World leaders congratulate Biden, some shot at Trump

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London – It was heard around the world an ah

With almost temporary relief, long-standing American allies welcomed Joe Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, on Wednesday. Some hoped for a radical change in the White House in its approach to climate change and the coronavirus epidemic in general. And some participated in Donald Trump and his nationalist, “America First” agenda.

The top European Union politician, Ursula von der Leyen, said that “after four long years, there is a friend in the White House in Europe.”

In a speech in Brussels, he said, “This time honored ceremony will be a demonstration of the resilience of American democracy at the move of the US Capitol.”

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.Julian Warrand / AFP – Getty Images

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro S├ínchez, said that Biden “represented the victory of democracy over super-right.”

Then he directly targeted the former president.

“Five years ago, we thought Trump was a bad joke, but five years later we felt that he endangered nothing less than the world’s most powerful democracy,” he said in a speech.

The references to tensions between Europe and the US under Trump, who accused the EU of trying to take advantage of the US and that European allies “never treated us well”, were a striking departure from previous congratulatory messages .

But he echoed the alarm that many felt on the continent as Trump broke with longstanding norms and made common cause with far-flung causes, which turned into horror as rebellious crowds encouraged by Trump Overtook the Capitol on 6 January.

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier echoed these concerns because he said he was “greatly relieved” and suggested that many of his countrymen felt the same.

“Despite all the joy we feel today, we must not forget that even the most powerful democracy in the world has been seduced by populism,” Biden said to be ready for the swearing-in. “Strengthen the public class in our democracies, and shape our policies based on reason and facts. “

He said in a speech that Biden’s victory represented “the victory of democracy, widespread deception, national division and even violent, even violent, over-rights and its three methods.”

Calling it “an important day for the American people”, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that his country was “together” with him.

Before the US welcomed back to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, he said, “We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet.”

Some world leaders – particularly those with close ties to Trump – issued more standard statements of congratulations.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “America’s leadership is important on all those issues, from climate change to Kovid.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had a “personal friendship lasting several decades” with Biden.

Officials in China were more circumspect, having seen relations with the U.S. dramatically over the past four years, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying saying Beijing hoped Biden would “get relations back on the right track as soon as possible.”

For some American rivals, Wednesday’s inauguration was less of a moment to congratulate Biden and more of an opportunity to get involved in Trump and his foreign policies.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the incoming administration to welcome the end of the era of “nuclear” President Donald Trump, returning to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and removing restrictions on Tehran.

Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting, “The ball is now in the US court. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully honor our commitments under the treaty.”

Faiza Barhum, a spokesman for the blockade Gaza Strip’s Palestinian Islamist terrorist group Hamas, said Trump was “the biggest source and sponsor of injustice, violence and extremism in the world and a direct participant of the Israeli occupation in aggression of our people.” Against. “

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Andy Eckardt, Ann-Catherine Poehler, Paul Goldman and Claudio Lavanga has contributed.

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