5 striking examples of politicians around the world starting to sound a lot more like Trump

US President Donald Trump has his own way with words.

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US President Donald Trump has his own way with words.
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Everyone can agree that President Donald Trump has a distinctive communication style.

From his tweetstorms to his wild rallies, Trump has cultivated a vocabulary and way of speaking that is uniquely his own.

Since he was elected president, other world leaders have taken note – and some have even begun copying his signature rhetoric.

Here are five examples of world politicians who have started to sound a lot more like Trump:


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on illegal immigration

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Trump on several occasions, even calling his controversial speech at the United Nations in September “courageous.”

Back in in January, Netanyahu embodied Trump’s self-congratulatory style perfectly in a tweet about building border walls.

“President Trump is right,” Netanyahu wrote. “I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”


Parliamentary politicians on Brexit

Amid the negotiations between the UK and the European Union to trigger what’s known as Brexit, the status of Northern Ireland has come up as a key issue. As part of the EU, people in Northern Ireland could travel freely in and out of the Republic of Ireland that lies to its south, but Brexit might spell the end of this porous border.

In response to discussions about the border with Ireland, Labour member of parliament Kate Hoey, who is originally from Northern Ireland but represents a district in London, had this to say about the Irish living in the Republic:

“We’re not the ones who are going to be putting up the physical border. If it ends up with a no deal, we won’t be putting up the border – they’ll have to pay for it because it doesn’t need to happen.”

The Irish government did not take kindly to Hoey’s suggestion that Ireland pay for a border wall, and her own party colleague Lord Peter Hain compared her rhetoric to Trump’s.

“With her suggestion that Ireland will have to pay for any border, Kate Hoey seems to have been taking diplomacy lessons from Donald Trump,” Hain said.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with his middle finger raised in September, 2016.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been compared to Trump on a number of occasions, and both are frequently described as anti-establishment populist politicians.

Duterte, who has gained international notoriety for thousands of extrajudicial killings in a wide-ranging war on drugs, curses and lashes out at people in public, often in a similar way to Trump. Both have used the phrase “son of a b—-” to describe perceived critics or opponents, and both have a strong enmity to former President Barack Obama and his politics.

In addition, both men have made it clear that their at-times unhinged statements should not be taken literally.

“If we follow his style, let us not put a period at the end of his statements,” a Duterte spokesman said of the Philippine president in October 2016.


South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in at the UN

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Donald Trump (L) with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R).
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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton famously stated that half of Trump’s base were “deplorables.” Trump has since turned the phrase around and used it to satirically describe himself and his supporters.

That’s why Trump was so pleased to hear South Korean President Moon Jae-in use the word “deplorables” during a statement he made at the United Nations in September.

“North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable. This has angered both me and my people,” Jae-in said to a room of dignitaries with Trump by his side.

“I am very happy that you used the word ‘deplorable.’ I was very interested in that word,” Trump said following Jae-in’s speech.


Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The word “deplorable” has also been embraced by Egypt’s government.

While Trump has himself cozied up to Egypt’s authoritarian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Egyptian government has embraced Trump’s rhetoric on the media and CNN especially. A tweet from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs just after the deadly mosque attack in Egypt’s North Sinai reflected as much:

“As usual, deplorable @CNN coverage of Sinai tragedy today. Anchor more interested in reporters access to Sinai than in those who lost their lives !!!” the tweet read.