Russian President Putin First World Leader To Congratulate President-Elect Trump


Leaders across the globe reacted differently to the news of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s uspet victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Upon learning the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin immediately took time to congratulate Trump on becoming president-elect.

Trump received a telegram from Putin conveying his congratulations as well as “his hope to work together for removing Russia-American relations from their crisis state.”

Putin’s telegram also relayed his desire for a “constructive dialogue” between the two nations.

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Russian Parliament said in a statement, “It’s important for us that relations between our countries be based on mutual respect and partnership on equal terms, and cooperation be mutually beneficial.”

Not every world leader was as ready as Russia to congratulate Trump on his victory.

After Trump was declared the next president, Gerard Araud, France’s ambassador in the U.S., issued a tweet in which he wrote, “After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.”

Other nations seem to share Araud’s opinion.

Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister wrote, “The world won’t end, but things will get more crazy.”

President Francois Hollande of France congratulated Trump while issuing a warning.

“I congratulate him as is natural between two democratic heads of state. This American election opens a period of uncertainty,” Hollande said.

Among those to congratulate Trump is Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu issued a statement saying, “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.”

Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister said in a statement, “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign…I look forward to working with president-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

In his victory speech in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Trump sent a message to world leaders.

“We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us,” Trump said.

“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.”

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