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WHAT WRONG PRESIDENT TRUMP DID TO DESERVE DEFEAT ?

By N. S. Venkataraman
A careful analysis  of  the Trump administration during the last four years would clearly indicate that  there is no case for him to be defeated  in the current Presidential election.
(President Donald Trump stands on the balcony outside of the Blue Room as returns to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. AP Photo: Alex Brandon)

With US Presidential election due in the next few days and  more than 29 million people are reported to have already voted , the several pre poll surveys have indicated that Joe Biden would win and President Trump would  lose.

At this stage,  one cannot be sure as to what would be the result of the Presidential election , since a  number of poll predictions have proved wrong in the past.

In any case, if President  Trump were to lose the election, it would not be due to any  serious wrong that he has committed in  four years of  his administration but  largely due to the sustained and determined hate campaign against him by sections of  the media and sworn critics. When Trump filed his nomination as the Republican candidate around 4 years back,  the same section of media and critics started criticizing him.  They predicted that it would be a disaster for the US if Trump would be elected , even before he assumed office last time.

A careful analysis  of  the Trump administration during the last four years would clearly indicate that  there is no case for him to be defeated  in the current Presidential election.

Trump lived upto his poll promise made , which was “America first” policy. Trump implemented a firm programme to prevent domination of China in the global arena, which was necessary to ensure success of his “America first” policy. It is well known and beyond doubt that China made significant progress in  recent years mainly by exploiting the American market to dump it’s  goods and also benefited considerably by acquiring technology from American companies by way of collaboration or purchase of technology.  To this extent China has grown and the USA has lost. Therefore, Trump’s trade war and other acts against China was in tune with  the “America first” policy.  He has to be given credit for this, which section of media and his critics have not done.

It is certainly true that  U S citizens suffered from job loss, as many US companies started investing in China  instead of doing it in the  USA and also employed people from developing countries , since their  wage expectations are much less than the US counterparts.  This started happening , much before Trump assumed office. Trump wanted to stop this practice , which was causing joblessness in the USA and  as well as investment loss, by checking the flow of immigrants into the  USA and directly and indirectly asking US companies to invest in the USA and recruit US citizens for the job to the extent possible. What is wrong with this?

Trump’s decision  to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was right , to prevent loss of lives in a war in a  third world country. America has paid too big a price for involving itself in the local conflict in Afghanistan , for which previous President Obama was largely responsible.

The  funding of WHO by the USA was stopped by President Trump , as he suspected that the President of WHO was partisan in his approach and did not warn the world at the right time about the seriousness of the COVID 19 virus.  The USA was the biggest donor  to  WHO and certainly  the US is entitled to stop funding WHO, if it would suspect the role of WHO.

Trump’s decision to withdraw from the  US commitment to Paris Climate Accord has been criticized.  Looking from distance , this criticism may look justifiable.  But,  Trump’s view that  the Paris Climate Conference excessively blamed  the  developed countries including USA  for the climate crisis  was not wrong. While President Trump has withdrawn from the commitment of  the USA to the Paris Climate Conference, he has not stopped the climate protection measures  in  the USA. Trump’s annoyance that China’s contribution to  global warming has not been criticized  by the Paris Climate Conference  under the pretext that China is a developing country,  is  justifiable.  The fact is that China is a well developed country and it cannot take cover to get concessions in adhering to climate norms , that has been accorded to developing countries.

Trump’s extraordinary success in  bringing peaceful relations between  Israel  and some middle east countries like UAE have contributed  to reduce the tension in the Middle east region. No critic has taken note of this .

Trump has been blamed for the black –  white conflict in recent months in the USA. This is not a new phenomenon and it has been there during Obama’s administration  and Clinton’s administration  also.

Some critics have accused Trump of favouring the whites, for which there is no justification. On the other hand, President Obama visited the mosque to woo Muslim voters and exhorted the blacks to vote for his party during the earlier Presidential election,  which is a partisan  move and Trump’s critics have conveniently ignored this. Trump has not made such partisan appeal.

Trump has been blamed for thousands of  deaths due to  the COVID 19 crisis in the  USA . In a situation, when a suitable vaccine to treat COVID 19 has not been available , no other person could have handled the situation better. It is said that Trump has not alerted the nation sufficiently early. But, there is no indication that early measures such as social distancing and wearing of masks could have saved the situation.  Further, when some governors insisted on wearing masks and social distancing, several  people in  the USA protested and violated.  India is one country where the government took measures to prevent the  spread of COVID 19 by insisting on social distancing and wearing of masks even in the month of March. Things have not become better  due to this early intervention.

All said and done, Trump has implemented the pre poll promises reasonably well during the four years of his administration.

It is true  that Trump has criticized his critics and media in sharp terms . But the fact is that he has been retaliating , when his critics and section of media did not show any courtesy to him and did not hesitate to publish highly critical cartoons  and even abusive articles and with least regard for the position of US President.

Several of the criticisms against Trump such as tax evasion etc. were all advanced before the last  Presidential election, which obviously had been rejected by US citizens when he  was elected as US President.

Even if Trump were to lose, history would judge his overall administration  better than the  section of media and motivated critics of President Trump.

N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause. To promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner.

Published Date: Monday, October 26th, 2020 | 06:44 AM

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