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Here are the world leaders congratulating Biden – and some are holding out

Joe Biden. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
November 09, 2020

After several media outlets on Saturday projected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden winner of the 2020 election, leaders from around the world reacted. Some leaders congratulated Biden while others said they would wait for legal challenges raised by President Donald Trump to be resolved. Others altogether have not responded.

On Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.”

Johnson’s tweet included a statement, “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

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Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel tweeted, “US election 2020 – Chancellor Merkel congratulates @joebiden and @kamalaharris:  Congratulations! The American people have made their decision. Joe Biden will be the 46th of the USA.”

Merkel’s tweet included a statement in German, which translated reads, “Congratulations! The American people have decided. Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States of America. I wish him luck and success from the bottom of my heart, and I also congratulate Kamala Harris, the elected vice-president of your country. I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”

Merkel’s congratulatory tweet comes as the Trump administration has threatened to withdraw troops from Germany amid complaints Germany wasn’t meeting its 2 percent of GDP spending obligation towards NATO.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “Congratulations, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”

Japan’s New Prime Minister Minister Yoshihide Suga tweeted, “Warm congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the Japan-US Alliance and ensure peace, freedom, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who last year became a central figure in impeachment efforts against President Trump after Trump asked Zelensky about Biden’s efforts to induce the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor, also tweeted congratulations to Biden.

Zelensky tweeted, “Congratulations to @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris! #Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the #UnitedStates. The Ukriane and United States of America have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”

Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted, “Congratulations to @JoeBiden for a successful presidential campaign. As we await the nomination by the Electoral College, Poland is determined to upkeep high-level and high-quality PL-US strategic partnership for an even stronger alliance.”

Reuters reported Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday he would not congratulate a winner of the U.S. presidential election until legal challenges are concluded.

The Hill reported Russian President Vladimir, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodağan were also withholding congratulations.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa addressed ongoing election disputes, in a translated tweet, saying, “Interesting. Complaints have been filed in all U.S. counties with a close outcome. The courts have not even begun to decide. Nevertheless #MSM (and not some official body) announce the winner. Congratulations from all sides. The rule of law does that.”

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted, “The situation in the US & what they themselves say about their elections is a spectacle! This is an example of the ugly face of liberal democracy in the U.S. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is absolutely clear, the definite political, civil, & moral decline of the U.S. regime.”