Early Wednesday morning, the US had finally picked a president after a year-long media battle between the Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, and her opponent the Republican nominee Donald Trump. The year was plagued with scandals, accusations, media stunts, and much more which not only made the US tune in, but turned them against each other. Never before has an election been so dividing in the US, and so divisive in nature. After such a race, most Americans are excited to relax between election cycles, and let the leadership work out the nation’s problems. The problem, though, is that Trump and the Republicans hold majority in the House of Representatives, Senate, and the Executive branch of government. What exactly does this mean for foreign policy and global trade?
Moving on with a Trump presidency is one we cannot look on with experienced eyes, never before has anyone as least qualified as him has entered the white house. His only claim to fame is his popularity as a business tycoon and millionaire. So, how will such a person fair in controlling one of the most important players in the global economy? Trump himself said he wanted to play hard ball with China, stating he wanted to be stringent on trade with China and trade around the world. Most notably, Donald Trump wants to rework all trade deals the US holds and rework them to fit his own framework, what this framework has yet to be decided. Trump by and large is concerned with the US losing out on trade deals, losing potential manufacturing jobs to overseas workers is one he often stresses.
On issues pertaining to foreign policy, Trump is also a newcomer. Seemingly without experience, Trump has made bold accusations against certain countries, and threats to others. What this means as a foreign diplomat is very far from what many Americans consider civil, but how it all will play out remains to be seen. In China, leaders are preparing for the new shift of power, but none are sure about how a Trump led USA will turn out. The lack of knowledge about Trump and his seemingly limited amount of experience makes these types of situations left undecided and nerve racking.
Overall, a Trump presidency means leadership of uncertainty. Foreign leadership will have to start with caution after the change of power, but may end up benefiting from such leadership in the long run. Predictions can be made, but ultimately, this is something which needs to play out before making statements and observations.