Donald Trump: Elected, Inaugurated and now officially President of the United States of America

Months ago, not only was this blog put on hold, but Donald Trump was seen as an outsider in the race to become the United States new President.

Low and behold on November 8th, he officially defeated the Democrat Party Nominee, Hilary clinton by 306 Electoral votes, to her 232, surpassing beyond the 270 limit needed to win the presidency. He notably won a number of key swing states like Florida, including the historic safe Republican seats such as Texas.

Today, his inauguration has inspired this blog to reinvigorate itself into a more detailed, personal outlook on political stories that will discuss, assess and expand upon recent political news. It will continue to allow readers to expand there views on respective stories also.

But why has this story inspired ThePoliticsView to come back?

If there was ever a political story to discuss on a site like this, that would indeed be this story and the story of Brexit – which if you search for on this site, you will find.

Trump has said that he will ‘make America great again’. A constant slogan used for the masses to relate to. A little like ‘we want our country back’ used from Vote Leave campaigners in the UK wanting an exit from the European Union. It is a short, punchy line that states exactly what people want.

But can Trump really make America great again?

Outgoing Democrat President, Barack Obama has been a heavy critic of Trump, not only because of him being ‘Republican’, but also due to the societal stirs and hate he has spawned over the past several months.

He’s repeatedly been called, or defined as a Xenophobic, Racist, Prejudice, Misogynist, a Dictator and a Narcissist whom believes the Environmental damages we face is a myth ‘created by the Chinese, to make US manufacturing non-competitive’ . In fact, he even tweeted that one (Source).

Now, ThePoliticsView may be giving off a negative output onto Mr Trump here, but he is only to blame for why he’s been negatively portrayed as the man he is. It’s because he is who he is made out to be at the end of the day, and thats hard not to deny after all of the public outbursts and statements Donald Trump has made.

Although he may make America ‘great again’ (which I personally think degrades all of the work Obama has done over the last 8 years to say it wasn’t ‘great’), he faces a lot of social backlash and walls to re-build, not only along the boarder of Mexico, but within the sphere of society and with the people of America that he wishes to ‘bring together’.

Trump is a critic of certain trade agreements too, such as the North Atlantic Trade Organisation (NATO) and trading ties in South America. This is a warning to expect the unexpected under Trump. He is almost if you like, a ‘loose cannon’ who is hard to predict exactly what he want’s to do, or if he’ll do it at all.

One things for sure and that’s time will be very different to the past 8 years under Obama, and things are going to change, be it Trade deals, Immigration, Globalisation norms or Military Agenda’s both in America and Globally.

So, this is where you come into it:

Do you think Donald Trump can ‘make America great again?’

Do you think he’ll keep to his word on hard policies, such as building the great Mexican wall?

Comment below what you make of Donald Trumps Presidency inauguration and what you think he’ll do as president.

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Russia-UK Relations to Improve?: May and Putin ‘pledge to improve ties’

SOURCE: BBC

Theresa May has, according to the BBC, made contact with the Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiate a better relationship between the UK and Russia. 

It’s reported that both leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with UK-Russian relations, and pledged to improve ties, the Kremlin state.

A Downing Street spokeswoman has said that they (May and Putin) have agreed that co-operation on aviation security was a ‘vital part of efforts to fight terrorism.’

The two leaders will meet to talk about building stronger ties at the G20 summit of world leaders in China next month.

The relations between the two countries have been strained overtime, particularly following the UK inquiry which blamed the 2006 poisoning death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko on Russian agents and said it was ‘probably’ approved by Mr Putin.

Other contentious topics have included Russia’s support for the Syrian regime, the annexation of Crimea and fighting in Ukraine, and western sanctions against Russia.

A Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed that the leaders discussed common security threats faced by both countries.

She said: “The prime minister noted the importance of the relationship between the UK and Russia and expressed the hope that, despite differences on certain issues, they could communicate in an open and honest way about the issues that mattered most to them.

The two leaders agreed to develop a “dialogue between their security agencies on issues relating to aviation security”, the Kremlin said.

