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How the world welcomed president Donald Trump

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What they heard.
  • Anne Quito
By Anne Quito

Design and architecture reporter

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The world’s attention was on Washington, DC yesterday as Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States. Fascinated by Trump’s celebrity and notoriety, foreign media outlets reported blow-by-blow accounts of the ceremonies. Newspapers also headlined Trump’s dark, incendiary speech that “put the world on notice,” many using wire photos of Trump on the podium with his clenched fist raised in the air.

Germany’s Der Spiegel used a cartoon to show how Trump would shake up politics in Europe.

The Moscow Times reported on celebratory parties to welcome Trump and what many Russians hope will be a new era of US-Russia relations. It also noted that Vladimir Putin “blew off” Trump’s inauguration and went for a swim.

In Mexico—where Trump’s border wall is top-of-mind—newspapers highlighted the “America first”  nationalist fervor in his inaugural address.

South Korean newspaper Joongang lavished its readers with many photos from the US ceremony, with a special peek-a-boo Trump graphic on its front page.


Lebanon’s The Daily Star ran a quarter page advertisement with the headline: “The world has gone nuts,” sly commenting on Trump’s inauguration. Images of the newspaper’s front page have been seen by 100,000 readers in the Middle East according to the ad agency.

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