Reactions from world leaders to the shocking presidential victory of Donald Trump steadily trickled in early Wednesday. Most even from leaders who’d been critical of Trump in the past offered diplomatic congratulatory statements.
Responses from Europe were mixed.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May offered a diplomatic response.
“I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign, ” May said in a statement. “Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, republic and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.”
She looks forward to working with Trump, she added, even though she’s criticized him in the past.
“The American people have carried themselves, ” French president Francois Hollande said in a cool statement released by its term of office. “They elected Donald Trump. I congratulate him. I am also thinking of Hillary Clinton.”
“If the Americans choose Trump, that will have consequences, because an American election is a world election, ” Hollande warned in August , noting that Trump constructed him physically sick to his stomach.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also weighed in, but did not actually mention Trump by name.
“Germany and America are connected by values of republic, freedom, and respect for the law and the dignity of human, ” she said Wednesday. “I offer the next president of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.”
Miro Cerar, the premier of Slovenia, offered his congratulations on Twitter, accentuating the world “love” in his hashtag.
The country is the birthplace of first-lady-to-be Melania Trump. Trump has only visited once, and the sojourn only lasted a few hours.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to offer his congratulations.
“Putin carried hope for joint work to restore Russian-American relations from their state of crisis, and also to address pressing international issues and search for effective responses to challenges concerning global security, ” the Kremlin said in a statement.
Trump has often stated his affinity for Putin and his intention to restore ties with Russia.
Many Russian media outlets actually predicted a Clinton victory on Election Day, according to Moscow-based reporter Steve Rosenberg.
Some circulated conspiracy theories, suggesting corruption exists in the U.S. electoral process. “The American upper-clas, which supports the aggressive spreading of republic around the world, is doing everything so that Hillary Clinton wins, ” one paper claimed Tuesday, as translated by Rosenberg. “Clinton will surround us with nuclear rockets, ” it added, warning of American influence over Russian politics.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also offered his congratulations.
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s nationalist leader best known for his campaign to halt the arrival of refugees, appeared thrilled by the Trump news 😛 TAGEND
Czech president Milos Zeman tweeted his delight with the outcome. “I agree with Trump’s positions on migration and the fight against Islamic terrorism, ” he wrote.
“Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States, ” Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said in a congratulatory statement. “We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his government, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security.
In the Countries of the middle east, a handful of leaders also delivered words of congratulations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was particularly emphatic.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi nodded to the ongoing U.S.-led campaign to free the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State 😛 TAGEND
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi spoke to Donald Trump on the telephone on Wednesday, an Egyptian presidency statement told Reuters.
“The U.S. President-elect Donald Trump carried his utmost appreciation to the president, pointing out that his was the first international call he had received to congratulate him on winning the election, ” the statement said. “President Trump said he looked forward to meeting the president( again) soon.”
Sisi said he hoped to strengthen bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani reportedly said “The U.S. election results will have no impact on the policies of the Islamic Republic, ” according to The Guardian. “Because of wrong policies, the position of America in the international community and world’s public opinion has lessened and[ the U.S.’] growing rift with Europe and the world will exacerbate that position, ” he said in a cabinet session Wednesday, according to the outlet.
Asian heads of state offered more verbose proclamations about Trump’s victory.
“As a very successful businessman with extraordinary talents , not only you made a great contribution to the growth of the US economy, but now as a strong leader, you have demonstrated your determination to lead the United States, ” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement. “In the 21 st Century, the Japan-U.S. alliance serves as an' Alliance of Hope, ’ which contributes to addressing the challenges the international community faces. I intend to work with you hand-in-hand to address the various challenges the world confronts.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered kind and diplomatic words via Twitter. India is a longtime ally of the United States.
Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his congratulations as well.
“As the largest developing country and the largest developed world, China and the US shoulder a special responsibility, ” Jinping said in a phone call to Trump, according to CCTV. China “hopes to develop a audio, long-term and stable relationship with the US” and that he aims to “settle all disagreements with the US in accordance with the principle of non-confrontation.”
Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, sent Trump a welcoming message on Wednesday.
“President Duterte wishings 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 reciprocal respect, reciprocal benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the principles of the rule of law, ” his Office of Communications Secretary said in a statement.
This is a serious departure from Duterte’s rhetoric on current President obama, which has at times featured epithets, including when Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore.”
Argentine president Mauricio Macri tweeted, in part, “I hope that we can work together for the good of our people.”
Rwanda President Paul Kagame weighed in also.
And the Catholic Church’s highest-ranking diplomat said he hopes Trump can be “enlightened.”
“We wish the new chairman well, that he may have a truly fruitful government, ” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
Pope Francis, meanwhile, called for adoption and cooperation without naming the president-elect.
Trump devoted a conciliatory speech early Wednesday, thanking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for a hard-fought battle and promising to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people.
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