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Will Donald Trump ‘Make America Great Again’?

“Make America Great Again.” The four words that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House

Tomorrow is the day when Donald Trump will be inaugurated and sworn in as President of the United States, and will take office just ten weeks after stunning America and the world by winning the US election.

There are still huge divisions in the United States about his credibility.

The president-elect has an ambitious to-do list for the next four years: building stronger borders, keeping the country safe against terrorism, producing more jobs, repealing the Affordable Care Act, replacing it with something better, promoting excellence in engineering and science, investing in modern infrastructure.

Ultimately, it will be up to the people for whom “Make America Great Again” was a covenant, not a slogan, to decide whether the 45th president will live up to his promise.

“I think they have to feel it,” Trump acknowledged. “Being a cheerleader or a salesman for the country is very important, but you still have to produce the results.”

“Honestly, you haven’t seen anything yet. Wait till you see what happens, starting next Monday,” he said. “A lot of things are going to happen. Great things.”

He has seen a trend and understood the value of social media, removing the press, and communicating directly via Twitter, during the election process and now on a regular basis.

So what are your views? Will he make a credible President? Do you trust him? Will he be good for the economy? How will Melania compare to Michelle as First Lady? What are your views on his use of social media? What impact will he have on the UK?

 

Will Donald Trump ‘Make America Great Again’?

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PeterTree
13th Mar 2017
0
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I like the fact that a very rich man made his money the old fashion way, through retail, manufacturing, real estate, etc... Not a slick Wall Street or political salesman. I'm too old maybe as I remember some real hijinks in the White House and it seems like everyone has forgotten, depending upon the political party. Hypocrites. I say focus on your life and let things go for a few years, then we'll decide to keep or toss him. This screaming since the election is so immature.
Yodama
10th Apr 2017
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Well said PeterTree. people tend to conveniently forget the past Presidents and their proclivities for corruption, scandals, appetite for wars and rank ineptitude.
I have watched Donald Trumps interviews from when he was a young man, he has not veered from the path of wanting great things for America. His task now is dealing with the enemies within instead of concentrating on the real job in hand.
As you so rightly say, give him time.
catmadrid67
24th Feb 2017
0
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Hes more chance of making America great than Teresa May doing it for us
nagonthenet
31st Jan 2017
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At the risk of world peace
scandiman
30th Jan 2017
2
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Trump was elected according to the rules in USA. His election is no less genuine and lawful than that of any other President. We are seeing the result of decades of liberalism, which is as dangerous as extreme right-wing politics. A lot of people here and in US are tired of the policies which have allowed unrestricted immigration and continual involvement in the affairs of other nations. Our borders are leaking and governments seem powerless. Trump's current policy hasn't been properly thought through because it also prevents access to those with legitimate reasons for travelling to US. However, bear in mind that, when another terrorist act is committed on US soil by an immigrant, there will be demands to know why their government didn't prevent it. On the subject of protests about his state visit to U.K., I don't recall the same level of vitriol directed at visits by Saudi Arabia and Chinese dignitaries. There record on human rights is appalling. Still, it's always about money, isn't it?
Lionel
30th Jan 2017
1
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Hold51
27th Jan 2017
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This man is unfit for the post his first week of muting the press and his own staff, and throwing out any thoughts of climate change and women's rights are just the start.

