greatly heighten tensions in that area.
To agree to move the U.S embassy to Jerusalem is a de facto recognition of that city as the capital of Israel. That would be unacceptable to the Palestinians and could lead to another explosion there.
Such a move would also be another nail in the coffin of a twoState solution, which can only lead to more conflicts that can spill over to other countries and further complicate the situation in that deeply troubled part of the world.
His pronouncement on Cuba is also worrying. The great gains made by President Obama in turning a new page in Cuba/U.S relations could be undone if Trump implements his stated position on Cuba.
The aforementioned are just some of the major areas that could be lead to deterioration in the security of our world if President Trump has his way.
However, President Trump has positions that can lead to greater stability and security as well.
His policy towards Russia is sensible and it is what is required at this time. After all, Russia and the U.S both possess a vast amount of nuclear weapons. They are not only capable of destroying each other, but the entire world. Therefore, good relations between these two countries are extremely important to the promotion of world peace, stability and prosperity.
What is of concern, however, is the opposition Trump is faced with to push him away from having better relations with Russia. The pressure is being heavily applied by the mainstream media, who have substituted the ‘Communist bogey’ for the ‘Russian bogey.’ This is the a reflection of the link between the military industrial complex and the mainstream media.
We have seen the intelligence community applying their own pressure, most likely to justify their own massive existence. They have spoken of Russia’s interference in the elections without providing any evidence to the public.
Trump was right to point out that they got it wrong when they charged Iraq with having “weapons of mass destruction”. On that basis, the U.S went to war and more than a million persons were killed and one of the most prosperous countries in the Middle East now lies in ruins.
We can pinpoint many other similar cases, for example, the “attack” by North Vietnam on the U.S warship in the Gulf of Tonkin. This was also staged by American intelligence and led to a huge war in which hundreds of thousands of lives were lost and massive destruction took place.
It is hoped that President Trump will stand up to the massive pressures being placed on him.
The other policy that Trump has that can contribute to peace and stability in the world is his position regarding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
He is right that NATO has been a drain on the USA’s resources at a time when there are great national demands on his budget. He spoke about building back the infrastructure of the U. S. That would cost billions and/or trillions of dollars. Those monies going to build NATO can be diverted to rebuild America’s infrastructure to meet the needs of the poor in that country.
It should be remembered that the Warsaw Pact collapsed almost three decades ago. Therefore, the justification for keeping NATO is extremely weak.
After all, Russia has no military bases surrounding the U.S or any of its allies. It has not placed weapons on the borders of any NATO member state, except those that borders her. Her weapons are inside its territory and not in any other country. Russia stated that this was a response to NATO placing weapons on her borders.
The t alk about a Russian threat is, therefore, highly exaggerated and the demonization of President Putin is unwarranted.
President Trump’s attitude to NATO would lead to the lessening of tensions and improve world security.
The coming months and year ahead would be very interesting to see how the USA’a politics would develop.
However things develop, the Trump presidency is already set to go down as one of the most controversial in the history of the United States.