Trump must give us hope
NOW THAT it has sunk in that Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America, we should begin to prepare for the impact of the next four years of his presidency. It will be during his reign that the real impact of Brexit will be felt in Europe and across the globe, further adding to the anxiety around the world.
We should prepare for the worst and hope for the best, judging by his campaign messages, his tweets and his inauguration message last Friday.
In no other time in history has the world been so anxious after the inauguration of a new American president.
We don’t know what the Trump presidency will bring and what policies he will push.
For us in Africa, we hope that Trump has carefully studied the geography of our continent and understands that Africa is not a country.
We hope that relations between the US and Africa will be strengthened, based on mutual respect and understanding.
Long-standing trade agreements such as the African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) should be respected and strengthened to benefit all.
For a very long time now, Africa, the fastestgrowing continent, has been sending a message to the West that we are looking for trade, rather than aid.
This message must be made clear to the Trump regime.
Beyond the war talk, anti-immigrant and the anti-Muslim tirades, we wait to see the side of Trump that calms the markets and gives the world hope.
Perhaps his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May this week will give us first indication of what to expect.
We hope that when he settles in at the White House, Trump will understand the responsibility of his office and begin to reach out to those his threats have caused great discomfort and worry.
We agree that Trump must be given the space and time to lead, but we must pay attention to his words and actions.
Moving from Barack Obama to Trump is going to require some serious adjustment, not only for Americans, who must live with the consequences of their choice, but also for the whole world.