The Trump Effect, the Establishment’s Stick, a Warning for Future Policy Makers

    Following his 2020 Presidential elections defeat, a new chapter has unfolded for Donald Trump as the former US president finds himself in multiple investigations and legal challenges. Notably, he faces the unprecedented circumstance of being criminally charged for the first time. The investigations encompass a range of allegations, including his potential role in the January 6 events, his attempt to alter the election results in the state of Georgia, and the fact that he took confidential documents that should have remained in the White House to his Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago. Recently, New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump on 34 counts of first-degree accounting record forgery related to the Stormy Daniels case. These charges against Trump are described as a “felony” offence, meaning that if Trump is found guilty, he could potentially face imprisonment at the highest extent permitted by the law.

    Even before the aforementioned lawsuit, former President Trump had already made a significant mark in American history as the president of numerous firsts. Throughout his tenure, he challenged and disrupted established norms and traditions within the system. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the first and only president to face impeachment proceedings twice

    When examining the complete process from Trump’s perspective, it is important to acknowledge his longstanding claims regarding a perceived ‘deep state’ structure that has allegedly been working against him since 2016. While the 4095 lawsuits involving Trump or his companies prior to his presidency did not hinder his candidacy in 2016, the significance of the cases he was involved in post-presidency makes it important to evaluate the events from Trump’s perspective. In this context, if we go to the last case, it becomes pertinent to scrutinise the prosecutor of the case, Alvin Bragg, who ran as a Democratic candidate for the 2021 New York County District Attorney election, which was supported by George Soros and his family. Soros’ son, Jonathan Soros, and Jonathan’s wife, Jennifer Allan Soros, also donated directly to Bragg’s campaign, according to New York campaign finance records reviewed by Fox News Digital.

    This information is important because Trump claims that the January 6 attack, which he considers a detriment to his presidency, was a ‘false flag’ operation orchestrated by Antifa that he had formerly claimed was financed by George Soros.

    So, is ‘‘The Establishment’’ behind Trump’s cases, as well as his unlawful actions, and what could be the reason for Trump’s struggle with ‘this structuring’, which he claims is acting against him?

    During his presidency, Trump adopted a distinct approach, defying traditional Republican norms. His ‘America First’ principle played a decisive role not only in shaping the foreign policy straining the ties between the USA and its allies, but also in his domestic policies, where he repeatedly pushed the limits of the executive branch’s authority and often found himself in opposition to the federal judiciary.

    During his presidency, Trump confronted many major companies such as United Technologies Corp, General Motors Co, and Ford Motor Co. He vowed to impose a 35 percent tax or tariff on products shipped back to the U.S. market by American companies that closed manufacturing plants and laid off workers in favour of establishing facilities abroad. Trump, implemented these tariffs by executive order rather than congressional approval, thus, opening a new page for America by preferring bilateral agreements instead of multilateral agreements. He imposed tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) from most countries including the European Union, China, India, Canada, and Mexico. It has been debated that the ensuing economic war with China during this period caused the 2018 global economic crisis. 

    A significant aspect of the Trump era was the United States assuming a more isolated and independent stance, distancing itself from its role as a global leader. Trump’s assertion that NATO member countries owed financial contributions to the United States, coupled with his suggestion that the country may not fulfil its financial obligations to the alliance has shaken America’s relations with its allies. The resolution rejecting Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was approved by the UN General Assembly, further exacerbating tensions. Despite Trump’s threats of economic sanctions, only Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo voted against this resolution, aligning with the USA. 

    Trump’s approach to national security diverged from his predecessors in several ways. Trump, who was the first president to not start a new war after Reagan, decided to withdraw his troops from the active war zones. During his presidency, US troops withdrew from Syria and plans were set in motion for the exit strategy from Afghanistan. Also, his accusation of former President Obama as the founder of ISIS and the suggestion that his country did not actually adequately investigate 9/11 sparked controversy and challenged established norms in the realm of the country’s security policies.Trump, who existed with his unique style and substantial support, became the subject of many discussions throughout his presidency. President Biden’s economic and foreign policy profile in the new term draws a stark contrast to the Trump era. Despite the trials that have been passed, Trump remains the Republican Party’s strongest presidential candidate. However, these legal trials against him may be seen as a repercussion for violating American policies, rather than the prosecution of a president who acted against the law. Furthermore, these cases may serve as a reminder that preserving the stability of long-established American policies takes precedence at a certain level, sending a message to all.

    This article originally appeared in the opinion section of the website Middle East Monitor.

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