Special Report: World Reaction to Trump Win

Throughout Wednesday, the US and much of the world acknowledge the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

----From Christopher Woody of Business Insider----

Throughout Wednesday, the US and much of the world acknowledge the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

Many in the US and around the globe expressed dismay at Trump's ascension to the Oval Office, but many world leaders said they looked forward to working with the incoming administration and hoped to continue the relationships they had established and developed during Barack Obama's two terms in office.

Trump, as a populist politician who has taken controversial stances on polarizing issues like immigration and trade, has also won the praise of some of the world's anti-establishment leaders.

Below, you can read a selection of the comments and congratulations extended by world leaders to their newest counterpart.

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France

France
French President Francois Hollande at a meeting with figures from the cultural world and members of associations committed to peace in Syria, at the Elysee Palace in Paris.Thomson Reuters

French President Francois Hollande had a mixed response to Trump's win.

"The people of America have spoken. I have congratulated Mr. Trump, as it is usual in this situation. I thought of Clinton, with whom I worked during the Obama administration. This result leads to uncertainty," Hollande said.

The French president said that the United States remained an ally of France's, but cautioned, "I also urge vigilance because of statements made by Donald Trump."

French far-right political leader Marine Le Pen heralded Trump's presidential victory.

"Long live President Trump," Le Pen said on Twitter. "The American people want Donald Trump to be the people's president. Today the United States, tomorrow France. Bravo!"

"I dare to repeat that the election of Donald Trump is good news for our country," she said.

Le Pen, who will be the anti-immigration National Front party candidate in France's 2017 presidential election, said a Trump White House would reject the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the US and the EU.

"More generally, wild globalisation" would be tamed, she added, predicting that international relations would improve, "notably with Russia."

He would also restrain "the warlike interventions that are the source of the huge migratory waves that we are suffering," she said.

Mexico

Mexico
Donald Trump with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.Henry Romero/REUTERS

In Mexico, a consistent target for Trump's xenophobic and otherwise antagonistic rhetoric during the campaign, President Enrique Peña Nieto extendedcongratulations to the US for "its electoral process" and reiterated his "disposition to work together in favor of the bilateral relationship."

"Mexico and USA are friends, partners and allies who should continue collaborating for the competitiveness and the development of North American," Peño Nieto added, in what may have been an allusion to the NAFTA trade deal Trump has zeroed his criticism in on.

Mexican leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke more forcefully to Mexicans on Tuesday night, exhorting them to have faith in their country and its history.

"I consider it important in these moments … to send this message … to all Mexicans … there is no cause for concern for the results of the elections in the United States. One cannot forget that in Mexico, for the effort of the sacrifice of the fathers of our country, this is a country free, independent, sovereign," Lopez Obrador said in a YouTube video, adding:

"It is not a colony. It is not a protectorate. It doesn’t depend on any foreign government ... I think that it was an error of the members of the mafia in power in Mexico to become involved [in the US election]. They forgot the principle of nonintervention and of self-determination of the people. … We are going to enforce the principle of our independence and the right of our sovereignty. There is nothing to fear. We will go forward."

India

India
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City.Thomson Reuters

Indian Prime Minister tweeted congratulations to the American president-elect on Wednesday.

"Congratulations [ Donald Trump] on being elected as the 45th US President," Modi, leader of the world's largest democracy, wrote

"We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign," he added.

Trump borrowed a slogan from Modi's 2014 campaign for the PM job for his own presidential campaign, saying "Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar" — "This time a Trump government" in English — and said he looked forward to working with Modi, an attitude echoed by Modi on Wednesday.

Trump also has backers in India. The ultra-nationalist, far-right Hindu group "Hindu Sena" began celebrating in New Delhi as the news of Trump's victory came through.

"Now terrorists will be hunted everywhere in the world, even if they go and hide in a cave. Now only God can help Pakistan. India will now have the support of the US in our efforts against terrorists. We will be together in this," Vishnu Gupta, the group's head, told AFP.

"Donald Trump will do what no other US president has been able to do before. We are happy. All terrorists should now run and hide," Gupta added.

Russia

Russia
Russia's President Putin holds a glass during a ceremony of receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow.Thomson Reuters

Trump spoke highly of Russian leader Vladimir Putin during his campaign, and Putin greeted Trump's presidential victory with optimism.

"We understand that it will be a difficult path but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return (US-Russian) relations to the trajectory of development," Putin said.

"And as I have repeatedly said, it’s not our fault that Russian-American relations are in such a poor state. But Russia wants and is ready to restore fully fledged relations with the United States," he went on.

