‘Donald Trump pulled off remarkable feat taking on establishment’
RT: Many argue that it was a vote not for Trump, but simply against Clinton. Will he be able to bring together an ever more divided society, it seems, in the US?
Charles Ortel: I certainly think so. He has pulled off a remarkable feat. I mean, this is a man who never held political office before, who took out the Republican establishment, and he took out the Clinton and Obama wings of the Democratic Party, spending less money than all the other competitors. This is a time when people around the world and in our country… have been let down by the elites and supposed experts. Really going back to about 1998-99, nothing we try seems to work, our people are struggling to keep employment, fighting against technology and machines around the world. And the world is in a state of chaos. So one would hope that now we’ll get some fresh thinking, and he’s a dealmaker, proven dealmaker who can see things differently, who’s prepared to shake things up. He is a change agent, and I’m optimistic.
RT: Trump may be considered the anti-establishment vote, but he’s still a part of the business elite, he’s a believer-type tycoon. How he’ll defend the interests of middle class Americans?
CO: In the first instance, we’ve evolved a structure here… in the United States we spend approximately six trillion US dollars a year just on government. And for what? It’s the one portion of the global economy that has not been disrupted yet, given all the great technological tools, that should bring the cost of the government down. So there’s an opportunity, I think, to radically downsize and rightsize government, federal state, and local governments. That’s something Trump could do, and a lot of people want to help him on that. We have excessive red tape, our taxes are more punitive, and [don’t make] ... sense compared to your own.
RT: He’s a political newcomer, he’s a freshman in day-to-day politics. Will he fulfill his numerous pledges made during the campaign?
CO: I actually thinks so. He’s going to face a period of grieving, that started in early this morning in America where the established captured media scratching their heads, most of them look like fools, having totally missed the underlying transit and the tsunami. So there is going to be a period where the people will struggle to figure the things out. I think he faces at this point an organized opposition, the Democratic establishment, Republican establishment are devastated by this. And there going to be a lot of people who want him to win actually ... I’m a conservative economic person, open-minded socially, I don’t fit either party and I’m finding a common cause with progressives, and with your station and other stations around the world who see what’s going on and really want to fix this. We don’t need the world in chaos, we need the world in strength and prosperity. And we need to figure out our common strengths, common objectives.
RT: On the global stage, he also pledged to amend relationships on the international arena, including those with Russia. But is he going to be able to push anything like that through?
CO: The last time the former Soviet Union and the US cooperated together we won WWII. And now we face, both of our countries face, a common enemy, radical Islamic militarist jihadism. And the previous administration refused to call the enemy out, Vladimir Putin is not sure about doing it. You understand this, we understand this. There’s an area, where we can cooperate and win.
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