World leaders praise Biden, some take chance ats Trump

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World leaders congratulate Biden, some take shots at Trump

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LONDON — It was a sigh heard round the world

With practically palpable relief, longstanding American allies invited Joe Biden as he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. Some indicated wish for a transformation in the White House, especially in its technique to environment modification and the coronavirus pandemic. And a couple of took parting shots at Donald Trump and his nationalist, “America first” program.

The European Union’s leading political leader, Ursula von der Leyen, stated that “after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House.”

“This time-honored ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol will be a demonstration of the resilience of American democracy,” she included a speech in Brussels.

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, on the other hand, stated that Biden represented “victory of democracy over the ultra-right.”

Then he took objective straight at the previous president.

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

References to stress in between Europe and the U.S. under Trump, who implicated the European Union of attempting to make the most of America and stated European allies “never treated us well,” were a striking departure from previous congratulatory messages.

But they showed the alarm that lots of on the continent felt as Trump braked with longstanding standards and made typical cause with the far ideal — alarm that became scary as the insurrectionist mob motivated by Trump surpassed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier echoed these issues as he stated he was “greatly relieved” and recommended that a number of his fellow compatriots felt the very same method.

“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,” he stated as Biden ready to be sworn in. “We should work resolutely to counter polarization, secure and reinforce the general public square in our democracies, and form our policies on the basis of factor and truths.”

Calling it a “substantial day for the American individuals,” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that his country was “together” with them.

“We will be more powerful to deal with the difficulties of our time. Stronger to develop our future. Stronger to secure our world,” he stated, prior to inviting the U.S. back to the Paris Agreement on environment modification.

Some world leaders — especially those who had more detailed relations with Trump — provided more basic declarations of congratulations.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated, “America’s management is important on the concerns that matter to all of us, from environment modification to Covid.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had “a warm individual relationship returning lots of years” with Biden.

Officials in China, which saw relations with the U.S. sour significantly over the previous 4 years, were more scrupulous, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying stating that Beijing hoped Biden would press “relations back to the ideal track as quickly as possible.”

For some American competitors, the inauguration Wednesday was less a minute to praise Biden and more a chance to lay into Trump and his diplomacies.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani likewise prompted the inbound administration to go back to a 2015 nuclear arrangement and lift sanctions on Tehran, while inviting completion of “autocrat” President Donald Trump’s age.

“The ball remains in the U.S. court now. If Washington go back to Iran’s 2015 nuclear offer, we will likewise totally appreciate our dedications under the pact,” Rouhani stated in a telecasted Cabinet conference.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesperson for Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant group that governs the blockaded Gaza Strip, stated Trump had actually been “the most significant source and sponsor of oppression, violence and extremism worldwide and the direct partner of the Israeli profession in the hostility versus our individuals.”

The Associated Press and Reuters added to this report.

Andy Eckardt, Ann-Kathrin Pohlers, Paul Goldman and Claudio Lavanga contributed.



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