Article by Jaewon Hong
Trump, the winner of the 2016 American presidential election, has stated that he will make many radical changes from the policies of the Obama administration. Three of the changes he has made are to support Assad and defeat ISIS, to police the Iran nuclear deal better, and to tighten immigration policies.
Trump promises to support Assad. According to Alternet, Trump thinks that it is wrong to fight Syria and ISIS at the same time (contrary to Obama who pushed for Assad’s departure while fighting ISIS at the same time) and wants to keep good relationships with Russia (which is supporting Syria) (Cockburn). Trump favors defeating ISIS and supporting Assad (Rafizadeh). Trump said, “If they ever did overthrow Assad, you might end up with [someone] as bad as Assad is, and he’s a bad guy, but you may very well end up with [someone] worse than Assad” (Cockburn). According to CNN, instead of making Assad an enemy, Trump wishes to support Assad by ending U.S. support for rebel troops; in fact, the Obama administration had already started reducing such U.S. support due to mounting criticism, but Trump might pull all the support out completely because he does not believe that the U.S. should stay in the Middle East and keep on fighting (Trump’s Challenge).
Trump also promises to police the Iran nuclear deal better. He calls the Iran nuclear deal one of the worst deals ever made and plans to make it harder for Iran to support terrorism. According to CNN, the Iran deal is a deal that makes Iran eliminate its stockpile of Uranium so that they cannot make any nuclear weapons, but it relieves Iran of the economic sanctions created by other nations for ten to fifteen years. Trump thinks that lifting the economic sanctions will allow Iran to make money and fund terrorism around the world. He claims that Iran is the number one leading sponsor of terrorism, and there is evidence that Iran is expected to grow 8% per year, which is huge considering that the U.S. growing by a rate of 1.4% a year (Iran).
According to The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, since the deal with Iran will be very hard to reverse (it was signed by many countries including the EU, US, Iran, etc), Trump will police the contract better so that Iran can’t take undue advantage of the deal. The current agreement states that foreign companies may be subject to penalties if they do business with a company that is owned 50% or more by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) (“Saudi”, “Army”). According to Foreign Policy, because of this aspect of the agreement, IRGC now takes advantage of the agreement by creating shell companies that fall below the 50% threshold, which is why Trump will probably change this threshold to 25% or below. This change would further limit companies from doing business with the IRGC, and stop it from growing so rapidly (President).
According to Donald J Trump for President, Trump promised to tighten immigration policies. He proposed that America muslim immigrants should be completely banned from entering the U.S. until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” (Trump). However, because many people called him racist for discriminating against people based on their religion, he revised the policy so that muslim immigrants would go through “extreme vetting”, but not be banned. Nevertheless, Syrian muslims will be completely banned from entering the U.S. Trump thinks that U.S. citizens’ safety should be the first priority and when illegal immigrants are caught, instead of releasing them, the U.S. should keep them in custody until they are returned to their country. Another reason to tighten immigration is to preserve the jobs of the American citizens first as there are many jobless Americans. Lastly, he wants to protect the well-being of the citizens by restricting immigration so that an event like 9/11 does not occur again.
Ever since Trump succeeded Obama, he has been working to make these three changes occur; however, Trump’s efforts have also been impacted by the relationships between Russia, Putin, and ISIS and the dynamics between them.
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