Trump faces fresh political turmoil

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 20:39:51

Trump faces fresh political turmoil

Mohammad Amjad Hossain
President Donald Trump has been facing stinging criticism across the USA in the wake of white racist rioting in Charlottesville in Virginia on August 12. The bloody clashes took place at the birth-place of Thomas Jefferson, an author of the Declaration of Independence. Homes of the fourth President James Madison and the fifth President James Monroe, who fought in American revolutionary war, are also located there. Charlottesville represents three Presidents of America at the formation of the state. 

On the other hand, chief strategist in the White House Steve Bannon became the latest to be axed. He reportedly spoke against the President's policy on North Korea. Trump is reported to have said there would be no solution if North Korea is attacked. Possibly that was the lame excuse for his dismissal. After being fired, Steve Bannon went back to his former workplace at Breitbart News, which is branded as anti-establishment. It is also one leading outlet of alt-right, a movement which has gained status of far right. President Trump, however, tweeted by saying, "I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against crooked Hillary Clinton-it was great! Thanks S." Having joined Breitbart, Steve Bannon promised he would continue to fight and campaign for the populist agenda which took Trump to power. 

Having seen chaos and confusion around the White House, former Vice-President Al-Gore, a Nobel laureate on climate change, reportedly asked President Trump to resign. The problem has further been complicated by Trump's regret on August 17 for 'losing beautiful statues and monuments' in the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville. The President said, the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and will never be able to be comparably replaced. He further argued, "Lee and General Stonewell Jackson who commanded Southern forces in the civil war to secede from the US are important and admired figures." It seems possibly Trump does not understand the implication of civil war in America between the Union forces and Confederate forces to divide the country and the role of white supremacists there.  President Obama is on record as having said Trump is 'temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be President' while Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said, "Trump would be a chaos President." A number of Republican lawmakers have been distancing themselves from the President who is now finding it difficult to pass any law. For example, he failed to cancel affordable healthcare law of President Obama.

Meanwhile, Trump attacked two Republican Senators. They are Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Jeff Flake. It is also  interesting enough to note two Republican Senators, who are, as of now, the President's allies. They are Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee who is of the opinion that the President has not shown sufficient ability, competence or understanding of the character of the country. Only black Senator of the Republican Party Tim Scott would not defend 'indefensible' after Trump said both Alt left and white supremacists were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville. James Murdoch, the 21st Century Fox CEO and son of billionaire Rupert Murdoch, who was one of the close advisers of the President, denounced Trump's reaction to the white supremacist rally and violence it sparked.

Internationally, President Trump exchanged apocalyptic threats with North Korea and blamed China for its failure to rein in its client in Pyongyang. In the process, it is likely that Trump will alienate China. Without rhyme or reason, he also threatened to dispatch army to Venezuela to stop civil war there. 

Internally, Trump is being subjected to investigation by special counsel Robert Muller into his financial history and as to whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The Cleveland Clinic has pulled out its annual fund from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Cory Booker, a Democrat Senator, announced on August 18 that he intends to introduce a bill calling for removal of at least a dozen statues of confederate soldiers and politicians located inside the US Congress while Austin branch of Texas University decided to remove four statues tied to confederacy. It means President Trump is being isolated from the US mainstream politics.

The writer is a retired Bangladeshi diplomat.

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