World leaders congratulate Joe Biden on his dramatic victory as he beats Donald Trump in the 2020 US election

WORLD leaders have congratulated Joe Biden on his dramatic victory in the US presidential election.

Victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania put Biden firmly over the magical 270 electoral college vote mark with 273, as he defeated sitting president  Donald Trump in one of the most nail-biting races in US political history.

Kamala Harris will become the first female Vice President of colour in US political history.

French president Emmanuel Macron was among the first to offer his best wishes.

He tweeted: "The Americans have chosen their President.

"Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today's challenges. Let's work together!"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement: "Congratulations! The American people have made their decision.

"Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America.

"I sincerely wish him the best of luck and every success and I would also like to congratulate Kamala Harris, the first female vice president-elect in the history of your country.

"I look forward to working with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to deal with the major challenges of our time."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is looking forward to working with the new Biden administration on policies from climate change to trade and security.

Boris said: "Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.

"The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities from climate change to trade and security."

The president of the European Council Charles Michel tweeted: "Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris

"(The EU) is ready to engage for a strong transatlantic partnership.

"COVID-19, multilateralism, climate change and international trade are some of the challenges which Europe wants to address together."

Irish Tanaiste and former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he hopes President-elect Biden and Vice President elect Senator Kamala Harris will be able to make to Ireland in the near future.

He said: "Congratulations @joebiden and @kamalaharris.

"Our world needs American leadership and true American values. We know you can give it. Hope you can both make it to Ireland soon."


President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also offered her warm congratulations to former vice president Biden.

She said: "I warmly congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election and look forward to meeting him at the earliest possible opportunity.

"The European Union and the United States are friends, allies, our citizens share the deepest of links.

"Together we have built an unprecedented transatlantic partnership rooted in common history and shared values of democracy, freedom, human rights, social justice and open economy.

"This partnership has underpinned the liberal rules-based international order for decades and remains a pillar of stability, security and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic."

The 20 votes from Pennsylvania propelled Biden into the White House as the 46th president of the United States.

He will take the presidential oath on January 20 next year.

The 77-year-old Democrat tweeted: "America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

"The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

"I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."

His running mate Kamala Harris, who will become the first female Vice President in history, was filmed on the phone to Biden telling him: "We did it Joe."

Shortly after Pennsylvania was called, Biden was declared the winner of Nevada giving him another six electoral votes, the AP confirmed.

Biden fought back a deficit in several battleground states riding a huge wave of mail-in ballots which Trump said shouldn’t be counted and branded "fraudulent”.

Trump joins only nine other presidents who have tried and failed to be reelected – a fact which is bound to sting the brash New Yorker who prides himself on being a "winner".

The Republican firebrand today once again claimed he "WON THIS ELECTION" as he fumed on Twitter before playing a round of golf at his course in Virginia.

In an attempt to reach out to voters who didn't support him, Biden said: "We may be opponents, but we're not enemies. We're Americans.

"We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare."

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