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Mexico, Brazil, Russia and China hold off on congratulating Joe Biden

Mexico joined with Brazil, Russia and China on holding off congratulating Joe Biden on his 2020 presidential victory because President Trump has not conceded and continues to pursue legal challenges surrounding the vote.

“We don’t want to be imprudent nor act hastily,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a news conference Saturday.

Lopez Obrador, who has a working relationship with Trump despite tensions over immigration policy, praised the president.

“President Trump has been very respectful of us, and we have reached very good agreements, and we thank him because he has not interfered and has respected us,” he said.

Lopez Obrador and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, known as the “Trump of the Tropics,” leaders of Latin America’s two largest countries, have not congratulated Biden.

Beijing and Moscow are also waiting until the legal issues are resolved.

“We noticed that Mr. Biden has declared election victory,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said. “We understand that the U.S. presidential election result will be determined following U.S. law and procedures.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Trump the day after the election in 2016.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also remained silent about the results.

“We think it appropriate to wait for the official vote count,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Peskov said there are differences between 2020 and 2016 when Putin congratulated Trump on his victory over Hillary Clinton.

“You can see that there are certain legal procedures that have been announced by the current president. That is why the situations are different and we therefore think it appropriate to wait for an official announcement,” he said.

Many other nations – including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Israel and Australia – have offered congratulations.

Biden delivered his victory speech Saturday night in Wilmington, Del., hours after Pennsylvania’s results pushed him past the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to claim the White House.

But Trump is suing the Keystone State and several others over the tally of mail-in ballots that he claims indicate fraud.

With Post Wires

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