World Leaders React to Joe Biden Winning the U.S. Presidential Election

Leaders around the world took to Twitter following news that Joe Biden had officially earned enough electoral college votes to win the U.S. election.

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  • Early Saturday afternoon, news broke that Joe Biden (opens in new tab) had officially won enough electoral college votes to take the presidency.
  • Biden's victory (opens in new tab) in the election came as he was declared the winner in pivotal swing state Pennsylvania, earning him 20 additional electoral college votes and putting him over the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the race.
  • Leaders around the world took to Twitter to share their reactions to Biden's win.

Joe Biden has officially been declared the victor (opens in new tab) in 2020 U.S. presidential election. On Saturday afternoon, news broke that Biden had won (opens in new tab) Pennsylvania. The pivotal swing state's 20 electoral college votes put Biden's total at 273 (opens in new tab), just over the 270 needed to win the election. Further wins on Saturday increased Biden's total electoral college tally to 290 (opens in new tab).

"It’s time for America to unite. And to heal," Biden said in a brief statement reacting to the news. "With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. There’s nothing we can’t do if we do it together."

Although Biden is on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, according to the Associated Press (opens in new tab), Donald Trump has refused to concede the race and continues to threaten legal action to contest the election results.

Around the globe, however, world leaders have been reacting to the news and sharing messages of congratulations for Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, who made history (opens in new tab) as the first woman and first person of color to hold the office of vice president. Here are some of the messages world leaders have shared in response to Biden's win:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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French President Emmanuel Macron

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Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin

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Canadian Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

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Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London

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Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.