In the US:
Protests have taken off in a number of US cities, beginning the morning after the election and continuing through the time of this writing (Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 11th-12th, 2016). Chants and cries of “Not My President” and “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go!” can be heard on both US coasts, and in several places in between them. In Portland, one demonstration in particular was classified by police as a “riot.”
Highways have been shut down for hours at a time, and law enforcement and demonstrators alike have been injured.
Click on the links below for details on anti-Trump goings-on in each city. (Note: This list is non-exhaustive.)
Salt Lake City
New York City
Mexico: The peso has experienced its steepest drop in nearly 20 years. President Peña Nieto nevertheless congratulated “the people of the United States for their electoral process” on Twitter earlier this week (which may or may not be sarcasm, given that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote), and reiterated his willingness to work with Trump “in favor of the bilateral relationship.”
Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu insists that Mexico will not pay for Trump’s Wall: “Paying for a wall is out of our vision…The vision that we have is a vision of integration, of how Mexico and the United States working together are more competitive.”
Canada: The Canadian immigration website crashed on Wednesday as anxious Americans desperately saw a way out of this mess. They may want to think twice upon learning that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be hedging his bets; rather than speaking out against Trump, as those who are familiar with Trudeau’s past feminists stances in particular may have expected, the Canadian PM said “Canada has no closer friend, partner and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment and international peace and security.”
(He went on to reaffirm that the US and Canada have “shared values,” something he may have been wiser to challenge given the national values implied by the leader we have just elected.)
EU President Jean Claude Juncker warns that Trump’s presidency puts EU/US relations at risk.
Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament, notes that “It will not be easy because during the campaign we heard some elements of protectionism and also some worrying words about women, about minorities.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reminded Trump of the values that tie the US and Germany together on Wednesday: “Democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for human dignity, regardless of ancestry, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political leanings.” She then said: “On the basis of these values, I offer the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation.” A much cleaner statement than Trudeau’s, as it asserts that Germany will play nice with the US only for as long as the US maintains a non-discriminatory (or minimally-discriminatory) ethos. She has left the door open for cutting ties with the US should Trump turn his past racist, sexist, and xenophobic statements into policies.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin promptly offered their congratulations to Trump, no strings attached.
French president François Hollande said Trump’s win “opens up a period of uncertainty” that “must be faced with lucidity and clarity.” Hollande congratulated Trump “as is natural between two heads of state.” He was one of few world leaders who had openly endorsed Clinton, however, and goes on to say that “Certain positions taken by Donald Trump during the American campaign must be confronted with the values and interests we share with the United States.”
While Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took a page from Japan’s book and reminded his people and the world that the US is an “indispensable” ally, Pablo Iglesias, leader of the anti-austerity Podemos party, rightly decreed on Twitter: “The vaccine against Trump’s fascism is social justice and human rights, not more establishment. There are people in the US who will resist.”
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was one of few world leaders to openly endorse Hillary Clinton, which puts him in a tough spot. While he congratulated Trump and characterized Italy’s relationship with the US as “solid,” Renato Brunetta, parliamentary leader of Italy’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party, tweeted that “In America, they voted NO.” He also warns: “From this day forward, Matteo Renzi is politically finished; he is a dead man walking…No other European country sided with one of the two contenders like Italy did. Now Renzi must reap the consequences and take responsibility for his bad choices.” (Does he mean to imply that it was a bad choice for Renzi to support Clinton, or to do so publicly? I think- and hope- the latter is the case.)
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter told Swiss public radio, RTS, on Wednesday: “The world changes, the United States changes, Switzerland doesn’t change in the same way. We are defending our Swiss interests and values.”
“We work as an intermediary between different countries; that is also important for the United States. This peace work that Switzerland does will become perhaps even more important if Trump handles his foreign policy as conservatively as promised…We will continue our mission to promote peace and security, economic growth, science and research. Switzerland can work with any US administration.”
While Holland has been largely quiet about the election results (as far as I can tell), Dutch right-wing leader Geert Wilders tweeted, “The people are taking their country back. So will we.”
