As the news of Donald J. Trump winning the presidential election in the United States became a reality political leaders from all over the world reacted to the new situation. Before Election Day on November 8, polls and forecasts had the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as the projected winner of the election. But the result at the polls took everyone by surprise, as the Republican candidate turned the tables on his opponent in states where she was certain of victory. If the world was prepared for a President Hillary Clinton, Wednesday morning saw everyone preparing to work with President Donald J. Trump.
World Leaders Look Forward to President Trump with Anticipation
The news that Donald J. Trump had won the presidential election in the United States sent a shock wave through the political world. Throughout the presidential campaign, the Republican candidate has expressed some of his views regarding America’s foreign policy. A new president would have been a departure from the Obama doctrine regardless of who won the election. But Donald J. Trump’s views are significantly different from those of current President Barack Obama. From backing out of climate change deals to saying that the United States spends too much as part of NATO, Donald J. Trump gave voice to one controversial idea after another. Now that the Republican candidate is President-elect Donald J. Trump the world wonders what the future has in store after January 20, 2017.
Russian President Is Pleased with the Outcome of the US Election
If some world leaders are looking to the beginning of Donald J. Trump’s presidential term with anxiety, others are seeing it as good news. One of the first to congratulate Donald J. Trump on his victory was Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
The Russian President, whether he wanted to or not, became a talking point of the US presidential campaign. The Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called Vladimir V. Putin a “strongman” and accused Russia of interfering with the US election. Donald J. Trump called the Russian President a strong leader and said that, as president, he would be open to the United States and Russia working together. That led Hillary Clinton to accuse him of being Russia’s “puppet”. Throughout the campaign, the Kremlin said that it is ready to work with any of the two candidates. Vladimir V. Putin said that he didn’t have a favorite in the race. However, just hours after the results were in, he called Donald J. Trump to congratulate him.
In a statement to Russian television, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said that Russia is ready to restore ties with the United States. Relations between Russia and the United States are tense due to the conflict in Syria.
“(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia. We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia. As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully-fledged relations with the US,”
said Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
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