President-elect Trump deserves a chance

12/11/2016 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor* ): Free and fair elections are one of democracy’s main pillars as is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power. America has chosen and, whether one approves of that choice or not, it should be accepted and respected both at home and abroad. It is no secret that while I wrote an op-ed in August, 2015 backing Donald Trump to the hilt and supported his bid for the White House during my keynote address to delegates attending the 24th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference held in Washington last year. I felt then – and still do – that a successful businessman would have the skill set to strengthen the US economy, which, in turn, gives a boost to the global economy.I cannot deny that I was shocked and surprised at his stated intention to bar Muslims from visiting the US (an ill-conceived policy that recently disappeared from Trump’s own website), which forced me to rescind my initial enthusiastic endorsement…

*Khalaf Ahmad al-Habtoor is a prominent UAE businessman and public figure. He is Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group




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