United States: for Joe Biden, the transition "is already well under way".

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 Donald Trump's refusal to concede defeat to the president is "embarrassing" but will have "little impact" on the transition of power, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday.


"I think it's an embarrassment, honestly," Biden told a reporter who asked him about Trump's refusal to concede defeat. "I don't think it will serve the president's legacy," he said from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.


But "the fact that they (Republicans) don't want to recognize at this point that we won doesn't have much impact on our transition program" and "what we can do between now and January 20," the day of the inauguration, the president-elect said. "We are already beginning the transition, it is already well underway," he added, explaining in particular that he is working on the composition of his future government.


"America is back".


At his press conference, Joe Biden announced that he had spoken with several future counterparts. "I told them that America is back," he said, "it's no longer America alone," he said, belittling the unilateralism of the current tenant of the White House, a champion of "America First. Their response was "enthusiastic," "so I'm confident we're going to succeed in restoring the respect America once enjoyed," he added.

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And his first telephone conversations, since Monday, have all been positive. To Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden promised to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, "especially through NATO and the European Union", which were mishandled by Donald Trump. The French President "assured him of his willingness to work together" on climate, health, and the fight against terrorism.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one of the European leaders closest to the Republican billionaire, said he was "impatient" to work with the Democrat on these same issues, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly upset by the outgoing president, expressed "the wish for close collaboration based on trust".


Even leaders who had been more cautious are beginning to join the international chorus. Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a message on Tuesday to the President-elect calling for a "strengthening" of bilateral relations while thanking Donald Trump for his "warm friendship".


Pompeo still in denial


Shortly before, Mike Pompeo gave a very different speech than Joe Biden. At a press conference on Tuesday, the head of American diplomacy supported Donald Trump's position by also refusing to recognize the victory of the Democrat. "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," said the most faithful of Trump's ministers, refusing to acknowledge the defeat of the outgoing Republican President. "We're going to count all the votes," he said, assuring that the rest of the world was aware that this was a "legal process" that "takes time. Visibly annoyed, he said he thought it was "ridiculous" to be asked about the risk that Trump's position would undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts to secure "free and fair" elections in other countries.


Trump promised to fight in court to obtain a reversal of the results, but without providing any proof of the massive "frauds" he denounced.


"There is no proof of the allegations made by President Pompeo or Secretary of State Pompeo," Joe Biden said Tuesday, before repeating the name of the head of U.S. diplomacy in a mocking laugh. Asked by a reporter what he would say to Trump if he was watching his press conference, Biden said, staring at the camera and smiling, "Mr. President, I can't wait to talk to you.


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