Slovenia: Janša’s early congratulatory tweet to Trump provokes negative reactions

Slovenia: Janša’s early congratulatory tweet to Trump provokes negative reactions

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša posted on Twitter this morning that it was already clear that the Americans had elected President Donald Trump for another four years. “[The] More delays and facts denying from mainstream media, [the] bigger the final triumph for the POTUS”, Janša tweeted out. He congratulated Republicans on their solid election results across the United States. Afterwards, Twitter flagged Janša’s post: “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted”.

In response to the US Presidential Elections, the European Commission emphasized today that the democratic process is still ongoing and it is necessary to wait until the official results are in. When asked about the tweet by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša regarding the alleged victory of incumbent President Donald Trump, they replied that they recommend everyone to wait for the official final results by the American authorities.

Namely, foreign media asked several questions today at the regular virtual noon briefing of the European Commission in connection with the Slovenian Prime Minister’s tweet claiming that it was clear that the Americans had elected Trump for another four years. Head spokesman of the Commission Eric Mamer firstly pointed out that he would not comment on the tweet by the Slovenian Prime Minister, and then added that he recommended everyone to follow the current democratic process in the United States and wait for the notification by the American authorities.

In their questions, foreign journalists pointed out the inadequacy of Janša’s tweet regarding the fight against disinformation and the EU’s principle of not commenting on ongoing election processes. They stressed that it should at least be made clear that this is wrong. In response to these allegations, Mamer stressed he was not denying it was “wrong”. He recalled of the agreement or rule not to comment on election processes, which, in their opinion, should be adhered to, underlining that the Slovenian Prime Minister’s tweet was going in the other direction. /ibna