Tuesday, November 8th, Donald J. Trump was voted the President-elect for the United States of America. Along with domestic reactions in the U.S., world leaders shared their opinions on the soon-to-be 45th president.
Like in the U.S., opinions from the world leaders were either very for or very against the election of Donald Trump.
Trump’s victory sparked a surprisingly positive response from an unlikely world leader. According to The Guardian, the Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin sent Donald Trump a telegram about the future of the Russia-USA relationship: “Russia wants and is ready to restore full-fledged relations with the United States…I repeat we understand that this will be difficult, but we are ready to play our part, and do everything to return Russian-American relations to stable and sustainable development track.”
This certainly caught many off guard and hopefully spells a peaceful future between the U.S. and Russia.
Israel also posed a positive reaction to Trump’s win. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, stated that Trump is a “true friend to the state of Israel”, as reported by The Guardian.
With the hopefulness of Russia and Israel backing up Trump, future relations with these countries looks bright for the United States.
However, negative responses arose from some European countries about the new President-elect. According to Time Magazine, Prime Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier called Trump a “Preacher of Hate” back in August. A poll by Infratest Dimap showed that only 4% of Germans would vote for Trump and 86% would vote for Hillary.
According to Vox, France’s ambassador to the United States took to twitter to express her opinion about Trump. “A world is crumbling before our eyes,” she tweeted. Some of the countries in Europe don’t seem to be as cheerful about the new President-elect as much as Russia or Israel.
Time Magazine stated that if Europeans were able to vote in the Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton would win by a landslide. It seems as though the European countries would rather cooperate with Clinton than Trump.
The bordering countries of the United States, Canada and Mexico, are very optimistic to work with Trump to enhance their current relationships.
According to The Guardian, the Prime Minister of Canada congratulated Trump on his election and expressed his feelings for the future of the U.S.-Canada relationship: “We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated.
Also, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico also expressed that he looks forward to tightening the bonds between the U.S. and Mexico and help with bilateral relations.