Trump in Wash­ing­ton

“And so the Amer­i­can ex­per­i­ment be­gins …”

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - COMMENT - Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a lawyer, aca­demic and po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst. She has au­thored a book ti­tled ‘A Com­par­a­tive Anal­y­sis of Me­dia & Me­dia Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be con­tacted at: tweets at @yas­meen_9 and yas­meenali62@gmail.com

be­fore it is too late.” (March 29, 2016)

What are th­ese blun­ders? Oru­jyan talks of na­tional debt. (Quoted as $14,000,000,000,000 mi­nus an­other $5 tril­lion in Fed­eral Ac­counts) US pop­u­la­tion is quoted as above 323 mil­lion. This means $44,000 per Amer­i­can. Fif­teen per cent Amer­i­cans live be­low poverty line. That’s roughly 50 mil­lion Amer­i­cans. “Some 130,000 of them live on the streets of Los An­ge­les. They don’t have rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Wash­ing­ton. They don’t have lob­by­ists on K Street. They don’t have a voice, and in many cases they lack hous­ing and food.” He writes.

He poses an in­ter­est­ing ques­tion: “Would a Trump pres­i­dency fix our na­tional prob­lems? Prob­a­bly not. But, his pres­i­dency should not be viewed through that lens. A Trump pres­i­dency would likely pro­duce alarm­ing mis­steps, yet in the process it would ex­pose the real prob­lems our na­tion faces—prob­lems that, if not cor­rected to­day, will cause far graver dam­age to­mor­row. The worse he does, the bet­ter it may be for the coun­try.”

Trump’s oft re­peated state­ment of mak­ing Amer­ica great again if viewed from the prism of this ex­cep­tional piece makes a great deal of sense and does not re­late to White Supremacy over the world.

“Mr Trump’s rhetoric on im­mi­gra­tion came to de­fine his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

But since the elec­tion, he has qui­etly dropped his call to re­move all un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants from the US, a move that, aside from be­ing so im­prac­ti­cal it might be im­pos­si­ble, ex­perts warned would dam­age the US econ­omy by tak­ing too many peo­ple out of the labour mar­ket. In­stead, in his first tele­vised in­ter­view af­ter win­ning the elec­tion in Novem­ber, he vowed to im­me­di­ately de­port up to three mil­lion il­le­gal im­mi­grants with crim­i­nal records in one of his first acts as pres­i­dent.” ( The Tele­graph Jan 19, 2017)

The White House re­port­edly deleted its cli­mate change web page, tweets Sherry Rehman on Jan­uary 16, 2017, “And are ob­vi­ously re­do­ing the health­care, civil rights pages.” In his in­au­gu­ra­tion speech he vows to erad­i­cate rad­i­cal Is­lamic Ter­ror­ism.

The Tele­graph states, “A Trump pres­i­dency would break from the tra­di­tional Repub­li­can com­mit­ment to free trade, im­pos­ing a set of pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies to close Amer­ica’s eco­nomic borders. He will im­me­di­ately an­nounce his in­ten­tion to “rene­go­ti­ate” the North Amer­i­can Free Trade agree­ment with Canada and Mex­ico.”

“First, Pres­i­dent Trump must im­me­di­ately start cam­paign­ing to win the trust and re­spect of a con­stituency he com­pletely ig­nored un­til now: for­eign lead­ers and for­eign publics. Trump can best ad­vance Amer­i­can in­ter­ests by mo­bil­is­ing other coun­tries to part­ner with us. Specif­i­cally, we urge Pres­i­den­t­elect Trump to pri­ori­tise out­reach to NATO al­lies, Ja­pan, South Korea, and Is­rael. Pres­i­dents and na­tions need friends — and the Trump pres­i­dency will start on a stronger foot if it does not start off in iso­la­tion. Do­ing so will give Pres­i­dent Trump a stronger and more re­spon­si­ble hand should he seek to take au­da­cious steps such as con­fronting China over trade im­bal­ances or re­vis­it­ing the nu­clear deal with Iran.” ( For­eign Pol­icy Nov 9, 2016)

In an in­ter­est­ing piece by The At­lantic June 2016 is­sue, “Across his life­time, Don­ald Trump has ex­hib­ited a trait pro­file that you would not ex­pect of a U.S. pres­i­dent: sky-high ex­tro­ver­sion com­bined with off-the-chart low agree­able­ness. Like Bush, a Pres­i­dent Trump might try to swing for the fences in an ef­fort to de­liver big pay­offs— to make Amer­ica great again, as his cam­paign slo­gan says. As a real-es­tate de­vel­oper, he has cer­tainly taken big risks, al­though he has be­come a more con­ser­va­tive busi­ness­man fol­low­ing set­backs in the 1990s….Be­cause he is not bur­dened with Bush’s low level of open­ness (psy­chol­o­gists have rated Bush at the bot­tom of the list on this trait), Trump may be a more flex­i­ble and prag­matic de­ci­sion maker, more like Bill Clin­ton than Bush: He may look longer and harder than Bush did be­fore he leaps. And be­cause he is viewed as markedly less ide­o­log­i­cal than most pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates (po­lit­i­cal ob­servers note that on some is­sues he seems con­ser­va­tive, on oth­ers lib­eral, and on still oth­ers non­clas­si­fi­able), Trump may be able to switch po­si­tions eas­ily, leav­ing room to ma­noeu­vre in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Congress and for­eign lead­ers. But on bal­ance, he’s un­likely to shy away from risky de­ci­sions that, should they work out, could bur­nish his legacy and pro­vide him an emo­tional pay­off.”

Watch out - Trump is in Wash­ing­ton!

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