Polish presidential spokesperson Marek Magierowski said Poland cares a lot about whether Trump will implement NATO decisions to deploy military deterrence forces in Poland and the Baltic states. She told the state’s Radio 1 that it is a priority for Poland to see the implementation of NATO’s decision to have a base for battalions in the region, including a U.S. armored brigade to be stationed in Poland, and also the construction of a U.S. missile defense base.
The U.K.’s new Prime Minister Theresa May said she looked forward to working with Trump, saying “We are, and will remain strong and close partners on trade, security and defense.”
Chinese spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Lu Kang argues against Trump’s talk on trade, saying that trade has “benefited the people on both sides, including the American people, and has increased employment, rather than the opposite.” Chinese president Xi Jinping congratulated Trump. “I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Jinping said, according to Fortune.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reminds Trump that the US and Japan are “unshakeable allies,” a clear effort to maintain strong relations with the US in the face of Trump’s threat to reevaluate US alliances.
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, thanked Trump via Twitter for “the friendship [he] articulated towards India” during his campaign. India’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian, worries that if Trump makes good on his threat to scrap all H-1B visas, it will hurt India’s export-led growth.
In North Korea, Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Modern Korea at Leeds University and one of Europe’s leading authorities on the reclusive regime, said the following regarding Trump’s presidency:
“I imagine North Korea’s response will be cautious, since Trump has uttered different things at different times…They may remind him that he said he could talk to Kim Jong-un. I happen to think that would be a good idea. There are numerous unknowns, including who [Trump] will appoint. Trump’s win strengthens those who want Seoul [ie South Korea] to go nuclear. Those who oppose this will find it harder to hold the line.”
“Here, of course, we must factor in the whole Park Geun-hye crisis [in Seoul]. But even without that, a year into Trump’s presidency, South Korea, too, will have a new president. All the main current contenders support some degree of engagement with Pyongyang, alongside sanctions. So, overall, I see the pendulum swinging towards renewed diplomacy – which, again, is a good thing, in my opinion.”
“I foresee some big rows on US-South Korea burden-sharing. Unnerving times indeed, overall. But just possibly a small silver lining in one corner, if the shock can kick-start diplomacy with and about North Korea.”
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, one of the world’s eleven female presidents, said she hopes the United States continues to cooperate with her country after the election of Donald Trump “to address pending issues, including the North Korea issue.”
“The Government of the Republic of Korea, upon Mr. Trump’s election, will continue to closely cooperate with the next U.S. administration for the peace and prosperity in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia region, as well as the world, through further deepening and developing the ROK-U.S. alliance,” a statement from a presidential spokesperson said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia’s partnership with the United States will not be affected by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. “I believe that he will find the right approach that can help the US build a (strong) cooperation with other countries,” he said after closing the Daya E-Usahawan conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 9th. Having known Trump personally, he said, “Not many people expected this (Trump’s victory). The US voters want a president who can develop the economy and create high-paying jobs.”
Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thailand would “cherish” its ties with the U.S., saying, “We have to be prepared and adjust ourselves to change. We have to be on the offensive and apply a balanced foreign policy with every country in the world that is our trade or dialogue partner,” according to the Bangkok Post.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the following Facebook post:
“Congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump! His candidacy took many by surprise. At each stage he defied expectations, and his journey has ultimately taken him to the White House. It has been a contentious, ugly election season, that has exposed a bitter divide in the American people. Many will celebrate this result, while others will understandably be surprised and disappointed.”
The Jakarta Post quoted Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as saying on Wednesday (11/9/16): “On behalf of the Indonesian government and all the people, I convey my congratulations to president-elect Donald J. Trump.” Since then, the Indonesian government has said it will not be in a hurry to seek membership of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal following the election of Republican Donald Trump as the country’s president. “We are still calculating the costs and benefits of the TPP. This kind of agreement requires thorough negotiation and recently the discussion was getting stressful,” Trade Minister Enggartiasto “Enggar” Lukita said during a media briefing in Jakarta on Friday (11/11/16).
