MPCore.us – World leaders react to American midterm election results, while American partners and rivals try to estimate what the Democratic Party means, a new majority in the House of Representatives (DPR), for the future of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda in the coming years.
After it was clear that they won a majority in the DPR late Tuesday, the Democrats burst out of excitement – while Nancy Pelosi, chairman of the minority Democratic faction in the House of Representatives, declared “a new day in America.”
Is this also a new day for American foreign policy? “No,” said Professor Peter Trubowitz, director of the Center for American Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
“The main performance played by Donald Trump today is the foreign policy side, where he has more authority and space to maneuver than on the domestic side. So, I actually expect Trump to be more violent about trade with China, against Iran, and about the border with Mexico, “he said.
Trubowitz said Democrats might support Trump’s attitude towards China. America imposes tariffs on imports of goods from China worth 250 billion dollars, and accuses the country of unfair trade practices. Chinese officials did not comment on the election results.
Europe is also concerned about the tariffs imposed by America on its main exports, such as cars. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday the results of the election did not seem to ease tensions.
To reporters, Maas said, “Across the Atlantic here, we must get an answer to the American motto: ‘America first’, which for me must be ‘Europe united,’ said Maas.
Other European leaders praised the number of women elected in the DPR.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said relations with America would not change – while it would be difficult to make them worse.
In the Middle East, Israel urges President Trump not to allow defeat in this election to derail plans for peace in the region. Nabil Shaath, advisor
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pushed for changes in American policy. He said, “The Democrats in America are getting closer to a position that could lead ultimately to the peace process.”
World leaders, according to Trubowitz analysts, are now wondering what will happen next in America.