Post-election Updates: America vs. Britain
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT ELECT
President-elect Donald Trump was voted into office by electoral college majority on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“It is time,” Trump said in his acceptance speech. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”
The closing remarks of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign were given in a room equipped with an all glass ceiling that, hours earlier, she still expected would shatter. Despite losing the election, Clinton won the popular vote with a two-million vote lead.
In the week following Trump’s election as 45th President of the United States, he began the work of assembling his transition team. At time of press, Vice President-elect Mike Pence is leading the transition with Governor Chris Christie acting as vice-chair; Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus has been made Chief of Staff; and Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon will act as the President-elect’s primary political consultant. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to be tapped for Secretary of State.
The Wall Street Journal reports that after a meeting with President Barack Obama on Nov. 11, Trump “expressed surprise” upon hearing the scope of the Commander-in-Chief’s position, and additionally claims Trump’s aides were unaware that the employees of the Obama Administration would need to be replaced after inauguration. President Obama later told the press he would need to spend more time with Trump than is typical of previous presidential transitions to prepare him for the job.
Following Trump’s election, hundreds of protests and marches have been held nationwide. On Nov. 10, approximately 5,000 people assembled at Denver’s Capitol building boasting signs that read “#notmypresident” and “Racism is not presidential.” The assembly marched up 16th St. Mall, staged a sit-in on Colfax and Speer, and shut down I-25 for half an hour.
Casa Mayan, an activist group housed at CU Denver, is one of many organizations nationwide staging mass walkouts on Nov. 16. They aim to make Auraria Campus a Sanctuary Campus, or a safe space for minorities in the consideration of a record-breaking increase in hate crimes since election day.
ENGLAND: RECOVERING FROM BREXIT
It’s been five months since Britain seceded from the European Union. The clearing smoke has revealed a new Britain with a fresh set of upper-level governmental officials, a surprisingly stable economy, and a hunger for free trade agreements with its allies.
The biggest change has been in Britain’s governing leadership. Former Home Secretary Theresa May succeeded David Cameron as Prime Minister after Cameron abdicated back in July. Though not a Brexit supporter, May has sworn to uphold the interests and desires of the British people and strive to lead Britain well as it pursues a trajectory for prosperity outside of the European Union.
May immediately established a new government department to facilitate Britain’s departure. Former MP and Home Secretary David Davis was named Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Boris Johnson, former London mayor and a prominent leader of the Brexit movement, has taken the position as Secretary of Foreign Office. Former Defense Secretary Liam Fox has been named the Secretary of International Trade.
Britain’s economy has slumped since its exit from the EU and the British pound remains at a 30-year low, leading Britain to lose its top AAA credit rating, which in turn increases the cost of government borrowing and interest. However, the British stock market has sowly improved, and popular share indexes like the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are trading higher than before the June Brexit referendum.
As a way to reopen commercial trade market alliances that it forfeited along with its EU membership, Britain has begun to pursue free trade agreements with its former trade partners. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently traveled to Turkey and facilitated the signing of a new free trade deal. China has agreed to increase major investments between itself and the UK. President Barack Obama is expected to follow suit in the last days of his administration, and President-elect Donald Trump heavily favors a free trade agreement between the US and the UK.