It’s of­fi­cial, Trump gets party nod to run for pres­i­dent again

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Comment - Yash­want Raj

WASHINGTON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who was on Mon­day for­mally nom­i­nated by the Repub­li­can Party to seek a sec­ond term, has vowed to “pro­hibit” Amer­i­can com­pa­nies from re­plac­ing lo­cal work­ers with lower-cost for­eign work­ers, and re­main firm on his hard­line po­si­tion on im­mi­gra­tion. “We have to win. This is the most im­por­tant elec­tion in the his­tory of our coun­try,” Trump said in an unan­nounced ap­pear­ance at the con­ven­tion, based in Char­lotte, af­ter se­cur­ing the party nom­i­na­tion for the Novem­ber 3 elec­tion. He will for­mally de­liver the ac­cep­tance speech on Thurs­day from the White House.

50-POINT AGENDA

The Trump cam­paign un­veiled a 50-point agenda ti­tled “Fight­ing for You”, which also prom­ises to “end reliance” on China by en­cour­ag­ing Amer­i­can com­pa­nies to bring back op­er­a­tions and con­tinue the US pres­i­dent’s “Amer­ica First” for­eign pol­icy of end­ing wars and en­sur­ing al­lies “pay their fair share” to­wards com­mon de­fence ef­forts.

The agenda was re­leased on the eve of the four-day Repub­li­can Party con­ven­tion that nom­i­nated Trump on Mon­day morn­ing for the White House run, with vice-pres­i­dent Mike Pence as his run­ning mate. They are up against Joe Bi­den, the Demo­cratic can­di­date, and his run­ning mate, Ka­mala Har­ris.

The agenda builds on the “in­cred­i­ble achieve­ments” of Trump’s first term in of­fice, the cam­paign said in the an­nounce­ment, and added that it will re­flect his “op­ti­mism and cer­tainty in Amer­ica’s great­ness”.

It’s a bare bones an­nounce­ment, that lists out Trump’s 50 sec­ond-term pri­or­i­ties, which he will spell out in his ac­cep­tance speech on Thurs­day, the fi­nal day of the con­ven­tion, and on the cam­paign trail.

“Pro­hibit Amer­i­can Com­pa­nies from Re­plac­ing United States Cit­i­zens with Lower-cost For­eign Work­ers,” the agenda said in a sec­tion head­lined “End il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and pro­tect Amer­i­can work­ers”, which in­di­cates a hard­en­ing of Trump’s po­si­tion on im­mi­gra­tion.

It hits at the core of the out­sourc­ing in­dus­try in the US that has sup­ported IT giants from many coun­tries, and in­clude TCS, In­fosys and Wipro from In­dia. Trump has been turn­ing up pres­sure on the out­sourc­ing in­dus­try - cen­tred around H-1B non-im­mi­grant short-term work visas - from prac­ti­cally the first quar­ter of his pres­i­dency.

Trump has sus­pended all le­gal im­mi­gra­tion - green cards - and short-term non-im­mi­gra­tion work visas, such as H-1B, till the end of De­cem­ber to en­sure that mil­lions of Amer­i­cans laid off be­cause of the Covid-19 pan­demic have a first shot at jobs that be­come avail­able.

Other el­e­ments of the agenda on im­mi­gra­tion were a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent poli­cies, such as en­sur­ing that new im­mi­grants don’t need state help, and block­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants from tax­payer-funded pro­grammes and free col­lege tu­ition.

‘END­LESS WARS’

End­ing “end­less wars” and get­ting “al­lies to pay their fair share” would be Trump 2.0’s “Amer­ica First for­eign pol­icy”, which con­tin­ues the em­pha­sis on bring­ing home troops from Afghanista­n and mak­ing NATO al­lies ramp up their re­spec­tive de­fence ef­forts.

Other for­eign pol­icy pri­or­i­ties in­clude wip­ing out global ter­ror­ism that threaten Amer­i­cans, and build a “great” cy­ber­se­cu­rity de­fence sys­tem and mis­sile de­fence sys­tem.

AFP

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dur­ing a press brief­ing at the White House, in Washington, DC.

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