The world is moving forward to work with the new president-elect, Joe Biden, even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede.
Major US allies Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany were quick to recognise Biden’s victory and to extend congratulations. Ireland, too.
Indeed, the world is moving forward to work with the new president-elect even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede and seeks ways to undo the election in court.
Biden was declared the winner by US media organisations tracking returns on November 7 after he appeared to win enough states to garner a majority of the US Electoral College.
Biden spoke with the leaders of Australia, Japan and South Korea on Wednesday evening, Biden’s transition team said in a statement.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed the challenge of containing the coronavirus and laying the groundwork for a global economic recovering, the Biden team said in a read-out of the calls.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan offered Biden his congratulations and Biden complimented Suga for his steady leadership during the recent governing transition in Japan.
Speaking with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, Biden praised Korea’s leadership in addressing the pandemic and said he looked forward to working with Moon on the challenge of North Korea.
A stack of messages for Biden from foreign leaders is piling up at the US State Department but the Trump administration is preventing Biden from seeing them, CNN reported, citing a source. The State Department traditionally has coordinated international contacts between incoming presidents and foreign heads of state.
Nations whose leaders had warm relationships with Trump have been slower to acknowledge Biden’s victory while the president still refuses to concede. The leaders of Russia, Brazil, Mexico, China and North Korea have yet to congratulate Biden.
The list of prominent Republicans who have broken with President Trump to congratulate Biden is short. Only four Senate Republicans have recognised Biden as the winner and offered congratulations.
Former 2012 presidential nominee, Senator Mitt Romney was the first high-profile Republican to extend congratulations to Biden within hours of the race being called by the AP.
Romney said in a tweet that he and his wife Ann congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“We know both of them as people of goodwill and admirable character,” Romney said. “We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”Here