Trump Will Face Backlash Over Electoral Pledges
US president-elect, Donald Trump, would run the risk of being dislodged from power should he decide to carry through his electoral pledges, some of which are seen as likely to undermine powerful vested interests, a lawmaker said.
"Trump's promises [if implemented] could lead to the collapse of the US system of governance, so they are certain to prompt a response by the powerful US lobbies," Javad Abtahi added in a recent talk with ICANA. He cited the fates of two of Trump's predecessors, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon who became the target of conspiracies on similar grounds.
"Trump might face a similar plot to the ones that led to Nixon's resignation and Kennedy's assassination," he said.
In an upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Trump won the Nov. 8 presidential race and will take over from Barack Obama on Jan. 20. He ran on controversial pledges, including tearing up some of the international agreements reached or signed under Obama.
"Trump aims to make fundamental changes to the US major and minor policies but his hands are tied," Abtahi said.
His election as president has raised the prospect the United States will pull out of the nuclear pact it signed in 2015 with Iran, alienating Washington from its allies.
Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program under the accord in return for relief from international sanctions.
The deal, harshly opposed by Republicans in Congress, was reached as a political commitment rather than a treaty ratified by lawmakers, making it vulnerable to the new US president.
A businessman-turned-politician who has never held public office, Trump called the agreement a "disaster" and "the worst deal ever negotiated" and pledged to rip it up.
Later, however, he conceded it would be too hard to dismantle an agreement enshrined in a US resolution, but said he would renegotiate it. The UN Security Council adopted a resolution to endorse the historic agreement days after it was announced in July 2015.
Although Trump's contradictory statements have made it unclear how he would act, Abtahi believes he has already begun interfering with the implementation of the accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
"His plans are apparently focused on destroying the JCPOA. He is using such new excuses as Iran's [disputed] missile program to cause disruption in the implementation of the action plan," he said.