World Reacts: Trump’s Inaugural Speech

Donald Trump has been confirmed in as President of the United States during a ceremony in which he made a brief and controversial speech.

On the streets, in small gatherings and in the halls of government, people around the world weighed in on US President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday (20.1.17), anticipating how the real estate tycoon’s policies may participate out on the world arena. Here is focus a few of the reaction — including opponent, support and even indifference:

Belgium

A Women’s March in Brussels elicited denigration of Trump’s offensive comments about women and alleged cases of sexual persecution. The exhibition drew participants from a variety of countries, including Norway and Spain.

Cuba

During the presidential promotion, Trump pledged to overturn Obama’s historic opening with Cuba if Havana didn’t make concessions on human rights and religious freedom. Privately, Cuban officials have said they are waiting to see if Trump’s action will match his oratory and so far have avoided criticizing him.

China

A cautious China watched one of its toughest critics believe the presidency Friday, marking the start of what could be a further contentious bilateral relationship between the world’s two largest economies.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday before Trump was on oath in. Chunying emphasized helpful bilateral relations between the two countries to “propel further development of China-US ties at a new staring point.”

India

Trump received affectionate congratulations from India’s prime minister and minister for information and broadcasting.

Iran

Trump has called the agreement a awful deal, and said he wants to renegotiate it. Iran’s government has discarded that proposal, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has insisted that one man cannot cancel the deal or alter its terms.

Israel

Even before Trump’s inauguration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent him a welcome tweet.

“Congrats to my friend President Trump. Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever.”

Palestinians

Palestinian leaders offered few — if any — statements after the inauguration, but their primary concern echoed the mood on the streets.

Thursday (19.1.17), thousands of Palestinians established across the West Bank, protesting the possible move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Demonstrators held up pictures of Trump and waved Palestinian flags.

South Korea

Hours before the inauguration, acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn sent a letter of best wishes to Trump. Kyo-ahn decorated the significance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and urged close cooperation in countering North Korean nuclear threats.

United Kingdom

The new American president drew a message of congratulations from the UK’s foreign minister around the time of the inauguration speech.

Europe and elsewhere

Anti-Trump demonstrations took place and were expected in as many as 57 countries on Friday, according to various groups, including the Women’s March on Washington, a movement critical of the oratory used during the election cycle.