The next president of the United States!…say what?
Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump exhibited such a persona, ideology, values and attitudes during the presidential campaign that, frankly, gave pause for many Americans, politicians and global personalities world wide.
Many of them questioned the ability and capacity of this man to fulfill the duties of president of the United State in a manner that has become the expected norm globally. To this end I did a little digging on the internet about the global interpretation of the prospects of a a Trump presidency for the next four to possibly eight years. Her are some results. Most occurred prior to 45 taking office.
WASHINGTON—A deep national revulsion toward President Donald Trump has sent Canadians’ opinions of the United States plummeting to a level of antipathy never before seen in the 35 years a pollster has been asking. A major Pew Research survey released on Monday found that just 43 per cent of Canadians hold a favorable view of the U.S., with 51 per cent holding an unfavorable view. That is a steep decline since last year, the final year of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency, when Pew found 65 per cent of Canadians favourably disposed to the U.S. And it is lower than even the low point of the unpopular presidency of Republican George W. Bush, when 55 per cent of Canadians were favourable. At no time since at least the early 1980s, and likely much earlier, has a majority of Canadians held a negative view of our neighbour and ally.
THE President of the United States, has openly questioned the credentials of Justin Trudeau, labeling the Canadian head of state “an embarrassment” and a “terrible president”. In a no-holds barred interview with a Canadian magazine to be published next month, Donald Trump claims that despite being only in the job for less than 2 years, Trudeau is “easily Canada’s worst president yet.” “Honestly I think he’s done a terrible job so far,” President Trump observed when questioned about Trudeau, and later tweeted: “He should be ashamed to call himself the President of Canada.” – Burrard Street Journal
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to “stop at nothing” to protect his country in a potential war with North Korea, even if it means sacrificing Canada. After the North Koreans recently demonstrated their military prowess, the American Commander-in-chief stressed he’s ready to make some “difficult decisions”. Telling Fox News it would upset him “bigly”, President Trump reluctantly admitted he’s “fully prepared” to sacrifice up to 36 million Canadian lives, such is his determination to prevent any attack from Kim Jong Un.
RICHMOND, BC—Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are in police custody at YVR airport this evening, after alleged ties to a fascist dictator surfaced during routine questioning. The two sons of a former American billionaire, had flown to the pacific northwest for the unveiling of the new Trump tower in Downtown Vancouver. However upon arrival the brothers were reportedly selected for random inspection by the Canadian Border Services Agency and ultimately detained under suspicion that they may be connected to an oppressive regime in a foreign nation. The Trump boys, who have followed in their family’s rich tradition of leeching off their father, are believed to be in contact with at least one leader accused of suppressing free speech and limiting the rights of migrants. “We have reason to believe that these individuals are linked to a dictatorship and have held them for further questioning,” an official RCMP statement read. “Canada has strict laws about supporting tyrants and the safety of British Columbians is paramount.”
According to the statement, the unnamed individual was among the “most vile” they had ever seen. The brothers insist they are being unfairly targeted and have threatened legal action:
“Suing someone is literally the last thing anyone in this family wants to do but this is discrimination, plain and simple,” Eric Trump told CBC Vancouver. “We were made to feel like terrorists, in front of the entire airport. Does anyone have any idea how embarrassing that is?”
“They’re refusing us entry to this country based on circumstances we have nothing to do with. It’s inhumane,” Donald Jr. piped up. “We have rights you know.”
The decision to detain the pair has caused such controversy that even the President of the United States has personally tweeted about the incident. “Detaining people at an airport is disgusting. How the hell can the people of Vancouver look at themselves in the mirror after this,” he said, claiming the entire incident was all he needed to “finally justify invading Canada”.
RCMP added that the cost of detaining the Trump bros. will be happily paid for by BC taxpayers. By now it’s a well known fact that Mr Trump has quick fingers and doesn’t hold back when it comes to criticizing others.
However, that doesn’t mean that other world leaders and high ranking politicians can’t do what he’s doing. Here are a few of the global tweet before inauguration.
