But we begin with Goodbye. . . . . To Donald Trump and his entire family. . . .
LONDON — World leaders have reacted to a “new dawn” in U.S. politics after Joe Biden was sworn is as the 46th president of the United States.
Historic allies in the EU and U.K. have struck the most upbeat tone, with Ursurla von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission, saying there’s a “friend in the White House” after four years where transatlantic relations often were strained.“This is a historical achievement, and this also makes this day very special,” she said. “This new dawn in America is the moment we’ve been waiting for so long. Europe is ready for a new start with our oldest and most trusted partner.”
Biden, with his Irish heritage, received a letter from the President.
From New Zealand:
Wu Lebao, former Chinese prisoner, dissident and refugee now living in Australia for his outspokenness re: Tiananmen Square, keeps it, still keeps it all in perspective. Referring to his homeland, he says, ““They think if you criticise the party, you criticise China. And if you criticise China, you insult them. In my opinion, that’s very ridiculous.” He tweets and retweets the following:
In State sanctioned reports from the Chinese Foreign Ministry press conference on Thursday, spokesperson Hua Chunying said she was “very moved” by the fireworks display on inauguration day, and that the “people of China and the United States deserve a better future.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who on Friday is due to become the first world leader to speak over the phone with the president, noted the U.S. and Canada’s close ties and said he would work with Biden “to make our countries safer, more prosperous, and more resilient.” Trudeau later issued a statement expressing his disappointment that Biden had signed an executive order revoking the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s permit.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, another of the final holdouts to congratulate Biden for his win, noted in a tweet that the relationship of the U.S. and Brazil was “long, solid and based on high values.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he looked forward to working with Biden to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance, “expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront common challenges, chief among the threat posed by Iran.” Netanyahu issued a separate statement thanking Trump “for all the great things you have done for Israel.”
The morning after the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, the Kremlin continued to keep its silence — but that did not stop its agents in the state media from sketching out aggressive battle lines for likely bruising times ahead.
Sixty minutes, the lunchtime discussion show on Channel One, led with observations about the skin colours and sexual orientations of Mr Biden’s nominations for government.
Co-host Yevgeny Popov delighted in telling viewers of the “unprecedented” number of executive orders signed by Mr Biden. “Seventeen new anti-Trump laws,” he noted. Mr Popov said Mr Biden’s “out-of-control printer” had brought forward new laws that the “whole world” had been waiting for. “Yes,” Mr Popov announced with a smile and dramatic pause, “the return of transgender soldiers to the American army.”
We will miss Melania and her fantastic dresses. The charmless Jill Biden is no comparison,
Olga Skabeyeva, Russian TV host
Do you mean this dress, Olga? ……. All righty then 😉