With Trump and Brexit we need to protest strongly in any way we can and batten down the hatches for the next few months at least.
Speeednet
27th Jan 2017
3
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I am glad to see that common sense has prevailed here and the people I have seen comment so far have not fallen for the lies and slander that has been promoted by the MSM. The man deserves a chance to prove what he can do, but as it seems the liberal/left seem to be unable to accept anything that does not go their way. And once again the "anti fascists" seem to actually be the fascists.
robbymax
27th Jan 2017
3
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no all the paper jugglers will stop him because if he succeeds half of them will be out of a job, they are not interested in making america great again only what is in it for them
stevedore
27th Jan 2017
6
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America voted for him so give a chance at least he's not a career politician which is what the Senate and our Parliament is full of.I do not particularly like him but at least he does have a knowledge of business
PeterTree
13th Mar 2017
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Joeyboy1951
27th Jan 2017
6
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Whatever Trump does there will always be naysayers. From the beginning he was written off by every pundit, just about every politician in both parties and yet he built a support in areas that had been Democratic strongholds and convinced enough people to vote him into office. He does not waffle nor indulge in political double talk. He really has nothing to lose. He's got more money than he'll ever need and he isn't building a dynasty. He's single minded enough to pursue his agenda without pandering to the party machine so I believe he will make America great again. I hope Teresa May can be as bold.
nape
24th Jan 2017
3
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I think he will be a great president give him time
scandiman
22nd Jan 2017
6
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I wish our politicians would put U.K. first, sort out our problems before getting involved with others. Trump was elected according to the electoral system of the USA. In many cases, peopled voted for him as a reaction against liberal values and the determination of the establishment to involve their military in yet more foreign wars. People want their own house sorted out before meddling abroad. If politicians want to get involved in the affairs of other nations, they should first demand that the UN step up and do something instead of always leaving it to the likes of us and the Americans.
SteveB2
22nd Jan 2017
8
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Trump wants to put America first. It's about time our politicians did the same instead of trying to police the world. The only party that wants to put the UK first is UKIP. Perhaps Mrs May can learn from him when she sees him this week.
Wilf
22nd Jan 2017
7
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I agree we do seem to be a bit off kilter in the UK. Churchill put the UK first. Many other politicians seem to have gone off track and put everyone else first. About time we had a campaign to "Buy British" again like we did in the 60s
Speeednet
27th Jan 2017
0
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A shop in London has tried that and is being labelled racist. It is time that the word racist was kicked into the long grass or at least only used when it is actually a fact, and not just a mechanism to shut down examination or discussion.
Pam1960
21st Jan 2017
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Only time will tell on whether his policies will work. In the meantime he needs to engage his brain before he opens his mouth. Someone in his position should be above making derogatory comments about anyone who does not agree with him or opposes him. It is quite sad that the so called leader of the free world cannot act with the dignity and humility the role demands.
Dellboy56
21st Jan 2017
3
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Give the man a chance, maybe a seismic change in politics over there is what's needed.
Yodama
21st Jan 2017
5
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There will be much rebellion, who knows how America will fare with Donald as President.
Strange, I call him by his first name, and the others I use their last name. Is that because I am slightly fonder of him.
I feel sure that he has been spoken to by the established order and told what to do. Whether he follows obediently or gives them two fingers remains to be seen.
He must do something great right now to silence all the dissenters and swing them over to his side.
He has a sharp mind. time will tell. At least he didn't in his arrogance place us at the 'back of the queue',
Lionel
21st Jan 2017
5
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There's been many pre-judgements about Trump as President. But, I'm of the opinion we must be careful before making such pronouncements.

He is an unknown quantity. There is no yard stick, no rule against which he may be judged at this stage. He is from a different background, he doesn't spout establishment lines, those tired rhetorical statements we've heard to distraction, those mantras which resolve into, well, nothing. That's the way of the Clintons, Bush, Obama, Cameron, Brown and Blair, to name but a few. 'Just tell them what they want to hear.' 'Tell 'em Thursday, but not which Thursday,' to quote an old advert.

In June last year we voyed against the Establishment line, the right of certain people to determine our future. In November last year the Americans went down the same road.

Just as we are feeling our way in these uncharted waters, so the Americans begin that exercise.

Let's wish them well. Time for great change is well over due.
Hattie
24th Jan 2017
1
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I agree Lionel, it was the choice of American people, wait and see just like UK choice to leave EU.
Mind you, Think the shameful, embarrassing Madonna and co protest will help Mr Trump.
sonikim
20th Jan 2017
0
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I think he has already damaged America's image. I hope he succeeds for American's sake. I hope he doesn't run the USA like one of his businesses and bankrupts it! If he does the people will say "You're Fired".
Trump has denigrated almost every section of the American public and ripped into anyone who doesn't concur with him! I believe he won't take any advice from his administration, it will be his way or the highway!
Donald Trump you are not King of USA, you are it's guardian.
I'm sure your ego will constantly make you say and do ridiculous things. What scares me the most is you are choosing to surround yourself with very rich, bigoted white men who will always be self serving! I hope the enormity of this great office sinks in and you will be humbled! Stop all your horrible tweets and become the President of all Americans!
thefilthycripple
19th Jan 2017
2
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I was in the USA for the election and saw how distorted the coverage of Trump was in the UK particularly the left wing BBC ,he made much sense particularly with his economic policy .He had a lot of support from Hispanics ( non illegals ) and from coloured people polling 4 % more than Mitt Romney and in the last election .The disastrous reign of ,do nothing Obama did not end a day too soon .He is the worst President ever ,he even made Jimmy Carter look competent
Wilf
19th Jan 2017
1
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Maybe its good to do nothing though rather than rampage throughout the globe? the Americans wanted no more wars. he certainly fulfilled that!
Baxi
19th Jan 2017
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I think he's a loose canon! Add to that that he has never lived in the 'real' world, having a hugely priviledged upbringing and I don't think he is at all in touch with his electorate. I think he knows how to manipulate his followers, but his random Tweets and comments are hardly what you would expect from the most powerful man in the world.