Vicente Fox Former President - location: Mexico-Stadt tweet: This nation [the U.S.] is going to fail if it goes into the hands of a crazy guy. source: fusion.net
Daniel Ortega President location: Managua, Nicaragua tweet: Trump reflects the ultraconservative, racist, and war-like thinking that is incubated in the roots of the empire. source: www.usnews.com
Rafael Correa President location: Quito, Equador tweet: His discourse is so dumb, so basic. source: www.usatoday.com
Fernando Henrique Cardoso Former President location: Brasilia, Brazil tweet: He has a backwards world view. ... In sum, not just for Brazil but for the whole world the election of Trump would be a disaster. source: www.theguardian.com
Ana Palacio Former Foreign Minister location: Madrid, Spain tweet: The opportunism, unreliability and amorality that we have seen during the [Trump] campaign would be damaging for the world in general and hurt Europe in particular. source: www.politico.com
Gavin Robinson, British MP from Northern Ireland representing the Democratic Unionist Party location: Belfast, Ireland tweet: The person you are dealing with may be a successful businessman, but he's also a buffoon. source: www.washingtonpost.com
Gavin Newlands, British MP with the Scottish Natinal Party location: Edinburgh, Scotland tweet: Let's be clear, Donald Trump is an idiot. I have tried to find different, perhaps more parliamentary adjectives to describe him but none was clear enough. He is an idiot. source: www.washingtonpost.com
Boris Johnson Former London Mayor and Foreign Minister location: London, England tweet: The only reason I wouldn't visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump. source: www.telegraph.co.gb
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister location: Oslo, Norway tweet: A lot of what Donald Trump says makes for a more unstable world. source: www.politico.eu Carl Bildt, Former Foreign Minister location: Stockholm, Sweden tweet: If Donald Trump was to end up as president of the United States, I think we better head for the bunkers. source: twitter.com Martin Lidegaard, Former Danish foreign minister location: Kopenhagen, Denmark tweet: If he becomes president, it will be a disaster. source: nyheder.tv2.dk Elmar Brok, German MEP and chair of the European parliament's foreign affairs committee. location: Berlin, Germany tweet: He is not predictable and this unpredictability is a danger. And there fore it is not in
the common interest, nor in the interest of the west, that we have President Donald Trump. source: www.theguardian.com Pope Francis, Pope location: Vatikanstadt, Rome tweet: A person who thinks only about building walls wherever they may be and not building bridges, is not Christian. source: www.washingtonpost.com
Edi Rama, Prime Minister location: Tirana, Albania tweet: [The anti-Islam rhetoric of] Donald Trump and others in Europe are really the shame of our civilization. source: foreignpolicy.com
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President location: Ankara, Turkey tweet: A successful politician would not make such statement, as there are millions of Muslims living in the U.S. source: www.hurriyetdailynews.com
Nabil Fahmy, Former Foreign Minister location: Kairo, Egypt, tweet: The rhetoric adopted by US presidential candidate Donald Trump vis-a-vis Islam and Muslims is unacceptable and greatly offensive. source: www.al-monitor.com Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister location: Tel Aviv, Israel tweet: Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump's recent remarks about Muslims. source: bigstory.ap.org
Turki al-Faisal, Former Ambassador to the US / Prince location: Riad, Saudi Arabia tweet: For the life of me, I cannot believe that a country like the United States can afford to have someone as president who simply says, 'These people are not going to be allowed to come to the United States.' source: www.huffingtonpost.com
Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim, Head of general security for the Emirate of Dubai location: Dubai United Arabic Emirates tweet: If Trump beats Hillary, that means that the scenario of the clash of civilizations created by Samuel will come to light at the hands of the candidate and [Islamic State leader] al-Baghdadi. source: whatson.ae
Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister location: Islamambad , Pakistan tweet: Mr. Trump's statement only serves to show not only his insensitivity, but also his ignorance about Pakistan. source: www.washingtonpost.com Lou Jiwei, Minister of Finance
location: Beijing, China tweet: Trump is an irrational type. source: www.wsj.com Hyon Hak Bong, North Korea's ambassador to Britain location: Pjngjang, North Korea tweet: We see it as the dramatics of a popular actor.on Trump's offer to open nuclear talks with Pyongyang. source: elections.ap.org Kim Sung-han, Former Vice Foreign Minister location: Seoul, South Korea tweet: Saying the U.S. will no longer engage in anything that is a burden in terms of its relationships with allies, it would be almost like abandoning those alliances [...] It will inevitably give rise to anti-American sentiment worldwide. source: www.reuters.com
Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader location: Canberra, Australia tweet: I think Donald Trump's views are just barking mad on some issues. source: www.smh.com.au
Additional sixty or so opinions worldwide were listed in the Washington Post in July of 2016. We are now coming up to 250 days into the presidency and I have heard or read nothing to bely any of these observations to date.
Besides the obvious unnerving his presence creates worldwide, it is in the very least doing a great disservice to the United States of America and its people who, to a large measure, disserve much better. If the world survives this presidency, however long it may last, it will take a long time to undo the damage his presidency will have created in effect and image of America.~