On Trump-phobia

Arab lamentation and some people’s grief over Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election is all due to the statements which Trump made during his election campaign. The president-elect had made statements against African Americans, Latinos, Mexicans and Muslims. However, now that he’s been elected, he will be everyone’s president and he will govern according to law.

It’s necessary to differentiate between Trump during the election campaign and Trump after being elected president.

The road to the White House has a lot of turns which obligate one to adapt to successfully achieve goals.

When it comes to election campaigns, there are certain formulas; escalation against black people gains the support of white fanatics while accusations against Muslims attract Evangelical voters. The issue is not related to an electoral agenda but was rather a pattern of propaganda against Hillary Clinton who was guaranteed the votes of the minorities. It’s all about calculations and each statement achieved a certain electoral gain. However, after victory is achieved, all this ends as they turn over a new leaf. This seems obvious from the speech which Trump delivered after he won and from the statements which he’s made since then.

Trump’s foreign policy advisor Walid Phares confirmed Trump’s desire to strengthen historical ties with Saudi Arabia and to make every effort to implement the proposal for a Gulf-American partnership in the region to confront terrorism and Iranian expansion. Phares also confirmed Trump’s desire to increase sanctions against Hezbollah and besiege it on all levels.

Trump’s foreign policy advisor Walid Phares confirmed Trump’s desire to strengthen historical ties with Saudi Arabia

Turki Aldakhil

Excessive optimism or pessimism is not welcome in political realism.

Barack Obama’s presidential terms brought our region nothing but hesitance toward the Iranian axis, while flirting with it and rewarding it, and strictness toward the Gulf axis, while evading agreements. So let him go as no one will weep about his White House departure!

This article was first published in Okaz on Nov. 13, 2016.


Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.


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