Asserting that with United States President, Donald Trump, there is a ‘ very unusual’ personality in the White House, former Saint Lucia Foreign Minister, Rufus Bousquet, has supported the view that the Trump presidency could lead to more Caribbean people returning home from the US and less nationals from the region journeying to the USA.
“I think the cornerstone to everything with regard to Donald Trump at this point revolves around the whole question of uncertainty,” Bousquet told the Times.
“Nobody is absolutely certain what it is this gentleman is going to do,” the former Foreign Minister declared.
He accused Trump of vacillating – saying one thing at one point in time, appearing conciliatory to his opponents and then switching to ‘campaign mode.’
According to Bousquet, Trump’s pronouncements should be a cause for concern among Caribbean nationals.
He recalled that the US President has spoken about repatriation and the legality of persons entering the United States as a cornerstone of his immigration policy.
“Muslims in certain parts of the Caribbean, maybe Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana in particular, these are persons who may find themselves in greater difficulty or suffering from certain trauma and fear,” Bousquet told the Times.
He said nothing that Trump has said can be discounted, with the result that a wait and see attitude would be best to determine whether many of the US President’s utterances were merely ‘campaign bluster’ to win the elections, or whether what he has said are at the core of his thinking.
“I think when the reality starts to hit the United States with respect to trade wars or building walls and things of that nature, I expect that there will be push back from a number of areas in the society,” Bousquet stated.
“The United States is a huge and powerful democracy where there are many mechanisms to keep politicians on the straight and narrow. I have every confidence that the American people will rally in the final analysis to ensure the best long term interests of their country,” Bousquet told the Times.