It’s probably a safe bet that Joe Biden did not expect to encounter a pro-Trump demonstration in, of all places, Belgrade. And he must have been somewhat taken aback at the hundreds of protesters gathered in anticipation of his arrival.
“Vote for Trump! Vote for Trump!” the protesters, wearing T-shirts displaying an image of the U.S. Republican candidate, shouted as they gathered near the Serbian presidency building.
Biden was on a one-day visit to Belgrade before traveling to Kosovo to encourage both countries to do more to normalize their relations.
The United States is highly popular among Kosovars, who regard Washington as their savior for the 1999 air strikes that halted killings of ethnic Albanians by Serbian forces waging a counter-insurgency war.
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“Trump is the alternative to globalization. He will destroy old centers of power in the United States and he is a supporter of Russia,” Vojislav Seselj, head of Serbia’s ultra-nationalist Radical Party, said when asked why he was backing Trump.