Anx­i­ety sinks in as al­lies, foes weigh Trump’s win

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND WORLD - By Simon Denyer and Griff Witte

BEI­JING — The world gasped in col­lec­tive dis­be­lief Wed­nes­day af­ter the vic­tory of Don­ald Trump in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial race, with ap­pre­hen­sive al­lies seek­ing to put a brave face on a re­sult they had dreaded and Amer­i­can ad­ver­saries ex­ult­ing in an out­come they see as a po­ten­tial turn­ing point in global af­fairs

Within min­utes of Trump’s tri­umph, con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages to the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee poured in from lead­ers around the world, both friend and foe alike, even as se­cu­rity coun­cils con­vened emer­gency meet­ings and dumb­founded diplo­mats strug­gled to un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of his win.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin sent a tele­gram that, the Krem­lin said, “ex­pressed hope for joint work to steer Rus­sia-U.S. re­la­tions out of cri­sis.”

News of the Repub­li­can’s vic­tory was greeted with broad smiles and a round of ap­plause in the lower house of the Rus­sian par­lia­ment.

U.S. al­lies in­sisted that they would work closely with the new ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In Bri­tain — where the Par­lia­ment ear­lier this year de­bated ban­ning Trump from vis­it­ing — Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said her na­tion and the United States had “an en­dur­ing and spe­cial re­la­tion­ship based on the val­ues of free­dom, democ­racy and en­ter­prise.”

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, who had crit­i­cized Trump dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign for show­ing in­tol­er­ance to­ward Mus­lims, said that Trump’s vic­tory was a “pos­i­tive sign” and the “be­gin­ning of a new era in the United States.”

But be­neath the as­sur­ances of busi­ness-as-usual, and even op­ti­mism in some quar­ters, was a deep anx­i­ety that Trump’s win could un­set­tle the global or­der.

The terms “shock” and “night­mare,” which were trend­ing on Twit­ter in Ger­many, ap­peared to re­flect the sen­ti­ment among many ob­servers and politi­cians in Ber­lin.

Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter Ur­sula von der Leyen called Trump’s vic­tory a “se­vere shock.”

“I think Don­ald Trump also knows that this wasn’t a vote for him, but that it was much more a vote against Wash­ing­ton, against the es­tab­lish­ment,” von der Leyen told pub­lic TV net­work ARD.

Con­cerns were also sharp in Brus­sels, the head­quar­ters of NATO and the European Union, where Trump had been uni­ver­sally op­posed, as well as in key Asian strate­gic al­lies such as Ja­pan and South Korea.

But China’s state me­dia chor­tled at how the elec­tions re­vealed the de­cline of Amer­i­can democ­racy.

“The prob­a­bly most di­vi­sive and scan­dalous election in Amer­i­can his­tory has eroded vot­ers’ faith in the two-party sys­tem, as many vot­ers called it a game of money, power and in­flu­ence,” wrote state-run news agency Xin­hua.

Nowhere was the Amer­i­can election re­sult felt more keenly than in Mex­ico, as the peso crum­bled.

“It feels like our night­mare is here,” tweeted Jorge Gua­jardo, who was Mex­ico’s am­bas­sador to China from 2007 to 2013.

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/GETTY-AFP

Com­muters pick up news­pa­pers with the U.S. election re­sults Wed­nes­day in London.

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