According to Biden's transition team, the President-elect spoke Tuesday with:
- President Emmanuel Macron of France
- Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
- Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheál Martin of Ireland
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said Monday that he had called Biden to congratulate him on his win.
Trump meanwhile has not publicly conceded and continues to make baseless claims of election rigging and voter fraud. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders in Congress are following the President's lead and have not acknowledged Biden as the winner.
Biden said on Tuesday that he thinks Trump's refusal to concede is an "embarrassment" and hurts the President's legacy.
"I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far that they are hopeful that the United States democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong and enduring," Biden said. "But I think at the end of the day, it's all going to come to fruition on January 20, and between now and then, my hope and expectation is that the American people do know and do understand that there has been a transition."
The President's refusal to accept his loss has stalled the required steps to transition government to Biden.
Without a formal transition underway, foreign leaders have called former diplomats from the Obama administration to get the contact information for Biden's team in order to call and congratulate him instead of using State Department channels, according to diplomatic officials familiar with how foreign governments approach a new administration.
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