Even before the final votes were counted Tuesday night, the United States' closest allies struggled to come to terms with an American election that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump, a political outlier who challenged the global political order that has defined the era after the Second World War.
The world as we know it "is crumbling before our eyes," Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United States, wrote Tuesday night on Twitter, citing the double whammy of Britain's exit from the European Union and America's sharp turn toward isolationist populism.
"It is an end of an era, that of neoliberalism. It remains to be seen what will succeed it," Araud tweeted in the first flush of the shock results. He later deleted the tweets.
In the immediate aftermath, leaders of friendly countries from Canada to South Korea issued formal congratulations to the winner and highlighted their hopes of continuing their traditional alliances, many of which Trump called into question during the campaign.