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This is how world leaders reacted to a Trump victory


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Now that it's clear than Donald will take up the title of President of the United States and all the responsibilities that go along with it, he might need to patch up relationships with quite a few people from the international political scene.

He has now promised to be a ‘president for all Americans’, but there might be a few people with whom he will have to patch their relationship.

During his highly controversial campaign he was not known for minding his tongue when it came to his opinion on various topics, and people in the public sphere. Many of them took to their own platforms today to congratulate the result of a democratic process regardless of their own personal feelings. 

The New York Times recently put together a comprehensive list of all the “people, places, and things” that Trump has insulted on Twitter. 

Though Trump has never directly insulted a British politician, he has had a few choice words to say about Britain.

He has accused the UK of “trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem”.

Though Prime Minister Theresa May has often criticised him for his position on Muslims, she wrote to Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory, and promised that Britain and America will remain "strong and close partners".

"Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise,” she said in a statement.

According to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Trump's victory was "an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn't working for most people", but warned the answers he is offering to America's problems are "clearly wrong".

Farage, on the other hand, has always supported the ideas of Trump, and as such hailed his victory in the election.

“Today, the establishment is in deep shock. Even more so than after Brexit,” he said in a statement, “What we are witnessing is the end of a period of big business and big politics controlling our lives.”

He further warned the electorate to prepare for further political shocks in the years to come.

Like Farage, Nicola Sturgeon has never hid her opinion on who should be the winner of the US election, as she staunchly supported Hillary Clinton ahead of the vote.

Back in December last year, Trump was excluded from a list of Scottish business ambassadors when he suggested that Muslims should be stopped from entering the US. His relationship with Scotland was further soured in June when he mistakenly congratulated Scots for ‘taking their country back’. All council areas and a total of 62% Scottish people had voted Remain.

After the election results rolled in Trump’s favour, Sturgeon congratulated on his win.

“While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate President-Elect Trump on winning the election,” she said.

She insisted, however that in order to truly reach out to every American, Trump will have to “make clear – in deeds as well as words – that he will be a President for everyone in modern, multicultural America.”

Things aren’t as positive on mainland Europe. According to Trump, German chancellor Angela Merkel is the person who is “ruining Germany”.

She, instead, opted to offer the president-elect "close co-operation" on the basis of the shared values of "democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independent of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views".

So who is celebrating the Trump win?

Russian president Vladimir Putin sent Mr Trump a telegram of congratulations, expressing "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state". The Russian parliament applauded when they learnt of the election result.

What about Clinton?

As his opponent in the fight for the Oval Office, Mrs. Clinton received a lot of insults from Trump, who would often resort to calling her “Crooked” Hillary and described her as a nasty woman.

Despite that, it seems that such verbal name-calling will be left in the past. Mrs. Clinton has refused to bring them up, instead congratulating her opponent on his victory.

"We must accept this result and then look to the future," said Mrs Clinton in her concession speech, "Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."

Although reactions to the news have been mixed, from sheer elation to pure dread, only time will tell what the consequences of a Trump presidency would be.

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