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First contact with US president

Johnson invites Biden to COP26 in Glasgow

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Joe Biden: unhappy with Johnson

Boris Johnson today made contact with US president-elect Joe Biden in a first attempt at easing tensions between them and inviting him to attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow next year.

In a statement this afternoon Downing Street said the PM had ‘warmly’ congratulated Mr Biden on his election win and his vice president Kamala Harris on her ‘historic achievement’.

A Number Ten spokeswoman said they discussed the close and longstanding relationship between the two countries and committed to building trade and security relationships.

They also jointly expressed a desire to to work closely together on tackling climate change and rebuilding the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Prime Minister invited the President-elect to attend the COP26 climate change summit that the UK is hosting in Glasgow next year. They also looked forward to seeing each other in person, including when the UK hosts the G7 Summit in 2021,” said the spokeswoman.

Mr Biden, however, remains unhappy about Mr Johnson’s past criticism of Barack Obama and is said to be more likely to make his first meaningful contacts in Europe with German chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron. 

Mr Johnson has not advised Donald Trump, with whom he had a close relationship, to concede defeat rather than mount legal challenges. 

Mr Trump continues to fight his corner and in a message issued today he declared ‘WE WILL WIN!’.

He admitted in a second tweet that while ‘WE ARE MAKING BIG PROGRESS,’ the ‘RESULTS START TO COME IN NEXT WEEK.’ 

He signed off the latter with, ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’, his original campaign slogan. 

Mr Biden’s transition team is threatening legal action over the Trump administration’s refusal to formally begin the transition process following Mr Trump’s post-election purge of agency heads and regulators.  

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