World Leaders Are Acknowledging Joe Biden's Win — But Trump and the GOP Aren't
Mike Pompeo insisted that there will be a second Trump Administration.
Even though major news organizations called the 2020 U.S. Election for now-President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday, Donald Trump and his administration are continuing to deny the results and promised to pursue litigation, however unfounded. Today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to accept Biden’s victory during a press conference, insisting that there would be a smooth transition, only it would be from Trump to a second Trump Administration.
"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. Right. The world is watching what's taking place. We're gonna count all the votes. When the process is completed, they'll be electors selected. There's a process, the constitution lays it out pretty clearly," he said. "The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today, and successful with a president who's in office on January 20 a minute after noon will also be successful."
Pompeo isn't alone. CNN reports that only two republican senators have congratulated Biden, with others remaining silent or backing up the president's accusations of fraud and wrongdoing.
On Sunday, Mitt Romney called for the entire country to "get behind" Biden and that he hasn't seen evidence of widespread voter fraud.
"I think we get behind the new president, unless for some reason that's overturned, we get behind the new president and wish him the very best," Romney told Jake Tapper on State of the Union. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the other representative that has congratulated Biden.
Around the world, leaders have tweeted and called the president-elect, including America's northern neighbor, Canada, and allies on the other side of the Atlantic.
Canada's Justin Trudeau made it clear that he's ready to work with the Biden Administration, noting that he is "committed to jointly confronting climate change and COVID-19."
"I just spoke with @JoeBiden, and congratulated him again on his election. We’ve worked with each other before, and we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries - including climate change and COVID-19," he wrote. "We talked about those specific challenges today, as well as trade, energy, NATO, anti-Black racism, and China’s arbitrary detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. On these and other issues, President-elect @JoeBiden and I agreed to keep in touch and work closely together."
Micheál Martin, Irish Taoiseach (the nation's title for prime minister), spoke with President-elect Biden and invited him to Ireland to "properly mark" his victory.
"I've had a warm and engaging call with US President Elect @joebiden. He brings tremendous knowledge & understanding to his new role, and has a great love for his Irish heritage. He underlined his commitment to the Good Friday Agreement & we spoke of importance of multilateralism," Martin wrote in a tweet. "For example, the Paris Accord and the WHO. I congratulated him on the historic nature of his election and that of @KamalaHarris and we agreed to work closely together. I also invited him and @DrBiden to come back to Ireland when we will properly mark their success."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Biden on Tuesday. She congratulated him and Harris on their election victory, saying that she was looking forward to "close and trust-based cooperation," spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
Luis Arce, Bolivia's president-elect, congratulated Biden and Harris on their victory in the presidential election.
"With a new government, we predict better relations that translate into the well-being of our peoples," Arce tweeted, according to CNN.
For his part, Biden let the nation know that he's ready to get to work and believes that things will run smoothly come January 20.
"I don't see a need for legal action. Quite frankly, I think the legal action is, you're seeing it play out," Biden said of Trump's lawsuits and accusations. "The actions he's taking. And so far there is no evidence of any of the assertions made by the president or Secretary of State Pompeo."