Joe Biden is officially the president-elect of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be vice president.
Other world leaders are beginning to react, and liberal representatives and heads of state are promptly congratulating the winners. The leaders of Europe’s various far-right parties, who had seen Donald Trump as one of theirs and expressed their support for him, have yet to comment.
“Americans have chosen their president,” tweeted French president Emmanuel Macron, sharing a wish to “work together” to overcome today’s challenges.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 7, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared a congratulatory message on Twitter. He highlighted Harris’s historic achievement and stressed the importance of cooperation between US and UK, although Joe Biden has criticized the manner of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 7, 2020
Foreign minister Dominic Raab sent his congratulations, too, stressing the fact that while the race was tight, the results are clear.
(1/2) While some of the processes are still playing out, it is now clear @JoeBiden has won. Congratulations to the President-elect & @KamalaHarris on their historic victory, which saw them win more votes than any candidates in US history.
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) November 7, 2020
The leader of the Labour party Keir Starmer, ideologically similar to the president-elect, tweeted his congratulations to Biden, highlighting the values of decency and strength behind his campaign:
Congratulations to @JoeBiden on his election as President of the United States of America.
He ran a campaign on the values that we in the United Kingdom share – decency, integrity, compassion and strength.
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) November 7, 2020
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, congratulated both Biden and Kamala Harris:
London looks forward to working with you — it's time to get back to building bridges, not walls. pic.twitter.com/oZoCDvtT9v
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 7, 2020
Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s President, sent his congratulations to Biden, highlighting the responsibility he faces as he leads the nation against Covid-19.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte congratulated not just the winners but the whole American people for “an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality”:
Congratulations to the American people and institutions for an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner
— Giuseppe Conte (@GiuseppeConteIT) November 7, 2020
Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of the Italian Democratic Party, celebrated Biden’s victory, welcoming it as “a new season of hope and dialogue not just for America, but the whole world”:
Con @JoeBiden 46esimo Presidente degli Stati Uniti si apre una nuova stagione di speranza e dialogo non solo per l’America, ma per tutto il mondo. Una grande gioia per noi Democratici, un messaggio di unità per tutti i progressisti #Biden #bidenharis2020 pic.twitter.com/ejFkW3R6vL
— Nicola Zingaretti (@nzingaretti) November 7, 2020
Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s foreign minister, congratulated Biden, talking about the deep friendship between Italy:
Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden. The friendship between Italy and the United States has deep and historical roots. Ready to keep on working to make our relations ever stronger in defense of peace and freedom.
— Luigi Di Maio (@luigidimaio) November 7, 2020
“I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time,” said Angela Merkel in a statement. She also stressed the historic importance of Harris’s win.
In his message, foreign minister Heiko Maas highlighted how Biden sees strength in unity and teamwork, adding that he hopes the West will also go back to playing as a team again:
Joe Biden sieht die weltpolitische Stärke der USA im Team Play. Auch wir wollen, dass der Westen wieder als Team spielt. Nur so können wir unseren Werten in der Welt Geltung verschaffen. Wir sind als Europäer bereit, uns noch stärker in dieser Partnerschaft einzubringen. (4/5)
— Heiko Maas (@HeikoMaas) November 7, 2020
Taoiseach Michaél Martin sent a warm message to Joe Biden, saying he wished to “welcome him back home,” with a reference to Biden’s Irish catholic origins.
I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) November 7, 2020
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