There has never yet been a Jewish President, but we are getting closer because Ivanka Trump, elder daughter of the President-elect, has converted to the Jewish faith and subsequently married an Orthodox Jew, Jared Kushner. Her three children are being brought up Jewish and attending a faith school in New York. The sizeable Jewish population of the USA can feel that they are one step closer to the hub of things and totally accepted as part of the national identity.
Donald Trump has accepted an award from Jewish community leaders, the Liberty Award which was presented to him at The Algemeiner's "Jewish 100" Gala in New York City last year. In his acceptance speech, he said he was "glad" his daughter had converted, and he is proud of all his family. Ivanka said of her father, "“He is fundamentally somebody who believes that it’s his civic duty to speak his mind and often say what’s not popular and what others are afraid to,” she added. “He has used his voice often and loudly in support of Israel and in support of developments within Israel, in support of security for Israel and in support of the idea of Israeli democracy.”
Both before and after his election victory, Donald Trump confirmed that he will renew America's commitment to the safety and survival of Israel, and not allow himself to be deflected by other agendas. This is one of many respects in which his election will contribute to safeguarding the peace and security of the world.
Trump's wife, Melania, was born in Slovenia, which was then part of Communist Yugoslavia, and she studied architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana. She is the first First Lady for whom English was not her native tongue. But she is an accomplished linguist, who is fluent in German, French and English as well as Serbian and Slovenian, which will make her a tremendous asset as a hostess in the White House. Her presence is a reassurance that those who move to America will receive a warm welcome so long as they respect its culture, keep its laws and fit in with its prevalent values and traditions. Her choice of a cause to embrace as First Lady - that of protecting children from harmful grooming and influence on the internet - is one that I would whole-heartedly endorse and I wish her well.
Trump likes Britain and has already informally offered to open negotiation for future and better trade deals that will be mutually beneficial. I welcome that hopeful sign.
I also welcome the fact that the Trump victory broke a glass ceiling for women. His campaign manager, KellyAnne Conway, was the first woman ever to run a successful presidential campaign. Trump showed his respect for women and high opinion of our abilities by giving her this crucial responsibility - and she lived up to his expectations. Since then he has offered her a post at the White House.
As for the vandals and hooligans who are making mayhem in some cities of the USA and trying to use violence to obstruct the legal democratic process, because their shockingly illegal, fraudulent and gangster tactics did not succeed in stealing the election from the American people, they are criminals and I hope they are dealt with by the law-enforcement system as they deserve.
Trump getting an award for services to the black community in USA. Standing next to Cassius Clay and Rosa Parks.