‘Welcome Back America!’ World Leaders Rejoice After Biden Wins Presidential Election

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Nicholas Reimann   Forbes U.S. Staff

‘Welcome Back America!’ World Leaders Rejoice After Biden Wins Presidential Election

Photo: Justin Trudeau Twitter 

World leaders are congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, with many calling their defeat of President Donald Trump a historic moment, and one they hope will lead to strengthened relations with the United States.

KEY FACTS

- “Welcome back America!” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted Saturday, in one of the more enthusiastic responses to Biden’s victory.

- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who’s been a target of Trump’s criticism, congratulated Biden and Harris Saturday, saying in a statement that “Canada and the United States enjoy an extraordinary relationship — one that is unique on the world stage,” while urging the countries to work together to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

- Along with Trudeau, all of the other G7 leaders—U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

- Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declined to congratulate Biden, saying that the election needs to be “legally resolved.”

- Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin congratulated Biden, who openly embraces his Irish Catholic heritage, saying “I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!”

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, called the victory a “big and special moment” especially since Harris will be the first woman and woman of color to serve as Vice President, a statement echoed by Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales.

SURPRISING FACT

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama appeared to be first to acknowledge Biden’s victory, tweeting a congratulations message hours before any major news networks had called the race for Biden.

KEY BACKGROUND

The Associated Press, along with other major news networks, called the race for Biden late Saturday morning, after Biden’s projected win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to become president of the United States. Trump has regularly criticized leaders of longtime western allies, with observers noting that he’s appeared to take a more welcoming approach to strongmen dictators of authoritarian states. Biden has promised to reverse course and strengthen relations with the traditional western allies.

CHIEF CRITIC

Trump falsely claimed Saturday morning that he had actually won the election, saying he did so “BY A LOT!” The Trump campaign is taking legal action in several states and has vowed to continue challenging the election results.

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Nicholas Reimann   Forbes U.S. Staff

I'm a New Orleans-based news reporter for Forbes covering the U.S. South and breaking news. Previously, I wrote for The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate covering local government.