Trump Presidential Victory: Liberians Have Mixed Reactions

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Donald Trump defied the polls and pundits until the very end, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election.

His win comes as a “wake-up call” for establishment politicians, as his win exposes dissatisfactions with the way politicians have run things in the past.

Trump acknowledged during his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning that America will “get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.”

Although the Liberian government is yet to issue an official statement; however, a cross-section of Liberians and the world took notice of this historic election as well, with some who spoke to the Daily Observer were hopeful for foreign relations to continue smoothly.

For ordinary Liberians, “Trump victory was good so that his government can declare many of our compatriots in the U.S. undesirable immigrants to return home and face the hell Liberians are going through.”

“The Americans can only preach gender equality, but they are not prepared to elect a woman as president unlike poor Liberia, which gives it own resources to corrupt vampires,” Moses Peters, business tycoon, and Attorney Beyan Brumskine, a practicing lawyer, remarked in a Daily Observer interview yesterday in Monrovia.

Although Liberians received the news of Trump’s victory with mixed reactions, several of them were happy Hilary Clinton lost for they believe women don’t provide good political leadership, judging from our lady president’s own performance.

Market Reactions
Some analysts are speculating that Republicans could seek to roll back the Durbin Amendment, which is the chapter of Dodd-Frank that imposes rate limits on debit card usage fees. But the shares of the biggest card networks, Visa and MasterCard, are unmoved today, even as other financials are seeing big moves, with the BKX rising 4.6 percent.

Jefferies analysts said that “if genuine efforts materialize to try and repeal the Durbin Amendment…this would be positive for V/MA.”

Other payments stocks are also seeing only mild effects of Tuesday’s victory. TSYS and Green Dot are both up about 1.5 percent, with some analysts forecasting lighter pre-paid card rules, as recently proposed by the CFPB.

Financial and health-care stocks continue to lead the way in the post-election rally that seems to have caught many bearish prognosticators off guard.

Stock pickers say that much of the rally has to do with the amorphous sense that Republican control inside the beltway is the best scenario for U.S. businesses.

George Maris, a portfolio manager at Janus Capital Group, said that he has been reticent (reserved) to stake out new positions or expand existing ones in the energy, financial and health-care sectors ahead of the election. Now, he says that stocks in these sectors are the first ones he’ll buy.

The World Reacts
Across the world, the reactions were also mixed to the extent that Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump. The Kremlin said in a brief statement that Putin expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.”

Putin also said he has “confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community.”

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekiz Bozdag also commented on the election telling the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, “in essence our relations are relations between two states and we hope that under the new presidential term the Turkish-U.S. relations will be much better. That is our expectation.”

A top Palestinian official acknowledged on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect the U.S. positions to change on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under Donald Trump.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, “We have been preparing so that we can respond to any situation because our stance is that our alliance with the U.S. remains to be the cornerstone of our diplomacy whoever the next president becomes.”
During his speech on Wednesday morning, Trump had a message of hope saying he plans for America to “deal fairly with everyone, all people, and all nations.”
During his campaign Trump caused a great deal of controversy with his plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, bring trade cases against China, and his plans to deport all criminal aliens out of the country.

While some comments on Trump’s victory were positive, others were not as warm.

France’s Socialist government openly endorsed Clinton. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France would work with the new president, but expressed concern saying, “We don’t want a world where egoism triumphs.” Ayrault added, “There is a part of our electorate that feels … abandoned, including people who feel “left behind” by globalization.”

Indonesians called to question Americans who voted for the billionaire on social media. Some people say that under a Trump administration they fear they’ll be prevented from visiting relatives and friends who live in America or traveling there as tourists.

A couple of Chinese participants at a U.S. Embassy event in Beijing say they’d welcome a Trump presidency, while another says he thinks the Republican candidate projects a flawed image of the United States.

Speaking of Cuba’s leaders, Communist Party member and noted economist and political scientist Esteban Morales told the Telesur network that “they must be worried because I think this represents a new chapter.”

Carlos Alzugaray, a political scientist and retired Cuban diplomat, said a Trump victory could, however, please some hard-liners in the Cuban leadership who worried that Cuba was moving too close to the United States too quickly.

Many people joked threatening to leave the U.S. in the event of a Trump win; however, Canada and the prospect of Americans moving there appears to have drawn so much online interest that it has knocked out the country’s immigration website.

The NATO chief discussed Trump’s call for counter-terrorism efforts saying he’s ready to discuss his push further but a collective defense of Europe is needed.

Trump’s speech was one of inclusion, a desire for change and a new chapter for America with a message of creating a nation for all and helping world relations, adding, “We will have great relations all around the world.”

Sources: Fox News network

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