The inauguration of Donald J. Trump made headlines around the world as newspapers dedicated their front pages to America’s 45th president.
Prominent publications across the globe reacted to Friday’s inauguration and weighed in on the impact of Trump as president.
In the UK, The Independent featured a photo of Trump on its front page with the the caption, “So help us God” while France’s Le Figaro asked “What if he did the job” on the cover of its magazine edition. Le Figaro also outlined “the assets of an unpredictable president.”
From Europe to Asia, and even the Middle East, the new U.S. President dominated front pages. The pro-government daily publication Al-Sharq in Qatar featured a photo of Trump being sworn in.
Gulf News, from the United Arab Emirates, as well as Khaleej Times also focused on Trump.
The inauguration was front page news for German newspapers, the Hamburger Morgenpost and Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine.
France’s daily, the Aujourd’hui En France, featured Trump on its cover Friday with the caption, “The abnormal president.” Israel’s The Jerusalem Post also gave Trump a front page feature while China Daily opted for one column story on the right of its front cover.
As nations around the world reacted to the transition of power in Washington, D.C., the U.S. dollar felt the impact. The dollar fell, hitting a low during Trump’s inauguration speech.
Trump’s promises to put America first sparked the drop with the dollar off 0.2 percent against six major currencies, according to The Daily Mail.
US Treasury yields fell slightly as the new president spoke, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 57 points for the day.
Trump’s speech created some insecurities as investors worried about trade policies under the new president would be more protectionist.
“There’s a concern about what his trade policies will be,” managing partner of Harris Financial Group, Jamie Cox, said.after attending the inauguration. “That’s probably the No. 1 area where Trump will have to tone down his rhetoric because we do have to work with other nations.”
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