In Southeast Asia, there were congratulations from the offices of the Burmese president and the office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, which released a statement saying the Philippines looked forward to enhanced relations with the U.S. anchored on “mutual respect.”
“President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in chief of the US military, and looks forward to working 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.”
Cambodia’s Hun Sen issued a statement that read: “Several days day ago, when I publicly expressed my support for your candidacy, some people verbally attacked me by saying that only someone like me would support a dictator like you. Now it is unequivocal that Americans have wanted you as their leader. I was therefore not mistaken to endorse you.”
In Myanmar (Burma), a spokesman for the democratically-elected president said he expected relations between Naypyidaw and Washington to grow stronger.
Puerto Rico‘s right-wing Governor Ricardo Rossello is hopeful that the victories of Trump and other Republicans this year will expedite Puerto Rico’s path to statehood: “Having a Republican House (of Representatives), a Republican Senate and a Republican president, there’s no excuse for not carrying it out.”
The Dominican Republic‘s Administration Minister José Ramón Peralta called Tuesday’s result a “normal event,” and went on to say that: “The United States has been our main trading partner and with whom we have had extraordinary relationships. We will continue to have strong and good relationships. We only have to congratulate the American people.” He said the Trump choice was a sovereign decision of the American people, “for which we as a sovereign country also respect.”
Haiti, still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, is facing a major food shortage at the moment, which might explain why interim president Jocelerme Privert has not said anything about the election results here in the US. He’s too busy trying desperately to feed and/or house approximately 1.5 million people in need.
The Cuban government announced nationwide military drills on November 9th (while pointedly not drawing a direct link between these exercises and Trump’s victory), to confront what it called “a range of actions by the enemy.” The Bastion Strategic Exercise, which will last approximately five days, has typically been undertaken during times of heightened tension between Cuba and the US. (The first Bastion Strategic Exercise was launched in 1980, after the presidential election of Ronald Reagan.)
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness extended congratulations on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica to Trump and also articulated a shared commitment to achieving and maintaining economic growth and development for the benefit of the peoples of both countries and for the peoples of the hemisphere.
Central and South America:
In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos said cooperation between his country and the U.S. has always transcended partisanship, and he hoped to continue the work with the Republican elected head of state. He tweeted: “We celebrate the United States’ democratic spirit on #ElectionNight. We’ll continue to deepen the bilateral relation with @realDonaldTrump,” with an accompanying meme that congratulated Trump on the win.
Brazilian President Michel Temer was the first Latin American leader to voice a reaction Wednesday, telling AFP that Donald Trump will need to take into account the goals of all U.S. citizens and stating that he does not believe the victory will affect U.S.-Brazil relations. He said Trump’s victory “doesn’t change [the relationship between the two countries] in any way.” He complimented Trump on his conciliatory tone during his acceptance speech and sent a letter inviting the president-elect to work together in strengthening U.S. Brazil ties.
The Office of the Presidency of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro released a statement early Wednesday afternoon that congratulated Trump and advocated for a respect for state sovereignty and self-determination. Maduro voiced support for Bernie Sanders’ candidacy earlier in the year and, in August, shot down comparisons between himself and the new U.S. president elect. (Read more.)
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski issued a “terse, if not oddly signed” tweet: “Congratulations on your election, @realDonaldTrump. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, President of Peru.” PPK, as he’s known locally, joked back in June about cutting ties between Washington and Lima if Trump were elected.
Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted: “Here’s to @realDonaldTrump’s win. We hope to work against racism, machismo, and anti-immigration for the sovereignty of our peoples.”
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a friend of Hillary Clinton’s and former director of UN Women, barely mentioned Trump’s victory at a public appearance in Santiago on Wednesday, saying that she hoped the two countries could continue to collaborate.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri congratulated Trump on his victory and said: “I hope that we can work together for the good of our countries.” Argentina’s government previously voiced a preference for a Clinton presidency. On November 9, Foreign Affairs Minister Susana Malcorra reiterated that her country would work with any U.S. administration, saying, “We can’t think of inserting ourselves in the world without having U.S. ties.”
Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís wrote the following note in his Twitter profile: “The people of the U.S. have elected Mr. Donald Trump as their President. Congratulations, Mr. Trump, my best wishes for your term.” Meanwhile, Franco Arturo Pacheco, President of Costa Rica’s Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations, said the news is “not good for Costa Rica, as our country in the last 30 years has grown thanks, in large part, to its exports, especially to the United States, currently our main trading partner.” Francisco Gamboa, executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries, also expressed concerns.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez vowed to defend Honduran nationals in the U.S. in the wake of Trump’s victory.
Guatemala‘s foreign ministry released the following statement on Wednesday:
“Guatemala hopes that the actions his administration will take will allow recognition of the precious contribution migrants make to the United States, and that his policies promote and ensure the respect, well-being and protection of the migrant population.”
The foreign ministry of Panama released the following statement on Wednesday, which was published in La Prensa: “The Government and people of the Republic of Panama congratulate the people of the United States of America for their democratic vocation, demonstrated once again in the celebration of the presidential elections, and greets the President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Party for victory.”
Panamanian government reiterated its willingness to continue its “historic relations of friendship and cooperation” between Panama and the United States, especially in areas of great mutual interest: economic relations, security, and peace.
“We are extremely saddened by this missed opportunity on the part of the people of the United States to join smaller democracies in ending the marginalisation of women…We are concerned as to whether President-elect Trump will have an African agenda, will be able to build bridges with Africa. We can only hope that he will do so in due course…I’m worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa. I’m worried about investment and the special programmes that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him, and we just don’t know what the policy towards Africa will be.”
DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) President Joseph Kabila, who suspects the Obama administration of trying to oust him from power and whose aides have made little secret of their preferred winner, issued a statement congratulating Trump.
Confusingly, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, like Canada’s PM, asserted that the relationship between the US and Kenya would remain strong owing to old ties “…based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples.” The implication here is that the US will maintain these principles with or without Trump as our leader. It remains to be seen whether or not Kenya, like Germany, would cease to support the US in the event that Trump blatantly violates one of these sociopolitical principles during his presidency.
Kenyatta has also said: “The ties that bind Kenya and the United States of America are close and strong. They are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples. These values remain dear to the peoples of both nations, and so our friendship will endure.”
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has stated: “I congratulate Mr. Trump on his election as the President of the United States of America. Elections in the US or any country are a matter for the people of that country. Our relationship with the United States will continue regardless of which leader or party is leading. I congratulate Mr. Trump once again and look forward to working with him as we have been working with the other leaders before him.”
The Republic of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame congratulated Trump on his “well-earned victory,” adding he was looking forward to a continued good relationship with the U.S.
Ethiopia‘s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, has released the following statement:
“Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn congratulated Donald Trump today on the occasion of his becoming the 45th President of the United States of America. The PM wished the president a fruitful and successful term. According to Government Communication Affairs Office, the premier expressed his belief that the historical relation of the two countries will reach a new height during Trump’s administration. He further said the long people-to-people and trade ties between Ethiopia and the US will also be invigorated. The countries have worked in partnership for many years to combat terrorism.”
South Sudan‘s statement, released by Information Minister Michael Makuei, expressed more contempt for Obama than concern about Trump: “I really doubt President Obama had any clear policy to South Sudan other than to destroy it. So we will definitely expect better relations with Trump — and the U.S.A. after the election.”
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud congratulated Trump in a press release, saying:
“On behalf of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Somali people, I would like to offer my congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his victory in the US presidential election. Somalia appreciates and values the excellent partnership between Somalia and the United States that is vital for our mutual security and common goals particularly in the Horn of Africa region.
