Trump must give us hope

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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.

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