Nov 23, 2020 - World

NZ's Jacinda Ardern becomes the latest world leader to congratulate Biden

Combination images of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President-elect Joe Biden
Combination images of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: NZ Prime Minister's Office/Instagram/Joe Raedle/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become the latest world leader to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden in a phone call, but Russian President Vladimir Putin is still refusing to acknowledge the U.S. election win.

Driving the news: Biden's transition team said in a statement late Sunday he "expressed his intent to strengthen the U.S.-New Zealand partnership" and looked forward to working closely on challenges including containing COVID-19, tackling climate change and "reinforcing multilateralism."

For the record: Biden has received congratulations from a plethora of world leaders, from the China to the United Kingdom.

  • But Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Putin are among the few to say they're awaiting the results of President Trump's legal challenges, which former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has called "a national embarrassment" for lacking evidence.
  • Bloomberg reports that Putin told Russian TV Sunday, "We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people. But that confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognized by the opposing party, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate, legal way."
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