Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments are becoming official, which may give the country a clearer picture of how his presidency will play out. An aura of uncertainty still lingers over his administration, but one person who seems chill about the situation is the Dalai Lama. On Wednesday, the 81-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said he’s not worried about The Donald and believes the media mogul’s policies will ultimately be influenced by global realities.
The stance of the Dalai Lama, who does a heck of a Trump impression, may offer reassurance to the masses. He went on to acknowledge Trump’s rhetoric, which was often directed towards U.S. minority groups and arguably inspired some white nationalist groups to engage in hateful speech to make their own points. Trump waited until this week to disavow the group, but the Dalai Lama is still not concerned, as he believes that the way Trump handles his responsibilities will be his real legacy:
“I feel during the election, the candidate has more freedom to express. Now once they (are) elected, having the responsibility, then they have to carry their cooperation, their work, according (to) reality…So I have no worries.”
The spiritual beacon went on to say that he’d readily accept an invitation to the United States, which he believes is “the leader of the ‘free world.'” But that trip, if it does end up happening, may draw the ire of China (the country may view it as an opportunity for the Dalai Lama to suggest to Trump that Tibet should split from China). But for now, the Dalai Lama is simply sending out feel-good vibes for a country heading into a holiday weekend.
(Via The Associated Press)