As the transition of power unfolds, President Obama tries to push forward through an uncertain future. Meanwhile, other national powers also grapple with the prospect of a Donald Trump administration; an administration which is causing an increasing amount of anxiety as Trump announces his cabinet members.
President Obama arrived in Athens, Greece to start what will be his last world tour. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, hopes to secure a certain amount of debt relief before Trump takes office.
Trump’s isolationist policies give him little hope for future appeals for help. Trump has stated, “Germany is very powerful and strong I’d let Germany take care of it.”
If that fails, then Trump said he would let Russia, “save the day if Germany doesn’t.”
Vladimir Putin was among the first to congratulate Trump on his ascension to power. Putin sees a new chance for restored relations with the United States and has announced that Russia would like to build a, “Collaborative dialogue” with Trump.
The Chinese, who Trump has repeatedly blamed for America’s woes, is less keen to warm relations but President Xi Jinping has said, “Facts have shown that cooperation is the only correct choice.”
During much of the Presidential campaign, Trump had spoken about raising tariffs on the Chinese and even going so far as to call climate change, “a Chinese Hoax.”
Mexico is also on shaky footing due to Trump calling Mexicans, “rapists,” and insisting that Mexico also will pay for the proposed wall between the two countries while proposing to deport two million illegal immigrants within his first 100 days in office.
The Mexican Senate has since been working to pass legislation that would make it illegal for the Mexican Federal Government to fund anything resembling a wall. President Enrique Nieto, however, is hopeful of a relationship that would be built on, “trust and mutual respect.” Recently, Trump has drawn back his wall scheme, saying that in some parts it may be just a, “fence.”
The characteristics of an actual Trump presidency is still an amalgam as he appoints Stephen Bannon, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, to Chief White House strategist and Senior Counselor. Bannon has described Breitbart News as the voice of the “alt-right,” and whose ideology has been described as “toxic” by the New York Times.
The paper has run numerous inflammatory headlines including,“Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage” and “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.”
Amongst these worries, the FBI has released a report Monday stating that hate crimes have risen about six percent generally and 67 percent in particular against mosques and Muslims.
Transitional periods tend to be full of uncertainties but it can be expected that this will be more so than most as President-elect Donald Trump is politically tested for the first time and the kinks, so one could say, are worked out.