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Americans dissatisfied with US domestic, foreign policies: Academic

Campaign signs are seen on the floor after Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. (AFP photo)

The victory of Donald Trump, the Republican candidate in the US presidential race, has shocked Americans and the world public opinion, because different pollsters inside and outside the United States predicted that his Democratic rival would win the election. Press TV has asked an academic, why the American people have chosen a non-politician economic mogul to become the 45th president of the United States.

Mohammad Marandi, professor at the University of Tehran, said the American voters have voted for Donald Trump to express their resentment at the US’ domestic and foreign policies.

Marandi noted, “People voted against the current policies being pursued by the United States; the current policies of inequality at home and the policies that have been destructive across the globe.”

According to the academic, many Americans have voted for the Republican candidate “in protest at the policies of the US government, in protest at the liberal policies and the policies that have destroyed the middle class in the United States.”

He went on to say that “there are many good Americans who have voted for Trump simply because they did not want Clinton because of her foreign policy and her personal corruption.”

“Despite the protest that the people had against the establishment which led to their vote for Trump, those who were advocating Clinton for reasons of gender were only doing it to mislead the US population. It had nothing to do with gender. Clinton was part of the dynasty that the American people saw as utterly corrupt,” he argued.

Marandi also stated that some changes in the foreign policy of the United States are expected to happen, because Trump wants to cooperate with Russia and he may have major problems with US allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which could have positive results for the fight against terrorism in the Middle East region.

“If Trump wishes to be remembered as a president that has improved the fortunes of the American people, he will have no option but to behave in a more reasonable manner in foreign policy,” he added.

Trump won more than 270 electoral votes in the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday, enough to make him the 45th president of the United States even as vote counting continued in a number of states.


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