On Saturday, the cast of broadway musical Hamilton had a message for vice president-elect Mike Pence, who was an audience member at the show:
We sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights.
Donald Trump took issue with the plea and took to Twitter to demand an apology:
However there are a number of issues that are probably a tad more pressing than Pence's hurt feelings.
President-elect Trump, you might want to focus on the following:
1. Climate Change
The Pentagon acknowledges that climate change presents a ‘security risk’ to the US and the world at large because it “degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations”.
Donald Trump previously stated that global warming was a hoax perpetrated by China, and reports claim that he will withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.
The last operating hospital in East Aleppo was destroyed on Friday following airstrikes, leaving 250,000 residents without access to surgery or specialist care.
Russia has been systematically striking the Syrian city in order to destroy anti-Assad forces. Several human rights agencies, including the UN and Amnesty International have condemned the regime for reportedly using chemical weapons on civilians.
President-elect Trump expressed plans to support the regime, along with Russia, in order to cut Isis off at the root.
3. Racism in America
As of last Saturday, over 200 reports of racist incidents were recorded following Trump’s presidential victory, and the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, endorsed Trump’s presidency.
The president-elect also appointed Jeff Sessions, currently senator of Alabama as the next Attorney General of the US: his nomination as a federal judge was blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the grounds that, among other racial slurs, referred to a black local government official as “the n----r”.
The bilateral relationship between the two countries is frayed around the edges and risks snapping altogether: Trump can either appease Vladimir Putin with regards to NATO and the Ukraine, risking the loss of prestige and influence among his allies, as well as appearing weak to the American people; or he could deny Putin’s request and risk a worsening of the relationship and possible global ramifications.
The country has consistently been a point of contention for Trump, and he once said China was "raping" the US with trade deals.
One of the president-elect’s first acts was to dismantle the Obama administration’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would have acted as a bulwark against China’s growing economic power. The challenge now, is how to replace that.