Foreign affairs Turning points of the 2020 US elections
Despite the ongoing impeachment proceedings for Donald Trump, there is a fairly good chance that the US President can re-run for elections in 2020 even if he is impeached. Trump has also hinted at signing an agreement with China with regards to the trade war only after the elections. This means that a lot is at stake at the upcoming presidential elections.
The upcoming year can be considered as an important one as numerous political events across the globe such as Brexit, the on-going trade war and the US presidential elections are expected to come to an end in 2020. The USA is a super power which has shown its might to the world time and again and the past few years were no different. Right from challenging China and dragging it to a trade war to withdrawing support to the Paris Agreement, the Trump administration has done it all.
Current crisis for Donald Trump
In September 2019, an impeachment inquiry against the US President Donald Trump was conducted accusing him of abusing his power and pressuring Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s newly elected President to publicly announce investigations which would damage Trump's political opponent Joe Biden’s reputation in the US Presidential election of 2020. The hearing is complete and it has been found that the President is guilty. Following this, a voting process for impeaching Trump will be carried out on December 18, 2019. If he is impeached what would this mean for the country given that the US Presidential elections are expected to be held in November 2020?
If Trump is impeached and also removed from office then the Vice-President Mike Pence would become the President and serve until the end of Trump’s term i.e. January 20, 2021. However, Trump would still be eligible to re-run for elections. It is interesting to note that Congress has never removed a President with the impeachment process before in US history. In the past, Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached by the House but both were acquitted in the Senate.
Run up to the US Presidential Elections of 2020
Whatever the result of the case, the other candidates are all preparing for the run up to the big Election Day. As of today, 15 Democrats including Joe Biden, Michael Bennet, Michael R. Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang along with two Republicans Joe Walsh and William F. Weld are running for the 2020 US Presidential elections.
No end to trade war
In the midst of this scenario, Trump has conveniently delayed the end of the trade war between the US and China. According to recent news reports, Donald Trump seems in no hurry to sign a deal with China. He stated that the US was doing ‘very well’ from the trade war and it might be better to wait to sign an agreement with Beijing until after the 2020 presidential election.