Global leaders congratulate Trump on his win but seek clarity on his policies anxiously

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Even as the world anxiously awaits the future that America wrote for itself on Tuesday - world leaders have put on a diplomatic charade to congratulate the 45th president of ...

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - Even as the world anxiously awaits the future that America wrote for itself on Tuesday - world leaders have put on a diplomatic charade to congratulate the 45th president of the United States - however, the tone unanimously has been underlined with anxiety. 

Through his election campaign, Trump has been ambiguous about existing policies and his vision for the future.

After taking charge, no doubt, he will be bombarded with a number of issues from the Islamic State to improving ties with Russia and even striking a deal with post-Brexit United Kingdom. Further, his policies of immigrants and waving in refugees will come into effect. 

Trump, in his victory speech, has however pledged to work with all allies and seek common ground.

However, despite the doubts, he was commended for a historic win by right-wing leaders on Wednesday. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin was among the first ones to congratulate him on the win. 

A potential alliance between Washington and the Kremlin will be difficult to manage as NATO has already started preparing for a possible war with Russia. 

Trump in his pre-election speeches questioned the doctrine of the NATO military alliance and suggested that Japan and South Korea should develop nuclear weapons to shoulder their own defense burden.

The other issues that have been pushed ahead by the Democratic government have already been discarded by Trump as he had vowed to undo a global treaty on climate change, which he claimed to be just a hoax. He also talked about breaking trade deals which he claimed to be bad for U.S. workers. Trump has further pledged to renegotiate a nuclear deal with Iran and ease sanctions on the country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif insisted Trump to stay committed to the Iran deal, while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that the election result would not impact Tehran's policies and the nuclear accord with six world powers.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a poor relationship with President Barack Obama, said he hoped to build a better relationship with Trump over the issue of Israeli settlements, while Trump has said they should expand.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also congratulated Trump, but analysts claimed that Trump’s presidency might be profoundly negative for Palestinian aspirations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also offered her close cooperation to Trump, while emphasising on shared democratic values.

“Germany and America share the values of democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and human dignity, regardless of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political belief. On the basis of these values, I offer close cooperation to the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump,” Merkel said.

Merkel also reminded Trump of the global responsibility he carries. 

She said, “Whoever rules this country, with its tremendous economic might, military power and cultural impact, carries a responsibility that can be felt almost anywhere on Earth.”

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that the new U.S. foreign policy would become more unpredictable, making things ‘more difficult’.

He said, “In other words, and I will not dress it up, nothing will become easier, many things will become more difficult," said Steinmeier, who earlier criticised Trump and termed him as a ‘hate preacher’ and described the prospect of him taking the White House as ‘frightening’.

The most important chapter for Trump in his upcoming presidential years would be reinstating Russian ties, which had always been volatile. 

In recent times, the relationship has soured following conflicts over Ukraine, Syria and allegations of Russian cyber attacks in the U.S. election campaign. 

But Trump has always shown a positive attitude towards Russia during his election campaigns. 

“We heard the campaign statements of the future U.S. presidential candidate about the restoration of relations between Russia and the United States. It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development,” Putin said.

At home, trump was congratulated by outgoing President Barack Obama, who had attended 17 campaigns to endorse Clinton along with the first lady Michelle Obama. 

The two however do not share a good relationship at all as Trump had made the controversial ‘birther’ claim. Obama also campaigned hard against him and urged the nation to vote for Clinton.

But as the normal process of handing over charges begins, Obama invited Trump to the White House to discuss the transition plans. 

White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest in a statement said, “Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the President identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the President-elect is the next step.”

In a pre-recorded video, Obama said, “While we’ve certainly seen some new things this time around, what isn’t new is that our democracy has always been rowdy and raucous. We’ve been through tough and divisive elections before, and we’ve always come out stronger for it. That’s what makes America special. Remember, no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning and America will still be the greatest nation on Earth.”

Trump was also congratulated by his opponent Clinton over a phone call and the two had a ‘brief but gracious’ conversation. 

After the transition period is over, the new-elect would be sworn in on January 20, 2017 also known as the Inauguration Day.


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