MANILA - Citing a traditional gap between election promises and actual programs, a former diplomat posited Wednesday that Donald Trump may still water down the radical campaign promises that brought him presidential election victory on Tuesday.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump had vowed to revive the US economy by slashing taxes, preventing companies from making products overseas, renegotiating trade accords and imposing tariffs on imports from countries like China.
To stop illegal immigration, he said he will expel some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US and make Mexico pay for the construction of a wall along the Mexican border. He also vowed to ban from entering the US all Muslims and immigrants from countries with "a proven history of terrorism."
But Former Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Lauro Baja argued that on-the-ground situations may still soften Trump's agenda for a protectionist America.
"Maybe his more extreme and radical positions will be tempered later on by the realities on the ground. That always happens after the elections," Baja told radio DZMM.
He also pointed out that American businesses cannot simply transfer their investments from the Philippines to other countries with higher risks.
"Money is a coward so they won't go to places where there are risks. Katulad niyang BPO (business process outsourcing), kung iyung ating BPO workers ay mas magaling kaysa iba, hindi naman karaka-karakang aalis agad iyan at ibibigay agad sa mga Amerikano at ibang nationalities," he said.
(Just like the BPO industry, if our BPO workers are better, business won't pull out of the Philippines and give jobs instead to Americans or other nationalities.)
Baja also said "the world is watching" whether the new US leader will make do on his promise to build a wall and deport immigrants.
Trump, he added, has guaranteed that he maintain cooperation with other countries even as he pushes for an "America first" policy.
America’s new commander-in-chief will be inaugurated into the Oval Office on January 20.
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