Generally, foreign leaders don’t criticize other nation’s electoral candidates. The logic is simple: This person might win and you don’t want your witty insult from a year prior hanging over you if you have to work together. This tradition hasn’t continued with Donald Trump. A range of foreign leaders past and present have publicly expressed doubts about Trump and his proposals; others have spoken off-the-record to more candidly explain their angst at the thought of a President Donald Trump.
1. “Divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” British Prime Minister David Cameron on Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban.
2. “He changes opinions like the rest of us change underwear.” Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen.
3. “His discourse is so dumb, so basic.” Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
4. “That’s the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived.” Mexican President Enrique Pena on Trump’s rhetoric.
5. “Trump is an irrational type.” Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.
6. “You [Trump] are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S. presidential race as you will never win.” Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud.
7. “Mr. Trump’s statement only serves to show not only his insensitivity, but also his ignorance about Pakistan.” Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan after Trump demanded the release of a doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden in 2011.
8. “Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is an idiot. I have tried to find different, perhaps more parliamentary adjectives to describe him but none was clear enough. He is an idiot.” Gavin Newlands, a British MP with the Scottish National Party.
9. “Scary. That’s how we view Trump [. . .] Could we depend on the United States? We don’t know. I can’t tell you how the unpredictability we are seeing scares us.” An unnamed ambassador whose country has a close relationship with Washington.
10. “When an apple’s red, it is red. When you say ignorant things, you’re ignorant.” Mexico’s top diplomat, Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu.
11. “I think the Donald Trump phenomenon is a real problem for the United States, making their democracy look kind of weird.” Christopher Pyne, minister for industry, innovation and science in the Australian government.
12. “Whether Donald Trump, Marine le Pen or Geert Wilders – all these right-wing populists are not only a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development.” Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.
13. “Seriously, have you ever heard me say something like that?” French far right politician Marine Le Pen on Trump’s proposal to ban foreign Muslims from entry to the United States.
14. “Given his positions, do we even want to have anything to do with this guy?” An unnamed European ambassador.
15. “If he becomes president, it will be a disaster.” Former Danish foreign minister Martin Lidegaard.
16. “[Trump has] no regard for alliances at all.” Former Australian ambassador to the U.S. Kim Beazley.
17. “You listen to him at the debates and what he says is unsettling – he is promising to change things from one day to the next. A lot of us thought he couldn’t possibly be the nominee [. . .] The uncertainty is very, very scary.” An unnamed European ambassador.
18. “Donald Trump’s remarks are totally absurd and illogical.” Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International Studies in North Korea, after Trump suggested that Japan and South Korea arm themselves with nuclear weapons.
19. “He is very good at making speeches, but as a politician and a world leader? No, I don’t think that’s a very good idea.” Jimmie Akesson, leader of the far right Sweden Democrats.
20. “Some of the claims made during the campaign have been empty or just wrong.” Peter Westmacott, former British ambassador to the United States.
21. “A person who thinks only about building walls – wherever they may be – and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Pope Francis.
22. “The orange prince of American self-publicity.” Marcus Fysh, British MP with the Conservative Party.
23. “To start with, it was no more than a joke, and we all laughed – but now it is becoming quite concerning.” Soren Espersen, a foreign affairs spokesperson for the far right Danish People’s Party.
24. “If Trump beats Hillary, that means that the scenario of the clash of civilisations created by Samuel will come to light at the hands of the candidate and [Islamic State leader] al-Baghdadi.” Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim, head of general security for the Emirate of Dubai.
25. “So Donald Trump . . . is ambitious but not exactly very well-informed man, I don’t want to say ignorant, but he is not very well informed.” Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon
26. “The comments made are unacceptable.” Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
27. “If he met one or two of my constituents in one of the many excellent pubs in my constituency, they may well tell him he is a wazzock.” Victoria Atkins, British MP with the Conservative Party.
28. “In the past when candidates said extreme things, there always has been some seasoned, experienced adviser you could talk to, or who would speak out to soften what was said. This is not the case with Trump.” Unnamed ambassador from South America.
29. “The person you are dealing with may be a successful businessman, but he’s also a buffoon.” Gavin Robinson, a British MP from Northern Ireland who represents the Democratic Unionist Party.
30. “Trump’s remarks do not show a sense of introspection on what their results would bring about; he does not know the gravity of what he says.” South Korea’s vice foreign minister Choi Young-jin.
31. “[A Trump presidency would be] a disaster for E.U.-U.S. ties.” An unnamed senior E.U. official.
32. “If Donald Trump was to end up as president of the United States, I think we better head for the bunkers.” Carl Bildt, former foreign minister of Sweden.
33. “[The anti-Islam rhetoric of] Donald Trump and others in Europe are really the shame of our civilization.” Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
34. “A successful politician would not make such statement, as there are millions of Muslims living in the U.S.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim arrivals.
35. “The opportunism, unreliability and amorality that we have seen during the [Trump] campaign would be damaging for the world in general and hurt Europe in particular.” Ana Palacio, former Spanish foreign minister.
36. “Trump, like others, stokes hatred and conflations.” Manuel Valls, prime minister of France, on the proposed Muslim travel ban.
37. “I can only hope that the election campaign in the U.S.A. does not lack the perception of reality.” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
38. “This nation [the U.S.] is going to fail if it goes into the hands of a crazy guy.” Former Mexican president Vicente Fox.
39. “We had such appreciation for your system when Barack Hussein Obama was elected [. . .] Hussein was his middle name. Hussein! He was black. We so admired that America could do something like that. Now you have a candidates who doesn’t want Muslims.” An unnamed ambassador from the Middle East.
40. “Vulture.” Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the U.S., in response to a Donald Trump tweet about gun control in France (Araud later deleted this tweet).
41. “Trump solutions for me are false solutions, but they’re not original. They’re things that we have heard in Europe from extremist sections,” Sandro Gozi, undersecretary for European affairs in the Italian government.
42. “It’s not a man I would vote for, I can tell you that [. . .] I hope that the American people, and I think they will, choose someone else who is better equipped for this task.” Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.
43. “Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Muslims.” A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban.
44. “Saying the U.S. will no longer engage in anything that is a burden in terms of its relationships with allies, it would be almost like abandoning those alliances [. . .] It will inevitably give rise to anti-American sentiment worldwide.” Former South Korean vice foreign minister Kim Sung-han.
45. “Trump’s statements are shocking and disgusting.” Isaac Herzog, Israeli opposition leader, on Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban.
46. “The only reason I wouldn’t visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.” London mayor and British Conservative MP Boris Johnson.
47. “The fact is, Cape Breton is lovely all times of the year and if people do want to make choices that perhaps suit their lifestyles better, Canada is always welcoming and opening.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when asked a question about the potential that Americans could leave the country if Trump is elected.