After Donald Trump’s triumphant victory over Hillary Clinton, the President Elect was officially thrust into the global spotlight and was both congratulated and ridiculed by the world’s foreign powers.
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, called the President-elect to congratulate him on his hard-fought victory. Netanyahu expressed how well the conversation went and called Trump a “true friend of Israel.”
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He added that the conversation was, “hearty and warm” and even included talk of religion. A spokesman for the Prime Minister later said, “The Prime Minister congratulated Trump on his electoral win and told him that the United States has no better ally than Israel.”
Netanyahu continued to rave about his talk with the soon to be 45th President of The United States as he said in another statement, “I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability, and peace in our region.”
It seems that for all the negative talk that Trump has heard regarding foreign diplomats, there are some that are genuinely happy with the election outcome.
Netanyahu went on saying: “The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny. I am confident that president-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”
The Israeli leader reportedly avoided controversial topics in his conversation, unlike members of his government who expressed being less than happy about the election results. Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, said Trump’s victory eradicated the idea of a Palestinian state.
While other foreign powers remained neutral, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he hopes “peace will be achieved” during Trump’s term. The billionaire’s victory has others concerned with his apparent admiration of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin and his comment that members of NATO would have to pay for U.S. protection if he were elected.
Putin sent a complimentary telegram to Trump congratulating him on his victory and his hope that Trump’s election could help to repair the current tense relationship between the US and Russia.
Trump’s win poses a large problem for Mexico as well with his talk of building a walk in order to keep Mexican citizens he labeled as “rapists” out of the U.S. Mexico has said that they took his remarks as a deep insult to national pride. Furthermore, financial analysts have predicted a Trump win will threaten billions of dollars in cross-border trade.
The world seems just as divided about Trump’s win as the American people are. Some deem it a great opportunity to “make American great again,” and others view his presidency as a “diplomatic nightmare.” The new year will certainly show us all what we can expect for the rest of his 4-year term.