The world faces a radically different United States under the command of future President Donald Trump.
Although some countries celebrated the victory of the billionaire businessman, others saw the result as a major commotion as governments will now have to deal with a man who winked at Vladimir Putin, told his NATO allies that they would have to pay for their protection and promised that he would make Mexico pay for a border wall that would cost billions of dollars.
Trump’s victory was especially alarming in Mexico, where his comments described Mexican migrants as delinquents and “rapists” were perceived as a serious insult to national pride.
Financial analysts have estimated that a Trump victory would endanger billions of dollars in cross-border trade, and government officials said they had drawn up a contingency plan for that scenario without making the details public.
“It’s DEFCON 2,” said Mexican analyst Alejandro Hope. “Probably the closest thing to a national emergency that Mexico has faced in many decades.”
“It depends on whether you really believe what he say and whether he can do what he wants to do,” Hope said. “A massive deportation campaign could put stress on Mexican border communities, and a renegotiation of NAFTA could seriously disrupt the Mexican economy, which could create a lot of uncertainty … Financial markets could suffer.”
The Mexican peso, which has been heavily affected by US elections, fell sharply at $ 20.45 against the dollar on Tuesday before recovering slightly. Banco de México’s interbank rate remained at 18.42 at the end of the day’s trading.
In Europe, NATO allies are waiting to see if Trump maintains his suggestion that the United States will assess whether they have paid the appropriate quota considering that Washington has to come to their defense.
Trump’s rhetoric has questioned the strategic foundation of the alliance, affecting its leaders at a time when Russia is becoming increasingly aggressive.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen described the vote as “a major commotion” and “a vote against Washington, against the ruling class.”
Although there are many questions to be answered, Von der Leyen said in a statement on German public television on Wednesday: “Obviously Europeans know that as NATO partners, Donald Trump will naturally ask ‘what are you doing for the alliance’, but we too will ask ‘what is their position towards the alliance’ “.
France’s Marine Le Pen, leader of the populist and anti-immigration National Front party, congratulated Trump before even knowing the final results, tweeting his support for the “Free American People!”