World leaders congratulate Biden, Harris


World leaders on Saturday took to Twitter to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after news outlets officially called the race for the Democratic nominees. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote that he was “really looking forward to working together and building on” the relationship between the two countries, which Trudeau called “unique on the world stage.”

He later shared a full statement on the presidential election, writing, “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election as the next President and Vice President of the United States of America.”

“Our shared geography, common interests, deep personal connections, and strong economic ties make us close friends, partners, and allies,” Trudeau added. “We will further build on this foundation as we continue to keep our people safe and healthy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and work to advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also shared congratulatory messages, writing in a statement, “The U.S. is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” 

Johnson also congratulated Harris on her “historic achievement.” Harris is the first woman to be elected to the vice presidency as well as the first Black, Indian and Caribbean American woman. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote, “The American public has decided. Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States of America.” 

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a similar message, writing, “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!” he added.

Other leaders, including Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, also shared well wishes and hopes to collaborate with the president-elect and vice president-elect once they assume office. 

Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, tweeted that Biden has been a “true friend of Greece” and welcomed working together and strengthening the bilateral relationship. 

Major news networks and The Associated Press all called the race for Biden shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday after a grueling vote count that had the country waiting for a result for days after Tuesday’s vote. 

President Trump refused to concede Saturday, claiming in a statement that networks were helping Biden “falsely” pose as the winner and promising to fight the results in court.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign.

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