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ELECTION 2016 - The World's View

ELECTION 2016 - The World's View

"What the world is thinking about the U.S. election" PBS NewsHour 10/25/2016


SUMMARY:  Who is chosen as the next president of the United States isn't just a matter of national importance, but will make a big difference to the rest of the world.  This year, the international community is watching with a combination of fascination and trepidation.  Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant gets a sampling of global views on the election.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The President of the United States is often called the leader of the free world.  And with just two weeks left in the campaign, it can be relatively safely said that many eyes overseas are keeping close tabs on the race for the White House.

Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant has been sampling opinion on his recent travels through Europe, and he sent us what he found.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  She's playing chicken.  Look, Putin…

CHRIS WALLACE, Moderator:  Wait, but…

DONALD TRUMP:  … from everything I see, has no respect for this person.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:  Well, that's because he'd rather have a puppet as President of the United States.

DONALD TRUMP:  No puppet.  No puppet.

HILLARY CLINTON:  And it's pretty clear…

DONALD TRUMP:  You're the puppet.

HILLARY CLINTON:  It's pretty clear…

MALCOLM BRABANT, Special correspondent:  There's little doubt that the world is watching the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with a combination of fascination and trepidation.

In Greece, the land that invented democracy, hostility towards Germany has replaced anti-Americanism during the financial crisis.  But in a nation that is Europe's frontier with the Islamic world, leading foreign analyst Thanos Dokos is concerned about the possibility of a Trump presidency.

THANOS DOKOS, Foreign Analyst:  He will most likely be an isolationist President, which is never good news for the rest of the world.

MALCOLM BRABANT:  American-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq divided Europe.  But one of George W. Bush's staunchest allies in the coalition of the willing was Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.  He went on to become the NATO secretary-general.  And he's dismissive of this November's Republican candidate.

ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN, Former Prime Minister, Denmark:  The American electorate have a choice between two very different candidates, one who made a clear statement that he doesn't want the U.S. to be the world's policeman, and another candidate, who I know from four years of cooperation when she was Secretary of State, who has the will to lead the world.

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