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Almost 30 world leaders have talked to Trump-Pence, but not Lee and Duterte




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America’s President-Elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam New York Times for suggesting that his transition team was in disarray and said that he had spoken to many world leaders.

Soon after, his transition team released a list of world leaders Trump and his Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to. According to the list, nearly 30 foreign leaders that have called to offer congratulations after the historic election on 8 Nov.

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The 29 world leaders who have spoken to Trump and Pence, according to the press release are:

President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping
President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel
President of France, François Hollande
Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi
Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe
King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan
Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Al Hariri
President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto
Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key
His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar
Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Narendra Modi
President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye
President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim
President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko
President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May
Secretary General to the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon

Conspicuously missing from the list are the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, both strong allies of the USA in South East Asia.

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