Eye Across the Pond: What Does England, Scotland, and Ireland Think of This Election?

World leaders are reacting to the triumph of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election.
World leaders are reacting to the triumph of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election.

Well, this is embarrassing! The British Isles seem as perplexed as we are about the outcome of this election.

The BBC has looked to world leaders for a reaction to Donald J. Trump’s winning the Presidency.  On their Political Blog- Trump wins US election: How world leaders have reacted

UK- Prime Minister, Theresa May

In her message of congratulations, Prime Minister Theresa May focused on the “special relationship” between the two countries. She said that she hoped that Mr Trump’s win would mean a continuation of shared values, including “freedom, democracy and enterprise”.

“We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence,”

“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”–UK Prime Minister, Theresa May

The United Nations- Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that “in the aftermath of a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths”.

“I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit. Today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions. As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda,”–UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Mr Ban added that “people everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good” which included the battle against climate change, advancing human rights and “promoting mutual understanding… to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all”.

Trump in Front of Turnberry Clubhouse
Trump in Front of Turnberry Clubhouse

I love that this is how America is viewed officially on the World Stage.  However, to get a little bit more info on Trump’s interests overseas and some of the problems he’s going to have Worldwide,  Scotland’s The Scotsman Newspaper has a more personal take.  You see, he has business holdings in Scotland. His portfolio in Scotland – comprises of Trump Turnberry, Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, and DT Connect Europe, a helicopter operations firm.  While his legal battles with locals protecting their land has earned him a bad reputation in Scotland, that’s not where it gets sticky.  “Such a scenario has invited widespread speculation over how the controversial magnate would reconcile a political life with his multifarious business interests. As an executive, trustee, director or member of around 480 corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, Mr Trump’s corporate empire would pose a unparalleled ethical dilemma in the 227 year history of the presidency. It is a network that spans the globe, with his interests and holdings in countries such Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Turkey sure to be seen as particularly sensitive given they could clash with – or indeed, shape – future US foreign policy under a Trump government.”-
What Would Happen to Trump’s Scottish Businesses if He Wins?- The Scotsman Newspaper

The one legal hurdle Mr Trump would face is the emoluments clause, an obscure provision in the US constitution which prohibits officials from taking money or gifts from foreign governments without the consent of congress. In practice, this could extend to bank loans extended to Mr Trump’s businesses by the likes of the Bank of China.

However, the emoluments clause also extends to banning payments from entities controlled by foreign administrations, meaning that Mr Trump’s dealings with Prestwick, owned by the Scottish Government, would invite close attention.

Richard Painter, who was the chief White House ethics lawyer under the administration of George W Bush, the last Republican president, told The Scotsman that Mr Trump would effectively have to run his businesses side by side with the nation. “The problem is, he can do pretty much whatever he wants as president, even though he has financial conflicts of interest,” he said. “The statute that applies to everybody else does not apply to the president.”

Such arrangements, Mr Painter said, would have to come under the microscope. “Every one of these holdings outside of the US would need to be scrutinized to make sure that money was not going getting into them via the front door or the back door from a foreign government,” he said. “Any effort to get money into his pocket from foreign governments or corporations controlled by foreign governments would be a violation of the clause.”
Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/what-would-happen-to-donald-trump-s-scottish-businesses-if-he-wins-1-4281303

Give this article, by MARTYN MCLAUGHLIN,  a look-over, it’s fascinating stuff. Apparently, the emoluments clause could see Trump tied up with legal battles on all fronts from his overseas businesses while he should be “Making America Great Again”.  Also, his idea of letting his kids run his businesses is in violation of the emoluments clause since they are his heirs. That won’t fly. This could get really nasty and really embarrassing.

I’ll leave you with a Tweet and a link from The Irish Times, the only of these countries I’ve visited and who have the Craic to call it how it looks.

What must they think of us.? Oh, yeah. :-/
What must they think of us.? Oh, yeah. :-/

¯\_(ツ)_/¯   Sorry, World!



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