When Donald Trump won the US Presidential election there were people who hailed his victory as a win for the battle against the establishment, whilst others worried about the prospect of a Trump presidency for the world.
I always predicted that Trump would become the next US President-Elect because the US public – similar to British voters during the EU referendum – have had enough of the status quo of a group of out of touch liberal, metro-politician elites setting the agenda. I don’t by any means support some of Trump’s previous views about women, LGBT and other minority rights, but we must be grown up about this and accept the result.
I personally believe that President-elect Trump will be different to election-mode Trump. We already saw this during this victory speech during which he spoke about America binding the wounds of division to come together as one united people.
That is the exact same message our Prime Minister Theresa May echoed in her vision for post-Brexit Britain this week about making globalisation work for everyone, as part of her mission a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. As she said:
“If we believe, as I do, that liberalism and globalisation continue to offer the best future for our world, we must deal with the downsides and show that we can make these twin forces work for everyone. Because when you refuse to accept that globalisation in its current form has left too many people behind, you’re not sowing the seeds for its growth but for its ruin.”
I didn't support either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the US election as it was a matter for the American public, but I agree with our Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson that Trump’s victory should be seen as a great “moment of opportunity” for Britain. EU leaders need to wake up to this reality. They need to stop grumbling about the result just because it is another challenge to their elitist ways. It is simply wrong prejudge the President-Elect or his administration.
As a result of Brexit, we can become the world’s leading champion of free trade. Forming a first class deal with our transatlantic allies – with whom we share our Special Relationship – should be a top priority for our government.
Now that the Republicans control both the presidency and Congress for the first time since 1928, we potentially have the most pro-UK (and now pro-Brexit) administration in office for years. This is now our time to build even closer economic ties with America.
Change is in the air and, with our US allies, we have a golden historic opportunity to provide the world – like during the Thatcher and Reagan years – with strong leadership in free trade and the values of freedom, liberty and enterprise. The challenge is achieving all this, whilst ensuring our communities do not feel left behind by the forces of globalisation.
Joe Porter is a Parish Councillor in Staffordshire Moorlands and Deputy Chairman (Political) for West Midlands Conservative Future. He was the President of Keele Students for Britain and the Vote Leave Constituency Campaign Coordinator for Staffordshire Moorlands. Joe studies Marketing and Politics at Keele University, and is a Trustee of Keele Student Union.