Singapore

PM Lee: Trump win part of 'broader pattern'

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump after his stunning upset victory.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Mr Lee said US voters have elected a president who they feel best represents them.

"Singapore fully respects their decision. We will continue to work together with the US to cultivate our strong ties," he wrote.

Admitting that Mr Trump's candidacy for the White House had taken many by surprise, Mr Lee noted that the 70-year-old had "defied expectations".

Mr Lee also described the US elections as contentious and ugly, having exposed a "bitter divide in the American people".

He added: "Many will celebrate this result, while others will understandably be surprised and disappointed.

"But like the Brexit referendum in June, Mr Trump's victory is part of a broader pattern in developed countries - reflecting a deep frustration with the way things are, and a strong wish to reassert a sense of identity, and somehow to change the status quo."

- The Straits Times Online

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