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World leaders bite lips and congratulate Trump


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World leaders bite lips and congratulate Trump

World leaders have reacted to the surprise result of the US presidential election.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had offered her support to Hillary Clinton, but vowed to work with Donald Trump, but only under certain conditions:“Germany and America are bound together by values: democracy, freedom, respect of law and respect of people regardless of their origin, the colour of their skin, their religion, gender, sexual orientation or their political beliefs. On the basis of these values I am offering to work closely with the future President of the United States, Donald Trump.”

French President Francois Hollande had a few choice works for Donald Trump during the campaign, but now Trump is the president elect: “This American election opens a period of uncertainty. I would like to approach it with lucidity and clarity. The United States are a leading partner of France and what is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, economic relations and the preservation of the planet. These are the main issues. I will engage without delay in a discussion with the new American administration.”

The populist message picked up by the American people following on the back of Brexit is a concern for the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk spoke to the world’s media:“I listened with attention to President-elect Trump’s call for American unity. And I, in turn, would like to call for European and transatlantic unity. I do not believe that any country today can be great in isolation. But, I do believe that America and Europe can, should and will work together. It is in our common interest.”

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