Newspapers Around the World React to the Inauguration of President Trump

January 21st 2017

Willie Burnley Jr.

In a move that symbolized the importance of the U.S. presidency in matters of global security and international economic relations, newspapers across the world reacted to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Feedback ranged from neutral to more nuanced, as some outlets didn't hesitate to express their uncertainty about America's new leader on the front page.

The Independent (UK)

The National (Scotland)

As the Scottish newspaper The National pointed out, President Trump used his inaugural address to emphasize that the United States would move into the direction of “America first” - a position that many experts have interpreted as populist and protectionist. It was the first clear sign that Trump would make good on his campaign promises to radically change the way that the United States operates in the world, including pulling out of climate agreements, opting out of trade deals, and questioning the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Some of these proposals by Trump amount to altering the America's decades-long approach to foreign policy, a course that some have said has largely ushered in global security for the past half century. Trump’s ascension and policies, however, have been viewed as a continuous bucking of the trend of globalization that started with the Brexit.

The Courier Mail (Australia)

President Trump hasn't respond to the international criticism yet, and the rest of the world, along with the US, is waiting to see how his first days in office will pan out.