The Russian government also said Mrs May confirmed the UK’s intention to participate in the 75th anniversary of the first arrival of wartime aid by British convoys to the Russian city of Arkhangelsk, later this month.

How positive are you towards the potential improvement of UK-Russia relations?

Will this be a vital step forward to secure european peace between two major european players? How will America react to this after the past feuds they’ve had with Russia? Will the two nations be able to find common ground and create strong ties between one another?

Comment your views below

G20 announce that Global Economic Risks have ‘heightened’ due to Brexit

SOURCE: BBC

After the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, risks to the world economy have heightened, according to the global finance chiefs at the end of the G20 summit in China.

The outcome of last month’s EU referendum ‘adds to the uncertainty’ for the global economy, the group of the world’s 20 largest economies further said.

“In the future, we hope to see the UK as a close partner of the EU,” the G20 collectively said.

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond revealed the subject had come up ‘a great deal’ at the two-day talks.

“The reality is there will be a measure of uncertainty continuing right up to the conclusion of our negotiations with the EU,” Philip Hammond told reporters.

Following the meeting in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the G20 group said it was well placed to actively cope with the potential economic and financial impact from the Brexit vote.

However, despite the threats the G20 agreed that despite the Brexit vote, the global economy ‘would improve in 2016 and 2017’, Mr Weidmann (the president of Germany’s central bank) said.

Separately, G20 policymakers said they recognised that excess steel supply was a global issue.

The excess capacity of steel has had a negative impact on trade and workers and requires a collective response, they said.

It was also announced that Britain’s decision to leave the EU has led to a ‘dramatic deterioration’ in economic activity, not seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Data from IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, shows a fall to 47.7 in July, the lowest level since April in 2009. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.

What do you make of these announcements by the G20? 

Has the Brexit warnings by the Stronger In campaigners become a fact? Will the economy suffer heavily from a brexit? If so, will it be able to grow again by 2017?

Comment below your views on Brexit’s outcomes and a potential global economy suffering the G20 have announced as a result of brexit

Orlando Shootings Overview: up to 50 people killed, many others hospitalised, shooter pledges to ISIS

Source: CNN, BBC

In recent days we have seen a globally moaned tragedy occur, due to one gunman in America reportedly killing up to 50 people in a gay night club ‘hatred’ massacre in the city of Orlando, Florida.

The BBC have quoted that so far, ”26 of those killed have been named: 22 men and four women aged between 20 and 50.”

Today, the BBC report that the ”father of a gunman who killed dozens of people in an Orlando gay club says he did not know that his son had a ‘grudge in his heart’.”

Omar Mateen killed up too 50 people and wounded 53 more in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, before being shot dead by police, according to the BBC.

Seddique Mateen (the farther) said he did not understand why his son had carried out the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

CNN report that Mr Mateen has now ”pledged allegiance to ISIS before he gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11.”

What are your views on this dreadful homophobic attack upon LGBT group members?

Does America now need to tackle its gun laws due to constant hate attacks with the use of armed weapons? How will the current president Barack Obama tackle this? Will this in any way boost Donald Trumps campaign, who has already said he wants to ban muslims coming into the state temporarily, to ‘figure out whats going on’?

Comment Below your views

AP-Hillary Clinton has ‘secured Democratic nomination’

Source: BBC

In a recent BBC article they claim that ”Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for US president after reaching the required number of delegates, an AP tally suggests.”

The count puts Mrs Clinton on 2,383 – the number needed to make her the presumptive nominee.

She will become the first female nominee for a major US political party.

But rival Bernie Sanders said Mrs Clinton had not won as she was dependent on super-delegates who could not vote until July’s party convention.

Super-delegates are party insiders who can pledge their support for a candidate ahead of the convention but do not formally vote for them until the convention itself.

What’s your view of this?

Now that Hillary Clinton has the needed Democrat delegates that AP suggests, is it looking likely to be a head to head race between her and Republican candidate Donald Trump? Is Hillary Clinton the right person to take forward the Democrats to presidential success? Who will become the new president of the united states?