Somalia is a willing partner ready to enhance our existing cooperation between our two states in order to move forward the aim of safeguarding the peace, stability and prosperity of both Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa region. The people of Somalia wish the President-Elect and the people of America every success in their endeavors in the years to come. We are grateful to the government and the people of the United States for the invaluable support they have given to Somalia.”
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, congratulated Trump on Wednesday via Twitter: “On behalf of the Govt and people of Nigeria, I congratulate President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his victory in the US presidential election.” And: “I look forward to working together with President-elect Trump to build on and strengthen relations between Nigeria & the USA.”
Senegal‘s President Macky Sall also congratulated Trump, saying the West African state “plans to continue its strong ties with the USA.”
The Middle East:
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was the first Arab leader to congratulate Trump, with al-Sisi saying that he looked forward to “bolstering ties between Egypt and the U.S.” and that he hoped Trump’s win would inject “a new spirit” into US-Egyptian relations.
The former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, tweeted his congratulations to Trump and wished him “all the success.”
In a statement carried by Palestine’s official WAFA news agency, Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh declared that the Palestinian leadership would “deal with any president elected by the American people” with a view to “achieving permanent peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution” to the Arab-Israeli dispute.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Trump on being elected the United States’ 45th President. “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.”
In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he hopes Trump’s election marks a new era in the U.S. that he hopes will lead to “beneficial” steps for fundamental rights, liberties and democracy in the world.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi nodded to the ongoing U.S.-led campaign to free the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, tweeting: “Congratulations to President-elect @realDonaldTrump. Look forward to continued US support for Iraq in the war against terror.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Nov. 9 that Iran’s policies do not change because of changes taking place in the leadership of other countries: “Our foreign policy is based on constructive interaction with the world and lifting the international sanctions on Iran. This is an irreversible path, and [due to that] our economic relations with other countries have expanded.” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “Every US president has to understand the realities of today’s world. The most important thing is that the future US president sticks to agreements, to engagements undertaken.”
Rouhani has also asserted that there was no way Trump could rip up its recent nuclear agreement. “The accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government,” Rouhani told his cabinet, according to state television.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz congratulated the U.S. president-elect, expressing hope that Trump’s election would contribute to greater security and stability in the Middle East, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. King Salman praised “historic and tight” ties with the United States and wished him success “in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide.”
Lebanon‘s Future parliamentary bloc chief Fouad Siniora downplayed the possibility of Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections having a direct effect on the Lebanese political scene in the near future. In an interview with As-Safir published Thursday, Siniora called on “everyone” in Lebanon to reduce their demands and expectations for the “new era.”
“What is needed from both the politicians and people to be realistic and avoid disappointment.”
“Our relations with the U.S. are friendly and strategic in economic, political, military, and security aspects, and they are genuine relations between institutions, not only between leaderships… The U.S. is a state of institutions and cooperation with it continues regardless of the election results… President[-Elect] Donald Trump has already expressed his esteem for Jordan, in several statements in the past, saying that he, like the Congressional leaders, expects to cooperate with King Abdullah II, particularly in matters pertaining to fighting terrorism and to security and stability in the region.”
Syrian MP Muhammad Kheir Al-Akam, who is one of the regime’s representatives in talks with the opposition, declared: “A Trump victory is better than a Clinton victory. [Had she won], the situation in the region would have been far worse, and the Gulf states would have been the big winners.” Political and military advisor to President Assad Bouthaina Sha’aban expressed caution in an interview with NPR:
“Syria does not interfere in the results of the elections and in who won them. What interests Syrians is the policy of the new president. If the policy is in line with Damascus’s aspirations, then Syria will be open to any collaboration with the U.S. as well as with other nations that respect national sovereignty and preserve the interests of people, instead of interfering in their affairs. American interference in the affairs of other countries has brought nothing but disaster. The U.S. must undertake a policy of collaboration with countries, as opposed to one of superiority and [issuing] dictates.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the following on Twitter: “The Aus Gvt congratulates President Elect Trump. With our shared, enduring national interests, our relationship will continue to be strong.“