Donald Trump wins presidential election! Trump’s win was stunning for many; Emirati now wonder about a Trump Presidency of extreme policies; in particular, they question his positions on Muslims (positions that have often drawn criticism) and an uncertain future for Muslims immigration to the US.
Will the next American President tackle his most transformative and controversial of policies, the immigration reform?
In a statement, some months ago, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opted to call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, and in another speech he declared himself open to increased profiling of Muslims in US. Such statement made headlines around the world and got lots of “negative” remarks from Middle East countries, including the United Arab Emirates.
Will profiling of Muslims in America occur with Donald Trump’s US election victory on 8 November 2016? We just have to wait and see when he takes office to be sworn in as 45th President of the United States in January 2017.
According to the Middle East Eye, an independently funded online news organization, Trump “discussed increased surveillance of Muslims and mosques, and has said that he would consider registering Muslims in a special database or requiring that they carry cards that identify them as Muslim.”
Nonetheless, the Trump campaign is victorious. “An astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on [the majority of] voters…,” tells msn.com. As he claimed victory of the US Election Results, Trump was greeted by world leaders that offered messages of congratulations on a hard-fought race and his win over his rival Hillary Clinton from the Democratic Party. “President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Wednesday sent a congratulatory cable to Donald Trump, US president elect, wishing him success and progress in his new position;” His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also sent his congratulations to the new U.S. President elect, as reported gulfnews.com.
Not everybody, however, warmed up to the new President. Some political figures did not contact him having refused to accept the news that the “populist” politician who made “fiery anti-Islamic rhetoric a key part of his campaign” is to become president of the world’s greatest power, as explained arabnews.com. “He’s a racist and a chauvinist who will never be widely welcomed in the Arab world,” said Emirati analyst Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, as told Middle East Eye.
Clearly, Trump will need to clarify his position on American Muslims; in the meantime, he is still carrying forward a few Middle East Business Ventures, including massive real estate projects and golf resorts in the UAE. Most likely, the UAE/USA relations are likely to be “bigger and better and stronger” than any other in the region.