US election 2020: International leaders who’ve remained silent on Joe Biden’s win | International Information

While many world leaders were quick to congratulate Joe Biden on his US election victory, others have appeared not so pleased.

Several prominent figureheads who have maintained warm relations with President Donald Trump have remained notably silent following the Democrat’s historic win alongside his running mate Kamala Harris.

Sky News highlights some of the most notable leaders yet to have offered their well wishes to America’s next top leadership team.

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, nicknamed “Trump of the Tropics” for his shared brusque style, has been a close ally and friend of the US leader.

Mr Bolsonaro even took aim at Mr Biden following the first TV debate in the presidential race after the former vice president said Mr Trump needed to push Brazil to do more to protect the Amazon.

The Brazil leader dubbed Mr Biden’s statement as “disastrous”.

But Mr Bolsonaro is said to be distancing himself from Mr Trump after the election result, reportedly saying he is “not the most important person in the world”, according to The Washington Post.

“The most important person is God,” Mr Bolsonaro was quoted as saying.

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro has been a close ally of Mr Trump's
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been a close ally

Vladimir Putin, Russia

There has also been no immediate reaction from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was friendly with Mr Trump.

He waded into Mr Trump’s impeachment trial last year, defending the president and describing the situation as “far-fetched” and “fabricated”.

Mr Trump sparked outrage on both sides of the political dive in Washington following his first summit with Mr Putin.

The US president was accused of “treasonous” behaviour during a 2018 news conference with his Russian counterpart in Finland, in which he contradicted his own intelligence officials over alleged meddling by Moscow in the election that put him in the White House.

President Putin and President meet in Germany in July 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mr Trump have praised each other in recent years

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi crown prince has yet to publicly congratulate Mr Biden.

He has enjoyed a warm relationship with Mr Trump, who offered his backing following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr Khashoggi, a staunch critic of the Saudi rulers, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, having entering to obtain documents so he could marry his Turkish fiancee.

As worldwide suspicion fell upon Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump said the US would not punish the kingdom financially.

Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Janez Jansa, Slovenia

In the homeland of First Lady Melania Trump, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa congratulated Mr Trump on a victory before all votes were counted.

He has continued to show support despite Mr Biden being announced the winner.

RONO, SLOVENIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Newly erected life-sized bronze statue of Melania Trump stands in Rono, a village neighbouring her hometown Sevnica on September 17, 2020 in Rono, Slovenia. A new statue of Melania Trump was recently unveiled in Slovenia to replace the original, which was burnt down last July, and currently on exhibit. The monument recalls the origins of the American First Lady. (Photo by Matic Zorman/Getty Images)
A bronze statue of Melania Trump stands in Rono, a village neighbouring her hometown Sevnica

Other leaders that have openly supported Mr Trump during his term have not taken the same attitude, however.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Twitter profile picture shows him sitting beside Mr Trump, offered his congratulations to Mr Biden and described him as a friend of Israel.

He added that he was looking forward to working with him and Mrs Harris to strengthen the “special alliance” between the two countries.

In a separate statement, he thanked Mr Trump for raising US-Israeli relations to “unprecedented heights”.

HERTFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.
Boris Johnson, a close ally of Mr Trump, offered his congratulations to Joe Biden

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, another ally of Mr Trump, shared a statement praising Mr Biden‘s running mate and vice president-elect Ms Harris on her “historic achievement”.

He added: “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities from climate change to trade and security.”

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