New Trumpet in the White House

Some 900,000 people will be in Washington on Saturday for the investiture, not counting the hundreds of thousands of protesters planned, because not all in the U.S. believe in that oath, and the claim of illegitimacy has marked the new presidency

By: Juana Carrasco Martín

Email: juana@juventudrebelde.cu

2017-01-20 | 17:21:16 EST

On top of two Bibles, Donald Trump will be sworn in this Friday, January 20, 2017, as the 45th President of the United States, at the ceremony presided over by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts: one belonged to Abraham Lincoln; the other, a gift from his mother when he finished elementary school in 1955.

Some 900,000 people will be in Washington for the investiture on Saturday, not counting the hundreds of thousands of protesters planned, because not all in the U.S. believe in that oath, and the claim of illegitimacy has marked the new presidency.

Estimates of attendance, say news agencies, are not based on surveys, but on lodging reservations and logistical data. The quadrennial show is also a profit maker, and these move the American senses and become emphatic in the team that will manage the destinies of the powerful nation in the next four years.

However, some 50 Democratic representatives had announced they would not attend the ceremony, in protest of the policies of whom, until now, were identified more as "the New York billionaire tycoon."

As of Friday, the White House has echoed to the astonished Americans and the world since he announced his aspirations - both for his aggressive, xenophobic, punctilious, iconoclastic and unorthodox comments, as well as for the victories he gained until he reached the Republican nomination and then the 306 electoral votes, on November 8, which guaranteed him the presidency, even though his rival Hillary Clinton obtained almost three million more popular votes.

This fact, which would be unusual anywhere else in the world, but corresponds to the US constitutional standards, gave rise to demonstrations in major cities under the motto Trump is not my president, showing a divided nation.

All await, expectantly, whether the events to come are in line with Trump's high-sounding "vocal notes," which were first expressed by the accompanying executive team, more composed of business experts than public administration – on NPR (National Public Radio), which has been described as "the dream team of conservatism". At least so said Politicians and CNN, and agreed by Newsweek, Los Angeles Times and The Hill, among other important US media.

They are in favor of administrative deregulation and, paradoxically, several of the nominees have opposed the federal departments they will now lead. The zeros to the right of the digits of his personal fortunes make him, as a whole, the Cabinet with the greatest wealth, and at least five in that narrower circle that is completed with White House advisors, come from Goldman Sachs, so Wall Street is present, perhaps more clearly than in other governments.

It could also be said that the personnel who will now administer from the Pennsylvania Avenue mansion is the one with the greatest military experience, even with direct participation in the war scenarios that the United States has opened in this twenty-first century, although other political sectors have been organizing for some time and pressing a Russia that Trump has not called the "main enemy", nor has been trying to encircle it with armies and sanctions.

With 2017, the functions of the 115th US Congress began- on whose two wings dominates the Republican Party - engaged in auditing "the President's men" -are very few women in decision-making positions, largely controversial and still lacking the "approved" credentials.

Uncertainty prevails, both among Americans and the rest of the world, and reaches Wall Street itself. Trump's most recent comments put the main stock market indicators in the red when he said that the dollar "is too strong" against the Yuan so "Our companies cannot compete" ..., comments that affected the activity of investors, who also do not know what the economic measures of the Trump era will be, and some media dared to predict greater instability in the coming days, after this week of numbers in the red.

However, in the uncertain days before the seizure of power, giants in their sectors such as General Motors and Walmart supermarkets "submitted" to the requirements of the current president-elect and announced multi-million dollar investments in the U.S. , and with it the possible generation of thousands of jobs, in accordance with the protectionist vision.

Through Twitter, nobody knows if he will keep it up, Trump sent them the nod: "Thanks General Motors and Walmart for starting to return great jobs to the US. And called them "achievements" even without sitting in the Oval Office:" With all these jobs I'm returning to the US, with all these new car factories returning to our country and with the massive cost reductions I've negotiated on military purchases and more, I think people are seeing "great things."

But life, and business are also a fantasy, sometimes up, sometimes down, and the protectionism that he advocates and seems to be the tonic of his management, will put others - across borders - in greater trouble. Precisely the automobile industry, which invested in neighbouring nations with cheaper labour, will open doors to the north, but will close them in the south.

The economy will see its social expression, if more jobs are lost in the south, it will be a question for thousands to jump a higher wall, which the neophyte has also emphatically promised. On top of the obstacle will be more repression and the deportation of irregulars which promises to be greater than the one made by Barack Obama.

What other omens does the Republican hold? Previous policy reviews and presidential orders such as Obamacare, immigration regulations, and agreements with other countries; will meet the Pentagon's plans to send combat troops to Syria; Could he increase the import tax or tariffs to US investor industries abroad; And also renegotiate free trade agreements such as NAFTA (with Mexico and Canada) and the TransPacific Treaty .... "Do not be fooled," they advised the Canadian Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, at the Economic Forum in Davos, where the world's most powerful people are meeting, and the agenda is the confrontation with protectionism, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz predicted the failure of Trump's economic policy because it could provoke a commercial war and increase the trade deficit.

The waiting time begins before the one that assumes as the least popular president of the last 40 years, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll published the day before, which gives him 40 per cent of acceptance. "Fixed polls," Trump tweeted, though that same poll points out that most Americans are confident he will keep his promises of economic revival and counter-terrorism.

On the eve he once again raised his motto ‘Make America Great Again’ and has promised that his administration will serve to "unify" the country and promote the progress of the "forgotten." Everything remains to be seen.

Translated by ESTI

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