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[Commentary] U.K.’s Johnson Calls It: Trump is the “Previous President”

Angela Merkel (Germany) and Justin Trudeau (Canada) did it. So did Emmanuel Macron (France), Micheál Martin (Ireland), Narendra Modi (India) and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel). Even the authoritarians King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) are on board with congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory over Donald Trump.

While most Republicans continue to cower in their loafers while giving Trump time to “process” being the loser in the U.S. presidential election, most leaders of other countries have had no problem acknowledging Biden’s victory and indicating their enthusiasm for having the United States once again being a productive, reliable partner on the world stage.

On Thursday during Prime Minister’s Questions time in the British Parliament, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his recap of the congratulatory phone call he had with Biden. “One of the many merits of the excellent conversation that I had yesterday with President-elect Joe Biden was that we were strongly agreed on the need, once again, for the United States and the United Kingdom to stand together, to stick up for our values around the world — to stick up for human rights, to stick up for global free trade, to stick up for NATO. And to work together in the fight against climate change. It was refreshing, I must say, to have that conversation. I look forward to many more.”

But it was in response to Labour Party Representative Angela Eagle’s question that Johnson uttered the phrase that Trump and his GOP enablers can’t stomach: “previous president.”

Eagle: “Does the prime minister now have any advice for his erstwhile best friend, President Trump, whose continuing refusal to accept the results is both embarrassing for him and dangerous for American democracy?”

Johnson: “I had and have a good relationship with the previous president. But I am delighted to find the many areas in which the incoming Biden/Harris Administration is able to make common cause with us.”



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