Donald Trump took his place on Wednesday as America’s 45th president, a world-shaking victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who made the most of voters’ economic and racial tensions to grab the White House.
After it was clear that the Republican had overcome a string of sexual assault allegations and hate speeches to become the president, world leaders reacted promptly to the blow.
The result met mixed reactions as some congratulated the celebrity businessman who just turned American leader while others expressed shock at what to expect during Trump’s term.
Here Are Some Reactions From World Leaders Over Trump’s Victory
Russian President Vladimir Putin is among the first to congratulate the Republican on his victory.
The leader sent Donald Trump a telegram of congratulation.
In a short statement, the Kremlin said Putin expressed ‘his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.
Putin also disclosed that ‘building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting to each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community’.
A senior figure in the German government described the outcome as a ‘huge shock’ and expressed doubts about the continuation of ‘Pax Americana’ – the state of relative peace controlled by Washington since the end of World War Two.
Also, the current French ambassador to the United States wrote that the ‘world is collapsing before our eyes’ in a clear attack on the just-elected President.
In a now-deleted tweet shortly before Trump was confirmed the winner, Gerard Araud wrote: ‘After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. The world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.’
However, in Moscow, the result was welcomed where officials say they are hopeful that the country’s relations with the US under a Trump presidency will improve even more.
French National Front president Marine Le Pen is also among the first to announce their congratulations.
She tweeted: ‘Congratulations to the new President of the United States Donald Trump and the American people, free!’
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault swore to collaborate with Trump, nonetheless said his character raised questions’.
He further accepted the uncertainty surrounding whether Trump’s presidency would mean for key foreign policy issues, from climate change and the West’s nuclear deal with Iran to the war in Syria.
His statement reads, ‘Looks like this will be the year of the double disaster of the West,’ former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said on Twitter, pointing to Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union. ‘Fasten seat belts,’.
On the other hand, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas had a different opinion and tweeted: ‘The world won’t end, but things will get more crazy.’
The election was also welcomed with thrill by US Ambassador to the UK who tweeted ‘We have to come together as Americans’: Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin voiced hopes for more constructive US-Russian dialogue when the newly-elected president takes office.
He said: ‘Current Russian-US relations cannot be called friendly. One would like to hope that a more constructive dialogue between the two countries will be possible when the new president takes office.
‘The Russian parliament will welcome and support any steps along these lines.’
The result was also welcomed by controversial far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has formerly criticised what he dubbed Islamification of the Netherlands.
Moments after Florida and Utah results were announced, he wrote: ‘The people are taking their country back. So will we.’
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote in a statement that he ‘congratulates the elected American president, Donald Trump, and anticipates his term will bring the peace which the world seek. He was also quoted as saying that US stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not change under Trump.
Abbas assistant, Saeb Erekat also revealed that the Republican and Democratic parties are both committed to a two-state solution of the conflict and said: ‘I think this will not change with the coming administration. Trump has proposed to relocate US Embassy to Jerusalem, even though the US recognised Israel’s annexation of parts of the city.
Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is allegedly the first Middle Eastern leader to express his satisfaction on the surprising win through a phone message sent to the new President a congratulating message.
‘We have to come together as Americans’: US Ambassador to “The US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, said on Good Morning Britain ‘we need to have disagreements and dialogue with decency’ in the wake of the US Election results that see Donald Trump become the country’s 45th President.
Australia’s extreme right-wing Senator Pauline Hanson celebrated with Trump for his victory and praised Americans ‘for getting it right’.
Hanson even adopted Trump’s controversial ]stance and urged Australia to forbid all Muslim migration to Australia and cautioned that the country was being ‘swamped by Asians’.
‘I’m so excited that Donald Trump looks like he is over the line and I’m so happy about it because this is putting out a clear message to everyone around the world that people power is now happening,’ she added in an online video shared moments before’s Trump edged Clinton.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull assured that the relationship between the two countries would grow stronger and they will maintain their relationship through any conflict.
He wrote ‘we have no stronger relationship, whether it is on the battlefield or in commerce than we have with the United States. ‘They are a great and powerful nation. They are a great and powerful friend,’ Turnbull told a news conference.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who used to be for Hillary Clinton, praised Donald Trump on his shocking victory and promised that nothing can come between Italy’s ties with the United States.
