Global reactions to Biden’s victory over Trump

2020-11-08 15:14:41
Global reactions to Biden’s victory over Trump

World leaders are one by one issuing reactions to Joe Biden’s victory against Donald Trump in the US presidential elections, many urging the 46th American president to make up for his predecessor’s unprecedented mistakes.

On Saturday and after nearly four days of uncertainty, the Democrat eventually surpassed the 270 electoral votes that was required to oust Trump, who had expressed great confidence he would secure a second term.

As signs of Biden's victory were becoming more and more clear, Trump vigorously repeated his allegations of electoral fraud and promised to force a recount in some swing states. After the race was called by multiple news organizations, Trump released an officiall statement claiming the election was "far from over" and promising to take it to the courts.

In spite of Trump’s allegations and his refusal to concede thus far, a sustained trend of reactions has followed in a sign of relative universal preparation for his departure.

These have included messages from the US’s traditionally strongest Western allies, relations with whom took a record blow under the Trump Administration.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said to President-elect Joe Biden, “I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel similarly welcomed “future cooperation with President Biden,” adding that, “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.” Trump notoriously turned down a request from Merkel for a handshake in a meeting, leaving her in sheer surprise.

Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from a number of international agreements, including the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a nuclear deal between Iran and other countries, including the European trio.

Many current and former officials as well as observers believe that the actions have done such damage to the transatlantic alliance, which is very hard to rectify if not totally irreparable.

Israeli Regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Donald Trump “for the friendship” with the occupying regime “and me personally.” He appreciated the way Trump recognized “Israeli sovereignty” over the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds and Syria’s occupied Golan Heights, and took “the American-Israeli alliance to unprecedented heights.”

Elsewhere across the world, Palestine Liberation Organization member Hanan Ashrawi hailed that America had been “Detrumped,” saying that, “The world also needs to be able to breathe.”

Unlike the rest of the world, though, Mexico's president Lopez Obrador stated that he would not congratulate Biden until, what he referred to as legal challenges to the victory were resolved.

Only time will tell if the new US president can and will rectify the mistakes of his predecessor, if that is at all possible.

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