November 9, 2016 - Well we now know that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, going completely against the brief poll that we ran among Vertikal.Net readers. They voted 61 to 39 percent in favour of Clinton – how wrong can we be. Unlike the Brexit vote in the UK where you got it absolutely right - in spite of the opinion polls. Perhaps this time we did not run the poll long enough?
No matter what, Trump has just made a very gracious and positive acceptance speech, giving us some hope that the vitriol, hate and bitterness that the campaign whipped up will be put aside and not feature in his presidency.
While we are likely to see a good deal of immediate volatility as the markets absorb this news, promises of spending on infrastructure and inner cities - rebuilding America - might well provide a substantial short to medium term bonus for both manufacturing and rental companies in our sector.
He has also promised to be open and conciliatory in his dealings with other countries, quite the oposite of what he indicated in his campaign. If this latest incarnation holds, it might just bring in a far more positive future for international relations than most of us feared, from what was said during the campaign. The most serious challenge he faces will be to control some of the hatred and nastiness that the campaign whipped up. Once emotions like that are encouraged and let out the box it is no easy feat to stuff them back in.
The key question though remains = what will a Donald Trump presidency be like? Will it be negative and ugly as a good deal of the campaign indicated – will he be the ugly candidate that we saw at many times during the campaign, or will he be the pragmatic and conciliatory Trump that we have just witnessed? If the latter we could see some very positive changes in the USA which could have positive connotations for the rest of the world. The former simply does not bear thinking about.
I am oddly and strangely optimistic at the moment - especially compared to a few hours ago, if my wishful thinking proves correct, then we may well be on the verge of something quite positive for us all??????
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