Wednesday 7 December 2016

President-elect's policies threaten our position in the transatlantic economy

If Trump governs as he campaigned, Irish jobs will be lost, tax revenues will fall and fears for debt sustainability could emerge

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

'Despite losing the popular vote, Trump won the electoral college. Four years of President Trump loom. Both his stated policies and his personality pose real threats to Ireland' Photo: Reuters
'Despite losing the popular vote, Trump won the electoral college. Four years of President Trump loom. Both his stated policies and his personality pose real threats to Ireland' Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump got fewer votes not only than Hillary Clinton in last week's election, but fewer votes than Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.

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Although he did better than I expected, or predicted, there was no surge in support for the president-elect, as much of the media narrative has suggested.

The reason he won, despite losing Republican votes on four years ago, is because the Democratic vote collapsed. Barack Obama garnered four million more votes in 2012 than Clinton did this year.

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