People say that he's a businessman yadda yadda yadda, but the reality is that he inherited everything and the Trump business empire has actually lost money whilst he has been running it. If his father where still at the helm it would be worth many billions more.

I hope the US electorate don't live to regret electing Trump - look at the appointments he's making ... he's putting people who have given him money into positions of power, not people who actually know what there doing.
thefilthycripple
19th Jan 2017
2
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He did not have a privileged upbringing his dad Fred was a hard working house builder .He made his money by his wits and I recommend reading his book "The art of the deal " .Do not believe tge distorted coverage of the BBC
JohnHerb
19th Jan 2017
4
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He certainly is a character and no matter what you think about him we all read about him and listen to everything he says and tweets. Bit more than we do for certain other politicians like Corbyn and Mr Brown and John Major when they were Prime Ministers zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The Donald is clever as he has just turned over all thoughts about communication with his Twitter and just sending Tweets when he feels like it. At least we know what his opinion is unlike so many other politicians who will talk in doublespeak, say what they want everyone to hear, will not answer questions and are as boring as luke warm dishwater.
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
2
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Well, JohnHerb, since the diswasher failed two days ago I'm well familiar with luke warm dishwater. And that is a perfect description of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

But the people who work in and fund this country have called time on them. The Brexit vote has been acknowledged to be a vote against the status quo. We pulled the plug on luke warm dishwater.

The Americans have done the same. Both the French and Dutch are looking set to change course too, not to mention the Italians and a good few more.

I don't know if Trump can make America great again, and do we want that? But there's one hell of a shakeup going on. I see it as healthy and long overdue.

My fear is, like two Kennedys who challenged the Establishment with Civil Rights, he will take a bullet.
Jenninora
20th Jan 2017
2
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Oh everyone, a lot of these opinions hold water in the global governance nowadays. None of us can be sure how these decisions of governance will evolve. Let us all stand back a bit and judge only when judgement is due. The people speak, so we give a go. Time, the good and misdemeanour will bring a conclusion to the decisions brought about something like this. Patience, clarity and forbearance is needed so much more nowadays. I am willing to be in favour of those traits of patience e t c.
Lionel
20th Jan 2017
1
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You are a light shining in the darkness. Thank you.
Jenninora
21st Jan 2017
1
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Thank you Lionel.
Kitc
19th Jan 2017
3
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There is no way, that a human with a lack of respectful morals, a lack of integrity, a lack of consciousness on environmental issues, a human who is hedonistic and bigoted could ever make America good let alone Great!! I cannot think how on earth with the population of America --- the population voted him as their leader!!
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
1
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Kit, you are absolutely right. But which businessman or politician has clean hands and a pure heart? I don't know of any! They don't make vast sums/get to the top by being nice, being moral or good people. If they were such they would be at the bottom of the heap, where I am. I got to the giddy eights of the bottom by playing it straight and having cleans hands.

Eisenhower sacrificed unbeliebable numbers of soldier's lives to gain a victory. The Kennedys were childen of Hollywood's king of porn, Joseph, and participated in his business. Johnson was a Texas oil millionaire - not a business for nice people. Nixon was an outright crook, the evidence abounds. Regan, well, a Hollywood 'B' movie actor, mixing with the slime of Hollywood. The Bush's? Well, a pair of ne'er do wells, crooks to the last. Oil again. Don't ask about Clinton. Reading his autobiography shows him to be corrupt to his heart. Now Obama, well he's in a league of his own. 'Nuff said.

