ABU DHABI, 21st January, 2017 (WAM)–Donald Trump, on expected lines, started his presidential journey on a politically combative note. Tall pledges were made, which will call for real commitment at all levels.

Thus, history is charting a new course from Friday.

“Trump has delivered the most important pledge of his life, promising to “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States” and “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” an editorial has said.

“And, the world remains anxious,” said The Gulf Today’s editorial on Saturday.

Being a president-elect is much different from being the actual president, a post that comes with serious responsibilities, especially when one is heading the country that is seen as the best torchbearer of freedom and democracy.

In remarks on the eve of becoming president, Trump vowed to bring unity. “We’re going to get our jobs back. We’re not going to let other countries take our jobs any longer. We’re going to build up our great military.”

But Trump’s many threats linger: he has vowed to deport millions of illegal migrants, made troubling comments about China, showed affinity for Russia and expressed contempt for NATO and the European Union.

“Protectionist measures like tariffs or cancellation of international trade agreements could negatively impact the world,” the paper cautioned.

It underlined that what is abundantly desirable is a return to conciliatory language.

“Wall Street stocks opened higher ahead of the presidential inauguration amid expectations of pro-growth business-friendly policies,” the paper said.

European stock markets too climbed before Trump’s inauguration, with markets hoping that the US president’s speech would expand on his planned economic policy.

It concluded, “Trump has repeatedly promised to “make America great again.” While that sounds good and fair, the world unquestionably would be a better place with more bridges than walls.”

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