Australia will patiently wait for an outcome in the United States election, Scott Morrison said (pictured)
The Australian leader reiterated on Saturday that he will happily work with his US counterpart, regardless of who it is, as Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the presidency.
Mr Morrison said it was ‘frankly a little bit odd’ that Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese suggested he contact Mr Trump to convey Australia’s view that the democratic process must be respected.
‘It’s a suggestion that he may be trying to import the politics of the United States into Australia,’ Mr Morrison told reporters in Hobart of Mr Albanese’s call.
‘I don’t know why you would want to do that. They have their domestic politics, we will leave that to them.’
Mr Trump has already flagged legal challenges to the voting process and Mr Albanese wants Australia to contact the president.
Scott Morrison reiterated on Saturday that he will happily work with his US counterpart, regardless of whether it is Donald Trump (pictured left) or Joe Biden (pictured right)
‘It is absolutely in Australia’s national interest that the United States remains a stable and a credible democracy,’ he said on Friday.
Mr Morrison said such a move would be divisive and unnecessary.
‘We are respecting their processes. Their institutions are incredibly strong,’ the prime minister said of the US voting procedure.
‘I find it frankly a little bit odd that he (Mr Albanese) would think that Australia should take a different position to every other world leader … we should be patient.’
The US election remained on a knife’s edge up until the early hours of this morning when Democratic candidate Joe Biden took the lead in the key battleground states Pennsylvanian and Georgia.
The former Vice President also remains on top in Nevada and Arizona and currently has 253 electoral college votes and is closing in on the 270 needed to take office.
Biden is holding leads in Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania – and Trump maintains a lead in North Carolina
President Trump, who currently holds 213 votes, appears extremely unlikely to remain in the White House for another term.
But that hasn’t stopped the controversial American leader from claiming a premature victory after Wednesday’s election, and alleging that mail-in ballots are fraudulent and should not be counted.
Critics have labelled President Trump’s rhetoric undemocratic and accused him of undermining American democracy.
His administration have already demanded a recount in several key states and began a legal campaign to throw out votes that weren’t counted on election night.
Australia and the rest of the world now wait with bated breath to see how the tense situation plays out, as US authorities prepare for the potential of mass protests and civil unrest.
Critics have labelled President Trump’s rhetoric undemocratic and accused him of undermining American democracy (pictured, demonstrators attend a ‘Count Every Vote’ rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Thursday)
Trump supporters protest in front of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Thursday