On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Americans elected Mr. Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. The presidency of the United States is the most important job in the world, due to America’s global dominance in virtually all spheres – economic, socio-cultural, military, political, etc. Mr. Trump was sworn in, and inaugurated as President, on 20 January 2017.
President Trump literally hit the road running, making bold and controversial decisions, and pronouncements. His most far-reaching, and widely reacted to decision is the Executive Order, slapping a three months suspension on movement into the United States of people from seven Muslim-majority countries namely, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The President explained that this was to give US authorities ample time to tighten border control measures, so as to prevent dangerous people from entering the United States.
The decision, coming soon after Inauguration Day, was sudden, unexpected, shocking, and quite disruptive to many people. Several were detained at airports across the US, and many more around the world were either denied visas to the US, or simply had their American visas cancelled. But the Order was later nullified, and set aside by US courts, although President Trump has vowed to reinstate it, and have it prevail. We wait to see how he will do so.
President Trump’s Executive Order faced, and received widespread criticism, and condemnation from people, both within and outside America. I am more concerned with the reactions of non-Americans. Suffice to say that for most contemptuous Americans, their negative reaction is just an overflow of their anger, and hostility towards Mr. Trump, accumulated during the campaigns, and their eventual loss in the polls, since most of them supported Mrs. Hillary Clinton for president. For them, this is just another golden opportunity to publicly humiliate the man they hate with a passion.
For the rest of us, non-Americans, Mr. Trump’s nationalist, exclusionary, and somewhat isolationist policies and rhetoric, are a wake-up call; a notification – perhaps a reminder – that things cannot, and will not remain the same anymore. For so long, America has played a godfather role in the world, so much so that a sense of expectation has been created among people of other nations that the United States will always be there for them especially, during difficult times, no matter what. Today, any talk or act, contrary to this expectation, unnecessarily sends chills down people’s spines.
But it is important to understand that under President Trump’s administration (and I dare say henceforth after him), America will not be a guaranteed place of refuge anymore. Therefore, countries and their citizens are challenged to sort out their own issues and problems, instead of either running to, or surrendering them to America for resolving. Much as the United States is a migrant nation, it should be appreciated that it cannot, strictly speaking, continue being as such, compelled and obliged to accept foreigners as of right. Like everything else, this too must come to an end, so that the American society settles, with known membership, and well laid out procedures of acquiring citizenship. And concerning allegations that President Trump hates Muslims, I don’t think he does. Rather, his comments are a calling upon Muslims to revisit their religion, and eliminate merchants of evil, operating behind the banner of Islam. Of all religions in the world, why should it be Islam on the spot, for the wrong reasons? Something, somewhere, isn’t right, and should be rectified.