Updated on November 9 at 10:58 am.
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment had a collective meltdown at the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. Experts on the left and right projected all manner of calamity abroad should he beat Hillary Clinton in November. Foreign diplomats from Mexico to South Korea reportedly expressed “alarm” at the prospect of a Trump presidency. But now that he has won, not everyone is gearing up for World War Trump. For reasons from the pragmatic to the deeply cynical, it’s likely that many leaders will work with Trump as president, or perhaps even welcome him. Here are five world leaders who could benefit from a Trump presidency.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
On a trip to Mumbai not long after Modi’s election in 2014, Trump crowed that the prime minister “has done a fantastic job of bringing people together” and predicted that “money will pour into India.” Trump himself does business there: India, he says, “is doing great.” Flattery aside, modern India’s pragmatic, commercial relationship with the United States favors Donald the dealmaker. Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric likely wouldn’t get in the way of pushing new contracts for American arms makers, for whom India is a major market. (Modi himself is no stranger to accusations of anti-Muslim bias.) Trump’s crusade against China’s economic power would also favor New Delhi in its strategic rivalry with Beijing. Then throw in Pakistan, whose troubled but longstanding alliance with the U.S. has been a serious problem for India. Clinton, who took twice as many trips to Pakistan as to India during her tenure at the State Department, worked hard to keep Pakistan onside during the Obama presidency. Trump, on the other hand, has declared Pakistan “the most dangerous country in the world other than Iran.”