Washington (CNN)American allies woke up to Donald Trump’s victory early Wednesday deeply unsettled, questioning whether the US will remain a stalwart partner and a stable pillar of the international order.
Trump himself promised change and uncertainty in his first major foreign policy address in April, saying he would “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy” and that the US would “have to be unpredictable, and we have to be unpredictable starting now.”
Early Wednesday, in his acceptance speech, he said he wanted to “tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”
French President Francois Hollande delivered an unusually bald response — at a level of government where concerns are usually cloaked in diplomatic bon mots — laying bare the risks international counterparts see in the wild card that is the US President-elect.
“These American elections open a period of uncertainty,” Holland said. “I have to say this clearly and frankly.”
Laying out the various issues France and the US collaborate on, including terrorism and climate change, Holland went on to say that “what’s at risk is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, economic ties and the preservation of our planet.”
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