The kind of strong man-type leadership that Trump has represented will not disappear from the world with the departure of the 45th president of the United States of America, said Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. Then he explained who he was thinking about.
The former U.S. President spoke to Trevor Noah in a special issue of the Daily Show. Obama’s recently published book called A Promised Land, was the primary topic of the interview. At the beginning of the conversation, Noah asks the former president who he is still in touch with. For example, if Obama does still send memes to Angela Merkel. Noah asks about how Obama maintains his optimism in the conditions that prevail in the world today. Obama first praises Merkel’s leadership and describes it as one of the leadership types in democracies.
“These are the good people who fight for good ends and come to power.”
At this point, he reiterated what he said in a speech in South Afric, that there is this type of leadership that governs on a democratic basis, involving people in decision-making and there is a type of strong-person leadership, writes hvg.hu.
The latter is characterised by a top-down, hierarchical system, with an attitude of treating its citizens as subordinates, leading the country to which it has been elected.
“This is happening in the United States as well, and it will not end just because Donald Trump lost the presidential election. We see examples of this in the Philippines, Hungary and some other African and Asian countries,”
said Barack Obama. According to him, these are two completely different interpretations of what it means to be a leader. The President even talks about the fact that America does not necessarily have to play the role of a world police force, because many other countries now share its values and principles, so it does not necessarily have to fear that other countries may stand on their own two feet in the emerging multipolar world order as well.
During the Biden presidency, it will probably not be easy for Hungarian diplomacy after the inauguration of Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken, who has a Hungarian heritage. Victoria Nuland, who was previously a sharp critic of the Hungarian government during the Obama administration, will also return to foreign affairs.
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