United States Presidential Election 2016: Donald Trump’s Presidency & U.S. Diplomatic Relations with Africa.

United States Presidential Election
2016: Donald Trump’s Presidency & U.S. Diplomatic Relations with Africa.
They’re sending people that have a lot of problems, and they’re
bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing
crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
” – Donald
J. Trump’s presidential campaign kickoff speech on June 16, 2015 (while
referring to Mexican illegal Immigrants).
According
to updates on my darling CNN, the presidential election between the Republican
candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic candidate Donald J. Trump (the two
leading contenders) has already started with over 5 million eligible American
voters casting their votes for their preferred candidates over the weekend in
some selected states in what is referred to as ‘Early Voting’.
Interestingly,
the main Election Day is slated for the 8th of November 2016 (less
than a fortnight) but the electioneering process remains the most televised and
one of the most interesting in the world (this is unarguably because the United
States occupies an important position in the comity of nations) and spectators
around the world are locked in the curiosity to see who will eventually emerge
victorious.
Undoubtedly,
one of the reasons why the result on November 8th is important is
because of the United States’ pride of place in global affairs and one of the
special contenders in this election is Donald John Trump- the Billionaire Businessman
and Real Estate Typhoon cum politician who has included another dimension to
the overall democratic process. In subsequent paragraphs, I would examine the likely
effects of a Donald J. Trump’s presidency and policies in respect to the United
States – Africa economic and political ties and relations ‘if’ he eventually occupies the White House in Washington DC come
January 20, 2017. In the course of doing this, I would make reference to a number
of his quotes and responses; this is because we can only speculate what he
would do and what he would not do based on his principles and convictions in
relation to some essential issues.
In
consequence, I would discuss the following topics of immigration, employment,
security, economic and socio-cultural relations which has been important issues
of Mr. Trump’s campaign since he stated his intention to vie for the office in
June 16, 2015 (two days after his 69th birthday).
      
I.           
Immigration
This is one of the most controversial topics in Mr. Trump’s campaign. His
famous quote about building a wall on the American-Mexican border which he
intends to make sure Mexico pays for as generated a lot of controversy. Mr.
Trump has also said that he plans to deport any and every illegal immigrant in
the United States which he plans to achieve by creating a “deportation
force” to deport around 11 million people illegally residing in the U.S.,
stating “Day 1 of my presidency,
[illegal immigrants] are getting out and getting out fast
.” The
Democrat also opposes birthright citizenship.
Africa
has a huge number of illegal immigrants in the United States and other
developed countries. This is partly because of the economic and security situation
in some African countries. Unarguably, Mr. Trump presidency would have a
negative impact on immigrating to the United States because he would ensure
that laws relating to immigration are strengthened, borders are more secured and
non-American citizens are shown the way out.
   
II.           
Employment
Generation & Job Creation
– I believe that
the first point about immigration is closely related to the socio-economic
problems confronting job creation and employment generation. Mr. Trump believes
that the level of unemployment is particularly aggravated by the scourge of
unchecked emigration; the few available jobs are fiercely contested amongst
Americans and non-Americans. He has repeatedly stated that he supports
“America First” domestic and foreign policy.
Deductively,
it is possible from the calculation above that Mr. Trump’s presidency would
orchestrate the promulgation of various laws that ensures that Americans’ are
given preferential treatments in various socio-economic issues and this might
have a silver lining after all. Most of these Africans might be forced to
return to their fatherland thereby fast-tracking national development and
growth.
 III.           
Security
and Crime
– According to reliable research,
The Donald (as he is also called) is generally opposed to gun control. Gun
violence and gun related murder are the two highest causes of crime in the
United States.
I
do not think that Mr. Trump has a detailed blueprint on how to deal with the
issues of insecurity and the soaring rate of crime which are the biggest challenges
in the U.S. and beyond. His presidency would no doubt be hostile to
non-Americans. I can recall vividly that he promised to ban all Muslims from
the United States on the wake of the November, 2015 attacks in Paris, France
before he softened his stance on the controversial topic weeks later.
 IV.           
Foreign
Relations
– Mr. Trump thinks that the United
States of America needs to look inward towards nation building, and re-orient
its resources toward domestic needs. It questions whether he, as president,
would automatically extend security guarantees to NATO members, and suggests
that he might leave NATO unless changes are made to the alliance. He has also called
for Japan to pay for the costs of the U.S. troops stationed there and that it
might need to develop nuclear weapons in order to protect itself from North
Korea. He identifies as a “free trader”, but says that trade must be
“reasonably fair”, and has described supporters of international
trade deals that are good for other countries but not good for the United
States as “blood suckers”.
The
United States is a major world power and it is also a big contributor of
resources and aids to developing countries, sub-Saharan African has over the
years enjoyed a robust socio-economic diplomatic relation with the U.S and the
Obama’s administration only deepened the relationship, this is partly because
of his African heritage and ancestry. I hate to sound pessimistic but there
might be a reverse if Mr. Trump is elected.
For
the records, I like to state categorically that I do not have any negative
disposition towards Mr. Donald Trump and I trust Americans to make the best
decision come November 8th, 2016. I only chose to write about the
likely effects of his presidency because Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s presidency
might be an extension of the Obama’s administration with very few changes in
internal as well as external policies and relations because it is evident that
they share almost the same political ideology. Whichever way, I wish both of
them the very best of luck.
God
Bless Us All
Olusanya,
Oluwole Sheriff
Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.