World leaders welcome Biden with praise, pleas, and parting shots at Trump

Amongst many messages was a palpable sense of relief, as the worldwide neighborhood accepted Biden’s promise to reenter a series of international pacts and companies that President Donald Trump let go.

Here’s what leaders have actually stated so far.

“Once again, after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Wednesday, leaving no unpredictability about her decision on Trump’s relationship with the bloc.

“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,” she stated in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Trump has trashed America's most important alliance. The rift with Europe could take decades to repair

Von der Leyen stated Biden’s inauguration would “be a message of healing for a deeply divided nation and it will be a message of hope for a world that is waiting for the US to be back in the circle of like-minded states.”

On Twitter, she included: “The United States is back. And Europe stands ready. To reconnect with an old and trusted partner, to breathe new life into our cherished alliance.”

Biden has actually signified a warmer collaboration with Europe than Trump, who regularly slammed the EU on trade throughout his administration. His attacks on some European leaders caused wintry scenes at a variety of tops.

“From our perspective, Trump saw Europe as an enemy,” a senior European diplomat informed CNN recently. “The lasting impact of ‘America First’ is the US having fewer friends in Europe.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel likewise provided her “warmest congratulations,” including that she anticipates a “new chapter” in Germany’s relationship with the United States, according to a tweet from her representative Steffen Seibert.

And Germany’s President revealed relief that Biden would be sworn in Wednesday, calling it “a good day for democracy.” “In the United States, (democracy) held up against a lot of pressure,” Frank Walter Steinmeier stated in a declaration. “Despite internal hostility, America’s institutions have proven strong — election workers, governors, judiciary, and Congress. I am relieved that Joe Biden is sworn in as President today and coming into the White House. I know that this feeling is shared by many people in Germany.”

Steinmeier likewise alerted versus the populist brand name of politics that Trump accepted. “Despite all the joy we have about today, we must not forget that populism has seduced even the most powerful democracy in the world,” he stated. “We must resolutely oppose polarization, protect and strengthen the public space of our democracies, and shape politics on the basis of reason and facts.”

French President Emmanuel Macron marked the day with a tweet inviting the United States back into the Paris environment arrangement. “We are together. We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement,” Macron stated.

Biden will sign a slate of executive actions in the Oval Workplace on Wednesday, consisting of one to rejoin the Paris Arrangement.


Hours prior to the inauguration, Beijing revealed hope that Biden would “look at China rationally and objectively” to fix “serious damage” in bilateral ties triggered by the Trump presidency.

“In the past four years, the US administration has made fundamental mistakes in its strategic perception of China … interfering in China’s internal affairs, suppressing and smearing China, and causing serious damage to China-US relations,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying stated at a press rundown Wednesday.

China asked Biden to repair "serious damage" done to the two nations' relationship.

The Biden administration should, Hua stated, “look at China rationally and objectively, meet China halfway and, in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, push China-US relations back to the right track of healthy and stable development as soon as possible.”

Among the primary slabs of Trump’s diplomacy platform has actually been his trade war with China. The Trump administration’s 11th-hour statement that China is devoting genocide versus Uyghur Muslims will increase stress with Beijing, though Biden’s candidate for Secretary of State stated Tuesday that he concurred with the classification.

“If the new US administration can adopt a more rational and responsible attitude in formulating its foreign policy, I think it will be warmly welcomed by everyone in the international community,” she included.


Russia stated it wished for a “more constructive” relationship in between the United States and Moscow as Biden took workplace.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a declaration on Wednesday that it wished to extend the landmark Strategic Arms Decrease Treaty (New START) with the United States for an optimum stated five-year duration.

The US-Russia arms treaty is presently due to end simply 16 days after Inauguration day.

“We consider it possible to prolong it only in the form in which the Agreement was signed and without any preconditions. An extension for the maximum five-year term stipulated in the Agreement looks preferable,” the Foreign Ministry stated in a declaration launched simply after Biden was sworn in.

The declaration included that Moscow wished for a “a more constructive approach in the dialogue with Russia and will take into account all the points mentioned above.”

It concluded: “For our part, we are ready for such work on the principles of equality and mutual consideration of interests,” the declaration concluded.

Biden has actually formerly signified that he plans to take a difficult line versus prospective Russian aggressiveness.

Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice to lead the State Department, stated Tuesday that Biden plans to look for an extension of the New START Treaty, however recommended he has actually not decided on the length of the extension.

Middle East

Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, contacted Biden to go back to the 2015 nuclear offer and lift United States sanctions on Iran, reversing a crucial part of Trump’s diplomacy program.

“The ball is in the US’ court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact,” Rouhani stated in a telecasted cabinet conference.

Iran's Rouhani hopes Biden will return to Obama-era nuclear deal as he dubs Trump a 'tyrant'

He likewise released a scathing attack on the outbound President. A “tyrant’s era came to an end and today is the final day of his ominous reign,” Rouhani stated of Trump’s departure. “Someone for whom all of his four years bore no fruit other than injustice and corruption and causing problems for his own people and the world.”

Biden has actually stated he prepares to go back to the nuclear offer with Iran, which was signed when he was Barack Obama’s Vice President. Biden’s nationwide security assistants have actually recommended they would like even more settlements on Iran’s ballistic rocket abilities, though Rouhani has stated the rocket program is non-negotiable.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif significantly did not praise President Biden or Vice President Harris. Zarif did state that he hoped the set might gain from what he referred to as the Trump administration’s errors.

“Trump, Pompeo & Co. are relegated to the dustbin of history in disgrace,” Zarif stated on Twitter Wednesday, quickly after the inauguration event. “Perhaps new folks in DC have learned.”

