UK's Boris Johnson tells EU leaders to stop whining about Trump
A mural in Bristol, England, before the UK's Brexit vote depicts Donald Trump kissing Boris Johnson.
UK's top diplomat advises EU leaders to get over disappointment at Donald Trump's win
Trump is speaking with EU leaders who have been lukewarm about his victory
(CNN)British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told European leaders Friday to stop whining about the US election results following a slew of anxious statements in response to Donald Trump's shocking victory.
"I would respectfully say to my beloved European friends and colleagues that it's time that we snapped out of the general doom and gloom about the result of this election, and collective 'whinge-o-rama' that seems to be going on in some places," Johnson said at a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, using British slang for complaining.
Johnson once said he was "genuinely worried that (Trump) could become president."
And after Trump claimed areas of London were dangerous due to radicalized Muslims, Johnson said: "The only reason I wouldn't visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."
But he appears to have found a silver lining in Trump's win, saying the election was a "great opportunity for the UK" following Britain's seismic vote in June to leave the EU.
World reacts to Trump's victory
Slovenians toast Donald Trump's victory in Sevnica, the hometown of Trump's wife, Melania, during a broadcast of his acceptance speech on Wednesday, November 9. Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and will become the 45th president of the United States.
European leaders speak with Trump
Johnson's optimism contrasts with the lukewarm response from many EU politicians to Trump -- a candidate who lobbed insults at Europe and European leaders during his campaign, and was heavily criticized in turn.
Now they are having to put aside their differences with President-elect and are pledging to work with him.
He said he would seek to clarify positions with Trump during the call. "My duty is to make sure we have the best possible relations with the United States, but a relationship that is based on frankness and clarity," Hollande said, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.
Hollande had earlier congratulated Trump on his win but said the result "leads to uncertainty," adding that he urged "vigilance because of statements made by Donald Trump."
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