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Stop the "whinge-o-rama" over Trump: U.K.'s Johnson

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 01:00

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says there's no need for ''doom and gloom'' in Europe over Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, setting aside his previous hostility toward Donald Trump, said on Thursday (November 10) the U.S. Republican's presidential election victory offered economic opportunities and there was no need for Europeans to be despondent about it. "I may respectfully say to some of my beloved European friends and colleagues that I think it's time that we snapped out of general doom and gloom about the result of this election, and the collective whinge-o-rama that seems to be going on in some places," Johnson said, at a joint news conference with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. Trump's upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton has delighted far-right politicians in France, the Netherlands and Austria but worried some mainstream politicians who fear it may be part of a populist, anti-establishment trend. "In our country, I think that we should recognize that this is an opportunity, I think we should take what the president-elect has had to say about his feelings for our country at face value. He's had a very, very good conversation with our prime minister, Theresa May, earlier on today. He's spoken of a spectacular relationship with the UK," he said. "He is after all a dealmaker. He wants to do a free trade deal, and I believe this is a great opportunity for us in the UK to build on that relationship with America that is of fundamental economic importance to us, but also of great importance for the stability and prosperity in the world," Johnson told reporters. Johnson was one of the leading proponents of the successful Brexit campaign to get Britain out of the European Union. Trump aligned himself with the Brexit movement during his campaign.

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Stop the "whinge-o-rama" over Trump: U.K.'s Johnson

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 01:00