After the unexpected result of the 2016 presidential election in the Unites States, global leaders reacted by extending diplomatic greetings to the President-elect and, to an extent, shared their expectations for the future cooperation between the countries.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jeane-Claude Juncker issued a joint letter in which they emphasized the importance of continuing partnership between the United States and the European Union to address climate change, migration and serve as a basis for negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. They invited Mr. Trump to visit Europe to discuss and lay out the plans for the next four years.  


Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Donald Trump on the victory and offered cooperation based on the values shared by Germany and the United States, such as “democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of the individual, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.” She stated that partnership with the United States is a “Keystone of German foreign policy” in order to deal with pressing issues such as social and economic well-being and fight against terrorism.


M. François Hollande, President of France, also congratulated Mr. Trump on the victory, but shared an opinion that this election “begins a period of uncertainty”. Hollande stated that United States is an important partner for France and the country plans to continue transatlantic cooperation. He mentioned that he is ready to start a conversation with Mr. Trump immediately after the President-elect takes office on January 20, but will do so with “vigilance and frankness” caused by some positions expressed by Mr. Trump during the election campaign.

United Kingdom

Prime Minister Theresa May, who earlier this year assumed her post as a result of Brexit, extended greetings to Donald Trump and mentioned that she is looking forward to working with the President-elect. She added that the two countries "are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence."


The continental neighbor of the United States as well its partner in NAFTA, which was criticized by Mr. Trump during his campaign, reacted by wishing the new president well and expressing hopes for future fruitful cooperation. 

Justin Trudeau, the country's Prime Minister, congratulated President-elect Trump and emphasized that Canada considers the United States its closest ally, friend and partner. "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," Trudeau said in his statement.


Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, gave a speech Wednesday afternoon, in which he expressed a hope that election of Donald Trump as president will start a new chapter of relationship between the countries and will signify new opportunities. He congratulated Donald Trump and his family over the phone. "Our countries are very important for each other. Mexico and the United States are allies, partners and neighbors. When Mexico is doing well, the United States is doing well too. And when the United States is doing well, Mexico is doing well."


According to the official information on Kremlin's website, Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram congratulating Donald Trump on his victory. In the message, President Putin expressed hope for cooperation in pulling the relationship between Russia and the United States from the brink of crisis, and on addressing current international issues as well as on the search for effective responses to global security challenges.

Putin, who is perceived as one of the global leaders to benefit from the elections outcome, emphasized that constructive dialog between Moscow and Washington based on mutual respect is in the interest of both countries and of global society.


According to the State TV, the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, also congratulated Mr. Trump through a telegram. Chinese administration expressed hope for beneficial relationship between countries and cooperation on trade. 


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe issued a statement where he congratulated Donald Trump on the victory, acknowledging his business experience and calling the US-Japan alliance the "Alliance of Hope."   

"I very much look forward to closely cooperating with you to further strengthen the bond of the Japan-U.S. Alliance, as well as for our two countries to play leading roles for assuring peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region", Abe said.

A day after the news about Donald Trump becoming the 45th American President hit the world, Prime Minister Abe called Mr. Trump to arrange a meeting in new York the following week.  


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