Less than a year ago the British Parliament debated banning Donald Trump from the U.K. for “hate speech.” Fortunately, Parliament rejected the idea, which could have proved embarrassing to Prime Minister Theresa May, who was among the first to congratulate President-elect Trump earlier today.
World leaders send congratulations
Ms. May was among a number of world leaders who were quick to send their congratulations to Donald Trump, although it’s not hard to imagine that most of them had already drafted their congratulatory notes to Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump.
Ms. May went on to say, “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.”
French cite uncertainty
French President Francois Hollande noted that Mr. Trump’s victory “opens a period of uncertainty,” and said that Trump’s success emphasized a greater need for a “united Europe” to exert influence on the world stage.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel observed, “The U.S. is an old and venerable democracy,” and went on to note:
I watched the election result with particular suspense. Someone elected to be president by the American people in free and fair elections has importance far beyond the USA. For us Germans, other than with the European Union, we have no deeper connection than with the United States of America. — Angela Merkel
Israel preferred Trump over Clinton
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was particularly pleased with Trump’s win, as Mr. Netanyahu’s relationship with President Obama and Secretary Clinton was not always stable. The Prime Minister said he hoped to reach “new heights” in American-Israeli relations.
The Pope did not extend his personal congratulations to Mr. Trump, but the Vatican Secretary of State said that the Vatican “respects the American people’s choice.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to congratulate the President-elect. Putin had become an issue in the campaign as the Clinton campaign sought to portray Mr. Trump as being too friendly with Putin. In the third debate, Mrs. Clinton said of Putin's alleged preference for Donald Trump, “Well, that’s because he would rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
We heard the campaign statements of the future US presidential candidate about the restoration of relations between Russia and the United States. 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. This would be good for both the Russian and American people and have a positive impact on the climate of world affairs. — Vladimir Putin
Russia has been accused by the Clinton campaign of being behind the hacking of emails accounts belonging to Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted his congratulations to Mr. Trump noting, “Mexico and the U.S. are friends, partners, and allies who should continue working for the competitiveness and the development of North America.” The Mexican peso fell sharply on the news of Trump’s election as worries about Trump’s threat to build a wall on the Mexican border suddenly appeared more real.
Trade deals dead
One of Mr. Trump’s signature campaign themes was that America had been played for a “sucker” by much of the world. He has vowed to either renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has also threatened to impose a tariff on some Mexican goods and has accused China of “currency manipulation.” The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, as is the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
During the campaign Trump raised the issue that America pays too high a share of the costs of NATO and of keeping U.S. troops in countries such as South Korea. He said that other countries must pay their “fair share.”
Could change Europe
Trump’s election, in combination with Brexit last June, has the potential to change the political landscape of Europe. The success of Trump’s populist message in the U.S. election will embolden politicians in Europe who want to leave the E.U. Mr. Trump is likely to impose stricter immigration controls on Muslims, which will also increase pressure on the E.U. to rethink its immigration policies.