Anna Kinberg Batra says Trump is an unknown quantity.
Anna Kinberg Batra says Trump is an unknown quantity. Credit: Jim Watson/Janerik Henriksson/TT

Centre-right opposition worried about Trump presidency

Ebba Busch Thor: Great disappointment and great worry
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Leaders of Sweden's centre-right opposition have expressed worry over the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.

Though polls heavily favored his opponent, Trump pulled off a clear victory late Tuesday. His win has some Swedish politicians on the right worried about the near future. One of them is the leader of the Christian Democrats Ebba Busch Thor.

She called the election a "great disappointment and a great worry about what this will mean for United States."

Busch Thor said she was particularly concerned about Trump's previous statements about how he might not provide military assistance to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania if they were invaded by Russia, even though they are part of NATO and the alliance’s treaty states that an attack against one member is an attack on all members.

"He might not have a policy that the US should support (the Baltic States) if we would have a Russian attack against Estonia, for example," she tells Radio Sweden.

Anna Kinberg Batra, leader of the Moderate Party, Sweden's second largest, says a Trump presidency is a complete unknown. She, like Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, said despite that Sweden needed to have close ties with the US.

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