(CBS News) – As Donald Trump pulled off a stunning upset to win the U.S. presidential election early Wednesday, much of the world reacted with shock, but official messages of congratulations were issued from some governments, vowing to continue working with the world’s biggest super power in spite of the uncertainty he brings.
CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk says Trump’s stated positions promise a new international mode of repeal and replace, including reforming U.S. relations with China and designating the communist nation a currency manipulator, reversing the international climate agreement, unwinding Obama administration immigration policies and increasing pressure on NATO allies.
“We will get along with all nations willing to get along with us,” Trump said in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “I promise you, I will not let you down.”
But Falk notes the 45th U.S. president faces a host of intractable problems, from violent extremism and nuclear threats to cybersecurity and foreign entanglements in Syria and Iraq.
With that as the background, a trend emerged on Wednesday morning, with the most eager and positive reactions to Trump’s win coming from Moscow, and far-right politicians in Europe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram congratulating him on his win. The two men had expressed mutual respect and even admiration for one another during the campaign process.
In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.”
Putin also said he has “confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community.”
State news agency RIA-Novosti says Vyacheslav Novikov, a member of the foreign affairs committee from the governing United Russia party, addressed the State Duma on Wednesday morning.
Novikov said that “three minutes ago, Hillary Clinton acknowledged her defeat in the U.S. presidential elections and just a second ago, Trump began his speech as president-elect. I congratulate all of you on this.”
The chamber, where the pro-Kremlin party holds an overwhelming majority, then broke into applause, the report said.
Earlier, before the results were official, the leader of Russia’s nationalist Liberal Democratic party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, welcomed Trump’s pending victory.
According to the Interfax news agency, Zhirinovsky said: “We of course regard with satisfaction that the better candidate of the two presented to the American voters was victorious.”
He also said that he hoped Trump’s victory would mean the departure of U.S. Ambassador John Tefft whom Zhirinovsky said “hates Russia.”
The first of France’s politicians to react was Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far-right, anti-immigration National Front party and the father of its current leader Marine Le Pen. He tweeted his support for Trump while his daughter also chimed in, suggesting the conservative victory in the U.S. could also herald her own party’s rise in France.
There was no immediate reaction from France’s President Francois Hollande, who had previously expressed misgivings
Dutch anti-Islam populist lawmaker Geert Wilders has tweeted his congratulations to Donald Trump.
Wilders, whose Freedom Party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of Dutch elections due in March, calls Trump’s win in the presidential election “A historic victory! A revolution.”
Looking ahead to the Dutch vote, Wilders finished his tweet: “We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands.”
Wilders is known for his strident anti-Islam rhetoric and opposition to the Netherlands’ European Union membership.
The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — the cornerstone of transatlantic peace and security since the end of World War II — did issue a statement congratulating Trump, but there was anxiety in his remarks as well. Trump vowed on the campaign trail to ensure NATO allies pay more into the alliance, suggesting he could even withdraw the U.S. from it if other countries failed to pay their “fair share.”
“I congratulate Donald trump. I look forward to working with him,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “It is important that the transatlantic bond remains strong. We face hybrid warfare, cyber-attacks and terrorism. Our alliance has brought together our closest friends for almost 70 years.”
Adding that the NATO alliance would continue to be as important to American security as it is to that of Europe, Stoltenberg said he looked forward to welcoming Trump to Brussels for the group’s annual summit next year.
Relatively new British Prime Minister Theresa May, a Conservative Party leader who was herself swept to power as a result of the political turmoil in her country caused by the surprise vote to leave the European Union, congratulated Trump on Wednesday.
“I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign,” said May in a statement.
“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence,” she said.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”
Earlier, Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party and one of the driving forces behind Britain’s “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union, tweeted out his congratulations to Trump.