As the 2020 US Elections unfolded the world closely followed every count of the votes cast that made one candidate ahead of the other.
This is about America, the global superpower, the home to history’s most-successful and second-largest democracy, the economic and military powerhouse, and most-importantly, wielder of soft power like no other on earth.
Goes without saying, the appointment of the US President — the most powerful person in the world — will be followed with a hawk eye and global attention and scrutiny.
After weeks of relentless campaigns, and then a chaotic post-vote session for days, the United States of America has the 46th President in Democratic candidate in Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., whom the world knows as Joe Biden.
World leaders (not all) have reacted to the historic election, where the largest number of Americans voted for any US President, at a once-in-a-century pandemic, and making the rare move of impeaching an incumbent President after a single term.
Canada, America’s immediate neighbor, and ally congratulated both Biden and Harris for the election. In an official statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he said:
“Canada and the United States enjoy an extraordinary relationship – one that is unique on the world stage.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.”
Leaders of the major European nations have responded to the historic election. The US is a key ally to most of the major European economies and the leaders expressed their interest in working closely with the Biden Administration in shared priorities and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
European Union Council President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The EU and the USA are friends and allies, our citizens share the deepest of links. I look forward to working with President-elect Biden.”
In a formal statement issued by the EU Council President, it said: “The European Commission stands ready to intensify cooperation with the new Administration, and the new Congress to address pressing challenges we face and notably: fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic consequences, tackling climate change together, (…) as well as reforming the rules-based multilateral system.”
French President Emmanuel Macron wrote: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations Joe Biden and Kamala Harris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”
“We congratulate Joe Biden on his election victory and look forward to working with the next United States administration. Our offer stands for a new transatlantic start, a “New Deal,” Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister & Saarlander, Heiko Maas said.
One of the promises President-elect Joe Biden made was revoking the Trump-era climate change deals, including the highly controversial and criticized US redemption from the Paris Climate Agreement.
“After the election, we will therefore approach the then-elected government and make specific proposals on how we can close the transatlantic ranks: in dealing with actors like China, in climate protection, in the global fight against the corona pandemic,” the German minister wrote.
German Chancellor Angela Markel congratulated both Biden and Harris in a statement. “I look forward to working with President Biden. Our trans-Atlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to deal with the major challenges of our time,” she said.
UK’s Boris Johnson said, “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.”
While France, Germany, and the UK have extended their greeting to America, a number of other European nations have stayed silent over the election after Biden was declared the 46th US President.
As of November 8, Hungary was one of the few NATO Alliance member nations to have not issued any statement on the US Elections till now, Radio Free Europe reported.
Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: ‘Congratulations to the President-Elect of the United States Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.’
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Biden for strengthening the Indo-US relationship as Barrack Obama’s Vice President.
Congratulations Joe Biden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday congratulated Joe Biden for winning the election. “I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the Japan-US Alliance and ensure peace, freedom, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” Suga said in a Twitter post.
Meanwhile, in China, people have different opinions about the current election in the US. As per Global Times, the Chinese state mouthpiece, some Chinese think the US political system is capable of making America great again at any time, while others mocked the system for the chaos.
It is notable that Kremlin is silent as of now with no message coming from Russian President Putin. President-elect Biden has conveyed he’ll be tougher on Russia for its disdain of human rights records and interference in foreign affairs.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got engaged in a spat of words with Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who called the 2020 US presidential election a ‘spectacle’ and an ‘example of the ugly face of liberal democracy in the US.’
Pompeo hit back saying alleging the leader of personally stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from people.
“Your elections are a joke, with hundreds of candidates disqualified from even running. Today, your people starve because you spend billions on proxy wars to protect your kleptocracy,” Pompeo said on Twitter.
“America is and shall remain the greatest nation in all of human history. We welcome the day when the Iranian people get their wish – and you know what that is. That is all.”
After major US media including Associated Press and CNN declared Joe Biden the victor of the 2020 US Elections, spontaneous celebrations have marked the entire nation. While a sect of people has demonstrated against the win, but without any violence.