British Prime Minister David Cameron  is not the only national leader who has opined on Donald Trump during the Republican primary season. For example, Cameron has said in the past that Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants is "divisive, stupid and wrong." Vicente Fox, a former president of Mexico, is noted for using expletives to describe his rejection of Trump’s proposals. Fox responded in February to Trump's proposal to make Mexico pay for a wall along America’s southern border, saying "I'm not going to pay for that f---ing wall."
Since then, some world leaders appear to be taking a more amenable approach to the presumptive Republican nominee. For example, Fox offered an apology to Trump during an interview with Breitbart News.  "If I offended you, I'm sorry," Fox said. "Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader," Fox told Breitbart. "You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor." Like many Mexicans, Fox has been aghast about Trump’s statement in June 2015 when he suggested that Mexicans crossing the border are "rapists" who bring drugs and crime, though he also said, "Some, I assume, are good people." Fox suggested that Trump should also extend an apology: "What about the other way around?" he asked.
As for Cameron, during a press conference last week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his side, the prime minister admitted that Trump "deserves our respect" for his triumph in the primaries. Cameron did not, however, offer an apology despite calls from a Trump adviser. Cameron said his views about Trump’s policies are unchanged. "I'm very clear that the policy idea that was put forward was wrong, is wrong and will remain wrong, so I'm very clear on that," he said.
One national leader has been complimentary: Russian President Vladmir Putin.
And some countries have signaled their continued contempt. For example, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei called Trump "irrational" last month for his proposed tariffs on imported Chinese goods. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters recently, “What needs to be pointed out is that the essence of Sino-U.S. trade and business cooperation is mutually beneficial and win-win, and accords with the interests of both sides." Lei added, "We hope people in all fields in the U.S. can rationally and objectively view this relationship."
The U.S.-educated Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former ambassador to the United States who is also a former Saudi intelligence chief told guests at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that “the spectacle" of American elections are "sometimes uplifting, other times the opposite." And speaking of Trump, Faisal said: "For the life of me, I cannot believe that a country like the United States can afford to have someone as president who simply says, 'These people are not going to be allowed to come to the United States." 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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