Trump’s latest decisions!
President Donald Trump had an interesting first week in his new job. Now, whether that was a good week or a bad one, or even a terrible one, depends on who you talk to.
Trump issued an executive order ordering the closing of borders to all refugees for a period of 120 days, as well as to citizens from 7 Muslim countries, including Syria, Iran and Iraq.
Trump has also acted against Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. He wants to start building the border wall against Mexico immediately and wants to hire over 5,000 border agents to guard the Mexico border.
He has come up with another executive order which calls for all individuals charged with a crime to be deported. Further, sanctuary cities will be deprived of federal funds. American manufacturers have received a boost with the President pro-US business measures, and his green light to important infrastructure projects.
The reactions from world leaders have been thick and fact.
French President François Hollande said, “We of course have to speak to Donald Trump, as he was chosen by the Americans to be their president. But we have to do it with a European point of view and promote our interests and values. That’s why it’s so important not only to talk to each other but also to come together.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “We won’t get anywhere by trying to solve problems with polarization and populism. We’ve got to show that we’re committed to the basic principles of our nation.”
She added, “We are witnessing a rapid and radical change to the global order and we need to be aware of these new challenges. This concerns both the defense of a free and open society as well as defense of free speech.”
German Vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, “The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbor is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people. I think that is what unites us in the West, and I think that is what we want to make clear to the Americans.”
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said “We expect the Western world to lighten Turkey’s burden. You can build a wall, but it’s not a solution. That wall will come down like the Berlin Wall.”
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said, “The American president is dividing the Muslim world into good and evil with this. The decision is also bad for Europe because it will increase the Muslim world’s mistrust and hatred of the West.”
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote in an article in Time magazine, “Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. There is a view that the dialogue should focus on fighting terrorism… The focus should once again be on preventing war, phasing out the arms race, and reducing weapons arsenals.”
The United Nations and International Organization for Migration said in a joint statement, “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world. We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race.”
Author: Raghav Hegde – India