"The greatest threat to the world": The Economist released a strongly-worded cover with Trump
The Economist has dedicated the cover of its 38th issue to the 45th President of the United States and the most likely candidate for the Republican Party in the 2024 elections, Donald Trump. Sociological forecasts indicate that he has every chance of returning to the White House, and journalists see this as the greatest geopolitical threat.
As the authors of the article point out, Trump has gained the preliminary support of 59% of US citizens, while the current leader of the United States, Joe Biden, received only 37%.
At the same time, political scientists see the victory of the former Republican president as an attempt at revenge. After losing the 2020 election, Trump resorted to manipulation, intimidation, and outright lies.
"Once he regains power, he will undoubtedly strengthen his inner sense that only losers allow themselves to be bound by the norms, customs, and sacrifices that form the basis of national unity. In pursuing his enemies, Trump will wage war on any institution that gets in his way, including the courts and the Department of Justice," the authors of the column argue about the candidate for the US presidency in 2024.
They also believe that Donald Trump's victory will shake the United States' position abroad. Since the disgraced politician and businessman despises the law and civil rights in his own country, Washington diplomats are unlikely to be able to declare them in other capitals.
"In the Middle East, Trump is likely to support Israel unconditionally, no matter how much it fuels the conflict in the region. In Asia, he may be willing to make a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping over Taiwan. It is unlikely that he understands why he would conflict with a nuclear superpower over a tiny island," the article says.
Given that Trump's policy is likely to run sharply counter to Europe's vector, analysts from The Economist also have disappointing predictions about the prospect of war in Ukraine. The dictator Vladimir Putin will take advantage of the disagreements in the West and continue his offensive on the sovereign territories of his neighbor, the publicists believe.
As OBOZ.UA reported, in March, Trump claimed that he could have prevented a full-scale war in Ukraine, and if it did break out, he said, he could have stopped the bloodshed in 24 hours. The 45th president would have simply sacrificed some Ukrainian territories to Moscow.
In response, President Zelenskyi noted that the American politician could have put his words into action when he occupied the Oval Office, while the war with Russia had already been going on for several years. The Ukrainian guarantor also invited Trump to Kyiv to explain to him that only one person can stop the war, and that person is in the Kremlin.
"It will take me no more than 24 minutes to explain to Mr. Trump that he will not be able to negotiate peace in 24 hours," the head of state said at the time.
However, Trump flatly refused to visit Kyiv or any other Ukrainian city at Zelenskyi's invitation. The American politician explained that the Office of the President of Ukraine maintains systematic and close contacts with his political rival Joe Biden.