British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, under interrogation, refused to say that Donald Trump should concede defeat in the U.S. elections.
“I do not wish to comment further on the U.S. election,” Johnson said in a press conference in a direct response to the question of whether Trump should concede defeat. “Our friends in America have their trials, and it is not for me to comment on them, but we would like to congratulate President-elect Biden.
In another section of the press conference, the British Prime Minister wanted to show that the “special relationship” between the UK and the US will remain special. He said he was pleased that the US, along with “NATO and all sorts of other things”, would join the UK in the campaign on climate change and pointed to Biden’s clear interest in reunifying and consolidating international treaties.
“I congratulate President-Elect Biden and Kamala Harris, who I know will be the first female vice president of the United States,” Johnson said. “Yes, this country has had a good relationship with the White House in recent years, but it has had a good relationship with the White House for many, many years, and I have no doubt that we will continue to have a very strong, very close relationship with our American friends.
Donald Trump has so far refused to admit defeat in the election. “Since when does Lamestream Media name who will be our next president,” he twittered. “We’ve all learned a lot in the last two weeks!”
In a separate tweet, he even said that some in Britain are calling for an investigation into the election. “We believe these people are thieves,” Trump tweeted. “The big city machines are corrupt. This was a stolen election. The best pollster in Britain wrote this morning that this was clearly a stolen election, that it is impossible to imagine Biden overtaking Obama in some of these states.
British officials have been very cautious about what should happen now, especially given the warm relationship between Trump and Johnson. When Trump falsely claimed victory in the early hours of Friday morning, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb was pressured to condemn the President’s statements.
He said he would “not comment on campaign comments” and all government officials had been very cautious about giving any opinions about the election. Raab said, “This is clearly a much closer election than expected, and I think that under these circumstances there will be a lot of fingernail biting on both sides of the debate, but we will wait for the final result, we have full confidence in the American system that it will deliver one, and we will be there ready, able and enthusiastic to work with our American friends regardless of the outcome.
The leading figure in Scotland, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was more willing to express her opinion. When Biden’s lead over Trump became more and more obvious, she twittered: “The world can sometimes be a dark place right now – but today we are seeing a small break in the clouds”…