To President-elect Trump – we offer the Prayer of the Prophet Micah

“He has told you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you?

To do justice,

To love mercy,

To walk humbly with your God.”

The outcome of the US election has caught many by surprise. Echoing the Brexit vote in the UK, it indicates a shift in political expectations. Worryingly, the shift appears to be fuelled by fear, isolationism and a narrow nationalism.

w-pope-francis-and-president-elect-trumpIn the wake of the election, Pope Francis issued the following tweet:

“May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal cooperation.”

The news agency, IRIN, has considered what the humanitarian agenda of a Trump presidency might be, based on repeated comments he made during the election campaign. Africa featured little in the campaign, though the article notes “Trump’s antipathy for trade deals could also threaten important pacts like the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a tax-free lifeline that drives up business on the continent.”

On climate change, the article concludes that it is hard to view the US election result “as anything but bad for the environment.” During his campaign President-elect Trump promised that he would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

An increase in US Development Aid is highly unlikely and, in fact, given Mr Trump’s commitment to making America great again, it is probable there will be a curtailment in overseas development and a reduction in contributions to the United Nations and its programmes, including the UNs refugee agency, UNHCR, to which the US contributes 40% of its current budget.

 It is also a worrying development concerning US official attitudes towards migrants, refugees and certain immigrant profiles who wish to come to the United States. “He made it clear,” the IRIN article notes, “… that if elected he would suspend resettlement of refugees from Syria based on security concerns. He has advocated instead for resettling refugees to “a safe zone in their home country”.

With Republicans controlling the White House, Senate and Congress, President-elect Trump is, potentially, the most powerful President in the United States for almost a century.

At this time of uncertainty, not just in America, but throughout the entire world, we offer to President–elect Trump the prayer of the Prophet Micah:

“He has told you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you?

To do justice,

To love mercy,

To walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8

The full IRIN article may be viewed here:

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