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

World leaders are congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, with many calling the two’s defeat of President Donald Trump a historic moment, and one they hope will lead to strengthened relations with the U.S. going forward.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks during the Premio Italia Nel Mondo 2018 … [+] Awards Dinner on Oct. 25, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden and Harris Saturday, saying in a statement that “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a statement saying that she is looking forward to “working together with President Biden in the future, adding that “our transatlantic friendship is indispensable.”

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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