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14 November 2016, 14:48

Lukashenko: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has a chance to make history

MOGILEV, 14 November (BelTA) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has a chance to make history of his own country by solving a number of domestic problems, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during a working trip to Mogilev Oblast, BelTA has learned.

The President noted that in his congratulatory message to Donald Trump he said that he did not downgrade the role of democracy but gave America a good shake-up to save this democracy. “He can make history, if he indeed shakes up America during the Presidency. It came to the fact that the working class voted for him, a wealthy person. This shows that there are very serious problems inside the United States. The main challenge will be to address these internal problems, not just by printing dollars because this will have a negative impact too,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, a certain decay and apathy in the United States are visible to the naked eye. He recalled his last visit to the United States and negative impressions of what he saw upon arrival in New York. “This is not the America I saw 10 years ago. People start evaluating things as soon as they get off the plane,” the President stressed.

Talking about the policy, which President Donald Trump will be pursuing, Alexander Lukashenko noted that it will be slightly different from what the media have suggested. “We did not attend his campaign rallies. We did not hear in person what he said, and the media distorted his statements. So we shall see. The main thing is that he will have to confront the internal problems,” said the Belarusian leader.

At the same time, the Belarusian leader believes that not all the promises made during the campaign will be implemented exactly as they were presented. One of such promises was to build a wall on the border of the United States. “It was a figurative expression. It as about the protection of the American society from all sorts of undesirables. Is Donald Trump wrong? No, he is absolutely right. But he put it in a slightly populist way. Then adjusted this promise a bit by saying that a fence will be built in some places. In others it will not be needed as no one will attempt to cross the border there,” Alexander Lukashenko said. The same applies to the rhetoric of the incumbent President Barack Obama of the United States before and after the election, Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The President of Belarus said that several months ago he had a feeling that Donald Trump might win. “I had this feeling because, first of all, America is not yet ready to have woman as president,” the head of state said. It is generally believed that the President's work, whether in the United States or Belarus, requires pronounced male qualities, especially regarding the army and the ability to handle huge workload.

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