With airports across the world being thrown into chaos, families split up, and dreams of a better life smashed – world leaders have spoken out against the xenophobic hate-monger Trump. The reprimand of the anti-globalist has been firm.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel “ [we] regret the US government’s entry ban against refugees and the citizens of certain countries … The Geneva refugee convention requires the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are obligated to do”
- French President Francois Hollande “Faced with an unstable and uncertain world, withdrawal into oneself is a dead-end response … and when he refuses the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we have to respond”
- Aotearoan Prime Minister Bill English “Discriminating against refugees and migrants is not the New Zealand way”
- Chinese President Xi Jinping “Globalisation should be more inclusive”
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “Limits are visible insult to Muslims”
- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari “We were not invited to the inauguration … now this”
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “Canadians will welcome you regardless of your faith. Diversatiy is our strenght”
- British Prime Minister Theresa May “we do not agree with Trump’s ban on Muslims, the approach is not one we will be taking”
- Retno Marsudi Foreign Minister of Indonesia “We have deep regrets about the policy”
Criticism of the dangerous, racist, isolationist has been near universal – with leaders from all levels of the spectrum making clear that Donald Trump’s Islamophobic decree is beyond the pale.
The noticeable exception in this chorus of righteous indignation is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rather than condemning Trump – Putin spent an hour on the phone praising him. This is hardly surprising from a man who is well known to hold his own bigoted beliefs against a more inclusive global community.
It is clear that storm clouds are gathering for minorities in the United States – we call out for world leaders to be even more vocal in their opposition of Trump’s racist policies.