Comment below your views of the American presidential race and its candidates

Donald Trump has acquired the 1238 Republican Candidacy Delegates

Source: Guardian

Nearly all of the relevant news sources have come out to report that Donald Trump has acquired the delegates needed to become the selected Republican Candidate for US Presidency.

The Guardian have stated that ”thanks to some unpledged delegates boarding the ‘Trump Train’, Donald Trump now has 1,238 delegates – one more than he needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination – and – confetti.”

Furthermore, the ”other republican presidential hopefuls need to win 1,237 delegates to secure the party’s nomination. These include pledged delegates, which are awarded through state primary and caucus votes, and unbound delegates, which consist of party elites who can vote however they choose.

However, trump is miles ahead in terms of delegates with the closest rival being Ted Cruz on 559/1238, however his campaign is currently suspended.

What’s YOUR view of this? 

Now that Trump has enough delegates, surely he will be the chosen one to become the Republican candidate for presidency? Who do you think he will compete against from the Democrats Party for overall presidency, Bernie Sanders or Hilary Clinton? Will Trump make a good president if he is eventually elected?

Comment YOUR views of the American Presidency Race and Donald Trump below

US election: Why has Trump caught Clinton in the polls?

Source: BBC, realclearpolitics.com, Washington Post, New York Times, YouGov

A bit of US Politics now and this article discusses the extravagant race to become the new president for the USA. The fight has seen a current leading outcome of Hilary Clinton of the Democrats, face off against presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump in a head to head battle for the presidential ‘prize’.

Of late according to the BBC, we have seen for the first time in this long election campaign, ”Republican Donald Trump pull ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls.”

The BBC comment further to say, Mrs Clinton’s double-digit lead, which she has held over the past several months,” has vanished – and with it, apparently, Democrats’ dreams of a transformational 2016 victory that would leave Republicans wandering the wilderness for a generation.”

So how has this happened?

  • Trump has growing Republican (and a lot of white citizen) backing:

According to a Washington Post survey, 85% of Republicans plan to vote for their man. A New York Times offering finds a similar number.

”As for the party establishment, most prominent officeholders seem to either be backing Mr Trump or trying their best to disappear into the scenery. Even Senator John McCain, whose war record was belittled by Mr Trump last summer, has said he’ll support the party nominee.”

  • Hilary has Sanders halting her campaign:

A recent Economist/YouGov poll shows that among Sanders supporters, 55% would vote for Mrs Clinton, 15% would back Mr Trump and the rest either don’t know or would pick someone else. It’s not particularly surprising, given that 61% of Sanders backers view Mrs Clinton unfavourably and 72% say she’s “not honest and trustworthy”.

The BBC have stated that ”the exchanges over head-to-head polling are just part of the increased tension within the Democratic Party that could be having a negative effect on Mrs Clinton’s polling numbers.”

  • The Demographical split effect:

The BBC have stated that ”minorities and women are overwhelming supporting Mrs Clinton. Right now that’s being balanced out by whites and men who are backing Mr Trump in large numbers.”

Exactly how big are these gaps? According to the Washington Post poll, ”57% of whites and men support Mr Trump. Mrs Clinton can count on the backing of 69% of non-whites, and leads Mr Trump 52% to 38% among women.”

Among whites without a college degree, ”65% support Mr Trump versus only 25% for Mrs Clinton.”

What’s your view of the US Presidential Race?

What other factors are effecting the race for each candidate? Which campaign do you think is stronger? Who will come out on top in the end?

Comment Below YOUR views about the US presidential race in the comment section 

Greece bailout: Eurozone deal unlocks €10.3bn

Source: BBC, consilium.europa.eu

For those interested in the Greek Economic crises that’s been running for years has seen recent negotiations create a small ‘breakthrough’ in their debt reliefs. 

The BBC have stated that ”Greece has agreed a deal to unlock a further 10.3bn euros ($11.5bn; £7.8bn) in loans from its international creditors, after talks in Brussels.”

”Eurozone finance ministers also agreed on debt relief for Greece, extending the repayment period and capping interest rates.”

”Greece needed this tranche of cash to meet debt repayments due in July.”

”The Greek government owes its creditors more than €300bn – about 180% of its annual economic output (GDP).”

