STA, 21 January 2021 - Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša announced late Wednesday evening that he had sent congratulations to the newly sworn-in US President Joseph Biden.
"For those curious: Prime Minister Janez Janša congratulated today the new US President Joe Biden on taking the oath," wrote Janša, highlighting that he did it the same way and in similar words as in 2005 when he, also as prime minister, congratulated the then US President George W. Bush.
"Slovenia and the US were NATO allies then and are today," he added.
Za radovedne:— Janez Janša (@JJansaSDS) January 20, 2021
Predsednik @vladaRS @JJansaSDS je danes novemu predsedniku #ZDA @JoeBiden čestital ob zaprisegi na popolnoma enak način in s podobno vsebino kot leta 2005 z iste funkcije takratnemu predsedniku #GWBush-u. ?? in ?? sta bili zaveznici v @NATO takrat in sta danes.
Janša was one of the few world leaders who had not congratulated Biden on his election victory before yesterday's inauguration.
Before the election, he endorsed Donald Trump and said Biden "would be one of the weakest US presidents" if he wins.
When it was becoming clear that Biden had won, Janša reposted tweets by Trump and his supporters that made allegations about election fraud and stolen elections.
Slovenian President Borut Pahor congratulated Biden when the election results were released, calling for Slovenia and the US to stay friends and strong allies. Pahor reiterated his congratulations yesterday and wished Biden good luck.