Joe Biden Speaking to Foreign Leaders, Says ‘America is Going to Be Back’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday he’s telling foreign leaders “America is going to be back.”

Biden continued: “We’re going to be back in the game.”

So far, President Donald Trump has yet to concede to Biden, although the election was called Saturday. Still, Biden is working through a normal presidential transition. This happens whenever there’s a change in administrations so that the new president can smoothly run the government afternoon on Jan. 20, inauguration day.

Biden said Tuesday he spoke with Boris Johnson, the prime minister of Great Britain. He also had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

On Monday, Biden talked to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

In a media briefing Tuesday, Biden discussed what he’s telling other world leaders.

“I’m letting them know that America is back,” Biden told reporters. “We are going to be back in the game. It’s not America alone,” Biden said. “The reception and welcome around the world that we have gotten from our allies and our friends has been real.”

Trump has had a rocky relationship with many leaders around the world, including Macron, Merkel and Trudeau. However, Trump is close to Johnson.

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It’s interesting to see who hasn’t responded to Biden’s victory. Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet to acknowledge the Biden win. Neither have the leaders of China, Brazil and Mexico.

Further, Jair Bolsonaro, the populist president of Brazil, is a big Trump ally. Some people have described him as “the Trump of the Tropics.”

However, after declaring last month that he hoped to be at Trump’s inauguration, he’s toned it down.

“I am not the most important person in Brazil, just as Trump is not the most important person in the world, as he himself says,” Bolsonaro said.

Mexican President Andres López Obrador said he wanted to wait until the U.S. election process is over to say anything, either way.