The world reacts to Trump: Views from around the globe

Western Europe

Following a hard fought campaign, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States.”

“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

Despite strong parallels between Trump’s success and the Brexit vote, over half a million Brits signed a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.

Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to Washington, tweeted his concerns at the collapse of world politics. “After Brexit and this election, anything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.”

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However, France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen announced to Valeurs Actuelles that she backed President Trump, stating that he is a man “free from Wall Street.”

A poll by Infratest Dimap found that only 4% of the German population would vote in favour of Trump compared to an astounding 86% in support of Clinton with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier previously calling Trump a “preacher of hate.”

Trump’s transition from reality star to presidential candidate could not be further from Europe’s technocratic approach to politics.

Latin American

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Many Mexicans are suffering from shock and disbelief as the final results have been announced. President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Trump’s leadership race to the way fascist dictators Mussolini and Hitler came to power.

Early results showing Trump ahead in key states contributed to a drop in the Mexican Peso on the spot market to almost 19.8 to the dollar, a decline of 7.37%. Meanwhile, as concerns about the impact of a Trump presidency grew overnight the Mexican economy saw the peso fall more than 13%. This is its lowest level in over two decades.

Agustin Carstens, Mexico’s central-bank chief spoke of a Trump win hitting the nation like a “hurricane” but he has since said the government is looking at ways to adjust its economic position in conditions brought about by an “adverse” presidential winner.

Perhaps no other country outside of the US has been as invested in the presidential race as Mexico. Will Trump build the infamous wall? Will he navigate large scale deportations? There are many questions surrounding the new Commander in Chief.

Russia

During the US presidential election campaign, Trump did not hide his admiration for Vladimir Putin’s policy, claiming that Russian Federation should become America’s close ally. The Kremlin has celebrated Trump’s victory welcoming it as the begining of a new era for Russian- American relations. President Putin sent his congratulations to Trump in a hope of restoring the US- Russia bond. One Russian tweeted:

 

Vadim Tyulpanov, member of the Russian Senate, told Moscow’s Life News that Americans were tired of overly aggressive leaders, and that a Trump victory could lead to collaboration between the former Cold War foes.

The Russian news media has generally been kinder to Trump. Clinton, on the other hand, is regarded as an old adversary who would tighten the screws on the Kremlin.

“Clinton will surround us with nuclear rockets,” one Russian newspaper warned.

Japan

While Russia celebrates, Japan panics. “Mr. Trump is a loose cannon and nobody really knows what to expect from him,” said Jeffrey Kingston, the director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Tokyo. “And that is always unsettling in a region that is marked by a number of tensions,” he added. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to calm the country, as the yen surged and stocks stumbled. “Hand in hand with Trump, we will try to work together,” he said.

China

Many say that China will benefit the most from the victory of Donald Trump. Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “We hope to strive together with the new U.S. administration to advance the continued healthy and stable development of Sino-American relations.”

 

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