Issues As Trump Fishes In Many Troubled Waters

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When LEADERSHIP took up the issue of explosives campaign rhetoric of Donald John Trump, especially, the threat of banning Muslim immigrants from entering the United States with a constitutional lawyer, Dr Castro Ginigeme, in an interview, he said “the state institutions in the US have evolved for over two hundred years and that a change in the occupant of the Oval Office may not necessarily change or influence public policies.”
This position was then, taken with restraint optimism, given the president-elect’s insistence on fulfilling his campaign promises. Experts in international politics had dismissed the fear, saying, Trump’s explosive campaign outbursts was just a way of securing the mandate of the electorates. They insisted that the business of governance is far different from Trump’s unrealistic campaign promises.
However, when he took office on the 20th January, no one was left in doubt about his intention to execute his agendas. His predecessor’s flagship programme,’Obama Care’ he promised to scrap came under his hammer. The US-Mexico border wall he had promised to build started receiving accelerated attention.
But most alarming was the executive order banning7 Muslim-majority countries with terror related threats. The countries are Syria, Libya, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, and Yemen. This development sparked unprecedented protests in the US and beyond.
However, the January 27 judgment of a Seattle court, which over ruled Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven countries quickly calls to mind, the earlier position of Castro Ginigeme that state institutions are no pushover by incumbents.
One of the immediate consequences of the judgment was the resumption of airlines airlifting citizens of the affected countries into the US. Trump descended hard on the Seattle Judge, describing the judgment as ridiculous. He vowed to upturn the judgment in higher courts.
Again, Trump come face-to face with the reality of how independent US state institutions are when an Appeal Court upheld the judgment of the lower court. Once again, Trump described the judgment as ‘political’ and vowed to fight on.
Experts in the working of US Presidential system has averred that the series of court judgments challenging the audacity of President Trump in the banning saga is a confirmation of what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said long time ago that “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Another take from the whole imbroglio, according to analysts is that, the refusal of an official of US Justice Department, Sally Yates to carry out the presidential order is an indication that the people are also part of the working of government.
In the aforesaid interview, Gastro also described Trumps presidency as a blank cheque, meaning that, he never had public service experience and as such very difficult to understand or to predict the direction of his government.
Trump had insisted that there was no need ignoring Taiwan because of ‘One China Policy.’ But as he grapples with the reality of US system he has backpedaled on the one China Policy, which the US government has recognized since the late 70’s.
His perceived romance with Russia, an all-time rivalry of his country. Trump, analysts says, know little about the fact that US is land of immigrant. Castro pointed out that, there is practically, no country on earth that is not represented in the composition of the US.
He stressed that, apart from the few Native Americans, all the inhabitants of the US had their ancestry from other parts of the world. Castro cited the example of a Cambodian ethnic group that support the US against South Vietnam.
The indigenous Montagnards, recruited into service by the American Special Forces in Vietnam’s mountain highlands, defended villages against the Viet Cong and served as rapid response forces.
The executive order signed by Trump bars all entry for the next 90 days by travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. But analysts has accused Trump of turning blind eye to some terrorist-prone countries where he has business interest.
It has been insinuated that Egypt, one of the powerful and wealthy majority-Muslim country was left out of the ban. But without divesting from his company, as bipartisan ethics experts had advised, Trump is now facing questions about whether he designed the new rules with his own business at least partly in mind.
“He needs to sell his businesses outside his family and place the assets in a blind trust, otherwise every decision he makes people are going to question if he’s making the decision in the interests of the American people or his own bottom line,” said Jordan Libowitz, the spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal watchdog group. The group has filed a lawsuit arguing that Trump is already in violation of a constitutional provision barring federal officials from accepting payments from foreign officials.
Stephanie Grisham, a White House spokeswoman, said, “The high-risk territories are based on Congressional statute and nothing else.”
Trump has said he has handed management of his real estate, licensing and merchandising business over to his adult sons to avoid the perception that he is making presidential decisions to boost his own business. But he has retained ownership of the company, meaning that if it thrives during his presidency, he will personally profit.
The new executive order points to the complications that are likely to arise from the arrangement.
Trump’s order makes no mention of Turkey, which has faced several terrorist attacks in recent months. On Wednesday, the State Department updated a travel warning for Americans visiting Turkey, noting that “an increase in anti-American rhetoric has the potential to inspire independent actors to carry out acts of violence against US citizens.”
Trump has licensed his name to two luxury towers in Istanbul. A Turkish company also manufactures a line of Trump-branded home furnishings. Trump’s most recent financial disclosure, filed in May when he was a presidential candidate, showed that he had earned as much as $6 million in the previous year from the deals.
“I have a little conflict of interest ’cause I have a major, major building in Istanbul,” he said in a December 2015 interview with Breitbart News. More recently, he has insisted that he has no conflicts because laws making conflicts illegal do not apply to the president.
Also untouched by Friday’s executive order is the United Arab Emirates, a powerful Muslim ally with whom the United States nevertheless has complicated relations. Trump has licensed his name to a Dubai golf resort, as well as a luxury home development and spa.
Trump has seemed particularly disinclined to divorce himself of interests in the project. Its developer, Hussain Sajwani, attended a New Year’s Eve party at Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, where a video showed Trump singling him out for praise, calling him and his family “the most beautiful people.”
Trump returned to the topic of his Dubai partnership again in mid-January at a news conference intended to demonstrate how he was separating from his business.
Trump said “I was offered $2 billion to do a deal in Dubai with a very, very, very amazing man, a great, great developer from the Middle East — Hussein, Damac, a friend of mine, great guy. And I was offered $2 billion to do a deal in Dubai — a number of deals and I turned it down,” Trump said then, referring to Sajwani’s development company

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