As 2016 comes to a close, world leaders appear just as eager to start fresh in the new year.
President-elect Donald Trump, however, couldn’t let this year go without taking another dig at his critics.
“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” he tweeted Saturday morning.
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
Trump’s 2016 was capped by his presidential win in November, but he has feuded repeatedly with Democrats, members of his own Republican Party, celebrities and the media.
His praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday continued to rankle his detractors, who support sanctions against Russia for allegedly interfering in the U.S. election.
Putin in his New Year’s address, which began airing Saturday in distant parts of Russia, wished happiness for his people — and recognized 2016 was a complicated year for the nation. Russia has been tied to the hacking scandal against the U.S., and remains deeply involved in the Syrian civil war.
“It wasn’t easy, but the hardships that we have faced have brought us together, have motivated us to open huge reserves of our potential to move forward,” Putin said. “The main thing is that we believe in ourselves, in our strength, in our country.”
German leader Angela Merkel, who faces a tough re-election campaign in 2017, said this past year was one in which the world “turned upside down.”
In her New Year’s speech to Germans, she cited Islamist terrorism as the nation’s biggest challenge following a deadly truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.
Source: NBC News