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Can America Shine in a Donald Trump Presidency?


On Tuesday night, America waited desperately and impatiently as all eyes steered at screens and monitors. A little after 3am in the morning, the final results came in, and Donald Trump received 276 electoral college votes, more than the magic number to become the next President of the United States. Many voters in critical battleground states cast their ballot for Trump—in comparison to Hillary Clinton electoral vote total of 218 (those figures have been adjusted since). Photo: salon.com

It was a disappointing election night for the Democratic Party, as supporters were left motionless, and unresponsive. Meanwhile, Republican supporters were overjoyed, excited, and filled with hopes and dreams again. “Make America Great Again” resonated in the minds of millions of Americans who cast their votes in hoping Trump could be elected the next President.

It was a surprising and shocking turn of events that millions of viewers and voters cast their ballots for a Republican at the White House. It is clear that the gridlocked sessions on urgent issues in Washington angered many Americans, who saw no hopes for moving forward under a Clinton presidency.

Many voters believed that if they voted for Clinton, then the nation would continue its corruptible ways at Washington; permeated by self-serving lobbyists with special interest groups at the top. Or, they could choose revolutionary changes to make the country great again. The loss of leadership at the White House cast a dark shadow onto the world stage, and Americans witnessed many foreign policy shortcomings during the presidency of Barack Obama, who tried to keep the Democratic Party unified despite its severe lack of leadership skills and being a novice in foreign policy experiences. In fact most Americans believed that the nation stood on the brink of a political precipice.

There were accusations that WikiLeaks favored Trump in this election. According to a recent report on Fortune.com, however, Julian Assange cited a perceived civic duty as motivation for his actions: “We publish material given to us if it is of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical importance and which has not been published elsewhere,” he said, noting that the aforementioned leaks “fit our editorial criteria.”’(8 November 2016).

It is without question that the exposure from WikiLeaks publications on the vast network of release emails, scandals, and bad rhetoric reports from Clinton’s personal server has damaged her reputation as untrustworthy and unreliable for being the next Commander-in-Chief. Despite her political career and lengthy tenure at the State Department, the recent and appalling revelations on the Clinton Foundation regarding money laundering, and Podesta’s shocking email revelations tilted the balance in favor of Trump.

While some foreign countries are doubting Trump inexperience in world affairs, others are welcoming the newly elected president with positive enthusiasm. Although President of France Francois Hollande congratulated Trump, the response was met with deceptive words, as Hollande will not be re-elected for a second term in May 2017. However, Marine Le Pen, who is working for the far-right nationalist party, congratulated Trump on his victorious win. Trump’s victory appears to have pleased one leader in particular — Russian President Vladimir Putin,” CNN reports. As of now, it seems Russia is determined to work in close collaboration with Trump to mend the political and diplomatic convergences between Washington and Moscow.

The fallout of Brexit has also altered the vision of a new American ideal, and liberalism has not proven to be a working model of economic success. World leaders are now speaking and expressing both their optimism and pessimism. Time reports that “Brexit was the first brick that was knocked out of the establishment wall. A lot more were knocked out last night, said ”Nigel Farage, the interim leader of the U.K. Independence Party. “This is Brexit times three. It is a bigger country, it is more prominent position, it is a bigger event.” In Britain, it is with both joy and sadness that half of the country wanted Clinton to win the election, and the other half for Trump. Farage adds that populist parties in Europe, including Italy’s Five Star Movement, and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France intend on continuing the fight. “I don’t think it is finished yet; I think this phenomenon is set to sweep other parts of Europe over the course of a couple of years,” he said.

The world now awaits for Donald Trump to make his official entrance onto the world stage. Will he be able to mend political oppositions and unify  differences? It will be long and hard work for the next President, to prove that he can deliver and strive for world peace in the divergent political fissures of globalism.


Christophe Barbier is a grad student working on his Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at Norwich University. He is seeking an international career in diplomacy and foreign affairs at the United Nations, NATO, or non-governmental organization. Christophe’s work can also be found on http://writerbeat.com/ as well as www.sportsandpolitics.org.


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