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US President Biden says I’ll be darned


U.S. President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters after speaking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and booster shots in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2021.

Evelyn Hockstein – Reuters On Sunday, the US President stated that “I will not be dared” following a report saying that Germany’s Social Democratic Party won.| Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden said “I will be darned” on Sunday, after a reporter told him the Social Democratic Party was ahead in Germany’s historic federal election. 

Biden, who had spent the weekend at Camp David, did not know who was projected to win the German vote until he got back to Washington D.C.

“They’re solid,” Biden said of the results when told the SPD was expected to beat Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance, according to Reuters. 

Early results Monday gave the center-left SPD the largest share of the vote with 25.9%, according to the country’s Federal Returning Officer, with Merkel’s right-leaning bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union getting 24.1% of the vote.

Coalition negotiations are now underway, though they could take several weeks to complete.

The election comes at a time of strained relations between Germany and the U.S. and the next German government will have to work closely with the Biden administration if both sides want to smooth tensions.

The U.S. signed a defense agreement with Australia. Both countries have been forced to withdraw from Afghanistan. There is no long-term solution for ongoing tariffs. Even though the EU opened the door to U.S. tourists in June, the U.S. did not permit Europeans into the country this year.  

At the same time, the United States has also opposed Germany’s deal with Russian energy firm Gazprom for a pipeline that is now completed and pending approval from German regulators.

 

Mike Robinson
Mike covers the financial, utilities and biotechnology sectors for Street Register. He has been writing about investment and personal finance topics for almost 12 years. Mike has an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University.