Rabat - When President Trump chose to force changes in immigration law, banning Muslims from entering the United States, he was pushing the boundaries of executive power, coercing the US government to accept his will.
Rabat – When President Trump chose to force changes in immigration law, banning Muslims from entering the United States, he was pushing the boundaries of executive power, coercing the US government to accept his will.
Pending a Supreme Court decision, executive power may very well prevail; Americans chose their president and, now, they have to deal with the consequences.
The world, however, did not put Trump in the White House. His threats to supporters of Morocco’s 2026 World Cup is nothing but a show of American privilege and power.
Trump believes that he can call Africa a “shithole” and still expects Africans to support his demands. He calls Muslims Islamic terrorists and still wants their support, or else. If Obama were still the president, United’s chances of winning the bid would essentially be guaranteed. What the current US president does not understand is that Morocco has a strong chance of winning the bid, thanks in large part to his bullying tactics.
The current US Senate and House representatives, who are apprehensive about losing seats in the upcoming midterm elections, have accepted Trump’s daily tweeter dome and the Republicans in their majority simply say: let Trump be Trump.
They may let him be who he wants to be, but the world does not have to bend to Trump’s demands, and the world does not have to report Trump’s so-called base.
When President Trump broke the global status quo with his decision to move the US Consulate in Israel to Jerusalem, the world responded with firmness and voted in favor of the Palestinians. Almost all countries, with the exception of a few dictatorships, rejected his bullying, including those who see themselves as allies to the US.
Trump’s recent threats provided the world with a new opportunity to declare that we are citizens of the world, and we will not let the bully continue bullying.
For those countries that worry the US will cut aid if they support Morocco’s bid, it is well-known that the US government offers its aid conditionally.
The US looks for its own interest first and foremost and is still the only country in the world that gives Israel a free pass.
The Moroccan bid committee should not respond to Trump’s threats. Let him shoot himself in the foot. Morocco’s biggest problem at this time is the current FIFA head, Gianni Infantino, who is adamant about preventing Morocco from reaching the FIFA congress final vote.
By all means, let Trump be Trump… and, hopefully, Morocco will benefit.
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