NATO secretary general “warmly” welcomes US president-elect Joe Biden

On 7 November 2020 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory in the 2020 US presidential election.

"I warmly welcome the election of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. I know Mr. Biden as a strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship", Stoltenberg said in a press release.

He emphasised the importance of US leadership, adding that he looks forward to the Biden-Harris administration to "further the bond between North America and Europe". "A strong NATO is good for North America and good for Europe. Together, NATO Allies represent almost one billion people, half of the world’s economic might and half of the world’s military might", the release added.

President Trump's administration has been heavily critical of NATO, even threatening US withdrawal and questioning why other member states did not spend more on the military. He made it a key issue to urge NATO allies to increase their financial contributions to the alliance to the agreed NATO target of at least 2% of gross domestic product by 2024.

Stoltenberg underscored the alliance's collaborative structure in the statement, saying, "We need this collective strength to deal with the many challenges we face, including a more assertive Russia, international terrorism, cyber and missile threats, and a shift in the global balance of power with the rise of China".

He called for unity among nations and the United States, adding, "We can only be secure and successful if we face these challenges together".