Canada’s Justin Trudeau leads world leaders in congratulating Joe Biden as he wins the presidency 


Justin Trudeau has led tributes to Joe Biden following his projected victory in the race for the White House – even as Donald Trump refuses to concede.

The Canadian Prime Minister congratulated Biden after the Democratic nominee became president-elect earlier today after winning the state of Pennsylvania, giving him the necessary 270 electoral college votes.

Mr Biden is also the most-voted for presidential candidate in US history, securing around 75 million ballots.

Biden, who will be the 46th US President, will address the nation tonight despite continued protestations from Trump.

And dozens of other world leaders have since followed suit in congratulating Biden, as well as his running mate Kamala Harris, in their projected victory. 

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Justin Trudeau (left) has led tributes to Joe Biden (right) following his projected victory in the race for the White House – even as Donald Trump refuses to concede

The Canadian Prime Minister congratulated Biden after the Democratic nominee became president-elect earlier today

The Canadian Prime Minister congratulated Biden after the Democratic nominee became president-elect earlier today

Mr Trudeau took to Twitter with a post that read: ‘On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election as the next President and Vice President of the United States of America. 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.’

And dozens of other world leaders have since followed suit. 

French President Emmanuel Macron also took to social media with a post that read: ‘The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! 

‘We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!’ 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement: ‘Congratulations! The American people have made their decision.

‘Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America.

‘I sincerely wish him the best of luck and every success and I would also like to congratulate Kamala Harris, the first female vice president-elect in the history of your country.

‘I look forward to working with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to deal with the major challenges of our time.’ 

French President Emmanuel Macron also took to social media with a post that read: 'The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!'

French President Emmanuel Macron also took to social media with a post that read: ‘The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!’

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi wrote: 'Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!'

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi wrote: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a tweet which read: 'Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a tweet which read: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris’

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi wrote: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden 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.’

He added: ‘Heartiest congratulations @KamalaHarris! Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans. 

‘I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership.’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also issued a tweet which read: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.’

It was accompanied by a statement that said: ‘Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.

‘The US is our most important ally and I look froward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.’  

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also rushed to show her support to Biden on his victory before adding that her country will work ‘side-by-side’ with America.

‘The relationship between our two countries is strong, and I look forward to developing even closer relations with the incoming Biden administration,’ she said in a statement.

‘The campaign by the president-elect has also shown the shared interests we have in addressing global challenges like Covid-19 and climate change.

‘There are many challenges in front of the international community right now, the message of unity from Joe Biden positions us well to take those challenges on.’

Ms Ardern also acknowledged outgoing president Donald Trump, tweeting: ‘New Zealand has enjoyed positive and co-operative relations with the United States over the period of the Trump administration, especially in the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Island regions.’ 

Among those to congratulate Biden was Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, who was at the centre of Donald Trump's congressional impeachment inquiry

Among those to congratulate Biden was Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, who was at the centre of Donald Trump’s congressional impeachment inquiry

Among those to congratulate Biden was Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, who was at the centre of Donald Trump’s congressional impeachment inquiry. 

Zelensky has struggled to distance himself from US politics following a telephone conversation with Trump in July during which he thanked the American President for his ‘great support in the area of defense’.

He also said Ukraine was ready to ‘cooperate for the next steps,’ according to a rough transcript released by the White House. 

But today, congratulating Biden, he wrote: ‘Congratulations to @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris! #Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the #UnitedStates. 

‘[Ukraine] and the [United States] have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!’

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, also posted on social media to say: 'Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden'

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, also posted on social media to say: ‘Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden’

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa also shared his congratulations to Biden on social media

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa also shared his congratulations to Biden on social media

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo added: 'Congratulations @JoeBiden with your election as 46th President of the United States'

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo added: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden with your election as 46th President of the United States’

Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India's main opposition Congress party, wrote: 'Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden'

Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, wrote: ‘Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden’

Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta, added: 'Congratulations upon his election as POTUS @JoeBiden'

Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta, added: ‘Congratulations upon his election as POTUS @JoeBiden’

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, also posted on social media to say: ‘Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden. 

‘Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I’m certain that under his presidency the relationship between our countries will grow even stronger.’ 

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa also shared his congratulations to Biden.

‘Congratulations to President Elect @JoeBiden. We look forward to working with the new #USA Administration to reinforce transatlantic relations and cooperate on global issues, such as climate change, defense of democracy and international security,’ Mr Costa tweeted.  

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo added: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden with your election as 46th President of the United States.

‘A record number of people have cast their vote in this election. This illustrates the vibrancy of the American political life and its democracy.’

Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, wrote: ‘Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden. I’m confident that he will unite America and provide it with a strong sense of direction.’ 

Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta, added: ‘Congratulations upon his election as POTUS @JoeBiden – congrats also to @KamalaHarris as first woman vp in the US – so inspiring – RA.’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg added: 'On behalf of the Norwegian Government, I congratulate @JoeBiden on his election victory'

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg added: ‘On behalf of the Norwegian Government, I congratulate @JoeBiden on his election victory’

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted: 'Welcome back America! Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for their election'

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted: ‘Welcome back America! Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for their election’

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa said: 'On behalf of all Zimbabweans, a huge congratulations to President Elect @JoeBiden on his election victory'

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa said: ‘On behalf of all Zimbabweans, a huge congratulations to President Elect @JoeBiden on his election victory’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg added: ‘On behalf of the Norwegian Government, I congratulate @JoeBiden on his election victory. The US is Norway’s most important ally and we work closely together in many areas. 

‘I look forward to developing our cooperation with the US under Mr Biden’s & @KamalaHarris leadership.’

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted: ‘Welcome back America! Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for their election! 

‘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.’ 

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa said: ‘On behalf of all Zimbabweans, a huge congratulations to President Elect @JoeBiden on his election victory. 

‘Zimbabwe wishes you every successes in leading the American people. I look forward to working with you to increase cooperation between our two nations.’ 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas added: ‘We look forward to working with the next US administration. We want to invest in our cooperation, for a transatlantic restart and a New Deal.’

Olaf Scholz, German Finance Minister, added: ‘Congratulations, Mr President-Elect. Now there is a chance for a new and exciting chapter in transatlantic relations. The US remains Europe’s most important and closest partner.’ 

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