The much talked about ‘conflicts of interest’ by the media, politicians, diplomats, and the common man is proving to be a real and present danger due to Trump’s random calls to world leaders thereby threatening to upset decades of diplomacy and foreign policies.
In one of his calls he displayed open admiration for one of the world’s most passionate dictators, the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev and announced his desire to visit Pakistan, a country which President Obama stayed away from for the entire duration of his two-term presidency about to culminate next month.
According to the Kazakh Government’s statement on the call, Donald Trump has reportedly stressed that under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, our country over the years of independence had achieved a fantastic success that can be called a ‘miracle.’
President-elect Donald Trump’s call to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan is likely to upset the already fragile relations between India and Pakistan as both countries vie for stronger ties with the U.S. leadership.
This is a clear deviation from the norms set by previous governments and could potentially “upset the delicate balance” between the two neighbors according to the New York Times. He is reported to have called Nawaz Sharif a “terrific” person and Pakistan and its people “fantastic.” What happened to his anti-Muslim anti-terrorism campaign stance?
Again, Mr. Trump’s telephonic conversation with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, an unprecedented move since 1979 when the U.S. had disengaged ties with Taiwan as a show of support for China, could be worrisome for China and has the potential to upset the status quo.
His call to the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has raised many an eyebrow because of grave accusations of human rights violations against the man, his unparliamentary language against President Obama calling him a “son of a bitch” and his declaration of separation from the U.S. in a recent trip to Beijing. Not only this, he went as far as inviting the controversial Duterte to the United States.
“If you travel to the U.S., you should let me know,” Trump has been reported to have said to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May and later tweeted that the anti-immigrant leader Nigel Farge should be made ambassador to Washington totally against the diplomatic code of behaviour for a soon to be President of the U.S.
Another conspicuous deviation from diplomatic protocol was his daughter, Ivanka Trump attending his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an eye-popper for many in the diplomatic circle.
If these controversial and under-the-scanner calls are not conflicts of interest then what exactly are they, is the multi-billion- dollar question. He has audaciously made it obvious and crystal clear that these calls were more for the enhancement of his business empire than anything else.
The only option left to Trump to counter these allegations and silence his critics and detractors is to sell his business or put it in a real blind trust, and not in one of his versions of a blind trust.
Mr. President-elect, the world is watching!