So, it seems to me only villains need power, ultimate power, and will say and do anything to get it.
Marley444
19th Jan 2017
2
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I'm just not sure - It could go one of two ways! Part of me thinks he is untrustworthy, but then aren't all politicians? There is no smoke without fire when it comes to the scandals he is linked to. The other part of me likes the fact that he uses social media to get immediate response and reaction, so on that basis I think he is more likely to achieve his goals with his direct approach and I think he is going to side step the system and bureaucracy. Time will tell - as for Mrs Trump - I don't think she will ever be able to follow in Michelle's shoes - a really tough act to follow!
BirdofParadise
19th Jan 2017
3
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It will be like having Boris Johnson as PM here. SCARY!
Both should engage brain before opening mouth.
Wilf
19th Jan 2017
3
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Its interesting as Boris is very bright but quite quite eccentric...bit like a mad funny uncle....Trump is different as he seems to be a very aggressive person unlike Boris who is just a cuddly clown
BirdofParadise
20th Jan 2017
0
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Whoever rocks your boat Wilf.
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
2
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Boris is usually underated. He's an astute politician, playing games, taunting and hinting the while getting on with the days business. He knows how to play to the gallery, get noticed and he's thought to be a clown.

No one who reputedly speaks a dozen languages fluently is thick. No one, twice Mayor of London, can be without talent or guile. Boris just puts a friendly face on his guile.
Wilf
19th Jan 2017
2
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Yes I agree Lionel that Boris is bright in fact very very bright. he is also a huge character...probably the only one in the Commons (Farage is but he is not an MP) I cannot think of one other politician who has an charisma at all-none! Amazing in a house where there are about 650 of them?
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
2
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Wilf, my wife bought me Boris's biography of Churchill, the Churchill factor. I've read it twice, and a good read it is too. Boris somehow gets beneath Churchill's skin. But more ... he has a peculiar understanding of the man and as I watched Boris in the Referendum broadcasts he exhibited some of those charismatic, almost magnetic, qualities with which Churchill galvanised the nation during the War.

They both exude a sincerity, a purposefulness which can inspire confidence.

This must read as if I'm an admirer of Boris. I'm not, actually, but I do wish he would reach political maturity then he'd be more use!

As for the rest of them in the House, well, for the most part they seem to be nondescript people, just towing the party line. Our MP, for example, a nice chap of about fifty, a building surveyor by trade. Well heeled and well educated. Had an hour with him around the time of the Pasty Tax. Well meaning but up for a fight. If the Commons is to serve us it must be adverserial and not always consensual.

What do you think?
toshe45
19th Jan 2017
5
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It will be interesting thats for sure whether i think he will be good for the U S only time will tell he is certainly different!
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
1
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Well said and very true.
Wilf
19th Jan 2017
0
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You mention confrontational figures Lionel...its true that "Reasonable men never got anywhere"!
Wilf
19th Jan 2017
1
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Yes there has never been someone like him. Think they broke the mould when he was born!
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
1
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Wilf
19th Jan 2017
4
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Its going to be an interesting time thats for sure. The one policy he has said which I think makes a lot of sense is he is going to borrow money to get the USA infrastructure fixed which will give a lot of jobs to workers. He is a businessman and this could be good for the USA as too many of their presidents are lawyers (Nixon/Obama) and here we have a chap who has actually worked all his life in business. It will be a refreshing change and one some of our MPs and Prime Ministers could look at (Lord Sugar or Richard Branson for PM?). Some of Trumps other statements though seem to be dumb like winding up the Chinese on trade, building walls across the Mexican Border and saying the EU and NATO are obsolete. Maybe they are but a bit undiplomatic!. The press will have a field day for the next 4 years. they should have pages 2 and 3 as "Trump pages" just to report on his latest Tweets and views!
Lionel
19th Jan 2017
2
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Last time I looked at a page three they were all past their sell by date. Since my wife is on SS I've got to say that was well before we married. (!)

To have Trump and his antics/tweets on a page would be refreshing indeed.

I quite agree, the cartel of lawyers needs to be broken and not repaired. For myself I would say we're looking for a Churchill character. Although not an admirer of Churchill in particular, he had that ability to galvanise people and get things done. Surely that's what we and America need today. We all need something fresh, something new to take these once proud nations to a better place.
Wilf
19th Jan 2017
0
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I agree Lionel but a leader like Churchill comes along in every 100 years...Drake, Nelson, Marlborough, Churchill....In the USA they have had Washington, Lincoln FDR...all giants of their time. Who is an aspiring politician in the USA like Churchill. I cannot think of one. I thought Rubio was quite good in the race for the Republicans but think he is a bit of a "boy"...not really a Churchill figure
MrsPat
19th Jan 2017
5
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Trump is a strange fellow. I cannot decide whether to take him seriously or not. He comes across as a school bully who has the attention span of a gnat and some many stupid comments come from him...a grown man. I have never seen anyone remotely like him. Will he be good for the Americans and us as well. Time will tell. I do worry about whats going to happen though as he is a loose cannon.

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