The Trump Presidency (X)


#X | Johan Galtung - from Washington DC, 23 Nov 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service

Trump 5 was supposed to be the last mini-column, but things happen, calling for a Trump X for Extra. Like Trump, promises can be broken.

Trump 4 covered 12 election promises, concluding for many “better forgotten, Trump’s new focus is much better”.  Washington Post 23 Nov 2016 has a long update “Trump shifts on Clinton, climate”. A review:

  1. Putting Clinton in jail: “no plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton”, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons”.
  2. Building the US-Mexico wall: not mentioned.
  3. Stricter Iran deal: not mentioned.
  4. Withdrawing TPP: not mentioned.
  5. Replacing Affordable Care Act: not mentioned.
  6. Deporting criminal immigrants: not mentioned.
  7. Shrinking the military: not mentioned.
  8. Canceling the climate agreement: “keeping an open mind”, “there is ‘some connectivity’ between human activity and rising temperatures”.
  9. Waterboarding: “not a good idea”, “not useful”.
  10. Banning Muslim refugees: not mentioned.
  11. Shrinking federal government: not mentioned.
  12. Drilling for gas, oil-coal: mentioned indirectly in 8 above.

In the article from an interview in NYT 4 of 12 promises are canceled. 3 of the 12, nos. 4, 5, 7, in the view of this column, should be kept.  That leaves us with 5 to watch, nos. 2, 3, 6, 10, 11.  Hypothesis: before 20 January he may have distanced himself from (almost) all 5.

As a businessman he marketed a product, his presidency, with unlimited praise and contempt for the other product on the market. He won in the sense of monopoly for his product, and then changed the product. No sense of contract with voter-buyer based on his publicity.

If he has changed his product basically once, he may do so again. However, following Trump, this column keeps an “open mind”.  So far.


Johan Galtung, a professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. Prof. Galtung has published 1670 articles and book chapters, over 450 Editorials for TRANSCEND Media Service, and 167 books on peace and related issues, of which 41 have been translated into 35 languages, for a total of 135 book translations, including ‘50 Years-100 Peace and Conflict Perspectives,’ published by the TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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One Response to “The Trump Presidency (X)”

  1. I do imagine this is to be a harsh commentary. He promised to rid the US of serious ills popularly feared ailing it. Barack Obama actually ended up fuelling those with his emphasis upon black nationalism & gun control but not better people control (can’t anyway effect deterrence & security a gun does – when a five feet three inches fragile teen runs into a six feet bully-hunk who wouldn’t mind lifting him up by the scruff of his neck. With a gun in his pocket – he can walk around with less fear and complete his shopping).

    A ptofessed view meandering sometimes around the borders of a Buddhist postmodernism when the scenario of pre-modern Hobbesian state of nature rule the streets in many places apart bands of nihilist crypto-criminals remains closer to realities – Donald Trump seized upon Obama’s artificial public disconnect and presented his very ‘grounded’ arguments & position. It would be a tragic hilarity if a recount founds most of the millions of illegal votes Trump talks of including illegal criminal migrants – end up in his coffer – if identified at all.

    What is going for populism is merely the disconnect of the pseudo-colonial many left intellectuals come across as vs the very connected & grounded views of even someone like Trump who should have the disconnect given his opulence. It ends up in most places as hypocrisy that supports & encourages crime vs an honest even if unpleasant realities people live through & have to do.