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A lead­ing Emi­rati aca­demic has pre­dicted strained re­la­tions be­tween the Gulf and Amer­ica’s new pres­i­dent-elect, Don­ald Trump, writes Shoshana Ke­dem. Dr Ab­dulkhaleq Ab­dulla, a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor at UAE Uni­ver­sity, said he be­lieves the world will be a more un­sta­ble place with the busi­ness ty­coon as leader. He told 7DAYS: “I don’t think Trump val­ues the US-GCC re­la­tion­ship. “He has made some very deroga­tory state­ments re­gard­ing the GCC in gen­eral. “Se­condly, Trump has said con­sis­tently that he will tear up the Iran nu­clear deal, which sounds mu­sic to our ears, that we will hold him true to his prom­ise. I don’t think he’ll have the courage to carry it through, but we’ll have to wait and see. “He said Gulf states need Amer­i­can pro­tec­tion and ‘I am go­ing to let them pay for it’. That’s the kind of busi­ness­man we will be deal­ing with. “This is re­ally a night­mare in short.” He also claimed Trump has stirred up racist sen­ti­ment in the US and will “make Amer­ica much more racist than it al­ready is”. He added: “He will not pro­vide the kind of qual­ity lead­er­ship that the world ex­pects from Wash­ing­ton and I think we can ex­pect some very bad times to come. “He re­ally doesn’t know what he’s talk­ing about. “From ev­ery­thing we know we just have to ex­pect the un­ex­pected from Pres­i­dent Trump.”

VIEW: Ab­dulkhaleq Ab­dulla

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