Ukraine

Ukraine
Ukrainian President Poroshenko delivers speech during a ceremony commemorating victims of Babyn Yar in Kiev.Thomson Reuters

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his "sincere congratulations to Donald Trump on being elected President of the United States and to the friendly American nation on the democratic expression of will."

Poroshenko said he met the US ambassador the day after the US election and was assured "the new US administration would remain a reliable partner in the struggle for democracy."

Prior to the US election, Ukraine worried Trump's stated affinity for Putin could led to Ukraine being in a worse position for the sake of better ties between Washington or Moscow, though it's not clear how a Trump administration will approach relations with Russia.

Britain

Britain
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to journalists after a meeting at 10 Downing Street in London.Thomson Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Trump and pledged to build on the US and UK's "special relationship" in the years ahead.

"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," she said in a statement.

As in France, the UK's right-wing leaders chimed in to laud Trump's victory.

"I hand over the mantle to [Donald Trump]!" Nigel Farage, the outgoing leader of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party, said on Twitter. "Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign."

China

China
Chinese President Xi Jinping.Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping phoned Trump to congratulate him on his victory, later telling state broadcaster China Central Television that China and the US "shoulder a special responsibility" as the planet's largest developed and developing countries, CNN reported.

"China pays high attention to the Sino-US relationship and hopes to develop a sound, long-term and stable relationship with the US," Xi said.

He said he hoped to "settle all disputes with the US in accordance with the principle of non-confrontation."

Japan

Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 3, 2016.Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

"The stability of the Asia-Pacific region, which is a driving force of the global economy, brings peace and prosperity to the United States," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

"Japan and the United States are unwavering allies tied firmly with the bond of universal values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law," he added.

“Hand in hand with Trump, we will try to work together,” Abe said after the election.

Israel

Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers joint statements with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.Thomson Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister hailed Trump's win, saying in a statement:

"President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel. We will work together to advance the security, stability and peace in our region. The strong connection between the United States and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests and a shared destiny."
"I'm certain that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States, and bring it to new heights."

Other Israeli leaders welcomed Trump's presidency as a means to more controversial domestic goals.

Naftali Bennett, Israeli education minister and supporter of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, released a statement after Trump's win saying, "The era of a Palestinian state is over."

"Trump's victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause," Bennett said

Palestine

Palestine
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks to the media in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Thomson Reuters

Palestinian leaders also responded to Trump's presidential election.

"We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders," Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, told AFP, referencing the year when Israel occupied the West Bank.

Palestine's government is divided geographically and politically. While Abbas' secular Fatah party governs the West Bank, the Islamist movement Hamas holds sway in the Gaza Strip.

"The Palestinian people do not count much on any change in the US presidency because the US policy towards the Palestinian issue is a consistent policy on the basis of bias," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

"Nevertheless," he added, "we hope that US president Trump will re-evaluate this policy and rebalance it on the Palestinian issue."

The US's relationship with Israel and its role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has often been a point of contention with the wider international community.

Trump has said he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the eastern part of which Palestinians see as the capital of their future state and that Israelis see as an eternal indivisible capital for their state.

Relocating the US embassy would put the US at odds with much of the world.

Iran

Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to a question during a news conference in Ankara.Thomson Reuters

Trump has said he would undo many of Barack Obama's international agreements, particularly the nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015.

Iran called on Trump to adhere to standing international agreements. 

"Every US president has to understand the realities of today's world. The most important thing is that the future US president sticks to agreements, to engagements undertaken," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Australia

Australia
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference in Sydney.Thomson Reuters

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Trump's election, saying, "With our shared, enduring national interests, our relationship will continue to be strong."

The Australian government also urged the incoming Trump government to keep its attention on Asia.

"We have particular areas of interest that must align and we will do what we can to ensure the new US administration is focused on our region because that is in our national interest," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in the first official reaction to Trump's victory.

"The United States is our largest foreign direct investor, our second largest trading partner," Bishop continued, "so it’s important for the Australian government to be ready to work with whomever becomes the next president of the United States and at this stage it would appear to be Donald Trump."

Australia's anti-immigration movement also chimed in. 

"Mr. President my door will always be open. Congrats on behalf of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party of OZ," said Pauline Hanson, whose One Nation party won four Senate seats in July, boosted by populist fervor. 

European Union

European Union
European Council President Donald Tusk arrives in Downing Street in London.Thomson Reuters

The EU said it would continue to cooperate with the US during a Donald Trump presidency.

