We need to give Don­ald Trump the chance to be Pres­i­dent – Pres­i­dent Coleiro Preca

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Rachel At­tard in Lon­don

“We need to give Don­ald Trump the chance to be Pres­i­dent of Amer­ica,” Pres­i­dent Marie Louise Coleiro Preca told a group of sixth form girls study­ing at the City of Lon­don School for Girls.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion on the elec­tion re­sult in the United States, the Pres­i­dent said that she shares the same view as that of Hillary Clin­ton, who said that Trump needs to be given a chance. The Pres­i­dent said that “this is a very sen­si­tive time for Amer­ica and the world and we need to wait and see what is go­ing to hap­pen.”

The Pres­i­dent said that she hopes “Mr Trump changes his tac­tics and stops be­ing racist in his com­ments. He needs to think of ev­ery­body. Amer­ica is what it is today be­cause of the amount of mi­gra­tion that it ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the years.” She said that “Trump was very short-sighted dur­ing his elec­toral cam­paign and wanted to be pop­u­lar. Now let’s hope that he does help all the Amer­i­cans.”

Brexit was another topic raised dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, with the Pres­i­dent say­ing that Brexit needs to be faced and suc­cess­ful de­ci­sions should be taken on time. Suc­cess can be achieved in var­i­ous ways and the EU must think in a pro­duc­tive way rather than be­ing man­aged by cri­sis. When there is a cri­sis it is very dif­fi­cult to think ra­tio­nally.

Pres­i­dent Coleiro Preca said that now that the Bri­tish de­cided to leave the Euro­pean Union, the EU should make sure to es­tab­lish a strong re­la­tion­ship with it.

She also said that another two topics that will be tack­led dur­ing Malta’s EU Pres­i­dency are mi­gra­tion and ter­ror­ism. She said that we can’t al­low our seas to be­come a ceme­tery ev­ery day.

A stu­dent of Mal­tese ori­gins asked her about the morn­ing af­ter pill. The Pres­i­dent, in her short re­ply, said that she did not want to en­ter into the sci­en­tific ar­gu­ments and that the bill, “for me is a closed chap­ter”.

The ef­fect of cli­mate change on mi­gra­tion was another is­sue raised in the de­bate. She said that we should not fear mi­gra­tion but it is a healthy phe­nom­e­non be­cause one can ex­pe­ri­ence other cul­tures. “We should not be pas­sive in front of mi­gra­tion but we need to have lead­er­ship skills so that we will be able to as­sist those in need and be sen­si­tive to other cul­tures.”

The Pres­i­dent was also asked how she feels dur­ing a United Na­tions meet­ing where there are only 18 women among 193 heads of state. She said that women need to fight more and never give up so that we get the same treat­ment as men. She said that “women should be very am­bi­tious to bring about the much­needed change and for so­ci­ety to have a holis­tic ap­proach.”

Other topics that the stu­dents dis­cussed with the Pres­i­dent were about civil lib­er­ties in Malta and the mes­sage that the Pres­i­dent’s Foun­da­tion for the Well­be­ing of So­ci­ety is send­ing.

The Pres­i­dent was greeted by two girls of Mal­tese de­scent and a physics teacher who has been teach­ing in this col­lege for the past seven years.

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