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Pityana: Trump administration to have big impact on global trade

Anglo Gold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana is currently at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

Anglogold chairperson Sipho Pityana sits down with EWN for an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 20 January, 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With just a few hours to go until Donald Trump takes the US presidential oath of office, Anglo Gold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana is warning his administration will have a big impact on global trade.

Pityana is currently at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

He says Trump could change global geo-politics.

“It undermines social cohesion and sets the wrong tone around issues of ethics and principled leadership, some of the statements made around his position and conflict of interest.”

Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers have been stationed in and around Washington, where thousands of people will converge to protest or celebrate Trump's inauguration.

A disparate group of liberal activists irked by comments by Trump about women, illegal immigrants and Muslims have planned protests throughout central Washington.

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One of the largest anti-Trump protests expected on Friday will be organised by the ANSWER Coalition, a broad-based liberal group, which expects to have thousands at the US Navy Memorial, along the parade route.

"It's Day One, we're saying, of a larger era of resistance, and we believe we're going to send a very powerful message to Trump and the government," said Ben Becker, 33, an organiser with the group.

"The Trump agenda is very comprehensive. It includes attacks on Muslims, immigrants, on women's rights, on workers' rights. So really, no matter what community you're a part of, you have a stake in this fight."

Trump supporters also flooded into the capital, many sporting baseball caps bearing his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

Jackson Rouse, an 18-year-old high school senior from northeastern Arkansas, who skipped school to attend the inauguration with his father, expressed concern that several dozen Democratic congressmen and congresswomen planned to stay away from the inauguration in protest.

"I think he was voted in fairly and it was a fair election," Rouse said. "I love Trump. I expect changes and I expect he's going to do everything he said he was going to do."

Additional reporting by Reuters.

For more news, analysis and insights on Davos 2017 go to EWN’s WEF portal in partnership with Ashburton Investments.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)