Trump Inauguration: How Newspapers Abroad Covered It

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The Times of London's Saturday front page

From "We Are Not Criminals ... Protest Against Trump" in Mexico and "Trump Unveils New Era" in the U.K. to "Don of the Trump Era" in India and "God Have Mercy on Us" in Germany, THR looks at the global headlines.

Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the U.S. on Friday wasn't only big news in America. 

Around the world, newspapers and their websites on Saturday covered the event, with some even splashing it over their front pages.

As was the case with Trump's election win, some publications focused on facts, while others offered a shot of commentary or tabloid.

Here is The Hollywood Reporter's look at newspaper headlines from around the world: 

Trump's every move is being watched closely in Mexico after some of his recent tweets sent the peso plunging, such as the announcement that car giant Ford will scrap plans to build a Mexican factory and instead create U.S. jobs. Trump also has irked Mexicans with his remarks about immigrants and his controversial proposal to build a border wall. 

In La Jornada, the headline said: "Trump, the Most Unpopular Novice President in Modern History." It added: "In the inaugural ceremony, he offered a populist, protectionist and imperialist message."

Meanwhile, Aristegui Noticias wrote: "We Are Not Criminals ... Protest Against Trump on Reforma." Avenida Reforma is one of Mexico City's main avenues, and it was reported that hundreds of people turned out for a march that began in front of the U.S. Embassy. 

Ahead of the inauguration, much news coverage had focused on how Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump will get along, and Russian politicians and media outlets have been denying that Russians hacked the U.S. presidential election.

The headline on the front page of the main Russian business daily Kommersant was simply “Victorious Forty Fifth." In Russia, that same phrase is associated with the victory in World War II back in 1945., a major online newspaper, offered the headline “Trump Closes America," while pro-Kremlin online tabloid expressed support with its headline, “United America is a Strong America.”

Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe also woke up to newspaper headlines about Trump's inauguration. Czech tabloid Blesk, which usually covers sex scandals and celebrity gossip, ran photos of an official carrying a suitcase and images from the inauguration online under the headline: "Donald Trump Took Over the Nuclear Suitcase! What Can We Do?"

The website of Czech newspaper iDNES ran an inauguration photo of Trump and his wife Melania under the headline: "Trump Presents a Secret to the Whole World."

Poland's respected daily Wyborcza Gazeta had an online headline over a photo of Trump waving to Washington crowds that read: "Trump announces: 'America First. I am scrapping some of Obama's programs.'"

Delo, the biggest newspaper in Melania's birth country of Slovenia, played it straight with a gallery of inauguration photos and the headline: "Trump: We'll Reclaim Our Borders, Wealth and Dreams."

In France, Le Monde's print edition led with a simple large photo of Trump frowning over the the large headline "America First," and a sidebar editorial decrying his speech and calling it one "of anger and resentment directed at his voters rather than the American people" above the fold.

The paper's website led with Trump's first acts in office: "Obamacare, the environment: The first announcements from the White House." The conservative paper noted that he had campaigned on these promises. It also followed with a story about a pro-Trump ball that was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Paris with guests including Trump adviser Gen. Paul Vallely and the cousin of Syrian dictator Bacher Al Assad. Plus, Le Monde featured news about the first anti-Trump marches in Australia.

Le Figaro's print edition led with French political news as the Socialist Party primary is taking place this weekend. Below that story was a photo of Trump with his hand on the Bible and the quote: "From this day, it will be America first and only America." The digital edition led with Trump signing the decree against Obamacare, followed by his promise to put America first and information about the many anti-Trump marches scheduled for Saturday across the globe.

Le Parisien's print edition also led with the socialist primary, with Trump relegated to a small photo in a sidebar. On its website, all of the top stories were about the French elections, while news about the global marches against Trump topped the international stories section, with the anti-Obamacare news second and a story about the French designer who made Melania's white ball gown following.

Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, the front page of Apple Daily ran the headline "Trump: America First." Among other prominent newspapers, Oriental Daily only used half of the front page on Trump, and Ming Pao didn't put the news of his oath on the front page at all.

