The World Reacts to Trump's Victory

'This is like watching the Titanic sink'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2016 8:29 AM CST
The World Reacts to Trump's Victory
Hillary Clinton supporters react to US election returns in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

(Newser) – Reactions to the biggest political upset in recent memory are pouring in from around the globe, and if any world leaders are shaking in their boots, they aren't showing it. A look around:

  • Mexico: "I'm in shock, my stomach aches, I can't believe it. This is like watching the Titanic sink," a woman told the Los Angeles Times late Tuesday from Mexico City, where a thunderstorm was viewed as an omen of tumult. Mexico's peso hit a record low overnight but has recovered slightly, per Reuters. "I'm seeing my savings reduced," said one man.
  • Canada: While some Canadians are ready to welcome Americans into their "igloos," others fear Trump will tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, putting a dent in the Canadian economy, reports CTV News. If Trump approves the Keystone XL pipeline, however, it would be considered an economic win.
  • Cuba: A political scientist says Cuba's leaders "must be worried." Based on his campaign remarks, Trump is likely to reverse Obama's course of a stronger relationship. Without US tourism dollars, Cubans may suffer. But some who were hesitant that the two countries would become too cozy might actually be pleased.
  • Indonesia: Some in the world's most populous Muslim country believe they won't be able to set foot on US soil for the next four years, per the AP. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, however, expects "no change" in Indonesia's "good relations" with the US.

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  • China: President Xi Jinping says he's "looking forward to working with [Trump]" and expects they can "manage differences in a constructive way," stressing the countries' "special and important responsibility in upholding world peace," per the AP.
  • Russia: With Trump, Vladimir Putin says he hopes to restore relations with the US. "We [are] aware that it is a difficult path, in view of the unfortunate degradation of relations," but "it is not our fault that Russian-American relations are in such a state," he said.
  • Israel: Israeli leaders are among the most jubilant. The country's education minister says Trump's victory means "the era of a Palestinian state is over." Benjamin Netanyahu says Trump is a "true friend of the State of Israel."
  • Iran: The country's foreign minister appears less pleased, stressing that America must "implement the nuclear deal" reached last year. Trump has said he would renegotiate it.
(Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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