Donald Trump as US President
Against all predictions, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. Hillary Rodham Clinton came short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Trump comes into the presidency with a strong mandate as Republicans now control the House and the Senate. We congratulate president-elect Trump and wish him all the best in uniting a deeply divided country. There had been speculation, not only in the US but elsewhere including in Nepal, that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would ascend to the White House. If she had won the coveted post America would have written a new chapter in history by electing a woman president. But democracy, as they say, is the system where people decide who should rule them and in this case the people have spoken loud and clear.
People worldwide have taken falling wages and declining growth as major challenges to their well being. During the election campaign Trump was able to channel the American people’s anger towards the Washington and presented himself as a person who can alone fix the mess. Trump assured Americans of creating jobs and to make the country great again. People believed in him. Now it is the time for him to meet the expectations of the people. He has promised, in his victory speech delivered on Wednesday, not to “let people down.” But we believe he also needs to assure the women, immigrants and minority groups against whom he is known to have made derogatory remarks. With power comes responsibility.
Thus the president-elect has the duty to win back the trust of the people he may have offended knowingly or unknowingly.
His victory speech Wednesday was conciliatory. He recognized the contribution of his rival, Clinton. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said. There is a doubt among the immigrants in the US, including those from Nepali origin, that the Trump administration could introduce harsh measures for immigrants. We hope he will dispel such misgivings as well.
Presidents’ words matter and what they say can have enormous consequence to the country and the world. Trump has to reassure the markets, allies around the world and the American people that he will be a steady hand while dealing with complex and big issues. America is looked upon as the land of freedom, and endless opportunities in the world. The melting pot nation has recognized the diversity of the country since its independence in 1776. America’s foreign policy has remained a determining factor in shaping the world order. Nepal and America have had strongest and friendly relations since diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1948. We hope that this relation will continue to remain as special under the Trump administration as well. Trump ran to “Make America Great Again.” We can only hope that a making American great again is having a clear vision for economic growth and matured decisions in conducting foreign policy. Congratulations to Donald J. Trump again!