European leaders have remained largely tight-lipped this morning, waiting for the result.

But even that “too soon to say” approach is an implicit rejection of President Trump’s claim of victory and call to stop the counting.

The EU’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, offered what he described as a personal view. Every vote needed to be counted in such a tight race, he said: “No one can claim to be the winner yet because there is no data to support that.”

A European Commission spokesperson echoed that it was an ongoing process: “We will abide by whatever announcement is forthcoming officially from the relevant US authorities and we feel that everyone should do likewise.”

But beyond this city of diplomats, one EU leader was firmly backing President Trump. Twitter added a warning message to a tweet by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, in which he alleged it was “pretty clear” that the president had been re-elected and criticised “more delays and facts denying from mainstream media”


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