Scott Morrison calls Joe Biden and offers tips in Covid-19

G’day, Mr President: Scott Morrison calls Joe Biden to congratulate him on securing the White House – and offers him tips on how to beat Covid-19

Scott Morrison called US president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday morning to congratulate him on his victory over Donald Trump.

The prime minister also offered Mr Biden tips on dealing with Covid-19 as the US continues to suffer thousands of cases per day.

‘The President-elect was very interested in Australia’s success here and what Australia could contribute,’ Mr Morrison told reporters. 

Scott Morrison called US president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday morning to congratulate him on his victory

Scott Morrison called US president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday morning to congratulate him on his victory

The prime minister also offered Mr Biden tips on dealing with Covid-19 as the US continues to suffer thousands of cases per day

The prime minister also offered Mr Biden tips on dealing with Covid-19 as the US continues to suffer thousands of cases per day

The pair also discussed climate change and how to use technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – but they did not talk about a 2050 net zero target.

After the call, Mr Morrison said: ‘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.’ 

Mr Morrison has written to the president-elect to invite him to Australia to celebrate the anniversary of the alliance between the two nations. 

Mr Biden also called the leaders of Japan and South Korea on Thursday, following calls earlier this week with leaders in France, Germany and the UK.  

After defeating President Donald Trump last week, Mr Biden has focused on laying the foundation of his administration, while the Republican incumbent has been pressing ahead with his long-shot strategy to upend his election defeat with lawsuits. 

After defeating President Donald Trump last week, Mr Biden (pictured) has focused on laying the foundation of his administration

After defeating President Donald Trump last week, Mr Biden (pictured) has focused on laying the foundation of his administration 

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