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Saturday, March 23, 2019

While Donald Trump has been deeply polarizing at home, foreign leaders and dignitaries have a near-unanimous view of him. Outside of his increasingly fascistic rallies, the rest of the world is shocked by the antics of the Republican Party’s lead candidate.

Let’s start with Canada, now led by a Liberal government after a decade of divisive Conservative leadership. Canadian Prime Minister and internationally renowned heartthrob Justin Trudeau has avoided getting caught in Trump’s mud-slinging crossfire. “I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anybody that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric,” he said during a town hall last December with Maclean’s, a Canadian weekly. He has made a point of showing the differences between his “sunny ways” and Trump’s blatant racism, especially in light of the fear-driven and racist election strategies used by the incumbent Conservative Party during the October 2015 elections.

What about Trump’s favorite punching bag, Mexico? The unwilling treasury of The Great Trump Wall has a long, frequently unhappy history with its powerful northern neighbor. Former Mexican president Vincente Fox summed up what seems like a common sentiment — “I’m not paying for that fucking wall!” — and current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, perhaps demonstrating a sense of diplomatic civility for Trump’s sake, condemned his comments but wouldn’t go any further: “Some have hoped for the president to take a position on what Trump has said. The government […] fully discredits and condemns any expression of a discriminatory character and [any expression] that specifically hurts Mexicans,” he said.

The Europeans are, frankly, unamused. “I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong, and I think if he came to visit our country, I think he would unite us all against him,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron a week after Trump made his infamous proclamation to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, whose country suffered terribly during the Paris attacks, took on Trump’s race-baiting. “Mr Trump, like others, stokes hatred: our ONLY enemy is radical Islam,” he tweeted shortly afterwards. His sentiment was not necessarily shared by all French politicians. French far right leader Jean Marie Le Pen, founder of the far right National Front Party who later kicked him out because he was so racist, has been upbeat about Trump’s candidacy. In a tweet, he wrote, “If I were American, I would vote for Donald Trump.” The endorsement came only days after Trump pretended to not know who David Duke was, after the former KKK Grand Wizard endorsed him.

German Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel compared Trump to Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, two notoriously right-wing politicians in Europe. “Whether Donald Trump, Marine le Pen, or Geert Wilders–all these right-wing populists are not only a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development,” he said only days ago. All were guilty of making unrealistic promises to their followers, he said, but he acknowledged that globalization needed to be reformed in a more equitable way. The loss of working class jobs among white Americans to cheaper labor markets has fueled much of Trump’s support this election.

Russian President and noted strongman Vladimir Putin has had positive words for Trump. “He is a bright and talented person without any doubt,” Putin said in December 2015. He added that Trump is “an outstanding and talented personality.” It’s only natural that Trump would be attracted to the leadership qualities of Putin, who has had political rivals killed or exiled.

In Egypt, the state’s official religious body said that “Trump’s hate rhetoric towards Muslims as a threat to the American community is totally erroneous since Islam exhorts peace and coexistence among all humans and it is unfair to blame all Muslims for the actions of a minority that manipulates the fundamentals of the religion.” (Although it’s unclear whether or not the body was equally as outspoken when Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Sisi’s forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters after he overthrew Egypt’s only democratically elected government.)

As the American election draws nearer, more international leaders will likely speak out against Trump, especially if he wins the Republican nomination. Whether or not his supporters realize the threat he presents to the rest of the world, they’re all making an effort to let us know.

Photo: Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Cadillac, Michigan, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

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7 responses to “What World Leaders Have Been Saying About Donald Trump”

  1. Otto T. Goat says:

    More reasons to vote for Trump.

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    What people worldwide realize is that Donald Trump’s candidacy is by now more reminiscent of a religious cult, than a political campaign or a political movement. There is absolutely nothing Donald Trump can say or do that would offend his followers. It does not matter that he supports abortion, universal healthcare, and economic policies that are an exact replica of what President Obama has promoted, or hoped to implement. In fact, it does not matter that Donald Trump praised President Obama and spoke highly of SoS Clinton. His supporters are not interested in the message, in facts, or reality. They see in him a man that reflects the anger they feel. A man they hope will bring about the changes they always wanted. A man whose abhorrence of civility, respect, responsibility, and pragmatism is a reflection of their interpretation of leadership.

  3. Rightazz says:

    What is the difference between the anti Trump anti Obama anti Sander. just haters and scared of something different As far as a Foreign leader I really do not care. Nice to see Trump has created so much fear now if the world leaders would just spend some time resolving issues that matter No I do not support Trump but I do enjoy watching all the 1950s propaganda and everyone buying it watch out your neighbor may be a comi

  4. drdroad says:

    Lets see, Putin likes him, the Prime Minister of England and Canada don’t. nuff said.

  5. Jimmy Hoffa says:

    the politics of hate, fear and division are exactly what globalists like Tredeau, the infant, do agree on. the world holds its breath in hopes Trump is elected so that he can lead us back to sanity. hang in there world, people in the USA are united for once. we will elect Trump in spite of the best efforts of the elites, who currently have all the microphones, except the one in Donald Trump’s hand.

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