Netanyahu and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in November.

Somewhere else in the area Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Biden and Harris on what he called their “historic inauguration,” and advised the brand-new United States leader he sees Iran as their top difficulty to face.

“President Biden, you and I have had a warm personal friendship going back many decades. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the US-Israel alliance, to continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront common challenges, chief among them the threat posed by Iran,” Netanyahu stated in a video declaration.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas likewise praised the set Wednesday and worried his desire to continue with the peace procedure.

“We look forward to working together for peace and stability in the region and the world,” he stated in a letter to Biden, the main Palestinian news company Wafa reported.

In the letter, Wafa reports, Abbas “affirmed his readiness for ‘a comprehensive and just peace process that would achieve the aspirations of the Palestinian people in freedom and independence.'”

The Palestinian Authority broke political ties with the United States in December 2017 after then-President Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with President Abbas stating the United States might no longer be a truthful broker in peace talks.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II likewise invited Biden to the world phase.

“Warmest congratulations to [Joe Biden] on his inauguration today. We highly value our strategic partnership and enduring friendship with the United States, and we look forward to working with you in pursuit of global peace and prosperity,” the emperor stated on Twitter.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated he was eagerly anticipating a close relationship with Biden’s administration.

“In our fight against Covid and across climate change, defence, security and in promoting and defending democracy, our goals are the same and our nations will work hand in hand to achieve them,” Johnson stated in a declaration Tuesday.

Boris Johnson will hope to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with Biden's administration.

Johnson warmly invited Trump on his sees to the UK, with Trump as soon as declaring that the Prime Minister was nicknamed “Britain Trump.” However the outbound United States leader was undesirable amongst Britons, and Johnson will be eager to protect a post-Brexit trade offer with Biden.

The brand-new President might wind up making 2 journeys to the UK in 2021, with Johnson stating he anticipates inviting him to the G7 top and to the fiercely prepared for 2021 United Nations Environment Modification Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. “Only through international cooperation can we truly overcome the shared challenges which we face,” Johnson stated on Tuesday.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was more blunt in her remarks in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday. Sturgeon wanted Biden and Kamala Harris well, including: “I’m sure many of us across the chamber and across Scotland will be very happy to say cheerio to Donald Trump today.”

“I think ‘don’t haste ye back’ might be the perfect rejoinder to him,” she included.

Queen Elizabeth likewise sent out a personal congratulatory message ahead of the inauguration to Biden, a royal source stated Wednesday.

The letter’s material was not divulged, however the relocation does follow precedent. The emperor generally praises fellow presidents at their inauguration.


Soon after Biden swearing-in, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau stated he would work with the brand-new United States President “to make our countries safer, more prosperous, and more resilient.”

“Canada and the United States enjoy one of the most unique relationships in the world, built on a shared commitment to democratic values, common interests, and strong economic and security ties,” he stated. “Our two countries are more than neighbours — we are close friends, partners, and allies.

“Canada and the United States have actually worked side-by-side to deal with a few of the best obstacles we have actually dealt with in our history,” Trudeau also said.

Latin America

Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, wished Biden well ahead of his inauguration on Wednesday.

During his daily briefing, López Obrador outlined three themes as key areas of the bilateral relationship with the US. “Those 3 styles are really essential: pandemic, financial healing and migration,” he said.

López Obrador also said Biden should take steps to settle the immigration status of Mexicans working in the US.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, widely considered a Trump ally, took to Twitter to congratulate the incoming US leader.

“I salute Joe Biden as the 46th President of the U.S.A.,” Bolsonaro wrote.

“The relationship [between Brazil and the US] is long, strong and based upon greater worths such as the defense of democracy and private liberties. I continue dedicated and all set to work towards the success of our countries and the wellness of our residents.”

Bolsonaro said he had written Biden a letter “congratulating him for his inauguration and discussing my vision for an exceptional future for the Brazil-US relationship.”

Ecuador’s leader Lenin Moreno was particularly enthusiastic in his well wishes.

“It is an excellent day for the United States,” he wrote on Twitter. “Democracy accomplishments, regard for the will of individuals dominates, and those concepts are reinforced in all the countries of the area.”

The leaders of Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia also congratulated Biden and Harris.

The Vatican

The Vatican published Pope Francis’ message to President Joe Biden, the United States’ second Catholic President, following his inauguration.

“On the celebration of your inauguration as the forty-sixth President of the United States of America, I extend cordial excellent desires and the guarantee of my prayers that Almighty God will approve you knowledge and strength in the workout of your high workplace,” the message says.

“Under your management, might the American individuals continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and spiritual worths that have actually motivated the country given that its starting.

Pope Francis prayed for Biden to help build "a society marked by authentic justice and freedom.:

“At a time when the grave crises facing our human family call for farsighted and united responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice,” the Pope composed.


In a series of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided his “warmest congratulations” to United States President Joe Biden. Modi stated he anticipates working with Biden and “to strengthen (the) India-US strategic partnership.”

“The India-US partnership is based on shared values,” he composed. “We have a substantial and multifaceted bilateral agenda, growing economic engagement and vibrant people to people linkages. Committed to working with President @JoeBiden to take the India-US partnership to even greater heights.”


NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Biden’s inauguration “the start of a new chapter for the transatlantic Alliance.”

“U.S. leadership remains essential as we work together to protect our democracies, our values and the rules-based international order,” he stated.

“NATO Allies need to stand together to address the security consequences of the rise of China, the threat of terrorism, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a more assertive Russia.”

CNN’s Ramin Mostaghim, Eleanor Pickston, Luke McGee and Stephanie Halasz contributed.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.