PLEASANT SURPRISE. US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President -elect Kamala Harris (2nd Left) react as confetti falls with Jill Biden (r) and Douglas Emhoff after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov.7, 2020. AFP
Biden, in victory speech, delivers a message of hope and healing, vowing to unify
At Biden’s victory event, which took into account social-distancing guidelines, the president-elect announced top scientists would be appointed to his coronavirus task force on Monday.”On Monday I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to help take the Biden-Harris plan and convert it into an actual blueprint that will start on January 20, 2021,” Biden told supporters.
Earlier in the day, he had emphasized the urgency he placed on beating the pandemic.”I want everyone, everyone, to know on day one we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action,” Biden said before he had been declared the winner.Unlike Biden, Trump held massive campaign rallies ahead of the Nov. 3 vote, insisting the US was “rounding the turn” despite the virus surges.Trump campaigned after contracting the virus himself.Senior members of his administration have also contracted the virus recently. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was the latest to test positive, the media said late Friday.World welcomes Biden winWorld leaders rushed to congratulate US president-elect Biden, with many expressing hopes of unity and cooperation following four years of explosive Donald Trump diplomacy.While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, many world leaders made it clear they backed the announcement that Biden had won with running mate Kamala Harris.”Congratulations!” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart.”Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman.French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “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!”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden “on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.”The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally, called Biden a “great friend of Israel,” congratulating him and Harris on their victory.He tweeted: “I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the US and Israel.”Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “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.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison wished Biden and Harris “every success.””The Australia-US Alliance is deep and enduring, and built on shared values. I look forward to working with you closely as we face the world’s many challenges together,” he said on Twitter.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a popular leader who had verbally jousted with Trump, congratulated Biden and Harris in a tweet focused on cooperation.”With so many issues facing the international community, your message of unity is one we share. New Zealand looks forward to working with you both!”Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his “warmest congratulations” to Biden and Harris. He said: “The huge turnout is a reflection of the hope placed on democracy.”Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga focused his congratulatory message on security issues.”Warm congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the Japan-US Alliance and ensure peace, freedom, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” Suga wrote on Twitter.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Biden’s win as “spectacular” while highlighting Harris’s Indian heritage.”Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans,” Modi said in a tweet to Harris.”Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president.However, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said it was too soon to congratulate Biden and he would wait for “all legal issues” in the US election to be resolved.”We don’t want to be imprudent. We don’t want to act lightly and we want to respect people’s self-determination and rights,” Lopez Obrador, who has had good relations with Trump, told reporters.NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as a “strong supporter” of the alliance.Stoltenberg, who often had to adapt to Trump making unexpected announcements about US troop drawdowns from NATO deployments, said in a tweet he looked forward to working with Biden.”A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe,” he said.
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