Trump isn’t a normal president. His unpredictability could prompt Beijing to tighten its act on Pyongyang. This might turn out to be a real asset in the conflict in the sense that it could convince Beijing to abandon tolerating Kim Jong-un’s erratic behaviour.
It is still hugely unclear what exactly Donald Trump’s foreign policy stances as the next president of the US will be. The recent nomination of the chief executive of Exxon Mobil and BFF of Vladimir Putin, Rex Tillerson, as his preferred US secretary hints that realpolitik and deal-making will be Trump’s foreign policy of choice. While it is still uncertain what America’s new found love with Russia might look like in the future, Trump has made it quite clear that ties with China will fundamentally change.
The EU referendum and the American elections have brought white working-class voters back to the global political arena. In the aftermaths of the two elections they have been blamed for making the decisive difference. Most strikingly about these elections is that this group's interests are very likely to be harmed by their votes. Yet they decided to vote against their traditional representatives. So what exactly went wrong? Where does the anger come from? And why has politics failed the white working-class so badly?
Last week WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. In July, more than 19,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee were hacked and published by WikiLeaks, which prompted the resignation of its chairwoman. U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House are blaming Russia for the hacks. Is the Kremlin directly interfering with the US presidential election?
Trump is openly racist and misogynist. His entire campaign aims at playing with the fears of those left behind by globalisation. His answers are extremely simple and he clearly defines America’s enemies. There is no question whether he is a right-wing populist. But is he a fascist? Can he even be compared to Hitler? Or is he just an extreme narcissist - an eccentric businessman, a sociopath, a bigot, who happens to think that he is the perfect fit for the most powerful job in the world?
Objectively speaking there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton won last night’s debate. She was well prepared, appeared more presidential and repeatedly managed to put Donald Trump on the defensive. On the other hand, Trump often contradicted himself, seemed to lose concentration and often just randomly shouted out buzzwords without mentioning any real facts or credible policy suggestions.
Donald Trump, the man who doesn’t “do the email thing”, has given his first major speech on foreign policy without mentioning the wall with Mexico (“nobody can build a fence like me”). According to NPR it wasn’t even that bad.