World leaders began reacting to the surprising rise of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, warming up to the new leader or urging caution over moves he might make. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump a "true friend" of Israel (Times of Israel) and received an invitation to visit (WSJ) the president-elect soon, according to a Trump aide.
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The president-elect also received expressions of support from leaders including those of Australia (BBC), Belarus, Hungary (Reuters), Kazakhstan (FT), and the Philippines (WaPo). European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that the Trump win constitutes a "difficult moment" in EU-U.S. relations, and EU leaders invited the president-elect to Brussels (EU Observer). French President Francois Hollande called on Trump to clarify his positions on critical issues like terrorism, conflicts in the Middle East, and climate change (Reuters), while Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, called on him to respect last year’s nuclear agreement (Middle East Eye), which Trump vowed in his campaign to undo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to meet with Trump in New York next week (Japan Times).
"The resonance of this U.S. election campaign is truly enormous, in every corner of the world. But despite much disgust about the mudslinging, it is not necessarily all that negative. Observers everywhere may be astounded that a candidate so arrogantly ignorant in international affairs could gather so much support, but that has also given them a greater understanding of the global stakes in this moment of choice. Paradoxical as it may seem, many people now have greater appreciation of the value of U.S. leadership and of their interest in preserving it," Pavel Baev writes for the Brookings Institute.
"In the Middle East, as elsewhere around the world, Mr. Trump’s surprise victory shocked many people. But a new occupant of the Oval Office could lead to a significant reordering of American engagement in a complex region. Saudi Arabia, for example, hopes Mr. Trump will take a hard line on Iran. Egypt sees a man it can do business with who will not quibble about human rights," Ben Hubbard and Anne Barnard write for the New York Times.
"In the wake of the candidate’s stunning victory, those of us who still believe that the United States has an international vocation abroad need to turn our gaze homeward. Trump’s victory suggests just how hard it has become to reconcile U.S. politics with multilateral cooperation," writes CFR's Stewart M. Patrick.
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