The world was watching the UK on June 23rd, 2016: the Brexit vote. Preceding and succeeding the vote it seemed like every nation had their own opinion about what the UK should do and the consequences of the Brexit. This “world watching” phenomenon is currently exemplified in the U.S. Presidential Election cycle.
Earlier in August, I further explored President Hollande’s remarks about the U.S. election as a global election. After that post, one of my friends had the following questions:
“Are there any other political leaders that have made comments on this current election? I’d love to hear your thoughts on our other allies and the future they see with Trump/Hillary.”
Great question. Let’s see *DJ Khaled voice* I sort of arbitrarily picked quotes from foreign political leaders. I attempted to keep all quotes within the current election cycle. I also tried to show both positive and negative opinions for each candidate, but as you can imagine, that’s not the easiest task.
What are they saying about H. Clinton?
For the most part, in Hillary’s case, no news is good news, and some news is pretty good as well. It is extremely hard to find direct quotes from the past year about a potential Clinton presidency. I did find:
- Italian Prime Minister Matto Renzi – “As Italian prime minister, it’s obvious that I would work well with whoever is president of the United States. As an Italian citizen and leader of the Democratic Party, and in total respect for American democracy, I’m rooting for Hillary Clinton.” LATimes 6/10/2016
- Former world leaders such as Tony Blair (former British Prime Minister), Nicolas Sarkozy (former French President) and Carl Bildt (former Swedish Prime Minister) all voiced support for Clinton. DailyCaller 3/27/2016
- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ( wild card quote)- He openly opposes mothers in leadership roles, but makes an exception for Hillary. [Talk about a back handed comment.]
I also found one not too admirable comment about Clinton:
- Colonel Mohammad Ahmad (Levant Front in Syria) -“U.S. had been “stalling” with its policies on Syria. Hillary says she’ll change things as an election promotion, nothing more.”LATimes 6/10/2016
Surprise! That’s it. Weird huh? Let’s take a look at The Donald.
What are they saying about D. Trump?
First, let’s get the positives out the way for Trump.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin -“He is talking about moving to a different level of relations, a closer, deeper relationship with Russia. How can we but welcome that? Of course we welcome that.” CBSNews 3/10/2016
That’s about the size of it for positive feedback. Now to… ok full disclosure, this next part is just bad/funny.
So to make things easier… I’m just going to list my top 10 unfavorable comments I found regarding Trump.*
- Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Goldberg- ” A lot of what Donald Trump says makes for a more unstable world.”
- Anonymous European Ambassador – ” Given his positions, do we even want to have anything to do with this guy?” (this made me giggle)
- Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo – Mr. Trump is so stupid, my God”
- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa – His discourse is so dumb, so basic.” (and not the good basic)
- Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud -“You [Trump] are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S. presidential race as you will never win.”
- Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretry Claudia Ruiz Massieu -“When an apple’s red, it is red. When you say ignorant things, you’re ignorant.”
- French politician Marine Le Pen (Far right movement) -“Seriously, have you ever heard me say something like that?”
- British MP Victoria Atkins (Conservative Party) – “If he met one or two of my constituents in one of the many excellent pubs in my constituency, they may well tell him he is a wazzock.” ( I love Britain)
- Anon Latin American Diplomat – “He would make an important contribution to anti-American sentiment around the world.”
- Finally, from an Anonymous Ambassador from the Middle East – “We had such appreciation for your system when Barack Hussein Obama was elected […] Hussein was his middle name. Hussein! He was black. We so admired that America could do something like that. Now you have a candidate who doesn’t want Muslims.”
*All comments found in Washington Post Article “61 not-very-positive things foreign leaders have said about Donald Trump” by Adam Taylor
That was kind of brutal for Trump, but I still don’t feel sympathetic… those comments are deserved.
Looking back on the quotes…
I am surprised how hard it is to find quotes from foreign leaders concerning Clinton during the past year. There’s a plethora of quotes available during her time as Secretary of State, but not so much now. That’s not a bad thing. Like I said before, no news is good news (sometimes).
Plus, why would foreign leaders want to comment on Clinton when there’s Trump: an easy,unusual, and deserved target. Trump is the antithesis of everything “establishment” anything. Foreign leaders probably feel like they have a little more leniency on what or how they talk about Trump versus how they should approach Clinton. I do believe the more ludicrous a candidate or any political figure is, the more their counterparts will comment about them.
Then again, maybe they’re in a sassy mood because every time they think of Trump they’re reminded of Britney Spears Circus.
Does it even matter what the world thinks of any aspect of the U.S. election? I’ve seen an article in the BBC that says no… I have a different answer. More on that later.
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