What papers around the world said about Donald Trump's victory

 
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Some papers were wary of Trump's presidency, others said it showed a rejection of the status quo and must be respected (Source: Getty)

Newspapers around the world are reacting to the news Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

In the UK, today's front pages showed a spread of views on the President-elect, with some poking fun, while others addressed concerns about the soon-to-be leader.

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Daily Mail

The Mail described yesterday's election as "protest at a complacent liberal elite that had ignored them for too long" and warned of the "profound repercussions" for government. It took aim at the "sneers" of the US and UK media and claimed they had "contempt for the ordinary people whose interests they profess to hold dear".

They simply fail to understand voters’ rejection of all the ‘isms’ beloved of the Left (multiculturalism, militant feminism, internationalism and social liberalism) or Trump’s appeal to the most enduring ‘ism’ of them all – old-fashioned patriotism.

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Daily Express

The Express was equally pleased with a Trump win. The paper said Barack Obama was hostile to Brexit, adding that Trump can help make it a success.

​It is a great relief to have a friend in the White House who respects the special relationship and is ready to put Britain at the front of the queue.

When it comes to dealing with other nations and international organisations alike [Trump] will be an influential figure whose help is likely to prove invaluable.

The Sun

The Sun made a mockery of Trump's victory, noting a Simpsons cartoon that joked about him becoming President 16 years ago.

But it called for people to accept the result and move on, and to try and work with the new president. It added that his greatest challenge is to fulfil the promises he made to voters, and warned: "if he fails, their rage will be terrifying".

In America too they craved dramatic change. The choice? Trump, or a deeply unpopular mega-rich career politician just offering more of the same. And Clinton produced her finest moment too late — as she graciously accepted defeat yesterday.

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Daily Mirror

Other papers, like the Mirror, are not so pleased. But it called on the left to listen to the concerns of Trump supporters.

If the march of the populist Right is to be countered we must not scorn those who voted for Trump or, in Britain's case, for Brexit, but listen to their concerns. Their grievances are genuine and they must be addressed.

Around the world

"A dark day for the world" is how the Guardian saw Trump's win, describing it as a "bleak day for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for".

The final and overarching fear is for the world. Mr Trump’s win means uncertainty about America’s future strategy in a world that has long relied on the United States for stability. But Mr Trump’s capacity to destabilise is almost limitless.

Overseas, the reaction was also interesting. Australian papers had mixed views, with some commentators at the Sydney Morning Herald encouraging Americans to move to Canada, while others said it isn't the end of the world: "Trump will lead the US in the right direction".

The US could veer dangerously towards protectionism, closed borders, global withdrawal, domestic infighting, tearing up climate action pacts, more vested interest politics and apologies for poor governance. The Trump campaign in effect promised all of that – and signs of nepotism hardly engender confidence in the new administration.

Australia's Daily Telegraph went with a headline befitting Trump's enthusiasm for all things digital: "W.T.F."

French paper Liberation described Trump as an "American Pyscho" - a reference to Brett Easton Ellis' bestseller.

Meanwhile Spanish paper El Pais said the US had fallen for Trump's "aggressive populism".

German tabloid Bild said "we'll manage this one too".

In China, the state-run paper called for stability in the world, and said the two countries must "cooperate or perish" and work together on greater Sino-US relationships to better benefit the people.

Yesterday's late edition of the Washington Post said Trump "ran with shock and awe... how will he govern?".

It said Trump must work for the best possible outcomes for the US and the world. But it warned that if he carries out his planned policies, America will get hurt.

If he attempts to act on these goals and inclinations, others must rally to the defence of constitutional principles and sound government. Republican leaders in Congress endorsed Mr. Trump on the bet that he would back their legislative agenda and respect their authority. They will be put to the test. Law enforcement agencies must guard against any attempt to use them unlawfully.

This Mexican paper needs little explanation.

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