Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he strongly believes in US institutions to deal with the challenges posed by Donald Trump calling for a cessation of vote counting.
When asked on Thursday whether he believed Trump was trying to undermine democracy with his unfounded statements about election fraud and an attempt to stop the tally of votes, Morrison pointed out the relationship His affiliation with the incumbent Republican and says Australia is not a party to the presidential election. , it is “a partner with the United States”;.
“We respect the decisions the American people make in their democracy and we will be patient and we will wait for the results of their process,” the prime minister told reporters in Sydney. .
“Not for me to write a review on those things and I won’t,” said Morrison.
“I work with the president of the United States as the prime minister of Australia, and I enjoy a productive working relationship with the president, and I will always put the interests of Australia first in that relationship. “
When asked by a reporter how concerned he was about an attempt to stop counting votes in one of the biggest democracies in the world, Morrison supported American institutions to weather any crisis. politic.
“The great thing about America, it’s a great democracy and it has great institutions and we have a deep relationship with the United States, which is extremely important to Australia,” he said.
“We all share the same direction and are alike in many ways – our values, partnerships, economics, security … and I have a lot of faith in America’s democracy and I believe in Their institutions, and the great thing about institutions and democracy is that they deal with whatever challenges come up, the same way we do. “
Morrison pointed to the record number of voters in the election as proof that democracy in America was not being imposed. “A great democracy, having a great election with the largest number of voters it has ever seen in its history is a testament to democracy in action.”
The Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, was more direct on Thursday. She said that all votes in the contest should be counted and that is her expectation.
“There have been tough and difficult elections in the US in the past, but those systems and processes that apply always make sure that every vote counts and they should be, and I’m sure. that they will pay off ”. Payne said.
“It is important that every vote counts. And I’m sure they will. I fully believe they will “.
Trump’s unfounded statement on Wednesday night that there had been election fraud in the election, his call to stop counting votes and heralds the supreme court action, sparked in Australia and around the world.
Australia’s shadow foreign minister, Penny Wong, rebuked Trump without naming him by name, saying that US voters “deserve to hear their voices”.
“The Americans voted with historic numbers in this election,” said the Labor Senator. “They deserve to hear their voice. The democratic process must be respected, even when it takes time. In the interests of Australia, America remains a stable and reliable democracy ”.
Labor Leader Anthony Albanese adopted a similar line of diplomacy about the strength of American institutions over the Morrison when he addressed reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
“I strongly believe that American institutions and the fact that the American people will get through this,” said the Labor leader. “Of course everyone wants to see clear results on election night, but that usually doesn’t happen.”
But the Labor leader was more direct on social media. “It doesn’t matter if you are the oldest or youngest democracy in the world, the people’s right to be heard must be respected – and the democratic process must be allowed to follow its own process.”
“Australia should always speak up about the democratic values we love.”