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World leaders who are reluctant to congratulate Joe Biden

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 – 19:29

Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Jair Bolsonaro and Lpez Obrador are still waiting for what Donald Trump does, who does not intend to admit his defeat at the polls

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden, in a 2013 file photo.

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden, in a 2013 file photo.

Neither Vladimir Putin, nor Xi Jinping, nor Jair Bolsonaro, nor Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador (AMLO) have yet extended their congratulations to the Democrat Joe Biden after being proclaimed by the media as the winner of the US presidential elections. They are all looking forward to what I do in the next few days. Donald Trump, who does not intend to admit defeat at the polls and has promised to fight a legal battle to the last consequences.

Some hide in silence, others send more or less indirect signals. The most explicit has been AMLO, who on Saturday intervened on Mexican television to follow the game of his populist neighbor to the north … “We have to wait for legal issues to be resolved,” he warned. Lopez Obrador. “We do not want to be reckless or act lightly. We want to be respectful of self-determination and the rights of the people.”

Despite Trump’s racist comments and anathemas against immigrants, Lpez Obrador has worked a very personal relationship with the American friend which culminated last July with the launch of the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Jair Bolsonaro he has not hidden his preferences before, during and after the elections. His son Eduardo, as envoy of the Brazilian president, visited the Republican this year wearing a “Trump 2020” cap.

In his posts on Twitter, Eduardo Bolsonaro has questioned the “integrity” and legitimacy of Joe Biden’s votes. His father has made public his disdain for the Democrat’s proposal to set aside $ 20 billion to protect the Amazon. The “Trump of the Tropics”, as CNN calls him these days, would see his position seriously weakened (already very compromised by his lukewarm response to the coronavirus) without his great mentor from the northern hemisphere.

In 2016, Vladimir Putin was one of the first to congratulate Trump on his victory over Hillary Clinton. Has now decided implicitly endorse you with his reluctance to recognize Joe Biden as the new president.

Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said Monday that Russian President wait until “official results” are confirmed. The ghost of ‘Russiagate’ hovers in any case over the future of relations between Moscow and Washington. Biden has warned that any interference in American politics will be construed as “the act of an adversary.”

Xi Jinping He has also preferred to look elsewhere for the moment. A Chinese government spokesman said on Monday that the president will act “in accordance with international practice”. Despite the brief approach to Trump, the distancing and animosity of the US president, who continued to speak during the “Chinese virus” campaign, is public and notorious.

Boris Johnson s congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their electoral triumph, but a alternate message (congratulating Trump on his “second term”), it came out curiously “embedded” under the official message on social networks. A Downing Street spokesman testified to The Guardian that it was “a technical error” and ruled out political intentionality. Joe Biden has even described the British ‘premier’ as “a physical and emotional clone of Donald Trump.”

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