The victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President of the United States of America continues to spark controversy as to what the future holds in as far international relationship is concerned.
Election in USA, super power as she is, attracts interests of almost all the countries across the world as the two parties—the Republicans and Democrats—have policies that work in antagonism thus USA allies have their own favourite among the two.
United Kingdom, a country that thinks of itself as America’s closest ally, had his own Prime Minister Boris Johnson tilting towards re-election of Donald Trump and the winning of Biden obviously puts at an awkward position.
“This country’s had a good relationship with the White House over the last few years,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a Downing Street press conference on Monday.
“It’s 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, very strong, very close relationship with our American friends,” he added.
Following the defeat of Trump Boris swallowed his pride; he sent a sycophantic message to Biden over the weekend but his congratulation was dismissed as insincere by his critics in the UK who pointed out that members of Johnson’s government and Conservative lawmakers had openly endorsed the re-election of Donald Trump.
The most damaging indictment, however, came from a former Barack Obama spokesperson, Tommy Vietor, who tweeted: “This shape shifting creep weighs in. We will never forget your racist comments about Obama and slavish devotion to Trump.”
A Biden aide told CNN that “President-elect Biden believes deeply in the special relationship, and he looks forward to making that partnership even stronger. To be sure, our British allies are indispensable partners across the range of challenges, and that view is uniformly held among those close to the President-elect.”
However, the perception that Johnson is a Trump-style leader — whether it is fair or not — has traveled across the Atlantic. Indeed, Biden himself was reported to have described Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump last December.
American and British government officials told CNN that, while they believe the two leaders will have a functional working relationship, there might be barriers because of personality differences.
The “racist comments about Obama” that Vietor refers to came about during the 2016 Brexit referendum. Obama had reluctantly intervened in the Brexit debate, saying he would prefer the UK to stay in the European Union. In response, Johnson — not the prime minister at the time, but a Conservative lawmaker and one of the leading figures in the Brexit campaign — wrote that “the part-Kenyan President” had an “ancestral dislike of the British empire.”
Tyson Barker, a former State Department official under President Obama and Vice President Biden, told CNN “there is a distaste for Boris Johnson’s populism and his willingness to lie. That might irk people at lower levels of a Biden administration.”
However, he added that Biden’s “political instinct is to be a healer and I cannot see how that would not extend to the UK.”