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Protesters rally against Donald Trump’s travel ban. A federal judge called a temporary halt to the travel ban. But Trump’s team plans to appeal. . . .Romania – following days of protests – says it will repeal decriminalization (of official misconduct) decree; . . . The bodies of two shooting victims in a Canadian mosque are being repatriated to Algeria; . . .Fans prepare for the Super Bowl in Houston to see the New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons
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Story Of Today, February 4, 2017
Who Wants To Be Like Donald?
In Perspective: Why Do Leaders Copy An Unpopular President?
Have you noticed how, ever since the U.S. presidential elections, leaders in other countries have tried to act like Donald Trump? Some have tried to sound like him. Some have tried to beef up their stance against immigration. Some have taken to using Twitter more.
I wonder how that’s going for them. Has it helped any leader outside the U.S. to publicly emulate Trump?
The Philippines: It’s hard to say anything about the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. He was arrogant and brash well before Trump even became a presidential candidate. When Trump was elected, Duterted called Trump, and Trump told him he was doing a good job with his war on drugs. This is the controversial policy that has left thousands of Filipinos dead without trials – and who knows how many of them never even did anything wrong. Duterte was obviously encouraged by Trump’s election. But I don’t think it changed anything about his style.
Duterte’s relationship with Trump probably hasn’t done him any harm. Many Filipinos took to the streets on January 20th to angrily protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. And they demanded that Duterte separate from Trump. So far, though, Duterte has not shown any sign that he is affected by protesters.
France: After last year’s Brexit vote in Great Britain, politicians like Marine Le Pen began planning more exits from the European Union. Le Pen has never held power in France. She has tried. She appeals to people in the same way Donald Trump appealed to American voters. By bashing the “outsiders,” the migrants and refugees, and the Muslims. She has also bashed the Jews – and apparently that has not hurt her rise in popularity in France. For that matter, Trump’s anti-semitic antics during his campaign didn’t seem to lose him any supporters either.
In France’s current political season, Marine Le Pen has sounded more like Trump than before. She draws crowds with her nationalistic, anti-immigrant, anti-globalization, anti-Muslim rhetoric. And it all has brought her closer to the prize than her party has ever been before.
I have a feeling, though, that France is not really with her. The Women’s March on January 21st, and the protest demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban were joined by very vocal crowds in Paris and Marseilles. I’d like to think that Le Pen’s increased nationalistic rhetoric has gotten more of a backlash than support. But who knows, right?
Israel: A segment of Israel – notably Religious Nationalists – has been supportive of Donald Trump since he secured the nomination from the Republican party. Add to this that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was a friend of Donald Trump’s father, and has been friendly with Donald for years, as well. Add to this some of Netanyahu’s antics to further his own political career – most notably appearing before two houses of the U.S. Congress for a photo-opp just a couple of weeks before Israelis went to the polls.
Since Trump was elected, Netanyahu has made no secret of his delight. Neither has he ever made a secret of his disdain for former President Barack Obama – even as Obama did as much or more for Israel as previous presidents had. And even as Obama gained popularity among other statesmen in Israel.
So it shouldn’t be too surprising to see Netanyahu jump on the pro-Trump bandwagon. Despite the fact that the majority – a vast majority – of Jewish Americans would never support Trump. And it shouldn’t have been surprising when Netanyahu’s enthusiastic Twitter support for Trump made the prime minister of Israel look like a fool. One tweet telling Trump what a good idea the wall would be really irked the Mexicans, who have maintained a good relationship with Israel. Now they have to wonder. And now, Netanyahu appears to be a bit quieter . . .at least temporarily.
Argentina: This is the story that just seemed to come out of nowhere. Argentina? What do they have in common with Trump?
Argentina traditionally has more in common with pre-Trump United States than with Trump’s America. Argentina welcomed immigrants. Like the U.S. in North America, Argentina has populated itself with immigrants from various countries.
When Argentinian President Mauricio Macri issued a decree to curb immigration, according to reports it stirred a minor uproar in Argentina. Saying it is a crime for newcomers from poorer Latin American countries to come to Argentina did not help.
President Macri has instituted measures making it easier for Argentina to deport immigrants. This together with the knowledge that Macri enjoys a personal friendship with the Trump family has drawn anger and suspiciousness from Argentinians. It is hard to say at this time, but I have a feeling that getting too close to Trump might not be a good idea for Argentina.
Massive protests every time Donald Trump does something stupid kind of spell things out. Trump came into the White House a very unpopular president. Chumming up with him doesn’t seem to go well for those leaders who have sided with him. Nor should it, , ,
Timeline: Relevant News February 4, 2017
Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America
from NY Times
BUENOS AIRES — Argentina is so used to celebrating immigration as a cornerstone of society that a 19th-century saying — to govern is to populate — remains in use to this day.
But in an abrupt shift coinciding with the immigration restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, President Mauricio Macri has issued a decree curbing immigration to Argentina, with his government declaring that newcomers from poorer countries in Latin America bring crime.
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