How World Leaders Reacted to
“Our foreign policy is based on constructive interaction with the
world and lifting the international sanctions on Iran. This is an
irreversible path, and our economic relations with other countries
have expanded,” Rouhani said.
“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put
America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with
everyone — all people and all other nations,” Trump said.
The election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States has
shocked the world — and has the potential to reshape it.
“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s
interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all
people and all other nations,” Trump said in his victory speech.
His triumph was seen as good for Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, but
made some in Mexico nervous.
Leaders from Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America offered
congratulations to Trump or to the United States, but the distinctions in
their messages were noteworthy.
Iran Weighs in on New US Foreign Policy Post Election:
In reaction to the result of the US presidential election, President Hassan
Rouhani said Nov. 9 that Iran’s policies do not change because of changes
taking place in the leadership of other countries.
Iranian politicians’ reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in the US
presidential elections has chiefly focused on the potential impact of new US
policies on the nuclear deal.
“Our foreign policy is based on constructive interaction with the world and
lifting the international sanctions on Iran. This is an irreversible path,
and [due to that] our economic relations with other countries have
expanded,” Rouhani said.
Regarding Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, Rouhani asserted that
the agreement has been reflected in a UN Security Council Resolution and
therefore is not a deal with a single country.
He also noted that Washington cannot continue spreading “Iranophobia” to win
an international consensus against Iran.
“America’s position in the international community and world’s public
opinion has been weakened because of wrong policies,” Rouhani said, adding,
“This situation could become worse if the rift between the US and the global
“The result of the election, its impacts and the US domestic instability
will remain for a long time,” added Rouhani.
Top officials at the European Union have invited Donald Trump to Europe for
an urgent US-EU summit
In a joint letter, Donald Tusk, president of the European council and
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, congratulated
Trump and urged him to come to Europe for talks “at your earliest
Rightwing Populists First to Congratulate
Tusk and Juncker are seeking reassurance on key issues on which Trump’s
remarks on the campaign trial have rattled European leaders, including
migration, climate change and Russia’s threat to Ukraine.
The letter said: “It is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic
relations. Only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to
make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh
[Isis], the threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,
climate change and migration.”
It added: “We would take this opportunity to invite you to visit Europe for
an EU – US summit at your earliest convenience. This conversation would
allow for us to chart the course of our relations for the next four years.”
Tusk made clear that Trump’s victory heightened uncertainty about
transatlantic relations, and called for Europe to get its act together and
restore confidence. “The events of the last months and days should be
treated as a warning sign for all who believe in liberal democracy,” he
said, adding that no country could be great in isolation. “America and
Europe can, should and will work together”, he added, but this would require
“major efforts from both sides”.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, gave a diplomatic
reaction to Trump’s victory, tweeting: “EU-US ties are deeper than any
change in politics.”
Martin Schulz, the president of the European parliament, said the vote was
“a protest vote” similar to Brexit. “It began timidly, but this is like a
wave, a wave of protest that will lead to Trump in the White House,” Schulz
told Europe 1 radio.
The NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said he was looking forward to
working with Trump and that US leadership was vital to the world’s biggest
“It is important that the transatlantic bond remains strong”, he said,
adding that “US leadership is as important as ever”. Stoltenberg said he was
looking forward to welcoming Trump at next spring’s NATO summit, to be held
in the alliance’s new premises in Brussels.
Theresa May congratulated Trump on his victory in a hard-fought campaign,
saying Britain and the US have “an enduring and special relationship based
on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.”
She added: “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade,
security and defense. 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.”
Europe’s Far Right Boosted by Trump’s Win
Number 10 policymakers are already viewing the result through the same prism
as Brexit. The head of the No 10 policy board, George Freeman, tweeted: “at
its heart this is about a broken contract through the failure of globalized
market economics to serve the interests of domestic workers.”
He said the result was “a stunning demonstration of how disempowered low
income Americans feel by Washington politics and globalization”. “The
insurgency is a big test for the constitutional protections for liberty and
democracy in the UK and the US. It is clear we are living through a genuine
crisis of legitimacy sweeping through western political economy”.
