Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Praise of Donald Trump not an endorsement, says PM



Praise of Donald Trump not an endorsement, says PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at a graduation ceremony yesterday on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island, where he said his praise of Donald Trump was not an endorsement. Facebook
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at a graduation ceremony yesterday on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island, where he said his praise of Donald Trump was not an endorsement. Facebook

Praise of Donald Trump not an endorsement, says PM

In a clarification unlikely to affect today’s United States presidential election, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said his recent praise for Republican candidate Donald Trump was not an endorsement.

Hun Sen on Thursday said he wanted Trump to win the ballot over rival Hillary Clinton because he believed the real estate developer and reality TV star’s potential to improve US-Russian relations would be good for world peace.

But speaking to students at a graduation ceremony on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island yesterday, the premier said his comments were merely an analysis of the election’s possible outcomes.

“I just commented and explained to our internal [officials] about the possibilities of any candidate winning the election and about trends of the international political situation,” the premier said, adding as a world leader he had the same right to comment on politics as everybody else.

“I said I wanted Trump to win the election because if the Democratic Party wins, it means Hillary wins, and [although] relations between US and China would continue well, because they have a trade partnership; for Russia and the US, the relations would not be good, because the economic sanctions from US on Russia have not finished yet but still continue.”

The prime minister, who on Thursday referred to the Democratic nominee as “Clinton’s wife” – a reference to her spouse, former US President Bill Clinton – also denied degrading the former secretary of state, who he yesterday referred to by her first name.

He also took issue with observers who said he, like other strongman world leaders who have endorsed Trump – including Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – had backed the Republican because of his authoritarian tendencies.

“If you don’t understand the politics, don’t play with politics,” he added.

Speaking yesterday, Cambodian political analyst Ou Virak said that the uncertainty surrounding Trump’s foreign policy could lead to instability in Southeast Asia should he win today’s polls, while Clinton would likely continue current US President Barack Obama’s policy of engagement with the region.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Nearly 2,000 detained for Phnom Penh curfew breach

    Nearly 2,000 people were detained in the capital for violating the curfew imposed by the government and Phnom Penh Municipal Administration. Municipal police spokesman San Sokseyha told The Post on May 16 that people were detained in two phases. In phase one, the government locked down Phnom