Amidst a plenty of promises, a massive infrastructure, public welfare programme, tax cuts for the middle-class, immigration reforms, a healthcare overhaul, an education bill, a massive war on drugs, the US President Donald Trump, in his maiden speech at the joint session of the US Congress on February 1, 2017, did not only stun his critics all over the world but delivered a conciliatory message of unity, strength, oneness of people with one destiny, American renewal of faith in NATO, belief in free trade with fair trade practices, and his belief in America, turning himself away from divisive to a deal maker.
President Trump pledged to take on the underground world of drugs stating, “We are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak and as I promise’. One wonders how Trump will succeed, given the fact that there is a big money in the illicit trade of drugs, which has corrosive effects on the people at large.
During last 50 years before the Trump Administration took office on January 20, 2017, the US earned a whopping sum of $2.2 trillion from underground drugs trade with Africa, ostensibly to help the continent fight the menace of AIDS and malaria, as per information available with the Tehelka.
Any way, it would be a daunting task for Trump administration. Illicit drugs are wide spread across Latin America, the US, littoral countries and almost everywhere with varying intensity. By and large, there is a collusive culture in the governance, trade and industry where everybody cooperates with everybody to let the narcotics thrive at a great human costs.
Trump, in his speech, appeared to be less combative, less thin-skinned and more inclusive. He repackaged himself in his populist speech as he called for solving country’s problems through bi-partisan cooperation. Trump finally eased after five weeks long attacks on media, political rivals and judges who ruled against his executive orders to ban temporarily travelers from seven Muslim countries. The US market stocks (Dow Jones Index) cheered and rose to 21,000, a first high in 60 years, exuding confidence that the US once again will restore its earlier glory as the world leader and everything will be hunky dory. Nevertheless, the world will watch with bated breath how Donald Trump Administration fights the menace of narcotics and related drugs.