After Trump, Europe's Populist Leaders Will Have 'Lost One Of Their Cheerleaders'
Added 12-01-20 10:07:01am EST - “Eastern Europe's populist leaders are having a hard time accepting that President Trump lost the election. President-elect Joe Biden says he is committed to rebuilding ties with the European Union.” - Npr.org
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President Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to the White House in May 2019. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption
On the day after the U.S. election, millions of votes in swing states were still being counted and there was no winner yet. But that didn't stop Janez Jansa, the prime minister of Slovenia, birthplace of first lady Melania Trump, from posting a congratulatory tweet, cheering on a second term for President Trump – and bashing the mainstream media for good measure.
After the election was called for Joe Biden, Poland's President Andrzej Duda composed a carefully worded tweet that congratulated the president-elect "for a successful presidential campaign," but stopped short of acknowledging that Biden would be the next U.S. president. He added that Poland would instead wait for the results of the Electoral College.
"I'm not so sure it's a big loss for the populations. I think it's a big loss for the individual leaders, frankly," says Judy Dempsey, a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe.
President Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House in June. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption
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