This Tuesday, November 3, is the date of the U.S. presidential, legislative and senatorial elections. A major event in U.S. history that traditionally takes place on the Tuesday following the first Monday of the month.
Adulated by some in his country because he embodies the American model, white and conservative, Donald Trump will have to solicit more than his natural electorate to benefit from another mandate.
During his first lecture, Trump was true to his principles and his slogan « Make america great again ». Domestic preference took precedence over the foreign policy of a world superpower. Several measures taken by his predecessor to help the underprivileged and emigrant strata, including Obamacare and migration policy, were put to death by the Trump administration.
For the President of the United States, the priority remains the interests of the American people. As a result, the African continent has been left in the lurch for the last 4 years.
Even if American Secretaries of State have made the trip to Africa, for the first time in 20 years, an African president will not touch African soil during his first term. Sign of the disinterest of the American president for the continent.
DECLINE IN TRADE
Trade between the United States and Africa has fallen sharply in 4 years. As well as development aid sometimes used as a means of pressure as was the case in some Central African countries.
Domestically, Trump’s economic policy has borne fruit.
The United States experienced strong growth under Trump’s leadership, 7.4% in the last quarter, an annualized rate of 33.1%. However, the Covid-19 pandemic deteriorated the country’s economy. In addition, there has been social unrest with police violence against African-Americans.
In spite of a wave of protest with the « Black lives matter » movement, Donald Trump remained faithful to it, defending the American police and calling the demonstrators « insurrectionists ».
Faced with a Donald Trump always contested and trailing in the polls, Joe Biden, the Democrat has a good quote like Hilary Clinton in 2016 before his defeat.
BIDEN OR TRUMP?
The running mate in 2008 and Obama’s vice president for 8 years with several decades of experience as a senator enjoys strong popular support.
After a first debate in which invectives took precedence over essential issues, the second and last debate between the two candidates allowed to learn more about each other’s ambition for the United States.
Covid management19 , foreign policy, environmental issues, racial inequality….many themes were debated with very clear-cut opinions.
But none of the candidates stood out in the eyes of the specialists.
The outcome of this election remains uncertain and the first trends of this election night may not reflect the results of the ballot boxes in the coming days because millions of ballots will still have to be counted.