- Title: Australians concerned over Trump win
- Date: 10th November 2016
- Summary: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FERRIES MOVING IN FRONT OF SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
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- Keywords: Australia election reaction Donald Trump USA newspapers
- Location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- City: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- Country: Australia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00457V205J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: People on the streets of Sydney were concerned over the election of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday (November 10), as headlines in local newspapers reacted with shock.
Trump, who at 70 will be the oldest first-term U.S. president, came out on top after a bitter and divisive campaign that focused largely on the character of the candidates and whether they could be trusted to serve as the country's 45th president.
"For Australia and for Asia-Pacific I think it's quite bad for trade. It's going to be very interesting what he does, I saw his speech yesterday. I thought he was quite sincere. Personally, I don't agree with 90 per cent of the stuff he says, I don't think he's a likeable person. I think he's going to change a lot of the strategies that the U.S. have implemented over the last eight years for Obama. Is it a good thing for the rest of the world? Probably not but we will see," corporate businessman, Matthew Hanley told Reuters.
"No, it's not good news. We're very disappointed, at least I am. It's just, you have a Hollywood-style person, it's just absolutely horrible. I mean he may turn out to be more than he pretended he was but we're not happy. Certainly not I, I'm not happy as a Canadian. It's horrible, shocking," added Canadian tourist, Susan Hyam.
Their reaction echoed many western governments who are unsure whether Trump, a real estate mogul and former reality TV star with no government experience, will follow through on his campaign pledges, some of which would turn the post-war order on its head.
"I'm kind of scared of it, to be honest. I don't know what is going to happen. I guess, I think all we can do is just wait and see what happens, but to be honest I was kind of hoping the results wouldn't turn out that way, so , yeah," added marketing coordinator Ellie De Souza.
During the U.S. election campaign, Trump expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, questioned central tenets of the NATO military alliance and suggested that Japan and South Korea should be allowed to develop nuclear weapons to shoulder their own defence burden.
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