No more honeymoon period for Trump: analyst


Posted at Jan 20 2017 03:59 PM

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Even before he formally assumes office, the honeymoon period for United States President-elect Donald trump was already over, an analyst said Friday.

International business analyst Hans Vriens believes that the honeymoon period is already over for Trump with the decline in his popularity ratings.

“The honeymoon is already over. His popularity has gone down so much already since elections. We have to be very afraid of what’s going to happen and his incoherent view of the world,” Vriens said in a phone interview on “[email protected]

Vriens even went as far as advising the real-estate mogul turned president-elect to resign since he is “ill-prepared” to take on the presidency.

“Resign. I mean he's so ill prepared. I can’t think of anybody who is worse. So I don’t know why he even wants this job,” he said.

He explained that Trump, a real estate developer, is showing anti-globalization attitude and a foreign policy veered towards building business interests rather than alliances.

University of the Philippines Political Science Associate Professor Herman Kraft said clarifications should be made already with regards to the political and economic directions that the Trump administration plans to undertake.

“There needs some clarification at this point in time as to what direction a Trump administration would actually take as far as foreign policy as well as the economic policies of the United States would actually go,” he said in an interview on ANC’s “Dateline Philippines.”

Kraft explained that Trump seems to give greater focus to US domestic concerns particularly on employment and immigration rather than involvement in Asia.

“He doesn’t want more American involvement in the region except on a bilateral basis with the countries there,” he said.

In terms of geopolitics, Kraft thinks Trump prefers to have bilateral relations with other countries instead of the usual multilateral deals. 

“President-elect Trump has actually been very emphatic with the idea of doing deals which means he’s much more interested in doing bilateral (deals) more than working through multilateral arrangements,” he said.

This causes a concern among countries in the Asia-Pacific which are used to having deals that are mostly multilateral, Kraft explained.

“He is looking at bilateral relationships, not looking at multilateral relationships and so this is the big difference I think between the previous administration (Obama) and this incoming administration (Trump),” he said.

“He seems to be taking a track that’s very different from what we were comfortable under the Obama administration,” he added.

Though concerns over Trump’s political and economic policies remain high, Kraft said the public should understand that although there is a new, incoming administration, US strategic interests are still the same.

“US strategic interests have remained the same and I think they’re not going to change just because you have a different president sitting,” he said.

“I think geopolitically, you won’t see much of a difference. It’s going to be a difference in terms of emphasis,” he added.

At the eve of his inauguration, Trump promised to unify the US and do things that "haven't been done for our country for many, many decades." He will seat as the 45th US president, replacing Barack Obama.