Sunday, December 4

World leaders congratulate America’s next president

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CNN and many other international news outlets called a Joe Biden victory as millions of Americans many striking a jubilant tone on social media. However, as counting still continues in the U.S., Joe Biden has already secured 290 electoral college votes, more than the needed 270, while Donald J. Trump has 214.

“Congratulations Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Canadian leader Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter. “Our two countries are close friends, partners and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”

Irish politicians were particularly thrilled by Biden win. “I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA [Joe Biden],” Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin tweeted. “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!”

Elsewhere in France, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also reacted on Twitter, declaring “Welcome back America!”

She wrote: “While we are about to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this victory symbolizes our need to act together more than ever, in view of climate emergency.

“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,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“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,” said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Twitter. President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said he looked forward to working together “for our shared values.”

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