Much was made during the presidential campaign of the mutual admiration between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin --- and Russia's apparent clandestine efforts to help him out. Now Putin has said Trump's triumph will open a new era in U.S.-Russian relations. From Russia Today:
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is another populist who triumphed this year, but he has been condemned around the globe for a bloody war on drugs and has sought to distance himself from the United States. He offered congratulations to the president-elect. Via ABS-CBN News:
"President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in chief of the U.S. military, and looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law," the Office of Communications Secretary said in a statement.
Mainstream European leaders have been less warm to the Trump phenomenon. The mogul criticized German chancellor Angela Merkel during the campaign. Feel free to read between the lines on what she had to say, via Deutsche Welle:
"Whoever the American people elect as their president in free and fair elections, that has a significance far beyond the USA," the chancellor said in Berlin on Wednesday.
"Germany and America are bound by their values: democracy, freedom, the respect for the law and the dignity of human beings, independent of their origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political position," she added.
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