Here's How World Leaders Reacted to Donald Trump Winning the US Election
Here's how the world reacted to the US presidential election results.
As the world woke up to the news that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America, reactions from political leaders began to trickle in.
In his victory speech, Trump reached out to world leaders.
"I want to tell the world, while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with other countries and all people," he said. "We will get along well with all nations willing to get along with us."
Many of the responses are moderate in tone, marking a formal acknowledgement of the new "leader of the free world," who will have to forge strong diplomatic relationships across international borders.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the French Front National Party, was among the first to celebrate the result: "Congratulations to the new President of the United States, and to the free American people."
Félicitations au nouveau président des Etats-Unis Donald Trump et au peuple américain, libre ! MLP— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) November 9, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to Trump congratulating him on the result. In a statement from the Kremlin, the President “has expressed confidence that the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, in keeping with each other’s views, meets the interests of both Russia and the US.”
BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin sends Donald Trump a telegram of congratulation on winning the US presidential election.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 9, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated the President-Elect, stating:
Our shared values are strong. Our common purpose is to build countries where everyone has a fair chance to succeed. (...)— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 9, 2016
This statement follows reports that Canada's main immigration website crashed after Trump took a lead in the polls, pushing some voters to frantically seek a new life across the northern border.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May “looks forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump.” In a statement she said:
Nigel Farage, UKIP's interim leader, repeated Trump's claim that a Trump victory would be "bigger than Brexit" and declared he would "hand over the mantle" to the President-elect.
Leader of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn shared a message of solidarity with the American population.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared his desire to co-operate with the USA.
We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign, @realDonaldTrump.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 9, 2016
Geert Wilders, MP and leader of Dutch Far-Right party Party for Freedom, has celebrated the victory.
In a TV interview, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz congratulated Donald Trump but said relations between the US and the EU would not be easy.
The BBC reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has congratulated Trump and renewed Turkey's call for the extradition of preacher Fetullah Gulen who has been living in the USA since 1999.
After congratulating the President-Elect, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien-Loong described the deep division that the election has exposed across the country.
EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker have offered their congratulations and invited Donald Trump to an EU summit at “his earliest convenience.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a statement stressing the importance of maintaining good relations between the US and Germany, based on shared values.
This article was first published at 07 am EST. Global Citizen will continue to provide updates throughout the day.