- The Chinese government has not yet made a statement about Biden’s victory.
- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was the first to explicitly declare that he would not recognize the Democrat as President-Elect.
- President Jair Bolsonaro, who publicly supported the re-election of Donald Trump, also remained silent.
Congratulations began pouring in from around the world in earnest after it emerged on Saturday that Democratic candidate Joe Biden had taken an insurmountable lead over President Donald Trump in the near-complete tally of Tuesday’s elections. Notably, however, some top world leaders have up to now remained silent.
The top world leaders and countries that have so far not sent the US president-elect congratulatory messages include:
The Chinese government has not yet made a statement about Biden’s victory. In general, China has quietly followed the electoral process in the United States.
However, China’s ties with the U.S. under the four years of the Trump presidency deteriorated to a very massive extent. Notably, the two nations engaged in trade wars.
In Russia, as of mid-Sunday afternoon, there hadn’t yet been a statement from President Vladimir Putin on the results of the American elections. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections to help Trump get elected, in hopes that he was to take a softer stance on Moscow.
By contrast, however, Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny congratulated Biden ahead of the Kremlin. In a tweet, Navalny congratulated Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, for “defining the new leadership in a free and fair election.”
Biden is expected to take a tougher stance, having openly been accusing Trump during the campaign of having “embraced so many autocrats around the world with a mention of the likes of Vladimir Putin.”
Most of the countries of the Americas, including Canada, Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Panama, and even that of Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, congratulated the President-Elect. Two notable exceptions were Mexico and Brazil.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was the first to explicitly declare that he would not recognize the Democrat as President-Elect until “all legal matters touching on the elections are resolved,” citing the alleged electoral fraud he suffered in 2006.
The Mexican president denied commenting “out of prudence,” while Donald Trump insists that his election was stolen and all legal avenues must be exhausted. The leftist leader boasted of a “very good relationship” with both candidates.
However, the Mexican government’s refusal to recognize Biden caused outrage from US congressmen and Mexican opposition politicians.
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro, who publicly supported the re-election of Donald Trump, also remained silent. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rodrigo Maia, congratulated Joe Biden.
Bolsonaro, who has openly declared his admiration for Tump, whom he sees as a kind of political model, has so far made no mention of the electoral process that concluded in the defeat of his ally.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not yet commented on the result. Turkey may lose more than most other countries following Joe Biden’s election as president, as he is expected to toughen up the U.S.’ stance against Erdogan’s foreign military interventions and closer cooperation with Russia.
Another major hurdle is Washington’s refusal to extradite US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who, according to Ankara, orchestrated a failed coup in 2016.