Austrian Presidential Candidate Hofer Hopes for Trump to Mend Ties With Russia

© REUTERS / Mike SegarUS President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence address their election night rally in Manhattan, New York, US, November 9, 2016.
US President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence address their election night rally in Manhattan, New York, US, November 9, 2016. - Sputnik International
Europe and the whole world will benefit if the winner of the US presidential election Donald Trump helps improve the United States relationship with Russia, Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer told Sputnik Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Republican Party nominee emerged as a winner earlier on Wednesday as he gained 279 Electoral College's votes, which is more than the required 270 minimum. His Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton secured only 218 votes.

"What I expect and hope for so much that relations between Russia and the United States would be in a better way. This is so important for Europe and for the whole world. May be, it would be possible if President Trump will get a better partnership with Moscow," Hofer said.

A solid friendly relationship with the United States under newly elected Donald Trump would be good for Austria, Hofer said.

"We would have to see how Trump works as a leader, for us it is important to establish friendly, good partnership to work together on business basis. Now we have to see what is going to happen in the upcoming months. We have to work on our friendship," Hofer told Sputnik.

European politicians should learn from the winner of the US Presidential election Donald Trump, including the importance of being sincere, Hofer said.

"We can learn from the elections in the United States. Trump was all alone, the media was against him, and even part of his party was against him. He made his thing and he won. You have to be authentic. I try to be authentic and try my way to make politics. What you can learn from it — you have to be authentic," Hofer told Sputnik.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs a U.S. flag as he takes the stage for a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Clinton was seen as the favorite by the media and bookmakers, largely because unlike Trump, a businessman and former reality star, she has political experience, having served as a US Senator and a secretary of state.

In May, Hofer, the Freedom Party candidate, lost the presidential elections to independent candidate Van der Bellen. However, in July Austria's Constitutional Court ruled that ballots and voting results had been handled improperly and annulled the results. The rerun is scheduled for December 4.

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