Last night’s election results came as a shock to a significant number of Americans. It’s safe to say that the rest of the world was just as awestruck by the win. Considering Trump’s controversial thoughts, not just about immigrants in the US but the country’s global relations as a whole, there was no telling how the rest of the world was going to respond. Thankfully, we live in the age of the internet, where world leaders can share their thoughts with a click of a button. Below are the reactions of Trump’s win from world leaders across the globe.
Canada: All eyes were on one of our country’s closest neighbors after the results came in. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his congratulations to Trump on Twitter and released a full statement on the government’s website.
United Kingdom: In a Facebook post, newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May, writes, “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign. Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.”
Mexico: Donald Trump’s thoughts on Mexico have been clear for a while and have been a major talking point during his entire campaign. He first met with Mexico’s current president Enrique Peña Nietos back in August and things didn’t end super well. Shortly after his return to the states Trump tweeted, “Mexico will pay for the wall!” Naturally, a feud ensued. But today, Nietos tweeted his congratulations to the future president. His tweet translates to, “I congratulate the US on its electoral process and reiterate to @realDonaldTrump the value of working together on behalf of bilateral relations.”
France: France’s president François Hollande addressed his country via televised speech earlier this morning. Hollande has been a public critic of Trump in the past. He was once quoted saying, “His excesses make you want to retch.” In classic French fashion, Hollande was professional but kept things pretty real. He told his nation, Trump’s win “opens a period of uncertainty.” In his address, he made sure to reiterate, “We must find answers which allow us to overcome fear but also to respect the principles which bind us: democracy, freedom, respect for every individual.”
Russia: Next to Mexico, Trump’s proposed relations with Russia have been a central talking point during his run for office. Following his win, President Vladimir Putin tweeted a link to a statement on a government website. The statement reads, “The President [Putin] said he is confident that Moscow and Washington can establish a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other’s positions. This would be in the interests of both peoples and of the entire international community.”
China: Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Donald Trump over the phone. According to Fortune, Jinping told Trump, “I place great importance on the China-US relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.”
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