Indian newspapers covered the inauguration as well. The Hindustan Times ran the headline "Don of the Trump Era," while The Times of India ran with “Protectionist Trumpet: Buy American, Hire American” as it highlighted Trump's “aggressively protectionist speech that should send a chill down the backs of Indian companies — particularly in the tech space — as well as the legions of Indians who have nursed dreams of living and working in America.”

Leading Hindi newspaper Navbharat Times kept it simple with its headline "Trump Era Has Begun in America" with a sub-headline arguing that "India could still benefit from the Trump Card." The story pointed out that despite threats of job cuts for Indians living in America on H1B visas, Trump can still build relations with India in order to "keep China in control."

In an analysis piece, business paper The Economic Times asked, "Daddy of Dealmakers In, But Will He Really Be India's Friend?" The story said that “Donald Trump has already been sold as the daddy of dealmakers, so the first summit meeting between him and [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi will be closely watched.”

Conservative Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun highlighted Trump's focus on nationalism and populism, as well as anti-establishment rhetoric. Its headline: "President Trump's First Moves — An Inauguration Speech Steeped in Populism and Nationalism." 

The liberal Guardian's front page featured a big photo showing Trump making a fist. Above his head, it ran the quote: "From this moment on, it's going to be only America first."

The Daily Mail on the front page of what was labeled a "historic special edition" showed Trump, with his hand on the Bible, next to wife Melania and the headline, "I Swear to Be the People's President."

And The Times, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, on its front page said: "Trump Unveils a New Era."

In Germany, the Hamburger Morgenpost had a clear editorial take. Next to a picture of Trump making a fist, it said: "God Have Mercy on Us." It had famously begged Americans last year with the Trump headline: "Please, not the horror-clown."

In Canada, newspapers and TV networks featured coverage that focused on Trump's America-first declaration in his inauguration speech, as Canadians worry over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the new-found protectionist stance south of the border.

The National Post had a full-length side profile of Trump under the headline, "America First." The Globe and Mail had a full-page aerial view of Trump striding to the Capitol podium to be sworn in. "Day One: In his first words as President, Donald Trump promises to put America first and vows to stop the carnage," the front page read.

Canadian news reports also struck a note of alarm over Trump's "American Carnage" inauguration address.

"If America’s allies needed one more reminder of the threat Washington’s new boss poses to the international order that previous American leaders built, President Donald Trump just gave it to them," The Globe and Mail wrote in its main editorial. "Nearly every word of his inaugural address aggressively underlined his campaign’s central message: Screw you, world. America First."

The Vancouver Sun, in a city dominated by its expensive real estate market, had the front-page headline, "Trump's Pillar of Elites," alongside a giant photo of Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver and a story about the hotel and condo tower's well-heeled buyers, which include a tech billionaire and a former ambassador.

After blasting Trump for his Twitter habits and aggressive rhetoric during the transition period, China's state media played the inauguration relatively straight. State news agency Xinhua ran a succinct summary of Trump's speech while noting that he is the "first U.S. president without prior government or military experience." The nationalist tone of Trump's address required no exaggeration. Xinhua also devoted a large portion of its coverage to the protests that took place in Washington during and after the inauguration. Social harmony is a prized virtue in China, and the Communist Party uses the promise of stability as both a pillar of its legitimacy and as an instrument to suppress dissent.

"More than an hour after the inauguration, clashes broke out between anti-Trump protesters and police blocks away from the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House," Xinhua reported. "Police in riot gear used stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the protesters," it added.

Several editorials on the eve of the inauguration explored Trump's promise to take a harder line on China. "So far China has held a restrained attitude toward Trump, out of respect to his position as U.S. president-elect," wrote the Global Times, a state-backed daily paper. But it noted that the honeymoon period — which wasn't much of a honeymoon at all — could be coming to an end. "As an unconventional Donald Trump presidency becomes official on Friday, China is preparing for a bumpy ride ahead in its relations with the U.S.," it wrote. 

Gavin Blair and Patrick Brzeski in Tokyo, Nyay Bhushan, Rhonda Richford in Paris, Karen Chu in Hong Kong, Vladimir Kozlov and Nick Holdsworth in Moscow, John Hecht in Mexico City and Etan Vlessing in Toronto contributed to this report.