November 10, 2020
World Leaders React to President-Elect Biden; Russia, China, and Others Wait to Congratulate
Quotes of the Week
"Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can."
-- Former President George W. Bush said in a statement on Sunday.

President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.” -- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.

“You’ve got to pick your fights. Why? Who’s going to come in behind me? It’s going to be a real ‘yes man.’ And then God help us.” -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper, denying in an interview with The Military Times that he was a yes man, after President Trump fired him in a tweet.
World Leaders React to President-Elect Biden
U.S. Election: Merkel Says Germany Will Stand 'Side by Side' With U.S. on World Issues” Rebecca Staudenmaier -- Deutsche Welle, November 9, 2020 

Johnson Congratulates Biden, Ignores Trump” Charlie Cooper -- Politico, November 7, 2020  




Ukrainian President Whose Call With Trump Sparked Impeachment Congratulates Biden” Celine Castronuovo -- The Hill, November 7, 2020 

 
After Hours of Silence, Netanyahu Congratulates Biden, But Doesn’t Say What for” Raphael Ahren -- The Times of Israel, November 8, 2020 
 
Saudi Arabia Finally Congratulates Biden on His Win” Marwa Rashad -- Reuters, November 8, 2020

Iranian Officials React to Biden Victory in U.S. Presidential Race” Maziar Motamedi -- Al Jazeera, November 8, 2020 
Russia, China, and Others Wait to Congratulate Biden
Kremlin: Putin Won’t Congratulate Biden Until Challenges End” Jim Heintz -- The Associated Press, November 9, 2020 

Putin’s Problem With Biden is Likely to Be Personal as Well as Political” Holly Ellyatt -- CNBC, November 10, 2020 

Chinese Government Sidesteps Questions on When it Will Congratulate U.S. President-Elect Biden" Ben Westcott; Steven Jiang; James Griffiths -- CNN, November 10, 2020 
 

As World Congratulates Biden, Mexico’s President Opts to Wait. Critics Call It a Diplomatic Blunder" Patrick McDonnell -- Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2020 
 
The Trump of the Tropics After Trump” Oliver Stuenkel -- Foreign Policy, November 9, 2020
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