DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - In the wake of Donald Trump's historic upset victory last night in the presidential race, world leaders are congratulating Trump. British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, "I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign." She went on to say, "I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead."
Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, also congratulated Trump on his victory. Putin signaled a thawing in relations between America and Russia, as he said, "Trump spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia. We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the U.S. and Russia. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the U.S."
The Vatican's premier diplomat, Cdl. Pietro Parolin, congratulated Trump on his victory. Talking to Vatican Radio, Parolin said, "We wish the new president well, that he may have a truly fruitful government." He went on to say, "We also offer our prayers that the Lord will enlighten and sustain him in the service of his country, and at the service of world peace and prosperity."
Benjamin Netanyahu, prime Mminister of Israel, congratulated Trump in a tweet. "President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel," he tweeted. "I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region."
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, in a letter to Trump, said, "We extend our sincere congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America."
He went on to invite Trump for a summit meeting between the European Union and the United States. "We would take this opportunity to invite you to visit Europe for an E.U.-U.S. Summit at your earliest convenience," he said. "This conversation would allow for us to chart the course of our relations for the next four years."
President of China Xi Jinping called Trump and congratulated him. "I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation."
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, also congratulated Trump. In a tweet, he said, "Mexico and the U.S. are friends, partners and allies who should continue working for the competitiveness and the development of North America."
Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, stated in a tweet, "We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign, @realDonaldTrump."
The prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, congratulated Trump in a Facebook post, saying:
Congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump! His candidacy took many by surprise. At each stage he defied expectations, and his journey has ultimately taken him to the White House. It has been a contentious, ugly election season, that has exposed a bitter divide in the American people. Many will celebrate this result, while others will understandably be surprised and disappointed.