A lot of world leaders have scolded the US for putting the global economy at risk amid the fiscal crisis and looming debt ceiling deadline. Here are some of the things they said:
Jim Yong Kim, head of the World Bank, was quick to appeal to guilt, voicing concerns about poor countries around the world who depend on the economic stability of the U.S. He had even more ominous words for America, saying the world is "days away from a very dangerous moment."
Big words came from Baudouin Prot, chairman of the major French bank BNP Paribas, who continued that, "The consequences of this would be absolutely disastrous."
Anshu Jain, the co-chief executive of the German Deutsche Bank, suggested that a failure to raise the debt ceiling would be near impossible to prepare for beforehand or respond to afterwards.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore spoke harshly against U.S. politicians, whose behavior he said would have negative consequences far outlasting the shutdown.
Christine Lagarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund, slammed suggestions like those of Republican Senator Rand Paul that manipulating financing and tax allocation could cover the interest on US debt if the ceiling were not raised. She echoed the concerns of other international organizations that look to America as an economic "safe haven."
Ewald Nowotny of the European Central Bank chastised the U.S. for focusing too much on its problems at home, saying America is more responsible for the global economy than any other country. He added that "no one knows exactly what will happen" if the crisis is not resolved before the deadline, just that it would be "dramatic."
Xinhua, the state news agency of China, aggressively attacked the U.S. in an editorial piece that mocked American leadership and called for a new reserve currency to protect the rest of the world "from the spillover of the intensifying domestic political turmoil in the United States."
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was a surprising ally to Washington as most of the world moved to criticize the government's handling of the fiscal crisis. In addition to defending the American leadership, Siluanov pressed, "No one benefits from the uncertainty. It's making a negative impact on all countries" - including the U.S.