World Leaders React To Trump’s Election Victory


After Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election Tuesday, messages of congratulations – some warm, some hesitant, have come in from world leaders around the globe.

Below is a collection of tweets and statements, many courtesy of Time:

RUSSIA – President Vladimir Putin was one of the first world leaders to send his congratulations to new President-elect Donald Trump.

“I’d like to congratulate the American people with the end of the electoral cycle, and I’d like to congratulate Mr. Donald Trump with his victory in this election”  Putin said, “Russia is ready and wants to restore the full-fledged relations with the United States.  I repeat we understand that this will be a difficult way, but we are ready to play our part in it, and to do everything to return the Russian-American relations to the stable and sustainable track.”

MEXICO – President Enrique Peña Nieto congratulated Trump is a series of Twitter posts, saying “Mexico and the U.S. are friends, partners and allies who should continue working for the competitiveness and the development of North America.”

ISRAEL – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins the prize for the most touching and noble message of congratulations to Trump, tweeting out a congratulations, then following up with a personal video message:

CANADA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Thursday that he is willing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has repeatedly condemned as the worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed.
“I think it’s important that we be open to talking about trade deals,” Trudeau said. “If the Americans want to talk about NAFTA, I’m more than happy to talk about it.”

GERMANY – German Chancellor Angela Merkel wasn’t quite as warm, but promised “close cooperation.” Time reports:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Trump “close cooperation” on the basis of shared trans-Atlantic values that she says include respect for human dignity regardless of people’s origin, gender or religion.
She told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the campaign which ended in Trump’s victory featured “confrontations that were difficult to bear,” the Associated Press reports. She described Germany’s partnership with the U.S. as “a foundation stone of German foreign policy.”

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted, ‘The world won’t end, but things will get more crazy,” while his colleague, Defence Minister Usula von der Leyen, told Reuters the result was a “huge shock” and asked Trump for clarification on whether the U.S. would remain committed to NATO.

BREXIT Leader Nigel Farage, who even spoke at one of Trump’s campaign rallies, giving him a warm endorsement, tweeted his congratulations:

THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL – President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, sent the following letter to Trump, inviting him to attend an EU-US summit:

FRANCE – President Francois Hallande wasn’t as welcoming, saying Trump’s victory “marks the start of a period of uncertainty.” In a televised address, he said, “This new context requires that France be strong. What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the Middle East and the preservation of the planet.”

But the candidate who hopes to replace him – Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National party, sent a huge congratulations to Trump and “the American people, free!”

THE UNITED KINGDOM – New Prime Minister Theresa May said in a Facebook message, “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.
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.
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.”

SCOTLAND – First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was cool to Trump, as she released a statement saying the election did not have the outcome she’d hoped for, but “it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it.”
Then she tweeted out a warm and fuzzy message to Hillary Clinton:

AUSTRALIA – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted out a congratulatory message:

INDIA – Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted out a message:

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent a congratulatory message on Facebook, saying his victory has defied expectations.
“Congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump! His candidacy took many by surprise. At each stage he defied expectations, and his journey has ultimately taken him to the White House.
It has been a contentious, ugly election season, that has exposed a bitter divide in the American people. Many will celebrate this result, while others will understandably be surprised and disappointed. But like the Brexit referendum in June, Mr Trump’s victory is part of a broader pattern in developed countries – reflecting a deep frustration with the way things are, and a strong wish to reassert a sense of identity, and somehow to change the status quo.
US voters have elected a President whom they feel best represents them. Singapore fully respects their decision. We will continue to work together with the United States to cultivate our strong ties. – LHL”

PHILIPPINES – The offices of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the Burmese president released a statement saying they looked forward to enhanced relations with the U.S.

THAILAND – Leader Prayuth Chan-ocha released a statement, saying, “We have to be prepared and adjust ourselves to change. We have to be on the offensive and apply a balanced foreign policy with every country in the world that is our trade or dialogue partner.”

TURKEY – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on Trump’s win while addressing a business group in Istanbul on Wednesday. “Personally and on behalf of the nation, I wish to consider this decision by the American people a positive sign and wish them a successful future,” he said.

ITALY – Premier Matteo Renzi said, at the beginning of a speech in Rome, “In the name of Italy, I congratulate the president of the United States and wish him well in his work, convinced that the Italian-American friendship remains strong and solid.”

CHINA – President Xi Jinping telephone Trump to congratulate him. Reportedly he told Trump, “I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.”

AFGHANISTAN – Former President Hamid Karzai tweeted his congratulations:

POLAND – Time reported statements as follows:
Marek Magierowski, a spokesman for the Polish president, said Poland cares a lot about whether Trump will implement NATO decisions to deploy military deterrence forces in Poland and the Baltic states, the Associated Press reported.
Magierowski told the state’s Radio 1 that it is a priority for Poland to see the implementation of NATO’s decision to have a base for battalions in the region, including a U.S. armored brigade to be stationed in Poland, and also the construction of a U.S. missile defense base.

RWANDA – President Paul Kagama tweeted his congratulations to Trump:



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