He asked whether the EU leaders will wake up to “the roar of anger at
globalization, machine politics, and out of touch elites”. Freeman, who was
a fierce critic of the tone of Trump’s campaign and at one point described
him as Trumpolini, added: “the key now is how he governs, and who he
appoints to his administration”.
Nicola Sturgeon urged Trump to prove that he can act for all US citizens
regardless of their heritage. The Scottish first minister said many US
voters and others around the world would feel “a real sense of anxiety” at
his victory, adding: “I hope the president-elect will take the opportunity
to reach out to those who felt marginalized by his campaign and make clear -
in deeds as well as words - that he will be a president for everyone in
modern, multicultural America.”
“Today must also be a moment for those who share progressive values - all of
us who believe in tolerance and diversity - to speak up loudly and clearly
for the values we hold dear.”
French president François Hollande said Trump’s win “opens up a period of
uncertainty” that “must be faced with lucidity and clarity”.
Hollande congratulated Trump “as is natural between two heads of state”, but
showed little enthusiasm. Hollande had openly endorsed Clinton. “Certain
positions taken by Donald Trump during the American campaign must be
confronted with the values and interests we share with the United States,”
“What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in
the Middle East. It is economic relations and the preservation of the
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said European politicians should heed the
message from Trump votes. “There is a part of our electorate that feels
…abandoned”, including people who feel “left behind by globalisation,” he
Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “There’s no country outside the European
Union we Germans have as close a relationship with as the United States of
America. Whoever rules this vast country, with its enormous economic
strength, its military potential, its cultural influence, carries a
responsibility which is felt all over the world.
“Americans have decided that the person to carry this responsibility for the
next four years is Donald Trump. Germany and America are connected by common
values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for human dignity
irrespective of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or
political conviction. On the basis of these values, I offer the future
president of America, Donald Trump, a close working relationship.
“Partnership with the USA remains a basic pillar of German foreign policy in
order for us to meet the great challenges of our time: striving for economic
and social wellbeing and a forward-looking climate policy, the fight against
terrorism, hunger and disease, engagement for peace and freedom, in Germany,
Europe and all over the world.”
The German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said:
“I believe the biggest challenge will be to meet the high expectations that
Trump himself has created: to make America great again, also with a view to
the economy, to create new jobs in the current economic environment, all
that won’t be easy. Above all I hope that we aren’t facing bigger tectonic
shifts in international politics.
“During his campaign Donald Trump has spoken critically not just about
Europe, but particularly about Germany. I think we have to prepare for the
fact that American foreign policy will be less predictable for us in the
future. We have to be prepared for the fact [...] that America will be more
inclined to make unilateral decisions in the future.”
“The German defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said the results were a
“huge shock”. She told broadcaster ARD: “I think Trump knows that this was
not a vote for him but rather against Washington, against the
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who was a vocal supporter of Hillary
Clinton even before she secured the Democratic nomination, offered his
congratulations to Trump “in the name of Italy” and said he was convinced
that the friendship between Italy and the US was strong and solid.
“It’s a new political fact that along with other things demonstrates that we
are in a new stage,” Renzi said. “Who would say that Trump would win? It is
that way and we respect it, we will cooperate with the new American
president and have a relationship between the EU and Italy.”
Pope Francis did not mention the US elections during his Nov. 9 audience,
but secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, offered Trump
congratulations in a statement to Vatican Radio that “his government can be
He added the Vatican offered its prayers “that the Lord illuminates and
sustains him in service of his country, naturally, but also in service of
the well-being and peace of the world”. Parolin concluded by noting that
“there is need for everyone to work to change the global situation, which is
in a situation of severe lacerations and great conflict.”
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, congratulated the new president on his victory
and vowed to work with him to strengthen Spain’s relationship with an
Spain’s foreign ministry said it was confident that the new era of bilateral
relations would serve to “reinforce and consolidate” Spain’s partnership
with the US and “deepen the friendship between our countries and peoples”.
But Pablo Iglesias, leader of the anti-austerity Podemos party was less
welcoming. Above a picture of the famous black power salute at the 1968
Olympics and an emoji of a clenched fist, he tweeted: “The vaccine against
Trump’s fascism is social justice and human rights, not more establishment.
