World leaders react to the Trump presidency


And their takes are hardly surprising, with fear from the center and left and glee from the right.

From Deutsche Welle:

EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said the result “must be respected” as he said that Trump “managed to become the standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans.”

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel called Trump’s victory “a warning for Germany and Europe,” urging policy makers to listen more closely to people’s concerns. “Trump is the pioneer of a new authoritarian and chauvinist international movement. He is also a warning for us,” Gabriel told German publisher Funke Mediengruppe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain and the US would remain “strong and close partners on trade, security and defence,” while French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France would work with the new president, but warned: “We don’t want a world where egoism triumphs.” France’s Socialist government had openly endorsed Clinton. Ayrault also said he wanted clarification on US policy issues such as the conflict in Syria, Iran’s nuclear deal and climate change before a hastily arranged meeting of EU leaders in the coming days.

Hardliners embolded

the first French presidential candidate to comment on the US election was populist, anti-immigrant politician Marine Le Pen, congratulating Trump even before the final results are known. Le Pen, hoping to ride anti-establishment sentiment to victory in April-May French presidential elections, tweeted her support to the “American people, free!”

Britain’s EU exit campaign leader Nigel Farage, meanwhile, said he would “hand over the mantle” to Donald Trump as he congratulated the Republican on his win. “This is a year of two great political revolutions,” Farage said, drawing parallels between the US vote and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June.

In turn, Turkey — a key player on several fronts, from its stance on Syrian refugees and its own EU entry to its role in NATO and in relation to the Syrian conflict — said it wants US policy under Trump to recognize the strategic importance of the country and its “main priority is an effective fight against terrorism,” President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

Another democratically elected hardman, the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte — a fierce critic of Barack Obama who attacked his harsh anti-drug crackdown — was also quick to congratulate Trump.

Reactions from one quarter were as expected

From the Russian government-sponsored RT:

Russia is ready and looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, commenting on the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

“We heard [Trump’s] campaign rhetoric while still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States,” President Putin said, speaking at the presentation ceremony of foreign ambassadors’ letters of credentials in Moscow.

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Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has also expressed hope that Trump’s victory in the presidential election will help pave the way for a more constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

“The current US-Russian relations cannot be called friendly. Hopefully, with the new US president a more constructive dialogue will be possible between our countries,” he said.

“The Russian Parliament will welcome and support any steps in this direction,” Volodin added on Wednesday.

The London daily Mirror adds this:

The Russian Parliament also burst into applause after Donald Trump’s victory was confirmed, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

The view from China

From the Independent:

Chinese state media says that Donald Trump as president is what happens if people have democracies.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency has said that the election of the controversial Republican candidate just shows how America’s democracy brings about crisis, in contrast to the stability of China’s authoritarian rule.

The campaign – and Donald Trump’s ascension to the highest office in the world – shows how “the majority of Americans are rebelling against the US’s political class and financial elites”, the paper wrote.

The official Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily says in a commentary that the presidential election reveals an “ill democracy.”

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Like Russia, China was seen as favouring Trump because he appears less willing to confront China’s newly robust foreign policy, particularly in the South China Sea.

Hillary Clinton, by contrast, was disliked in Beijing for having steered the US “pivot” to Asia aimed at strengthening US engagement with the region, particularly in the military sphere.

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