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Boris Johnson Tells EU Leaders to Stop Whining About Trump Win

French President Francois Hollande arrives to make a statement following the results of the presidential election in the United States of America, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Paris. European Union leaders have invited U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to come visit the 28-nation bloc as possible to assess trans-Atlantic ties. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP)

I really wish someone in the U.S. would just stand up and tell liberals and all the snowflakes who are weeping over Trump’s victory to get a life and move on.

That’s what British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told European leaders as the EU prepares for an “emergency meeting” to discuss the Trump win.

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.

The comments from the colorful British politician — who was widely tipped to become prime minister after successfully spearheading the campaign to leave the European Union — may have surprised some since he had earlier been outspoken about his disdain for the President-elect.

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.

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 the President-elect and are pledging to work with him.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom Trump slammed during the campaign for “ruining Germany” by accepting large numbers of refugees, spoke on the phone Thursday with the President-elect, a German government representative told CNN.

Merkel congratulated Trump and pointed out the two countries have long-held common values, making them close.

Earlier, she had responded to Trump’s win by saying the campaign had been notable for its confrontations, which had been hard to take.

Threats to deny Trump entry to their countries for some of the more toxic things he’s said were never serious. These are men and women used to doing what’s practical and pragmatic when it comes to their interests. They may not like Trump, but they will be forced to deal with him because he will be president of the most powerful country in the world and snubbing him simply isn’t an option.

There will no doubt be petty slights directed at Trump during the many international meetings an American president must attend. He would do well to ignore them. After all, it is he who gets the last laugh at the expense of the haughty Europeans who summarily dismissed his candidacy — and the candidate.