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How The World Leaders Reacted To Trump’s Victory


Amid the uncertain scenario following Trump’s victory, the world seemed to be ‘frightened’ as well as looking forward to a change.

Government bodies starting from Asia to Europe are left with “stunned disbelief” following the U.S. presidential election victory in Trump’s favour. At the same time, the populists see the scenario to be people’s “triumph” over “a failed political establishment”, reports Noah Barkin.
Like most of the world, the election result came as a “huge shock” to Ursula von der Leyen, the Defence Minister of Germany as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ally, while she inquired whether the period of “Pax Americana”, maintained between America and its “international relations” following the World War Two, was coming to an end.
In the meanwhile, although the “French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault”, promises to collaborate with Trump, but the personality of the latter “raised questions” to the former; while Ayrault admitted that he is unsure of “key foreign policy challenges” that ranges from nuclear deal, Syria war to climate change, under Trump’s presidency. In a Tweet the Sweden’s Former Foreign minister, Carl Bildt, pointed to the Brexit and said:
“Looks like this will be the year of the double disaster of the West. Fasten seat belts.”
 At the same time, Australia’s “right-wing populists” rejoiced Trump’s victory as it gave a blow on the established political structure. In the words of the Mexican President, Pena Nieto:
“Mexico and the United States are friends, partners and allies and we should keep collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America”.
Furthermore, the Chinese counterpart of Trump, sounded “conciliatory”, while stating:
“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”.
However, the National Front party of France’s senior member, Florian Philippot, finds an advantage in the present scenario:
“Their world is falling apart. Ours is being built”.
While, the founder and the father figure of Marine, Jean-Marie Le Pen, echoed:
“Today the United States, tomorrow France!”
The President of France, Francois Hollande wanted clarification on Trump’s stance regarding “international affairs”, whereby adding:
“This American election opens a period of uncertainty”.
“The U.S. is a vital partner for France and what's at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, economic relations and the preservation of the planet”.
The deputy leader of Germany’s AfD, Beatrix von Storch, said:
“Donald Trump's victory is a sign that citizens of the western world want a clear change in policy.”
At the time of campaigning, Trump said that he admired Russian President Vladimir Putin and “questioned” the doctrines of NATO’s alliance, whereby suggesting that South Korea and Japan should have their chance for developing “nuclear weapons” so as to take care of their defence. Moreover, Trump swore to “undo” the Paris climate deal and re-negotiate the same “between Tehran and the West”, as the sanction on nuclear activities was eased on the latter, while the agreement allowed “close monitoring” the nuclear programme.
In Putin’s word, for whom the easing sanctions scenario of U.S. economy would be welcomed:
“It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development”.
Nevertheless, many governments of the west seemed unsure if Trump with no “government experience, given his bio-data, will deliver his promises, some of which risk to oust the “post-war order”. The Head of Foreign Affair Committee at Germany, Norbert Roettgen, said:
“We're realizing now that we have no idea what this American president will do if the voice of anger enters office and the voice of anger becomes the most powerful man in the world. Geopolitically we are in a very uncertain situation.”
While, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, erstwhile criticised as “insane” by Trump, congratulated the new U.S. President with a “stern note”:
“Germany and America are bound together by values - democracy, freedom, respecting the rule of law, people's dignity regardless of their origin, the color of their skin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views”.
“On the basis of these values, I am offering to work closely with the future President of the United States Donald Trump.”
To Simon Schama, a prominent historian, Trump’s victory seemed a “genuinely frightening prospect.” While counting on, Schama told the B.B.C.:
“NATO will be under pressure to disintegrate, the Russians will make trouble, 20 million people will lose their health insurance, climate change (policies) will be reversed, bank regulation will be liquidated. Do you want me to go on?”
"Of course it's not Hitler. There are many varieties of fascism. I didn't say he was a Nazi although neo-Nazis are celebrating."