From Fiji to Paris, London to Ottawa, overseas leaders have been fast to congratulate Joe Biden on Saturday, moments after he was elected the forty sixth President of the US.
The phrases have been heat and welcoming for President-elect Biden. There’s one thing poignant, and a bit controversial, concerning the timing. The well-wishes come from overseas capitals whilst President Trump refuses to concede the victory to Biden—and as he vows to struggle the vote tally within the courts.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wasn’t the primary to supply his congratulations, however his phrases set the tone. Over the previous 4 years, America’s largest allies have been drifting further away from Trump’s Washington on large points from local weather change to freer commerce. That every one appeared to alter on Saturday.
“I look ahead to working carefully collectively on our shared priorities,” Johnson’s assertion learn, “from local weather change to commerce and safety.”
Throughout the English Channel, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen was much more prescriptive in her kudos observe. “The European Fee stands prepared to accentuate cooperation with the brand new administration and the brand new Congress to deal with urgent challenges we face and notably: combating the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial and social penalties, tackling local weather change collectively, selling a digital transformation that advantages individuals, strengthening our widespread safety, in addition to reforming the rules-based multilateral system,” she mentioned in an announcement.
In the meantime, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the chance to remind the world the 2 neighbors are at the start “shut associates, companions, and allies.” Through the Trump presidency, that wasn’t at all times evident. Final December, Trump called Trudeau “two-faced” at a NATO summit press convention after Trudeau bought caught on a scorching mike criticizing the President to different world leaders.
The NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg, too, was fast to make his voice heard amid the flurry of heat greetings. Over the previous 4 years, Trump has repeatedly heaped criticism on NATO companion nations for falling behind on their protection spending obligations. In 2018, the New York Occasions reported that Trump even mentioned together with his prime aides the prospect of pulling the US out of NATO, a transfer that might have severely hobbled the multinational protection alliance.
Such speak appeared like historic historical past on Saturday. Stoltenberg mentioned he regarded ahead to working carefully with the brand new administration, reminding the world, “A robust NATO is nice for each North America & Europe.”
To not be outdone, congratulations additionally got here in from mayors of main worldwide capitals, from Paris to London, together with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
It’s by no means clear if a overseas chief will get factors for beating the pack to congratulate a brand new President. However, in that case, that honor may go to Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji. He tweeted his congrats virtually 12 hours forward of the official announcement. To be truthful, Fiji is 20 hours forward of Washington, D.C.—possibly he simply noticed it coming.
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