As Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, other countries reacted.
From celebrations to protests, see what the rest of the world had to say about the monumental event.
Hundreds of people showed up to a club in Moscow to listen to The Trump Band and well-known Russian-American singer Willi Tokarev, who has just released an album named “Trumplissimo America.”
The owner of the Arbat 13, Igor Khaletsky, told NBC News, “It’s no secret the Russians are welcoming Trump’s victory. But all this is in advance, based on his electoral promises.”
Former Russian lawmaker Sergei Markov said “It looks like a Christmas gift from the American people with very beautiful packaging, but we don’t know what is inside.”
China has ordered their state media to cover Trump’s inauguration mildly, writing that “unauthorized criticism of Trump’s words or actions is not allowed.”
“It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” said a copy of censorship instructions, according to the Financial Times.
Chinese citizens were seemly upbeat about how a President Trump may affect their country.
“I’m in general very optimistic, in a cautious way,” said Chen, who is from the southeastern province of Fujian. “I think China and America will remain good trade partners. I don’t think they will abandon each other’s business interests just over small disputes,” said lawyer, Jenny Chen.
Software engineer, Xiong Li, agreed saying, “For the past two decades, especially for the past few presidents, they are almost the same,” Xiong told NBC News. “This is the first time an outsider, a true outsider, is coming to the White House. I think it will bring some change. Hopefully some good change, positive change.”
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has openly welcomed President Trump, previously saying, “After eight difficult years, a true friend is entering the White House,” said Wednesday ahead of Trump’s inaugural. “Together, we will remind Washington that Israel remains its greatest friend and closest ally.”
The Israeli leader later tweeted a few hours prior to President Trump’s swearing in ceremony, writing, “Congrats to my friend President Trump. Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever.”
Congrats to my friend President Trump. Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever. ????
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) January 20, 2017
Iraqi citizens were not as welcoming to the idea of President Trump.
“What goes around comes around … America should pay the price of invading my country. Having such a president is a curse from God, and this is the price that Americans are going to pay for invading my country,” said Marwa Fadhel, who works in Iraq’s Ministry of Oil.
English teacher, Tawfeeq Majeed Mohammed, called Trump a “clown” and said that “America is going to gain more enemies and haters than it had before” because of his policies.
However, Wurud Salih, a journalist from Basra, said that Trump would “bring balance to the region.”
Europe and elsewhere
In places like London and Germany, citizens displayed their discontent with the new president. In London, a banner saying “Act now! Build bridges not walls,” hung from the city’s iconic Tower Bridge.
In Germany Nikole McDuffie, a California native who works in the tech industry in Berlin, said, “I was hoping to see the first female president elected and I woke up to this awful human being. Every time I meet someone new in Berlin, they ask me about Trump. Many people here say they were so surprised to see that there were enough people in America who would actually elect him.”
After Trump’s recent criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Niels Annen, foreign affairs spokesman for the center-left SPD party, a coalition partner in the government, said, “This day really marks a celebration of American democracy and usually people here look at Washington with admiration … but I think this time it’s different.” He said that on inauguration day there would be “a lot of uncertainty and also I think some resentment.”
H/T: NBC News
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