What does this deal mean?

The BBC state further in the article that ”The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been at odds with the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers for months over the issue of debt relief for Greece.”

”The IMF considers debt relief essential, but Germany in particular was opposed.”

”Now that a deal has been reached, the IMF will consider contributing to the bailout.”

”The 19 ministers said the deal had been made possible by Greece’s economic reforms and called it a ‘breakthrough’.”

Wednesday’s deal does not reduce the amount Greece will have to repay. Instead, debt relief will be phased in from 2018, after Germany’s general election late next year. As such, the deal is being seen by many as a compromise intended to buy time.

What’s YOUR view of this new ‘breakthrough’ deal?

Will it see Greek debts decline overtime? Will it work? Can the IMF alone help to save the greek economy? What future reforms will need to occur to eventually decrease Greek debts?

Check out this BBC article here called: Will greek debt deal really change anything? It helps describe the Greek Economic issues in further detail and what the consequences of this deal potentially are to help structure your views better!

Comment below YOUR views on the Greek Economic Crises and YOUR suggestions of how to alleviate it

Queen’s Speech: The Key Points

Source: The Guardian

As many know, the Queen has recently informed the nation of the new parliamentary business agenda for the foreseeable year coming, in front of parliament itself.

Within the article, its states that the Prime Minister David Cameron has described the speech as a “One Nation Queen’s Speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government”, using the opportunities presented by Britain’s strengthening economy to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged.

Below are some of the key points highlighted from the queens speech:

  • High speed broadband: The rights for families to have automatic compensation if their broadband fails is proposed, under measures announced in the Queen’s speech.
  • British Bill of Rights: David Cameron risks a major row with opposition MPs and civil liberties organisations, by trying to push ahead with plans for a new ‘Bill of Rights’. Furthermore, the Government will publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights, arguing that it will restore “common sense” to human rights legislation.
  • Better Bus services: The Bus Services Bill will give elected mayors powers over buses nationally.
  • Education and Young People: Currently, councils are responsible for moving pupils who have been excluded from school into other arrangements but there are concerns that this leads to students being forgotten about. Now schools will consequently be responsible for this themselves and the hope is it will lead to specialist centres being set up to help pupils back into mainstream education.
  • Justice and Prisons Reforms: Prisons will have to compile data on education and reoffending under a new drive for openness.
  • Sugar Tax: A new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks will be introduced from April 2018.

These are the key factors that ThePoliticsView has chosen from the Guardians article, however many additional factors were covered in the Queens speech that are also a major part of the Governments new agenda, including:

  • Tackling Extremism
  • International Development
  • National Security
  • National Citizens Service
  • Spaceports, Driverless Cars and Drones
  • NHS
  • Pensions and Savings
  • Welsh Devolution Settlements

What did you make of the Queens Speech?

Is their enough depth to the new Agenda? Will it be carried out successfully by the Government? What’s the biggest issue to address first on the Agenda? What do you disagree with most about the Agenda?

Comment YOUR views about the Queens Speech and the New Governnment Agenda below

Donald Trump warning over UK relationship

Source: BBC

According to the BBC, Donald Trump has warned he ”may not have a ‘very good relationship’ with UK Prime Minister David Cameron if he wins the US presidency.”

Mr Cameron has publicly called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

Downing Street said Mr Cameron stood by his remarks, but would work with whoever is elected US president.

Furthermore, Mr Trump is also involved in a spat with new London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The BBC state the US presidential contender said he would not forgive Mr Khan for calling him “ignorant” – and challenged the Mayor to take part in an IQ test, an offer mocked by Mr Khan’s team.

Regarding the EU, Mr Trump, the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party after pushing out more than a dozen rival presidential candidates during the US primary season, has reiterated that he backs the UK leaving the European Union, whilst Mr Cameron passionately situates towards remaining in the EU.

What’s your view of this?

Will the US and the UK see tensions if Donald Trump is elected as the US president? How will Trump being president effect global politics? Does the dividing EU opinions increase tensions between the two? Who do you want to win the US presidency race?

Comment below your views on the potential US and UK tensions to come