World leaders react to Trump's victory over Clinton

Leaders, ministers and politicians from around the world began to react to the results of the US election. French Foreign Minister reacted with caution: "We need to look into Trump's policy regarding the Iranian nuclear subject." French right-wing party leader Marine Le Pen celebrated his victory: "Congratulations to the new president of the United States."
Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Around the world, leaders, ministers and politicians woke up to the big turnover in the US election. The reactions vary from those who congratulate Trump to the German Defense Minister who described Trump's victory as a "big shock."

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the extremist right-wing party in France, sent her congratulations in an emotional tweet: "Congratulations to the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, and to the free people of America."

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Clinton supporters Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Someone who wasn't as excited about Trump's victory was German Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen. Von Der Leyen said to a local news reporter that it’s a "big shock" Trump won. Von Der Leyen mentioned that she thinks it wasn't a vote for Trump but a vote against the government. "Trump knows the people didn't vote for him but voted against Washington."

Trump supporters Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also released a statement regarding Trump's victory. Ayrault said that France must look into Trump's policy regarding climate change, Syria and the nuclear agreement with Iran.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se said that he believes that the US will maintain its current policy regarding the North Korean nuclear plans. "Trump stated his opinion after the North Korean nuclear experiment when he called it a direct threat to America."

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose name was brought up several times during the election, congratulated the president-elect. "Putin hopes we can work on the American-Russian relations from the low point they are at,” the Kremlin’s statement read. "We hope we can work together on matters regarding world security." The statement also noted that successful teamwork between the two countries will benefit them both as well as the world.


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