The pope has called on Donald Trump to be guided by the ‘rich spiritual and ethical values’ that have shaped US history as he takes office.
He is one of many world leaders reacting to the inauguration of Republican Trump as the 45th President of the USA.
While many leaders have sent messages of congratulations to Trump, Germany’s Vice Chancellor has warned of a ‘rough ride’ ahead and said his election is the result of ‘bad radicalisation’.
In a personal message to the new head of state, Pope Francis said: ‘Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need.’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has branded Trump a ‘friend’ and said he is looking forward to ‘working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever’.
Netanyahu has been briefed, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, by security services on the potential for Palestinian violence if Trump follows through on his promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.