Czech president says Trump should quit after election loss and 'not be embarrassing'
“I personally believe that it would be much more reasonable to give up, not to be embarrassing, and allow the new president to take office,” Zeman told a news website, according to Reuters.
He was one of the few European leaders who offered support for Trump before his 2016 election victory, saying the two had similar views on immigration and terrorism. However, Reuters noted that Zeman never received a diplomatic invitation to the White House and did not make a similar endorsement during this election cycle.
Biden and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, were declared the victors of the 2020 White House race by The Associated Press and several other news outlets four days after the Nov. 3 election.
Trump, however, has refused to concede and begin the transition of power while his campaign launches legal battles in several key battleground states based on unfounded accusations of widespread voter fraud.
Despite the roadblocks, Biden has begun selecting his team of future White House officials and fielded a series of phone calls with foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Zeman earlier this month sent a lengthy letter of congratulations to Biden through his spokesperson Jiří Ovčáček on Facebook.
“The support you received is not only a reflection of the American people’s trust in your leadership skills, which you have proven countless times during your years of public service, but is also a call of the American citizens for change,” the Czech leader wrote.
Zeman offered a cordial invitation for Biden to visit Prague and wrote that while U.S.-Czech relations are “excellent, they could welcome fresh inputs.”