Never before has the whole world been so baffled with a US President-elect. So, Donald Trump will be the 45th US President. The rest of the world is busy anticipating the outcomes of his reign. Will he really be strict on immigrants or will he stand by his plank of temporarily banning Muslims from entering his country? And his brash attitude and aggression have been matters of concern for political leaders, experts and commoners. Yet he has usurped all calculations and beaten his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House.
Yes, it’s a Triumphant moment for the real-estate tycoon who also earned laurels as a TV host. His slogan, “Make America Great Again,” has reaped him rich benefits. The rural Americans have voted for him, so have the unemployed youths. The slogan has worked big time for a man who has faced allegations of being a misogynist. But leave aside his chequered history with the fairer sex and his aversion towards immigrants, the fact remains that he will be taking over from Barrack Obama in January next year.
Now too many questions are being asked. If at all, Trump sticks to his pre-poll calls, then the world is in danger. If he decides to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, Syria and other places, terrorism will get a boost. What would be his approach towards China and Russia? And how would he deal with China over the South China Sea conundrum? And from Indian’s point of view, how would he deal with Pakistan and its bonhomie with China? And will he really be tough on the Haqqani network that has put Pakistan on a sticky wicket?
Well, Trump says in his victory speech, “It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me…I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.”
Now, that’s quite noble enough. He means unity and he means no harm to anybody yet if anybody tries to take America on, his policy is simple: Push US’s enemy to the back foot.
There’s a huge difference between pre-poll strategy and post-poll ones. Once you are on the hot seat, you are in charge and you have to shed all your inhibitions as a candidate. There are issues that need to be dealt with logically and the immature stance of building walls should be thrown into oblivion. It remains to be seen how Trump behaves once he reaches the White House. There is a sense of fear not just in USA but also in other parts of the world that a Trump Presidency can usher in an era of mayhem and pandemonium.
It’s left to Trump to assuage such a notion and behave like a true statesman. He was courteous enough to acknowledge his rival Clinton’s contributions to his nation in his victory speech. Well, for once he was decent enough. Trump after meeting his would-be predecessor Rarack Obama expressed his desire to seek the latter’s advice. One prays he maintains such a dignity and doesn’t come up with statements that don’t quite deserve a mention from the President of the United States of America.