Foriegn Countries React To A Trump Presidency

Madeleine Katz, Photojournalist

“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,” Donald Trump, President Elect of the United States of America, stated during his presidential victory speech. A Donald Trump presidency might mean good relations with countries such as Russia, Colombia and possibly China, but Mexico and many European countries are in doubt of his “greatness” according to the New York Times.

Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border of the United States and to deport illegal immigrants has upset Mexico. The Mexican president, Peña Nieto, made it clear that Mexicans are “very insulted” by Trump’s plan to deport illegal immigrants as reported by CNN.

Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium and European political leader, is worried that, “Donald Trump has declared several times that our priorities are not his…We cannot be dependent anymore on the U.S., we have to take charge of our own destiny. Europe should get its act together, too, and set its internal differences aside.”

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced that he is willing to work with Trump although previous to the election he had been preparing to meet with Hillary Clinton in February as reported by the NY Times.

According to a YouGov poll, the majority of Russians supported Trump instead of Clinton. Vladimir Putin, the current Russian president called Trump the day after the presidential election to congratulate Trump on his win. Trump’s victory looks as if it will strengthen United States ties with Russia.

Countries such as Canada and Argentina have not rejoiced over the idea of a Trump presidency but are willing to work with him politically according to the NY Times.

Australia is willing to work with Trump through his presidency. The prime minister of  Australia, Malcolm Turnbull stated, “I have great confidence that all of our engagement will continue to be strong and intimate, filled with the trust and confidence that has characterized it for so many years.”

A Trump presidency has aroused both negative and positive reactions from around the world. Alhees Basharmal (9) believes, “It is good for America to have good relations with other countries because America is the world’s superpower and America is the trendsetter in culture, music, arts, environment, technology,  progress in medicine, and politics for the whole world. Therefore, the USA has to have a strategic and mutually beneficial relationship with the rest of the world.”