Deal With Trump, Also With Congress

All the in­sti­tu­tions of democ­racy mat­ter

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has made it clear that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is fo­cused on putting Amer­ica First. This is not a rad­i­cal de­par­ture. Pres­i­dent Trump’s pre­de­ces­sors too put the in­ter­ests of the United States at the heart of their en­gage­ment with the world. Keep­ing the in­ter­ests of the coun­try and its peo­ple front and cen­tre is the com­pass that guides ev­ery demo­crat­i­cally elected head of state and gov­ern­ment.

Over the last few decades, suc­ces­sive ad­min­is­tra­tions have built a strong and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship with the United States, ir­re­spec­tive of the party in power in Wash­ing­ton or New Delhi. The tempo of the re­la­tion­ship man­i­fested through in­creased trade, strate­gic part­ner­ships and bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion needs to be sus­tained. New Delhi needs to an­a­lyse Trump and his do­mes­tic ap­peal to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties for In­dia to part­ner with the US in a man­ner that is ben­e­fi­cial to both coun­tries. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is still feel­ing its way, and In­dia needs to seize this op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on the ar­eas where both coun­tries can work to­gether. Chal­lenges like ter­ror­ism, glob­al­i­sa­tion and in­vest­ments will re­quire coun­tries to work to­gether, and New Delhi needs to en­sure that its in­ter­ests are pro­tected as Trump seeks to de­fine his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s out­look on these is­sues. New Delhi must have the re­la­tion­ship with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion so that it can weigh in and put its point of view across, and ne­go­ti­ate with it when re­quired.

Democ­racy is pro­tected through its in­sti­tu­tions, and the first four weeks of the Trump pres­i­dency have made it abun­dantly clear that in­sti­tu­tions in the United States are alive to their re­spon­si­bil­ity. Coun­tries like In­dia that have been im­por­tant part­ners and al­lies of the United States need to work with the new­est oc­cu­pant of 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue to en­sure that mu­tual in­ter­est, ben­e­fit and progress con­tinue to be the leit­mo­tif of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. That re­quires a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of Don­ald Trump and the ethos of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, as well as en­gag­ing di­rectly with other in­sti­tu­tions, such as Congress.

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