Mexico and Russia Won’t Recognize Biden as President Until Legal Challenges Resolved
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The annual Group of Twenty (G20) Summit was held earlier this week from Nov. 21-22 with all participating countries digitally in attendance. The meeting is held once a year to focus on the promotion of international financial stability.
While the U.S. presidential election is not a relative topic, all government leaders present have already acknowledged Biden as the future leader of the United States with the exception of three: Brazil, Russia and Mexico.
In the 2016 presidential election, Russian president, Vladimir Putin congratulated Trump on winning the election the day after Election Day.
Although the election results were not “official” when Putin congratulated Trump, Russian Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov explained that this year it was under a different circumstance.
“You can see that there are certain legal procedures that have been announced by the current president,” said Peskov.
“That is why the situations are different and we therefore think it appropriate to wait for an official announcement.”
The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will not acknowledge a new U.S. president as well until a candidate has been officially declared on Dec. 14, when the electoral college votes.
According to the doctrine, the Mexican government “would not issue declarations or grants of recognition since that government regards it an insulting practice.”
Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro called the Mexican president’s refusal a “stunning diplomatic failure.”
On Jul. 1, a new free-trade agreement involving Mexico called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect. The agreement replaced the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which eliminated over half of the taxes on goods exported from Mexico, but only a third of the taxes on exports from the United States.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been referred to as the “Trump of the Tropics”, has not made any official comments on the projected election results.