Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says Wednesday he has “no worries” about Donald Trump’s election as US president, adding that he expects the businessman will align his future policies with global realities.
The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s remarks are his most extensive yet regarding the election of the real estate tycoon and reality television star who has called for putting America’s concerns first and shown little interest in Washington’s traditional espousal of global democracy and social justice.
Commenting at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Mongolia, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism says he looks forward to seeing Trump at some point following the Jan. 20 inauguration. Such meetings usually draw protests from Beijing, which accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to split Tibet from China.
The 81-year-old monk says he has always regarded the US as the leader of the “free world” and wasn’t concerned about remarks made by Trump during the election campaign. Some of those comments have been cited as offensive to Muslims, Hispanics and other US minority groups.
“I feel during the election, the candidate has more freedom to express. Now once they (are) elected, having the responsibility, then they have to carry (on) their cooperation, their work, according (to) reality,” he tells reporters in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar. “So I have no worries.”