My Take

President Trump and the end of the world as we know it

Donald will no doubt be the rudest and loudest world leader we have seen for quite some time

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2016, 11:05pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2016, 11:05pm

Boy, a Trump presidency! It’s going to be the best reality TV on earth, and right inside the White House. Who needs HBO or Netflix when the greatest television show in history will be free 24/7 for all the world to watch?

President Trump may have exposed what all those pollsters and pundits have secretly known: they are little better than ancient priests who read tea leaves for a living. But reporters will have a field day, every day for the next four years: foreign correspondents, paparazzi, national reporters. Now we have a first lady who has nude pictures circulating on the internet. I imagine the intern programme at the White House will considerably expand, for female applicants anyway.

Donald will no doubt be the rudest and loudest world leader we have seen for quite some time. Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong-un, move over.

The Philippine leader will have to put a lid on his colourful use of language. No more “the son of a whore” about the US president, not if he wants to risk being taken out by a team of US Navy Seals or nuked in the heart of Manila. Duterte will have to learn some manners.

Did Philippines’ ‘Trump of the East’ predict America’s ‘Duterte of the West’?

Speaking of nukes, Kim of North Korea is no longer the only puerile and self-obsessed maniac with nuclear weapons for toys; he will be out-nuked by an order of factors. Trump looks set to wipe that smug grin off Kim’s face.

Who needs actual knowledge of foreign policy when you can just smack foreign leaders around?

Meanwhile, I can’t help but think Presidents Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping (習近平 ) and Trump will get along quite well personally. This is despite Trump’s criticism of China for being a currency manipulator, and for stealing American jobs and intellectual property.

Trump is strangely popular in China, may be more so than in his own country. We have Chinese chat groups like “Donald Trump Super Fans Club” and “God Emperor Trump”.

A recent poll found that while only 13 per cent of respondents in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia wanted to see Trump elected, the support rate for Trump in China was 39 per cent.

It may be the end of the world as we know it, but it’s going to be one hell of a ride to the apocalypse.