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US Allies Also Celebrate Biden Win

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US Allies Also Celebrate Biden Win

2020-11-10 09:40:25

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Boris Johnson (Image source: Ben Shread via Wikimedia Commons)

Donald Trump still has not been able to come to terms with his election loss and is still contesting it. Because he has been the nation's leader for the past four years, the United States is still viewed across the world as a product of him. Some international leaders are embracing the upcoming change in leadership with President-Elect Joe Biden, while some are still are being very cautious.

Even though Swedish lawmaker Magnus Jacobsson nominated the Trump administration for a Nobel Peace Prize, he still tweeted, "We can only hope that Trump also realizes that this is how to handle a loss." Apparently, the vision of Trump being peaceful only carries through so far.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the "best pollster in Britain" had called the weekend's result a "stolen election." British political observers were not aware of what he was referring to and were stymied.

While he has had a healthy relationship with Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Associated Press on Sunday that he expected he would be able to work with the former vice president. "We have common values. We have common interests. We have a common global perspective."

"During the election campaign, Joe Biden made it clear that he believes in Team Play when it comes to the United States on the international stage instead of acting by its own," said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a statement. "We want the West to play as a team again."

Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne told CTV News on Sunday that Biden's win "is good news," adding, "We'll be able to work very well with the administration."

With the president-elect saying he wanted to align with the World Health Organization again, its director general, Tedros Adhanom Chebreyesus said he looks forward to working with Biden. "Crises like the COVID19 pandemic show the importance of global solidarity in protecting lives and livelihoods," Tedros tweeted.

Not everyone is so eager, however, with some still wounded because of the current administration. "We won't pick up things where we left off in 2016," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to reporters. "The world has changed."

Some of Trump's close allies did not reach out to Biden, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, "We don't want to be imprudent," adding that "President Trump has been very respectful to us, and we have reached good agreements."

Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme picked up Trump's claims of fraudulent votes and thought he would eventually win after a struggle, "maybe even bloodshed." But the prime minister called the remarks "absurd."

While in September Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he hoped Trump would win the race, he came forward and congratulated Biden over the weekend. "I wish you good health and continuous successes in fulfilling your duties of extraordinary responsibility," his spokesman said he wrote to Biden.

While Trump and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu have had a very favorable relationship, he still reached out to Biden. He tweeted, "Joe, we've had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel." Biden's eight years as vice president and the years he spent as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are certainly helping him out in this regard.

Trump ally Saudi Arabia recognized Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), as the new leaders of the United States. Palestinian leaders, who did not get along with the Trump administration, chimed in as well. Palestinian official Nabil Shaath said, "There was nothing worse than the Trump era," adding, "Good riddance."

Iranian officials were hopeful, noting that he'd vowed during the campaign to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement that Trump left in 2018 if the nation can show it's complying with the rules of the agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "the next U.S. administration should use the opportunity to make up for mistakes." 

It's widely believed that Russia's Vladimir Putin favors Trump as president and that his country has manipulated elections to ensure Trump wins. He did not offer congratulations to Biden. Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny congratulated Biden and Harris, noting that a free and fair election "is a privilege which is not available to all countries." He also hoped for better relations between Russia and the U.S.

China's Xi Jinping has a tense relationship with Trump, especially after the coronavirus pandemic, which Trump has referred to as the "China Flu" and the "Wuhan Flu." He also did not send good wishes

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that she "looked fwd to working together to further our friendship," regarding the Biden win. Four years ago, then-President-Elect Trump had taken a call from Tsai, congratulating him, upsetting China. 

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel was optimistic after Trump reversed the opening of relations following former President Barack Obama opening a line of communication. "We recognize that the U.S. people have chosen a new direction in the presidential elections," he said. "We believe in the possibility of having a constructive bilateral relation while respecting our differences."

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