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The PM congratulated Joe Biden – and Facebook got angry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today became the latest world leader to speak with US President-elect Joe Biden, congratulating him on the election outcome.But many weren’t pleased with the PM after he took to Facebook to announce the conversation.“I’ve just spoken to President-elect Joe Biden to congratulate him on his election,” Mr Morrison said in a…

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today became the latest world leader to speak with US President-elect Joe Biden, congratulating him on the election outcome.

But many weren’t pleased with the PM after he took to Facebook to announce the conversation.

“I’ve just spoken to President-elect Joe Biden to congratulate him on his election,” Mr Morrison said in a post alongside a photo of himself in his office at Parliament House.

“There are no greater friends and no greater allies than Australia and the US.

“I look forward to strengthening even further our deep and enduring alliance, and to working with him closely as we face the world’s many challenges together. We look forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of ANZUS next year.”

Commenters reacted swiftly and with fury, criticising the PM for acknowledging Mr Biden as the winner of the election while Donald Trump continues to dispute the result.

A number of users also echoed Mr Trump’s claims that the election was rigged or stolen.

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“Due to the investigation that’s occurring right now, the election has not been called, only by the media so is premature at best,” one woman wrote to Mr Morrison.

“Scott I really respect you as prime minister of Australia but this congratulatory call is quite premature. There is so much under dispute at the moment and a clear winner will be emerging shortly,” another woman wrote, adding, “The media are the only ones who have announced Biden as the winner. The fake media are losing all credibility.”

“PM this is embarrassing for all Australians calling the results on an undecided election. I do hope you apologise when this is reversed,” another said.

“Big mistake mister until the election is called, Biden has not won, your looking very foolish,” one woman said.

“Do you even have a brain of your own. Do you know how the USA election process even works,” another asked.

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Mr Morrison joins a growing list of world leaders who have congratulated Mr Biden on his win, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who talked with the President-elect after congratulating him on Twitter at the weekend.

The pair discussed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, NATO, trade issues and racial justice according to a tweet from Mr Trudeau.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is a close ally of US President Donald Trump, has also congratulated Mr Biden.

Mr Johnson and Mr Biden discussed the close relationship between the UK and the US and jointly committed to working together in the years ahead.

“The Prime Minister and President-elect also looked forward to working closely together on their shared priorities, from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy, and building back better from the coronavirus pandemic,” a statement from Mr Johnson’s office read.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also congratulated Mr Biden, as did German Chancellor Angela Merkel — both on Tuesday.

Mr Biden has also received calls from Irish Taoiseach, or Prime Minister Micheál Martin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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