President Trump called U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday following a surprising vote in which her party lost their majority.
Trump offered “his warm support regarding the election,” according to a White House statement. “Trump emphasized his commitment to the United States-United Kingdom special relationship and underscored that he looks forward to working with the prime minister on shared goals and interests in the years to come.”
The statement is the first official White House comment on the election outside of Trump calling the result “surprising” when prompted by a reporter earlier Friday. The Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, surged in the election.
May called the snap election in April with the intention of solidifying her party’s majority in parliament and obtaining a stronger mandate for Brexit. Instead, her party on Friday worked to form a unity government with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after losing the Conservative majority.