There are people in the US who will resist.”
Sweden’s former Prime Minister Carl Bildt said 2016 was the year of “double
disaster” for the West. He tweeted: “At least Richard Nixon had a solid
understanding of world affairs, maneuvered skillfully, but morally corrupt,
and collapsed in disgrace.”
Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him. Speaking at a
ceremony in the Kremlin, the Russian president said:
We heard the campaign slogans when he was still a candidate which were aimed
at restoring relations between Russia and the United States.
We understand that it will not be an easy path given the current state of
degradation in the relations. And as I have repeatedly said, it’s not our
fault that Russian-American relations are in such a poor state. But 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 would serve the interests of both
the Russian and American peoples, and would have a positive effect on the
general climate of global affairs given the special responsibility of Russia
and the US to sustain global security.”
Garry Kasparov, former world champion turned vocal opponent of Putin,
tweeted simply: “Winter is here.”
At a morning reception his residence in Moscow held as Trump edged ever
closer to the White House, US ambassador to Russia John Tefft reminded
visitors that diplomats are unable to give personal opinions on elections.
He added: “Whether you’re happy or not, one of the key things here is to
understand that our institutions in America will continue.”
Privately, however, many US diplomats in the country will be wondering
whether a President Trump means a total reversal on Russia policy. Tefft’s
predecessor in the role, Michael McFaul, wrote on Twitter: “Putin intervened
in our elections and succeeded.”
Officials expressed fear prior to the vote that a Trump presidency could see
Ukraine thrown under the bus in favor of improved ties with Russia.
In a statement, President Petro Poroshenko offered “sincere congratulations
to Donald Trump on being elected president of the United States and to the
friendly American nation on democratic expression of will”.
Poroshenko said he had met the US ambassador and been assured that “the new
US administration would remain a reliable partner in the struggle for
President Miloš Zeman declared he was “very happy” with Trump’s election
victory, saying he cut through political correctness and addressed key
issues like migration.
Zeman, who endorsed Trump in September, said: “I would like to cordially
congratulate Donald Trump. I had, as one of few European politicians,
declared public support for this candidate … because I agree with his
opinions on migration as well as the fight against Islamic terrorism.
“I appreciate Donald Trump’s public demeanor, he speaks clearly, sometimes
roughly, but understandably, and avoids what is sometimes called political
King Salman expressed hope that Trump would bring stability to the Middle
East. “We wish your excellency success in your mission to achieve security
and stability in the Middle East and worldwide,” he said, praising US-Saudi
relations, which are “historic and tight between the two friendly countries,
that all parties aspire to develop and reinforce”.
In a statement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said:
“The election marks the beginning of a new era in the United States. I hope
that the American people’s decision will facilitate audacious steps being
taken regarding fundamental rights and liberties and democracy in the world
and regional developments. 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.”
President Enrique Peña Nieto said he was ready to work with Trump to help
bilateral relations, and that the two countries would continue to tighten
bonds of cooperation and mutual respect.
Peña Nieto was heavily criticized for receiving Trump in Mexico during the
campaign, after the Republican candidate called Mexican immigrants rapists
and vowed to build a wall between the two countries.
“Mexico and the United States are friends, partners and allies and we
should keep collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North
America,” Peña Nieto said on his Twitter account.
Mexico’s former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador called
for calm. In a video on Facebook he said Mexico was “a free, independent,
sovereign country”. “It is not a colony, it is not a protectorate, it does
not depend on any foreign government.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Trump and stressed the close
friendship and ties between the two nations. The US accounted for 60% of
Canada’s global trade in 2014, a relationship underpinned by Nafta.
Trump, who has described the agreement as “the worst trade deal in history”,
has vowed to renegotiate the terms and would move to withdraw the US from
the deal if Canada and Mexico refuse. According to the Canadian government,
nearly 400,000 people a day cross the shared border between Canada and the
Trudeau’s statement said:
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Donald J
Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.
Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. 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
The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world.
Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will
continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous
Chinese state media said President Xi Jinping had called Trump to
congratulate him on his victory.
