Trump's closest allies around the world are distancing themselves from him in apparent preparation for a Biden win

Ashley Collman
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US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a NATO summit event in England on December 4, 2019. Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images
  • World leaders appear to be preparing for a Joe Biden presidential victory.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Boris Johnson's UK government have recently given indications they are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump.

  • On Sunday, Putin rejected Trump's criticism of the Biden family's business dealings, saying he didn't "see anything criminal about this."

  • Biden is leading Trump in polls by an average of 9.1 percentage points, according to FiveThirtyEight.

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Throughout his first term, President Donald Trump has spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him "very smart" and "very strong." Putin has reciprocated, defending Trump during his impeachment, saying the charges were "made up."

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Putin and Trump at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Source: CNN, Vanity Fair

But during a TV appearance on Sunday, Putin surprisingly rejected Trump's criticism of Biden, saying he didn't think the Democratic nominee's son had committed any crimes in Ukraine.

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"Yes, in Ukraine he [Hunter Biden] had or maybe still has a business, I don't know. It doesn't concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians," Putin said.

"But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money."

"I don't see anything criminal about this, at least we don't know anything about this [being criminal]," the Russian president added.

Hunter Biden's business dealings have been among Trump's favorite attack lines throughout the election campaign.

Trump has repeatedly accused Joe and Hunter Biden of engaging in unethical practices in Ukraine, though no evidence has been verified to support those allegations.

Source: Reuters

Putin's press conference came two days after Trump was let down by another close ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During a Friday phone call, Netanyahu deftly dodged an attempt by Trump to get him to bad-mouth Biden.

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Trump and Netanyahu showing reporters a US proclamation on recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights outside the White House West Wing on March 25, 2019. The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

Products of the Trump-Netanyahu friendship include moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, and his support of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

When Trump asked whether "Sleepy Joe" could have helped restore relations between Israel and Sudan, Netanyahu responded: "One thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America."

Trump was referring to his work brokering a deal to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel.

Trump has a close relationship with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but according to The Times, Johnson's government has been actively trying to cozy up to the Biden camp.

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Trump and Johnson at a NATO event in England in December 2019. Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images

According to The Times of London, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently met with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, a close confidant of Biden who is believed to be in the running for secretary of state if Biden becomes president.

Sajid Javid, the high-profile Conservative Party member of Parliament who previously served as UK chancellor of the Exchequer, also publicly endorsed Biden last week despite having supported Republicans in the past.

World leaders aren't the only ones seemingly predicting a Biden win. Multiple reports in recent weeks show that GOP and Trump insiders are bracing themselves for a loss.

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images

Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primary in 2016, warned that the GOP faced a "bloodbath" and could lose control of the Senate and the White House in November.

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska used the same term when explaining why he wasn't campaigning for Trump in audio leaked to the Washington Examiner earlier this month. In the same tape, Sasse also criticized Trump as a president who "kisses dictators' butts."

A senior Senate Republican aide told Reuters that Trump' coronavirus diagnosis earlier this month was "the nail in the coffin" for the party.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is keeping his distance from the president — he hasn't visited the White House in months, citing the administration's lax coronavirus protections.

The media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns the right-leaning Fox News and New York Post, is also predicting a Biden landslide, according to reports from The New York Times and The Daily Beast.

Source: Business Insider

As of Monday, FiveThirtyEight had Biden leading Trump by 9.1 percentage points on average nationally.

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Source: FiveThirtyEight

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