"EU-US ties are deeper than any change in politics. We'll continue to work together, rediscovering the strength of Europe," EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini saidon Wednesday.

European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also extended a hand to Trump.

"We would take this opportunity to invite you to visit Europe for an EU-US summit at your earliest convenience," they said in a letter to the US president-elect. "Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations."

The UN

The UN
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the opening ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, May 23, 2016.Reuters/Osman Orsal

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the international body hoped to work with Trump's government "to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding" and implement UN goals for 2030.

After "a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country's greatest strengths," he added.

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa congratulated Trump on his win. 

"We look forward to engaging with his administration to take the climate action agenda forward for the benefit of the peoples of the globe," she said in a statement.

Espinosa's goodwill might be for naught, however, as Trump has rejected global warming as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to gain an economic edge and threatened to "cancel" the landmark Paris Agreement that set out reduction goals for global emissions.

NATO

NATO
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg addresses a news conference during a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels.Thomson Reuters

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Trump on his win on Wednesday and called for continued US leadership in the international arena.

"We face a challenging new security environment, including hybrid warfare, cyberattacks, the threat of terrorism. US leadership is as important as ever," Stoltenberg said. "I look forward to working with President-elect Trump."

Trump has said his government may reconsider coming to the aid of a fellow NATO ally if that ally had not paid dues to the regional-security alliance, which would weaken the collective-defense commitment that undergirds NATO's existence.

"All allies have made a solemn commitment to defend each other, this is absolute and unconditioned," Stoltenberg said when asked about Trump's remarks. "These security guarantees are important for Europe but they are also important for the United States."

Noting that the only time the collective-security guarantee had been invoked was after the September 11 attacks on the US, the NATO head added, "Our alliance has brought together America’s closest friends in times of peace and of conflict for almost 70 years. A strong NATO is good for the United States and good for Europe."

Turkey

Turkey
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the NATO Summit in Warsaw.Thomson Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hopes Trump's election as president marked a new era for the US that he hoped would lead to "beneficial" steps for fundamental rights, liberties, and democracy in the world, according to the Associated Press.

Speaking to a business group in Istanbul on Wednesday, Erdogan said he hoped the election would also be a "positive sign" for Americans.

Germany

Germany
German Chancellor Merkel during a news conference in Berlin.Thomson Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel offeredTrump "close cooperation" based on mutual transatlantic values, including respected for human dignity irrespective of a person's origin, gender, or religion.

Trump's campaign featured "confrontations that were difficult to bear," Merkel toldreporters in Berlin on Wednesday.

She emphasized Germany's close historical connection with the US.

"Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views," she said.

Poland

Poland
Poland's President Duda attends the presidential debate at the Munich Security Conference in Munich.Thomson Reuters

Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, congratulated Trump, but reminded the US president-elect of the two countries' important "strategic relationship" that includes a pledge to send soldiers to the NATO's eastern edge. 

While Poland's populist government shares some of its ideology with Trump's professed positions, there is worry in the eastern European country about the US president-elect's overtures to Russia and dubiousness toward the NATO alliance, the AP noted.

"Polish-American relations have become an important pillar of European and trans-Atlantic stability," Duda wrote to Trump. "We are particularly pleased that that during this year's NATO summit in Warsaw the United States decided to increase its military presence in Poland."

The Philippines

The Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at Philippines Economic Forum in Tokyo, Japan.Thomson Reuters

During a visit to Malaysia on Wednesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte — known for his obscenities — said, "Long live Mr. Trump! We both curse at the slightest reason. We are alike," according to the Associated Press.

Duterte has inveighed against the US, its leaders, and the longstanding relationship between Washington and Manila, recently saying he planned to reduce the number of joint military exercises between the two countries.

The Philippines' office of the communications secretary said in a statement:

"... President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in chief of the U.S. military, and looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law."

Netherlands

Netherlands
Geert Wilders.Getty/Brendon Thorne

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said his government "will judge [Trump] on his actions."

Koenders, of the center-left Labor Party, said "Trump made statements that were at odds with how we like to see our society and world order" during the US presidential campaign, but underscored the importance of continuing his country's close ties to the US in light of "global challenges such as climate change and the fight against terrorism."

As in France and the UK, the Netherlands' right-wing spoke up about Trump's win.

Geert Wilders, an anti-immigration politician on trial for promising to make sure that the Netherlands had fewer Moroccans, wrote, “Congratulations, @realDonaldTrump !! A historic victory, a revolution! We, too, will give back our country to Dutchmen!” on Twitter on Wednesday.

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