“I place great importance on the China-US relationship, and look forward to
working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict,
non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Xi was reported
to have told Trump. Xi also told Trump he hoped the two sides could avoid
“conflict and confrontation [and] instead achieve cooperation and a win-win
A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry said Beijing was looking forward
to working with the new administration. “We will work with the new US
president to ensure the steady and sound development of bilateral relations
so as to benefit the people in both countries as well as around the world,”
Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing in the Chinese capital.
Lu said any future disputes over trade could be settled “in a responsible
manner” and hinted at Chinese concerns over the possibility that Trump might
introduce protectionist measures. “I would like to say that China and US
trade cooperation has benefited the US people rather than hurting their
interests,” he said.
The state-run Xinhua news agency said the campaign highlighted that “the
majority of Americans are rebelling against the US’s political class and
The official Communist party newspaper People’s Daily said the presidential
election reveals an “ill democracy”.
President Joko Widodo said the world’s most populous Muslim nation would
work with the Trump administration. “We will keep good relations, especially
in trade and investment as we know the US is one of Indonesia’s major
investors,” he said. “I think there will be no change.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent his “heartfelt congratulations” to Trump. Abe
said that “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
Japan, a key US ally, said it would work closely with Trump to ensure
stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “There is no change to the fact that
the Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy, and Japan
will cooperate closely with the US for peace and prosperity in the
Asia-Pacific region and the world,” the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide
Suga, told reporters shortly before Trump was confirmed as president-elect.
Katsuyuki Kawai, an aide to Abe, said he was planning to fly to Washington
to meet Trump officials as early as next week.
Officials in Tokyo denied that Abe had decided to send Kawai to the US
because Japan had failed to prepare for a Trump victory. “We have been
preparing to respond to any situation, because our stance is that our
alliance with the US remains the cornerstone of our diplomacy, whoever
becomes the next president,” Suga said.
Prime Minister Najib Razak – embroiled in a corruption scandal at home that
is being investigated in the United States – sent a congratulatory message
“Mr Trump’s success shows that politicians should never take voters for
granted. Opinion polls, and established political figures, all
underestimated the strength of his support. His appeal to Americans who have
been left behind – those who want to see their government more focused on
their interests and welfare, and less embroiled in foreign interventions
that proved to be against US interests – have won Mr Trump the White House.
He added the US and Malaysia “are firm allies in the worldwide fight against
terrorism and extremism.”
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who branded Obama a “son of
whore” earlier this year, offered “warm congratulations” to Trump. Duterte,
who has expressed outrage almost daily with the Obama administration and
threatened repeatedly to end one of Washington’s most important Asian
alliances, hailed the success of US democratic system and the American way
of life, according to his communications secretary Martin Andanar.
Duterte “looks forward to working with the incoming administration for
enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit
and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law,” Andanar
Democratic Republic of the Congo
President Joseph Kabila, who suspects the Obama administration of trying to
oust him from power and whose aides have made little secret of their
preferred winner, issued a statement congratulating Trump.
Speaking both personally and “in the name of the people” of the troubled
nation, Kabila offered his “most sincere congratulations” to Trump for his
“brilliant electoral victory and, through him, to the American people who,
sovereign, have decided to trust him with their destiny”.
Kabila said he wanted to “solemnly express his desire” to work with Trump to
strengthen ties between their countries.
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Trump for his “victorious campaign”
and Clinton for her “valiant effort”. Kenyatta reminded Trump that the “ties
that bind Kenya and the United States of America are old, and based in the
values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the
equality of peoples.”
“These values remain dear to the peoples of both nations, and so our
friendship will endure,” a statement said.
A statement from Jacob Zuma’s office said: President Zuma conveyed his best
wishes to the President-elect and looked forward to working with
President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between
the two countries. He underlined that South Africa further looked forward to
working closely with the new Administration in the United States in
promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his country would work “as closely as
ever” with the US under Trump’s new administration:
governments, congressmen, senators, prime ministers, presidents come and go
according to the will of the people of Australia and the United States, but
the bond between our two nations, our shared common interests, our shared
national interests are so strong, are so committed that we will continue to
work with our friends in the United States.”