- Prime Minister Johnson took to Twitter, from where he announced that he had spoken with President-Elect Biden to congratulate him on his triumph.
- President Macron told the US President-Elect that he was ready for them to work together on climate, health, and the fight against terrorism.
- Chancellor Merkel also spoke with President-Elect Biden, with whom she agreed on the importance of the transatlantic partnership.
Top European leaders on Tuesday engaged US president-Elect Joe Biden via phone calls to congratulate him on his electoral victory and wish him well. Among them were British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Prime Minister Johnson then took to Twitter, from where he announced that he had spoken with President-Elect Biden to congratulate him on his triumph. Mr. Johnson said thus:
“I just spoke to JoeBiden to congratulate him on his election. I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities – from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic.”
Both leaders also discussed other areas of shared interest, such as “trade and security,” including defense collaboration through NATO.
Prime Minister Johnson also conveyed to President-Elect Biden his invitation to attend the COP26 climate summit, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, next year, and expressed his desire to meet in person during the G7 summit that the UK will also host in 2021.
For his part, President Macron told the US President-Elect that he was ready for them to work together on climate, health, and the fight against terrorism, his office reported. The Elysee said:
“The president congratulated Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris and emphasized his desire to work together on the current issues — climate, health, the fight against terrorism and the defense of fundamental rights.”
Chancellor Merkel also spoke with President-Elect Biden, with whom she agreed on the importance of the transatlantic partnership, her spokesperson said.
“She congratulated him and Vice President-designate Kamala Harris on their election victory. The chancellor expressed the wish for close and trusting future cooperation,” Merkel’s spokesman said in a statement.
“The chancellor and the president-designate agreed that transatlantic cooperation is of great importance in view of the many global challenges,” he added.
President-Elect Biden began work on the transition this week, as Donald Trump refuses to concede defeat, citing electoral fraud. President Trump also fired the Pentagon chief.
Without mentioning Trump, he made progress in his preparations to take office. He launched the BuildBackBetter.com site on the Internet, and began appeals with political leaders in the West.
Before the European leaders, on Monday, he had reached out to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, a neighbor and important partner.
Donald Trump hasn’t conceded defeat yet ,and he is insisting that the election exercise was marred by fraud. So far, the Trump campaign has filed more than a dozen lawsuits across five states since Election Day in an attempt to reverse the outcome.
In a statement released after Joe Biden was projected as the winner, President Trump said his campaign “will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
Biden has at least 279 electoral votes, nine more than needed to win the White House, while Trump has 214.