“I’ll be darned.” That’s what the President Biden’s reaction was on Germany’s election results when he returned to Washington, but he complimented the projected winner, Bloomberg reports.
Spending his weekend at Camp David where he was preparing for this week’s fight to pass his social and economic agenda in Congress, Biden wasn’t up to date with the results of Sunday’s vote in Germany. The landmark poll in Germany will determine who replaces Angela Merkel as German chancellor.
When a journalist informed him that Angela Merkel’s party is lagging behind in the German general election, Biden reportedly had an emotional and appreciative reaction.
According to preliminary results, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) won more than 25% of the votes, placing it slightly ahead of the alliance of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).
Referring to the projected winning party in the Sunday election, Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats, Biden pointed it’s a solid party. There’s also a possibility that Olaf Scholz becomes the next chancellor.
Since no party has scored a landslide victory, it’s most likely that at least three members will form the future ruling coalition.
The CDU/CSU candidate is Armin Laschet, who’s also picked as successor to Merkel, one of the longest-serving leaders in German history.
When it comes to the domestic issues that drew his attention away from events in other countries, Biden told the reporters he’s optimistic about the path forward to pass the two bills he planned.