How the World is Reacting to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

Russia

As of Wednesday morning, the Russian government had not commented publicly on the result, though Konstantin Kosachev, a Putin ally who chairs a foreign affairs committee, suggested the Kremlin, Russia’s executive branch, would like to avoid being further accused of interference in the 2020 election after being accused in 2016.

Russia’s main opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was poisoned earlier this year in what he said was an assassination attempt by the Kremlin, suggested the U.S. election was a good example of the democratic process. “I woke up and went on Twitter to find out who won. Nothing is clear yet,” he said on Twitter. “So, this is a real election.”

China

In China, leaders seem to following in suit. When asked Wednesday whether he had a preference for either Biden or Trump, spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin, said that the U.S. election is America’s internal affairs and China doesn’t have a stance on the issue.

However, Hu Xijin, editor in chief of Chinese state media outlet Global Times, commented ahead of the election that the “U.S. is in degradation” and that “U.S. opinion polls are now ridiculed by Chinese netizens.”

Iran

As we all know, America’s relations with Iran have been tense for sometime now, especially after the assassination of Iran’s top military commander in a U.S. air strike in January. On Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said in a tweet that the outcome of the U.S. election “won’t affect our policy towards the U.S.”

The United Kingdom

In the UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has a close relationship with President Trump, refused to comment on the election results on Wednesday morning. “We don’t comment as a U.K. government on the democratic processes of our friends and allies,” he said, when asked by the opposition leader to condemn Trump’s comments.

In an interview after Donald Trump falsely claimed a victory from the White House early Wednesday, Johnson’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, also declined to comment on the President’s statement. “Whatever the election night comments on either side of the campaign,” he said, “I’m confident and have full faith in the U.S. institutions, checks and balances in the U.S. system, that will produce a definitive result.”

The US 2020 elections | The Economist
The Economists

Votes are still being counted in several crucial battleground states in the U.S. election, so it is unclear whether it will be Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden leading the U.S. until 2024.

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