In America, citizens who likely never believed Donald Trump would become president have expressed their outrage at the result.
Students at several high schools walked out of class and took to the steps of Los Angeles City Hall in protest. Others vandalised parts of their cities.
The states home to majority of the protests are pro-Hillary Clinton, which include Oregon, California and New York. Students tweeted #NotMyPresident, where others waved Mexican flags and spoke in Spanish.
The international community is also reeling after seeing Mr Trump elected as the 45th President of the United States. The election results shocked the world, but several world leaders did not waste time in publicly voicing their support and encouragement for President Trump.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement congratulating Trump and stressed the importance on the close relationship between the two countries. “Canada has no closer friend, partner and ally than the United States. Our shared values, deep cultural ties and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous relationship,” he said. Trudeau looked past Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better benefit American citizens and said Canada looked forward to working closely alongside the Republican president and his administration.
President Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram offering support and congratulations. Speaking at the Kremlin, Putin addressed the strained relations between Russia and America over the past few years over differences in Syria and Ukraine, but called for a new era of communication between the countries. “We heard the campaign slogans when he was still a candidate which were aimed at restoring relations between Russia and the United States. As I have repeatedly said, it’s not our fault that Russia-American relations are in such a poor state. But Russia wants and is ready to restore fully fledged relations with the United States,” he said.
Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Trump on his “hard-fought campaign”. “Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence,” she said.
President Pena Nieto took to twitter and expressed his willingness to cooperate with the new president. “Mexico and the USA are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America,” he said. Nieto has been criticised for his relationship with Trump after he vowed to build a wall on the border of the US and Mexico, which he said Mexico would pay for. Trump’s controversial remark that Mexico weren’t sending their “best people” to America angered Mexican citizens even further. “They’re sending people that have a lot of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” he said.
President Hassan Rouhani spoke to the media and reacted to Trump’s win by saying the election result would not impact any of Iran’s policies. Rouhani spoke about the Iran nuclear deal and praised his country for establishing it as a UN deal and not with a single government. During his campaign Trump said it was a priority to dismantle the deal, but Rouhani said it is impossible to be changed by Trump’s government. “Because of wrong policies, the position of America in the international community and world’s public opinion has diminished and [the US’s] growing rift with Europe and the world will exacerbate that position,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s relationship with the US and President Obama broke down significantly this year and resulted in Duterte telling Obama to “go to hell” and threatening to break ties with the US completely. After news broke of Trump’s win, his communication secretary said that Duterte “looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent his “heartfelt congratulations” to Trump. “There is no change to the fact that the Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy and Japan will cooperate closely with the US for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region of the world,” he said.
President Xi Jinping is reported to have called Trump to personally congratulate him. A government spokesperson said “we will work with the new US president to ensure the steady and sound development of bilateral relations so as to benefit the people in both countries as well as around the world.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her support for Trump, saying she offers him “a close working relationship”. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed slight concern and mentioned Trump’s comments towards Germany. “During his campaign Donald Trump has spoken critically not just about Europe, but particularly about Germany. I think we have to prepare for the fact that American foreign policy will be less predictable for us in the future. We have to be prepared for the fact that America will be more inclined to make unilateral decisions in the future,” he said.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the BBC she was “extremely saddened” by Trump’s win. “Our concern is whether President Trump will have an African agenda and build bridges. We do not know what the policy towards Africa will be, obviously we are concerned but we will have to give him the benefit of the doubt,” she said. – Samantha Besgrove
Illustration by Melissah Diereckx-Bosmans.