Leader of Slovenia, Melania Trump's Birthplace, Says U.S. Election Isn't Over Yet

The prime minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, has suggested that the result of the U.S. election is not certain yet, according to local media.

First lady Melania Trump was born in the Slovenian town of Novo Mesto and Janša is a vocal supporter of his compatriot's husband. He went a step further than other world leaders in the aftermath of the November 3 ballot when he congratulated ⁦Donald Trump even before a victor had been declared.

"It's pretty clear that American people have elected Donald Trump and Mike Pence for four more years," Janša tweeted on November 4. "More delays and facts denying ... [the] bigger the final triumph for the president. Congratulations ⁦to the Republican Party for strong results across the US", he added—prompting Twitter to flag his message.

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Slovenia's prime minister Janez Janša on July 18, 2020, in Brussels. A supporter of President Donald Trump, he is reported to have said the U.S. election is not over until one contender admits defeat. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

Janša, who took over in March 2020 in his third stint as Slovenia's head of government, was asked in the National Assembly by his predecessor Marjan Šarec about his support for Trump in light of the president's performance in the coronavirus pandemic.

Janša said the election was only over when the other side admits defeat or when official results are announced, reported the Slovenian news outlet Dnevnik.

"Everything before that is just politics. Some have decided to follow the media wave and I have decided the opposite, Janša said, according to a translation of his comments.

"We will see who was right, but I assure you that this will not affect relations between Slovenia and the United States in the future," he added.

Joe Biden is the projected winner of the election but the Trump campaign is continuing with legal action against the result, claiming—without evidence—that the vote was undermined by fraud.

Janša said: "Slovenia cultivates good strategic and partnership relations with the United States, regardless of which administration is in power. In all the governments I led, it was like that and it will be like that in the future as well."

Leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janša is a right-wing politician who is considered an anti-immigration ally of Viktor Orbán, prime minister of the neighbouring nation Hungary. Before the election, Janša tweeted that if elected, Biden "would be one of the weakest presidents in history."

Marcel Štefančič Jr., a Slovenian essayist, once described Janša as "a little bit of Trump, a little bit of Boris Johnson, a little bit of Orbán," according to the website Politico.