I wish him well. The Italo-American friendship is solid,’ Renzi said at the start of a speech in Rome.
Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States which rocked Washington’s political establishment and sent shock waves overseas also got Turkey greeting the situation.
Turkey’s justice minister said he hopes for improved relations with the US.
Bekiz Bozdag told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday: ‘In essence, our relations are relations between two states and we hope that under the new presidential term the Turkish-US relations will be much better.
‘That is our expectation.’
Bozdag added thatTrump’s win came even after all the serious campaign in favor of his rival Hillary Clinton.
‘I saw an intense campaign for Hillary Clinton’s victory. Artists, sportsmen, all personalities worked for Clinton’s victory. But in elections, it is important to embrace the people,’ Bozdag said.
‘No one has won elections through newspaper headlines, opinion polls or television (campaigns)
Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade and central bank chief Agustin Carstens are set to speak to the media on Wednesday to list the measures the government will adopt in response to the peso’s fall.
Meade said last week he expected such market ‘volatility’ if Trump won, while Carstens said the government had not yet stated its plan clearly on how to overcome the circumstance.
Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu, cancelled a late-night news conference to speak after both Trump and Clinton have spoken.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Trump on Facebook with the words: ‘What a great news. Democracy is still alive.’
Orban said in July that Trump’s plans on migration and foreign policy were ‘vital’ for Hungary, in contrast to the rival Democrat Hillary Clinton which were ‘deadly’.
During the presidential campaigns, Orban was then the first European leader to specify a clear preference for both of the two rivals.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued ‘warm congratulations’ to Trump and hopes to improve relations, a Philippine minister said on Wednesday.
Duterte, praised the stunning news and the success of US democratic system. Also, the president lauded American way of life, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.
The Philippine president has always spoken against the Obama administration and threatened consistently to bring one of Washington’s most vital Asian alliances to an end.
Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen wrote that: ‘An exceptionally tough and confrontational American election campaign now ended.
‘It is good that there now is a clarification on who should lead the US over the next four years, and I would like to congratulate Donald Trump.
‘When the dust has settled, it is my hope that the next administration would continue the open and constructive cooperation that has characterised the United States for many years, says the prime minister.
‘Europe needs a strong United States, which is leading the free world and is based on democracy and dialogue.’
as US allies and foes alike scrambled to understand how the real-estate mogul and political outsider had pulled off an upset victory and would change their ties to the world’s most powerful country.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said he expects Donald Trump would work on current US policy of coercing the North Korea concerning its nuclear and missile tests.
In a meeting with lawmakers set to hold talks on the result of US election, he said: ‘Trump has indicated that the greatest problem facing the world is the nuclear threat and members of his national security team hold the position that favours applying strong pressure against the North.’
The North has carried out its fourth and fifth nuclear tests in January and September, attracting overseas’ backlash.
Afghanistan’s ex-Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai said: ‘Ronald Reagan ended the cold war.
‘I hope Donald Trump will end all wars and become the hero of peace in the world. People of Afghanistan are tired of war. We want him to invest heavily in bringing peace to war-torn Afghanistan and stabilise our region.’
The country’s president Ashraf Ghani congratulated Trump on his big win. He stated that USA is a crucial partner of both Afghan government and the people especially in the war against terrorism and development.
Northern Ireland’s political leaders also gave Trump their good wishes.
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness believe that the country’s deep-rooted relationship with the US would become stronger during Mr. Trump’s stay at the White House.
‘I congratulate Donald Trump on his historic election as the 45th President of the United States of America,’ said Democratic Unionist leader Mrs. Foster.
‘We are a small region but we are fortunate to have strong historical, economic and political ties to the United States.
‘Northern Ireland has developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and I look forward to working with Donald Trump’s administration to continue this.
‘As our largest inward investor, the United States plays a massive role in our economic progress.’
Sinn Fein’s Mr. McGuinness said: ‘Over many years successive US administrations have made a major contribution to both our peace process and economic development and I expect this to continue.
‘I commiserate with Hillary Clinton who showed unwavering commitment to the north of Ireland as Secretary of State and First Lady.’