Politics | 'Crazy president' Trump will be removed, Sweden’s former PM says
US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House in Washington.  Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

‘Crazy president’ Trump will be removed, Sweden’s former PM says

Sweden’s former Prime Minister Göran Persson, who was leader of the Social Democratic Party from 1996 to 2007, believes American leader won't last long

February 5, 2017 11:24 AM (UTC+8)

Sweden’s former Prime Minister Göran Persson, who was leader of the Social Democratic Party from 1996 to 2007, believes Donald Trump will not last long as president of the United States.

In an interview with daily Dagens Nyheter, Persson said that people within the Republican Party and members of Congress soon would realize that a “crazy president” is harmful for the country – as well as their own political positions.

“[Trump] will make America small again. And it will not be allowed. I question weather the policies he now announces actually can be implemented,” he said. “I think he will be removed.”

Persson argues that members of Congress themselves will find it difficult to be re-elected in the mid-term elections in November 2018 as long as Trump is president. Therefore they will drive him out of office and let Vice-President Mike Pence, who Persson calls a “normal republican conservative politician” take over.

“[They] will realize that they will not get re-elected because we have a crazy president. Then they will begin to push him out,” Persson said.

Looking at the latest polls from the US, the Swedish politician might be proven right. Since the moment Donald Trump was elected president, debate over his possible impeachment has been raging, something that has increase after his proposed travel ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Now, some 40% of the country – including some Congressmen – wants to see the president impeached, according to the latest national poll from Public Policy Polling.

“Usually a newly elected president is at the peak of their popularity and enjoying their honeymoon period after taking office right now,” Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, said in a press release.

“But Donald Trump’s making history once again with a sizable share of voters already wanting to impeach him, and a majority of voters wishing they could have Barack Obama back.”

When Trump was elected president in November, Persson, who today is a consultant for PR firm JKL, said that the “intellectual dimension of politics has disappeared.”

“I don’t think Trump will remain long,” he said.

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