Last night, Americans made a stunning choice: to elect Donald J. Trump to be the next president of the most influential nation on the planet. The rest of the world looked on in horror at the future of international relations and human rights. Here's how different parts of the world reacted to the news and how different countries' leaders reacted:
The words "shock" and "nightmare" were trending in Germany in the wake of the news, according to the Washington Post. German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a statement reminding Trump of the "shared values" of Germany and the U.S.
"Germany and America are bound by their values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for human dignity, regardless of ancestry, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political leanings," she said in her statement. "On the basis of these values, I offer the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation."
For many European politicians, there's a sense that Trump's foreign policy might be unilateral and unpredictable. In France, President Francois Hollande said Trump's election "opens a period of uncertainty. It must be faced with lucidity and clarity."
The European Union invited Trump to an emergency summit to urgently discuss U.S.–EU relations. Some members of the EU parliament saw the news as a sign that that the EU needs to be wary of right-wing extremism on its own shores. EU foreign ministers are also planning a meeting this weekend to discuss what a Trump presidency could mean for their nations.
British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Trump in a statement today: "I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign," she said. May has been critical of Trump in the past, including last year when Trump said there are "no-go" parts of London because of Muslim immigrants.
In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously congratulated Trump. "The stability of the Asia-Pacific region, which is the driving force behind the world economy, provides the United States with peace and prosperity," he said. That might be because his electorate was largely against Trump, according to a South China Morning Post poll taken in the lead-up to the election, which found that 88% of Japanese voters surveyed supported Hillary Clinton.
Trump received a phone call from Chinese Premier Xi Jiping shortly after declaring his victory. But Trump has threatened to increase tariffs on Chinese imports, and Chinese leaders see him as more of a wild card than Hillary Clinton, who they knew and dealt with in her capacity as Secretary of State.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who shares some far-right ideology with Trump, including Islamophobic rhetoric, called to express his delight at Trump's victory. Trump's campaign elevated a small but vocal minority of Hindu nationalists in the U.S., who support both Trump and Modi.
In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who's been internationally criticized for his country's inhumane asylum seeker policies, sent a message of support to Trump, highlighting "shared common interests" of the two nations. “The bond between our two nations, our shared common interests, our shared national interests, are so strong, are so committed that we’ll continue to work with our friends in the United States through the Trump administration," he said in a statement.