The Republican and Democratic National conventions are only a few months away and the world is beginning to scrutinize our choices for the highest seat in the land. A recurring theme from Trump supporters is his ability to get deals done. However, with economies and trade deals often dependent on business like relationships with our global neighbors, perceptions and relationships matter, as they do in business. When pressed on his relationships with the world or particular communities, Trump’s go to line is “they love me.”
But is that true?
Here are 10 Reactions from around the world on a Trump Presidency,
“The meteoric rise of the New York magnate has left half the planet dumbfounded,” – Andrea Rizzi, El Pais.
“To consider Donald Trump a political clown would be a severe misconception,… It would bring major dangers for the USA and the world… basically a nationalist-chauvinist policy that would make America not great but ugly and risk the stability of the international order,” – Salzburger Nachrichten, European Daily
I’d almost give that one a lot of credence, except we have a Republican Party that would allow us to default on debt, jeopardizing our credit status and toying with US currency.
“The Trump candidacy has opened the door to madness: for the unthinkable to happen, a bad joke to become reality. What looked grotesque must now be discussed seriously.” – Handelsblatt, German Business Daily.
“Americans won’t be so thoughtless as to hand Trump their country’s highest office.” – Ngor Ngom, La Tribune.
In a rather scathing op-ed, the Financial Time’s Martin Wolf stated:
In regards to the mood of Europe’s elite: it would be a “global disaster” if Trump, made all the way to the Oval Office. “Mr. Trump is a promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus. His business consist of the erection of ugly monuments to his own vanity… He might also be considered an American Silvio Burlesoni, albeit without the charm or business acumen.
“Mr. Trump is grossly unqualified for the world’s most important political office.” – Wolf, Financial Times.
“We must answer again and again Donald Trump, and make the U.S. government understand that we’re not willing to continue being pointed out as the only ones responsible for problems that are also caused by the United States,” – Sergio Aguayo, Reforma.
“Trump is sometimes disgusting and violent, but he is what he is. It is true America.” – to Alexander Dugin, Russian nationalist tied to the Kremlin.
Trump may believe he’s loved and respected by Putin, but most countries are ruled by many.
Given his rhetoric on our Southern neighbors, you would expect some level of anger from Latin America, but it could move Progressive Parties into action.
The most convenient for Latin America is a Trump victory, because his rhetoric is so clumsy, so basic, that I think it would awaken reactions in Latin America,” Correa told a group of radio journalists Monday. “I think a guy like him would be very bad for the U.S. (but) for the progressive movement in Latin America, it could be positive. – Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.
For weeks, a Canadian website has poked fun at Trump by inviting disaffected Americans to move to an island off Nova Scotia. On Super Tuesday, as the returns rolled in, searches for “How can I move to Canada” on Google spiked by more than 350 percent in four hours, Google editor Simon Rogers tweeted. A social media link posted by Toronto city councilman Norm Kelly that gives helpful directions on how to apply for Canadian citizenship received over 37,000 retweets.
In contrast, where countries are struggling with their own borders due to high immigration or heightened threats from terrorists, they applaud Mr. Trump’s tough stance on security:
Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France’s far-right National Front, has said that if he were an American, he would cast his ballot for Trump.
Hence, in the span of a two decades America would’ve gone from George W. Bush disenfranchising much of the world and even being called a war criminal; to President Obama, who’s been seen as overly-friendly (though flawed) global leader; then to a President Donald Trump, a xenophobic, bigoted, chauvinist who pushes insular tactics of economic isolationism, political segregation and bullying.
This is one of the things that is so maddening to people who understand global business. As a global business leader, Trump must understand that our economy is globally intertwined. His damaging rhetoric could result in catastrophic economic and political implications for the country. And despite many of his business failures, Trump is still a successful businessman. We simply don’t see the skills Mr. Trump used to build his global empire present in any of his plans, speeches, or political content. No coalition building, no spirit of cooperation, no substantive plans for building revenue – he’s actually cutting them, “so-so” public speaking devoid of actual content, no strategies for reinvestment, no long term growth plans, and absolutely no visible skills on negotiations.
The business world sees this as the antithesis of what’s needed to be successful in business, so we’re left wondering…
Who is actually behind his success – and can we get them to run for President instead?