World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

Global leaders congratulated Joe Biden on his election win, as some allies of President Trump stayed silent

Leaders from around the world continued to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday, though several officials have remained silent.

In Europe, where many hope Mr. Biden will reverse some of the decisions of the Trump administration, leaders in Germany, France and Italy as well as the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization applauded Mr. Biden’s win.

“The American citizens have decided,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a statement Saturday. “I look forward to working together with President Biden. Our trans-Atlantic friendship will be critical if we want to overcome the great challenges of the time.”

Germany and other countries had opposed many moves by Mr. Trump, including the reduction of U.S. troop levels in Germany and the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord.