- Title: Malaysia's prime minister congratulates Trump
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MALAYSIA PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK SITTING ON STAGE VARIOUS OF NAJIB SPEAKING REPORTERS SITTING REPORTER HAND SCROLLING TOUCH PAD (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) MALAYSIA PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK SAYING: "I think cooperation with U.S. will remain because they need the partnership with Malaysia and other countries. And I'm sure that he will use the right method that can help U.S. work with other countries. I know him personally and he's not someone whom I'm not familiar with." NAJIB STANDING AT STAGE AND POSING FOR PHOTO
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- Keywords: Malaysia Najib Trump congratulates election president
- Location: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- City: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q55C7
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- Story Text: Prime Minister Najib Razak congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday (November 9), saying that he looked forward to continuing a partnership with the United States.
"I think cooperation with U.S. will remain because they need the partnership with Malaysia and other countries. And I'm sure that he will use the right method that can help U.S. work with other countries. I know him personally and he's not someone whom I'm not familiar with," he said.
Najib visited Beijing last week in what was widely seen as a shifting of allegiances from U.S. to China. In an editorial in a Chinese state daily, he said former colonial powers should not lecture nations they once exploited.
The comments were seen as a veiled attack on the West as Najib looked to strengthen ties with China after the U.S. Justice Department filed lawsuits in July implicating him in a multi-billion dollar money-laundering scandal.
Trump collected enough of the 270 state-by-state electoral votes needed to win a four-year term that starts on January 20, taking battleground states where presidential elections are traditionally decided, U.S. television networks projected.
His win raises a host of questions for the United States at home and abroad. He campaigned on a pledge to take the country on a more isolationist, protectionist "America First" path. He has vowed to impose a 35 percent tariff on goods exported to the United States by U.S. companies that went abroad.
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