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‘Congratulations’ vs ‘shock’: Politicians react to US election results

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Politicians all over the world are reacting as Donald Trump has become president-elect of the United States. Some are congratulating him, while others are in shock.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of the first global leaders to congratulate Trump with the victory, expressing hope that the two countries will continue collaborative work on international issues.

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the presidential election and described the alliance between the two countries as “impregnable.”
“With all my heart I hope that Japan and the US will play a leading role in ensuring peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The Japan-US alliance is impregnable,” he stated in the message to Trump.

Shinzo Abe will be sending his special adviser, Katsuyuki Kawai, to the United States shortly “to build confidence” with the new White House administration, Kyodo news agency reported.

“The United States is our most important ally. It is crucial we create a relationship of trust with the new administration as soon as possible,” Kawai told reporters on Wednesday. Earlier, Secretary-General of the Japanese Government Yoshihide Suga said that regardless of who wins the US election, the policy of mutual cooperation between the two states will remain unchanged.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi also congratulated Trump, tweeting he is “looking forward to working with [Trump] closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban responded to Trump’s victory with the words “what a great news. Democracy is still alive,” posted on his Facebook page.

Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said her government is ready to work with “whomever the American people in their wisdom choose to be their president.” She noted that the US administration “will have a number of challenges, particularly in our region, and we want to work constructively with the new administration to ensure the continued presence and leadership of the United States in our region.”

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said his nation respects the result of the presidential election in the United States, although it is unexpected.

“The victory of Donald Trump is the most important event that will change many things in the world,” the minister said, stating that Italy will continue its cooperation with the US.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said that it is a “huge shock” while speaking on German ARD TV. She urged Trump to prevent isolationism, saying, “It’s in Europe’s interest that the US remains open to the world.”

A senior member of Angela Merkel’s conservative party said that no one has any idea what Trump would do as the US leader.

“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,” Norbert Roettgen, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and head of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Deutschlandfunk radio, as cited by Reuters. “Geopolitically we are in a very uncertain situation.”

In France, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said that the election results mustn’t weaken relations between Europe and the US, and assured that France remains an ally of the US, and will have to see what the new president’s policies will be.

The leader of the French “National front” party, Marine le Pen, has congratulated Trump on his win over Twitter, posting, “Congratulations to the new US president Donald Trump and the free American people!”

Meanwhile, one of America’s top allies in the Pacific, South Korea, said that they would expect the US to go on with the policy of pressuring North Korea.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said he would prefer to see Hillary Clinton in the White House, but declared his readiness to work with Trump as well.

“I think the election result will make many individuals, as well as the market, worried. At the same time it is a situation to which we are well prepared. I would have preferred Hillary Clinton to win for a number of reasons. However, Sweden will do everything possible to retain good relations with the United States, no matter who is the president,” he told SVT channel, noting also his concern with the “prevailing political climate of hate” in the United States.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström also noted that the election results left her worried, especially due to some of Trump’s controversial statements, like the ones regarding the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico.

[Source: RT]
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