Since the announcement of Joe Biden’s victory by the American media on Saturday, congratulatory messages from leaders around the world to the future President of the United States have been pouring in. Statements that all sound the same… or almost. Due to Donald Trump’s very divisive and sometimes binary foreign policy, but also the fact that he continues to challenge his defeat, the words of a number of leaders were eagerly awaited. Starting with those of his friends or allies. From Bolsonaro to Kim Jong-un, overview of the reaction of the big “losers” of the election around the world.
Jair Bolsonaro embarrassed
Radio silence on the Brazilian side. President Bolsonaro, who had publicly declared before the American election “to hope” for the re-election of Donald Trump, has not yet reacted to the announcement of the victory of Joe Biden, neither to congratulate him nor to denounce the honesty of the poll as does his ally and model. This Monday, its vice president simply indicated that the one who has been nicknamed the “Trump of the tropics” would congratulate the winner ” right in time “, once all appeals have been decided.
It must be said that for two years, the former army captain has continued to cultivate a close relationship with the Trump administration – often one-sided – a million miles from his country’s tradition of multilateralism. With Joe Biden, with whom he naturally has less affinity, the exchanges should be less cordial.
In the aftermath of the first presidential debate in the United States, a month ago, Jair Bolsonaro was off the hook when Biden threatened Brazil with economic sanctions because of deforestation in the Amazon. “What a shame, Mr. John Biden,” he tweeted in English, making a mistake on the first name of the former vice-president of Barack Obama. Given the economic weight of the two nations, they will nevertheless have to discuss.
The “congratulations” of King Salman and his son
Very close to Donald Trump, like the Crown Prince, the King of Saudi Arabia was the last person in charge of the Arab Gulf monarchies to react. Diplomatic prudence which did not prevent him from “congratulating” Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Sunday evening and from sending them “his best wishes for success”.
Prince Mohammed, for his part, wished “even more progress” in the United States, saying “aspire to continue joint cooperation between the two friendly countries”. The de facto leader of the kingdom, however, has good reason to be disappointed by the outcome of the American election: Donald Trump ousted, it is the entire relationship with the United States that he must rebuild, while he was maintaining a close relationship with in particular the son-in-law and adviser of the president, Jared Kushner, in particular because of their common hostility towards Iran.
If King Salman recalled “the special close historical relations between the two friendly countries and peoples”, he and his son know that Joe Biden, who promised during his campaign to “re-evaluate” relations with Saudi Arabia and “s ‘ensuring that America does not renounce its values to sell weapons or buy oil,’ will not be as accommodating as its predecessor.
Benyamin Netanyahu on all counts
Like the Saudis, the Israeli Prime Minister is losing a strategic ally in the person of Donald Trump. But diplomacy prevails: Benyamin Netanyahu has therefore chosen to congratulate the future American president, described as “a great friend of Israel”.
“Joe, we have known each other for almost 40 years, our relationship is warm, and I know you are a great friend of Israel. […] I hope to be able, with you two (Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris), to further deepen the special alliance that binds the United States and Israel, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Netanyahu knows it, however: Biden will be less accommodating than Trump, “Israel’s best friend in the White House,” who worked for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital, supported Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, given his blessing to the annexation of the Golan Heights and sponsored normalization between Israel and Arab countries. But by playing on the register of thanks to the outgoing president and the outstretched hand to his successor, the Israeli prime minister can at least hope not to offend anyone.
The prudence of Vladimir Putin
In 2016, he congratulated Donald Trump on his election a little over an hour after US media projections granting him the victory. But this time, Vladimir Putin prefers to wait for the announcement of the official result of the presidential election in the United States to congratulate the winner, said the Kremlin. In question: the supposed irregularity of the ballot, denounced by the outgoing president himself, and the appeals announced in court.
If he is not strictly speaking an ally of Donald Trump, given the historically strained relations between the United States and Russia, Vladimir Putin and the American president had very cordial relations, the tenant of the White House not hiding his admiration for his Russian counterpart. The prospect of the election of Joe Biden therefore had nothing to please him, especially as the former vice-president of Barack Obama promised more firmness with regard to Moscow.
Four years after the first accusations of Russian interference in the US presidential election, the words of the head of the Russian electoral commission, Ella Pamfilova, should not help matters either. This Monday, she did not hesitate to question the honesty of the election, explaining that the mail voting system in the United States would allow in particular “multiple votes, loss of ballots. unwanted, the rise of the vote for the dead ”.
Kim Jong-un’s silence
The North Korean dictator is not in the habit of congratulating new leaders, even the leader of the world’s greatest power. Still, the official North Korean media have still not mentioned the result of the American election, a sign that the election of Joe Biden does not serve the regime’s propaganda.
In recent years, Donald Trump had indeed made a historic rapprochement between his country and North Korea, by going to Korean soil in particular and by meeting the despot on three occasions. By Trump’s own admission, they thus had a “very good relationship.” Some experts say the North saw the billionaire’s unorthodox approach as its best chance to wrestle a deal that would have allowed it to keep some of its nuclear and ballistic weapons.
With Biden, it is the return to a more traditional and less friendly diplomacy which is announced. During his campaign, the Democrat had said he would not meet Kim without a number of conditions being met, accusing Trump of going too far in the rapprochement with the North Korean leader. To speak of the master of Pyongyang as a “good friend”, “is like saying that we had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded Europe,” he said. For its part, last year, the official KCNA agency presented the Democratic candidate as a “rabid dog” who should be “beaten to death”.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr