Election 2020 — Some World Leaders Remain Silent

  • 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:

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Joe Biden in Beijing in 2013.

China

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.

Russia

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.”

Mexico

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.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference last week. He is waiting on courts to rule on the US election before congratulating Joe Biden.

Brazil

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.

Turkey

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.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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