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October 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.  Happy Diwali to all our subscribers and Distributors       October 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.   Happy Diwali to all our subscribers and Distributors       
Issue:Sep' 2017


Seeking kudos amidst flip-flops

M.R Dua

Donald Trump Normally inflexible and rigid in his affirmations and orders, President Donald Trump's several political and economic moves in the past nine months have shown his somewhat unlikable tendencies of flip-flops, and one-step-forward, two-stepsbackward characteristics. How will such unpalatable policies go to fashion and finally construct an amiable atmosphere in the country?
However, of late Trump has tried to project himself as enjoying support among opponents and quiescent supporters.
Last month for example, President Trump tried to win kudos from the estranged community of nearly 800,000, including some 6,000 Indians, who were illegally brought to the US as children, when they were between two and six years old. They have now grown up to be an integral part of this country's working population, also popularly branded as 'Dreamers' -- under the 2012 Obama order, called DACA– 'deferred action for childhood arrivals.'But they have so far been under a perennial threat of being deported back to their respective country.
In a surprise gesture, the White House has decided to 'allow them to stay in the US in exchange for a border security package that doesn't include funding for Trump's wall'… adding that 'the Trump administration's plan for immigration changes that could include legal citizenship over time.'
In good humour later, the President was reported to have remarked about the 'Dreamers': 'Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military…they have been in our country for many years through no fault of their – brought in by parents at young age.'
It seems that the recent widespread natural disasters spelling massive losses running into billions of dollars (estimated $650 billion) in at least four states due to floods, Hurricane storms and fires in Florida, Texas, South Carolina and California have inordinately subdued and humbled Donald Trump's cavalier and brusque nature.
Secondly, having not succeeded, after badly losing majority vote in Congress for 'repealing and replacing,' the Obama healthcare law, President Trump has consented to delay further action on it until he 'emerges as the magnanimous bipartisan dealmaker who can bring the swamp together.'
This deal-making is said to be in the slow 'making' process, and may fructify in due course, i.e., after the 2018 November mid-term elections for Congress.
Thirdly, only by mid-September, a highly politically rancorous issue of the deficit budget was sorted out rather happily: President Trump struck an unexpected debt ceilingraising deal with senior opposition Democrat leaders in Congress. That was part of a new strategy to work with the Democratic Party for tackling some of the grave issues hanging fire.
Ironically, some Republican Party (GOP) hardliners think that the President has softened his stand against his opponents to strike deals. But there seems to be more than what meets the eye. Trump has set his target for the 2020-term in the White House. The President's hidden agenda in this top astute game stands beyond the comprehension of many GOP leaders.
Ever since his election to the 45th American presidency, Donald Trump continues to be under the most rigorous vigilant Congressional investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry. This probe into the most crucial job of determining the validity of Trump's unexpected success in the 2016 presidential election, in which the Russians are believed to have played an active role, is being avidly awaited nationwide.
The Special Counsel's office is fully engrossed rinsing through mountains of documents separating the grain from the chaff. For, a surfeit of suspicion is mounting that the Trump 2016 presidential campaign spaciously yoked a foreign country's support, particularly from the Russian sources in the U.S., for landing in the Oval Office. That being constitutionally branded as 'a clear case of obstruction of justice' could have unimaginable consequences with Trump even losing his White House den.
While inquest may take its own time—anywhere between six to 18 months—the Trump White House is fixing innumerable economic, political and social issues with active and solid support from his arch Democratic rivals. This may also help create congenial environment in the country to scotch the adversaries' cherished wish to indict Trump by Mueller's report as and when it's available.

North Korean stance

Kim Jong-un It's extremely interesting to recall that though President Trump was quick to ventilate his angry reaction to North Korea's advancing nuclear programme and its dictator Kim Jong-un's arrogant stance to Washington's admonishing, Trump's threatening rage-full response- - 'fire and fury like the world has not s e e n before' – still hangs in air as a shallow, h o l l o w reminder o f T r ump ' s initial 'fury'.
Meanwhile, Kim continues his nuclear missile launch spree unheeded, as also in defiance of global censure and condemnation to his audacity. Though these statements have been extensively interpreted as 'marked by sharp turn from more conciliatory remarks' following more launches, when Trump said that North Korea 'had begun to respect the US' and suggested the possibility of a diplomatic solution.
President Trump is now planning to garner international support for joint action against North Korea's flexing of nuclear muscles that he keeps playing with gleefully.

Oil from Texas

Navtej Singh Sarna Finally, here's a news of a new breakthrough for India–'Opening new vistas in India-US cooperation, ambassador Navtej Singh Sarna said handing over papers for first shipment of crude oil import from Texas', Indian embassy tweeted. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz also tweeted: 'Texas will p r o v i d e crucial oil e x p o r t s to India and serve as a r e l i a b l e long-term supplier of energy. Texas proud.'—Ted Cruz wrote.

Ted Cruz This was said to be the first outcome of following Prime Minister Modi's visit and his meeting with President Trump. Two Indian state-owned oil companies—IOC and Bharat Petroleum Corporation-- have placed order for 6 million barrels of US crude oil.
Incidentally, during last month's severe Hurricane Harvey, Houston's India-origin residents and Indian restaurants provided generous relief to homeless victims belonging to diverse local communities by supplying free food items, medical assistance and shelter.