Donald Trump has won the U.S. presidential election.
Let's look into President Trump's influence on the Korean Peninsula. The Republican candidate's campaign has met a barrage of criticisms from the U.S. media. The South Korean media also depict him as a distasteful candidate, as they often quote from major American media. Negative reports on the candidate, involving sexual harassment and other scandals, as well as his uncontrolled remarks, unveil his true character. In particular, his South Korean policies include sensitive issues such as a possible pullout of U.S. troops from Korea and a re-assessment of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, resulting in an almost unanimous disapproval from South Korea. According to a poll conducted last month by the South China Morning Post, only 7 percent of South Korean respondents support Donald Trump. In addition, 63 percent of South Koreans have a "very hostile" perception of the U.S. President-elect. This comes as no surprise.
South Korea should maintain an objective perspective toward a Trump White House and seriously assess its potential policies and vision regarding the Korean Peninsula. A book providing insight into Trump's stance on foreign affairs and the Korean peninsula was published last November in the United States, titled "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again," and on July 14 a Korean translation was published by Iremedia Publications. Trump's standpoint on the Korean peninsula can be inferred from this book, which describes Trump's foreign policies, and in particular his policy toward Iran.
The key phrase of Trump's foreign policies is to "Make America Great Again." For a greater America, national interests take absolute priority. A case in point is his declaration to keep out illegal immigrants by building a high wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He wants the United States to stop giving out citizenship to all children born on American soil - as per the 14th Amendment to the Constitution - expressing his strong determination to ban all illegal immigrants who presumably degrade American values and exhaust its welfare budget. This may come as unfortunate news to those Koreans who go on the so-called "maternity trips" to the United States.