Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda gave an interview to the American news network CNN in which he said this week’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden reminded him of his own election campaign.
“I would say, honestly, I did not forget my elections. They took place one year ago. And I remember the temperature in those elections was very high, too,” Nausėda responded to Richard Quest’s request to comment on the first American presidential debate between the leading candidates.
Nausėda was elected last year after beating his opponent, the conservative candidate Ingrida Šimonytė, in a run-off vote.
In the CNN interview that aired on Thursday, Nausėda suggested, however, that his confrontation with Šimonytė may have been more constructive.
“At the end of the day, you come to your opponent and say: Thank you, you helped me to be better, because you were tough, you were very critical, but it served me well,” he said.
“I think that elections should be transparent and of course they should include very serious questions about economy, foreign policy, social life and so on,” he continued.
Nausėda noted that, irrespectively of who wins the presidency in November’s election, Lithuania would remain on good terms with the United States.
Meanwhile Šimonytė seemed to disagree with the Lithuanian president’s suggestion that the Trump–Biden clash reminded of her debate with Nausėda.
“Well indeed. To the same extent that China reminds of a democratic country,” she posted on Facebook.