(Noted News) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), asserted his position on a relatively short list of world leaders who haven’t congratulated Joe Biden on his presumed victory of the US presidential election.
AMLO, who also accused his rivals of cheating during his defeats in 2006 and 2012, says he will wait for all the recounts and Donald Trump’s legal challenges to play out before congratulating Biden.
“We can’t make any kind of recognition of a government that is not yet legally and legitimately constituted. It’s not up to us, that’s interventionism.”
Some critics say his position on this looks biased considering he congratulated Evo Morales, the winner of the 2019 Bolivian election, right away despite heavy allegations of fraud.
AMLO’s stance has been confusing to some Democrats given Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric on Mexico, at times giving vague threats to the south side of the border should they not curb illegal immigration. The Mexican leader seems unaffected though, explaining, “Because we’re adhering to our policy of principles. Also, we’re not a colony. We’re a free, independent, sovereign country. The Mexican government is not a puppet of any foreign government.”
AMLO joins a small but significant list of other leaders who have insisted on fully waiting out the post-election drama before officially recognizing Biden as the President of the United States.
Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, also called the “Trump of the Tropics”, has remained silent so far, with no signs of any congratulations for Biden. Bolsonaro’s children, like Trump’s, are involved in politics, and his son Eduardo Bolsonaro went ahead and tweeted about irregularities in the vote-counting, signaling his belief of a fraudulent election. Eduardo is a congressman and a federal police officer.
In Russia, Vladimir Putin has not congratulated Biden on his president-elect status, and Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said “We believe the correct thing to do would be to wait for the official election result.”
Putin’s stance on the election could be explained by Biden’s harsh stance on Russia, recently naming it as the number one threat to the U.S. He has also dismissed claims that his son received millions of dollars from the mayor of Moscow’s wife, instead joining most other media outlets in accusing Trump as being the real henchman of Russia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has not made any comment on the election other than that they would “watch U.S. law and procedures” develop before making an official statement or congratulations. China’s minimal comments come following what many have identified as a new cold war between the U.S. and China, stemming from Donald Trump’s repeated criticisms and accusations of the country doing everything from buying off politicians, to sending spies into university campuses and health care centers. Biden has taken what some call a “rational accommodationist” stance towards China.
In Estonia, Prime Minister Ratas congratulated Joe Biden, but his interior minister, Mart Helme, went on a live radio show and said “there can be no question that these elections were falsified,” and that the “deep state” controls America by placing into power “dirtbags, corrupt dirtbags that can be blackmailed. Joe Biden and Hunter Biden are corrupt characters.”
Helme later resigned because of what he referred to as “media slander” following the comments.
Also on the list of world leaders who haven’t made official comments on the results of the U.S. election is North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Kim Jon-un and Donald Trump have an unprecedented relationship; in 2019 Trump became the first President to ever set foot in North Korea, drawing attention from critics who saw it as a normalization of Kim’s dictatorship, and praise from supporters who saw it as a brave de-escalation initiative.
The Trump campaign has unleashed a barrage of lawsuits, and Trump himself appears confident and energized, tweeting on Wednesday night:
When asked about a smooth transition of power, secretary of state Mike Pompeo chuckled and said “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”