* President Trump’s policies will have wide-ranging global impact
* His efforts may derail the fight against climate change
* Tough immigration policies and his stance against the Iran deal also spell danger
President Trump is on everyone’s minds these days, not just in the Middle East, but around the world. His surprise victory in the 2016 US presidential election, beating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, threw the world into a tizzy.
The main concerns are the various controversial claims and beliefs the President-Elect espouses.
Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump made many outrageous statements which seemed to hint at what policies he would take up when he enters the White House.
Needless to say, each of these will have wide-ranging repercussions, but here are the five that will affect you the most.
He will derail the fight against climate change: temperatures will rise
The Republican has said that he will cancel the historic Paris Agreement, which came into force on November 4, and scrap all the environmental commitments the US has already made. Trump, who believes that global warming is an expensive hoax, is highly likely to derail the ambitious plans and efforts towards a better future of the planet.
If Trump lives up to the policies announced during his election campaign, you will have record-breaking temperature rises in the coming years.
His policies will result in another oil market oversupply: prices will sink further, MENA economies will be threatened
Trump has vowed to lift restrictions on oil drilling in the US to increase the country’s share in the market. Through his ‘An America First Energy Plan’, he also wants the US to become “totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel.”
These initiatives will definitely lead to a bigger oil supply glut and lower prices.
Trump at the immigration desk: Travel to US may become a nightmare
Trump has often expressed his displeasure about an increase in travelers from the Middle East, especially Muslims, coming to the US. He has made repeated calls for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country and has asked those living in the States to register on a data base.
Therefore, travelling to the ‘land of the free’ will not be as comfortable as it was until 2016. You could face very strict immigration control – you may not even be allowed on American soil.
In another possible fallout, refugees from the various conflicts taking place around the world would not be welcome in the US after Trump takes office.
Iran nuclear deal
He will scuttle the nuclear deal: region will see more hostility and conflicts, increasing danger levels
Trump is not a fan of the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and six world powers in 2015. The deal put the brakes to Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions. He could scuttle or even roll back the deal.
This may open yet another chapter of hostility in the region and, for its part, Tehran will see no more investments coming to the Islamic Republic and the already wary investors leaving for good.