What 15 of the Most Powerful People in the World Have Said About Donald Trump’s Presidency
The way leaders in the world view President Trump is a large reflection of how regular people in the world view us. What those leaders say about the president and how they regard him can be very telling of how well we are doing as a country. If we are doing bad, the leaders around the world have little respect for the president. Conversely, if we are doing well, leaders will speak to the president’s praises.
So what do world leaders think of our president? Their feelings are a bit of a mixed bag. Here are the worlds most powerful leaders and how they regard Donald Trump (wait till you see what the leader who made No. 1 said).
15. Justin Trudeau
“I respect the American electoral process. I have faith in what Lincoln referred to as ‘the better angels of American nature’ and I am looking forward to who I am going to work with after Nov. 4.” Justin Trudeau
It’s no secret that Justin Trudeau is not a fan of President Trump. Their politics are at odds with one another being that Trudeau is the leader of the Socialist Party. Never the less, Trudeau was respectful to the American democratic system and wished that the people would choose wisely during the 2016 election. It’s highly likely, even though Trudeau would never say it, that Justin is not a fan of Donald.
Next: The leader of the EU is not pleased with the new tariffs.
14. Jean-Claude Juncker
“So now we will also impose import tariffs. This is basically a stupid process, the fact that we have to do this … We can also do stupid.” Jean-Claude Juncker
To be fair, Juncker is absolutely correct. If Trump thinks that he is going to bring back steel jobs by imposing high tariffs, all he is going to get is more expensive products in other sectors. The whole process is stupid.
Next: The head of one of the largest financial institutions used one of Trump’s favorite words.
13. Christine Lagarde
“In a so-called trade war, driven by reciprocal increases of import tariffs, nobody wins, one generally finds losers on both sides.” Christine Lagarde
For those of you who don’t know who Christine Lagarde is, she is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Her entire career is based on world economic policies. Let’s just say that she thinks the tariffs are not a bright idea.
Next: When you openly hit on a man’s wife, you’re probably gonna get some shade.
12. Emmanuel Macron
“I do believe that’s a big mistake, I told him but there is no new negotiation.” Emmanuel Macron
The Macron-Trump relationship is a tedious one at best. Trump openly hit on Macron’s wife during their first visit. Personal feelings aside, Macron has always been very forward with Trump. When the President decided to threaten to leave the Paris Agreement, Macron made it very clear that he would not give him what he wants.
Next: Having a world leader and ally, openly mock you isn’t a good look.
11. Malcolm Turnbull
“Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before. We are winning in the polls. We are, we are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They’re the ones we’re not winning in.” Malcolm Turnbull
For context, this whole speech was done making a terrible impression of Donald Trump’s voice. Sure it is a little stab at himself for actually having low polling numbers, but the significance that he is willing to mock a sitting U.S. president speaks volumes.
He also added to his speech a nice little jab about the president’s alleged collusion with the Russian government. Turnbull said “You know, the online polls. They are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy.”
Next: This guy hates Trump and there’s no illusion about it.
10. Pena Nieto
“I have said time and time again: Mexico will not pay for that wall.” Pena Nieto
It’s fair to say that Pena Nieto really doesn’t like Trump for obvious reasons. Nieto has said this quote over and over again for the president to hear it. Even Nieto’s predecessor, Vincent Fox has said it, just with a lot more colorful language.
Next: A former vice president has some strong words for Trump.
9. Joe Biden
“They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Joe Biden
Joe Biden really didn’t mince words when he was asked if he’d debate the president. It’s actually not that uncommon in the history of American politics to wish ill will upon your political opponent. This is just hilarious because the thought of those two duking it out is absurd.
Next: Even though Trump’s name wasn’t mentioned, this was definitely aimed towards Trump.
8. Narendra Modi
“In our culture, we treat the Nature as mother. We also believe that man only has the right to milk it; not to destroy it. That is why, through Paris Agreement, we have assured the global community that our development process would be entirely in line with our cultural ethos towards environmental safeguards.” Narendra Modi
It’s no secret that much of the world was really irked when President Trump pulled the united states support from the Paris Agreement. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasn’t the least bit shy to say why that is a terrible mistake while also being very respectful. In fact, he dedicated a large chunk of a one-hour speech addressing that one thing.
Next: Well, that is one way to say that someone made a mistake.
7. Theresa May
“I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do … I have absolute confidence that my cabinet ministers would not be retweeting material from Britain First.” Theresa May
You may remember that Donald Trump once re-tweeted a hate group’s message. More specifically he retweeted a British hate group’s video. Theresa May realizes that that was a mistake, but is confident that her team would never be that stupid.
Next: These two have butted heads for a long time.
6. Jeff Bezos
“He’s not just going after the media, but threatening retribution to people who scrutinize him. He’s also saying he may not give a graceful concession speech if he loses the election. That erodes our democracy around the edges. He’s also saying he might lock up his opponent. These aren’t appropriate behaviors,” Jeff Bezos
People have expressed serious concerns about the president chipping away at the political norms of our democracy. Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest man, isn’t shy about calling it like he sees it. Regardless, these two are going to continue to butt heads for a long time to come.
Next: Another one of the worlds most successful businessmen has concerns.
5. Bill Gates
“If anybody says we don’t need the media, that’s a little scary.” Bill Gates
In any totalitarian or authoritarian state, the media is always attacked or tightly controlled. It’s perfectly natural for Bill Gates to be concerned when a U.S. president expresses such disdain for it. If we lose the media, we will lode the last line in the checks and balances that makes our democracy great.
Next: This president’s country was the target of a lot of commentary from the president during the campaign.
4. Xi Jinping
“Since my meeting with the president at Mar-a-Lago, China-US relations have achieved important outcomes … [but] bilateral relations have been affected by some negative factors.” President Xi Jinping
President Xi was very careful with his words. He wants a successful relationship with the president because there’s no reason the countries can’t work together. Although, with everything that Trump said about China during his campaign, you have to imagine there’s a little animosity there.
Next: You won’t believe what his holiness has to say about Trump’s rhetoric.
3. Pope Francis
“The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected.” Pope Francis
Pope Francis isn’t happy about the DACA position that the president has taken. The family is where we create love in the world. Tearing them apart is only going to incite hate.
Next: Trump wasn’t even able to shake this woman’s hand.
2. Angela Merkel
“We Europeans have to take our destiny into our own hands – of course in friendship with the US… but we have to know that we have to fight for our own future.” – Angela Merkel
Europeans know that there isn’t much of a future with the United States if we keep heading down the path we have chosen. Angela Merkel isn’t the least bit shy about expressing that.
Next: It’s pretty obvious what the most powerful man in the world has to say about Trump.
1. Vladamir Putin
“One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated.” – Vladamir Putin
Things are not all buddy/buddy with Trump and Putin as one would expect. Their relationship has been particularly strained because of the investigations into Russia meddling with the 2016 election. If everything they say is true about Trump, then Putin hasn’t got his end of the bargain yet.
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