In a campaign season full of surprises, one that deserves particular comment is what foreign leaders are saying about Donald Trump. Public officials traditionally avoid weighing in on such matters. Few wish to be seen as meddling in another country’s political affairs. This year, however, quite a number have been particularly outspoken in their criticism of Trump.
A few examples:
- Then-British Prime Minister David Cameron said late last year that Trump’s remarks about a Muslim travel ban were “divisive, stupid and wrong.”

- Before he became Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson dismissed Trump’s claim that parts of London were no-go zones for the police as “complete and utter nonsense.” The former Mayor of London noted “crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York – and the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York,” Johnson continued, “is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
- Al-Waleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi Royal Family tweeted “You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.”
-French President Francois Hollande declared that Trump “makes you want to retch.”
Other words uttered by foreign leaders to describe Trump’s remarks and/or Trump the person, include: “ignorant”, “dumb”, “barking mad”, “irrational”, “scary”, “an idiot”, “a buffoon”, and, “a wazzock.”