(CNS): The Cayman Islands premier’s office released a 56-word statement Wednesday congratulating US President Elect Donald Trump. As Cayman and countries all over the world were considering the implications of Trump’s unexpected election win, Premier Alden McLaughlin joined international leaders in releasing public comment. But in possibly the shortest statement from him on any topic since taking office more than three and a half years ago, McLaughlin’s comments were succinct.
“The Cayman Islands congratulates Donald Trump and the Republican Party on an emphatic victory in yesterday’s presidential election,” he said. “We will watch with interest as Mr Trump organises his Cabinet and sets his policies as well as his agenda for the next four years and look forward to a positive working relationship with the new US administration.”
The first political party leader (though not a country leader) to congratulate Trump on his victory, even before it was a certainty, was Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National who is running for president next spring. Her best wishes were followed by an assortment of congratulatory messages and tweets from a collection of right wing European political party and country leaders.
The French president was a little less enthusiastic about Trump’s victory than Le Pen, however, saying it “opens a period of uncertainty”. Speaking in a televised address, he called for a united Europe, able to wield influence on the international stage and promote its values and interests whenever they are challenged.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who had criticized Trump during the campaign about some of his outlandish racist comments, focused on the “special relationship” between the two countries. She said that she hoped that Trump’s win would mean a continuation of shared values, including “freedom, democracy and enterprise”.
An early congratulatory message came from the man who may be high on Trump’s Christmas card list this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said he was willing fully to restore ties with the US.
“We heard the campaign statements of the future US presidential candidate about the restoration of relations between Russia and the United States,” he said in his statement. “It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development.”
There were mixed messages from leaders in China, Iran and the European Union, as well as from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, contrasting with far more enthusiastic messages from leaders in other countries, such as Israel.
Not surprisingly, Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto opted to congratulate America for “its electoral process” rather than congratulating Trump. Nieto said he hoped the two countries will work together but made no mention of the wall that Trump promised will be built between their two countries, paid for by Mexico, to keep out illegal immigrants.