Boris Johnson's tweet congratulating Joe Biden carries remnants of a message congratulating Trump instead

  • Boris Johnson's message of congratulation to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris carries remnants of an earlier version which appears to congratulate President Trump for winning the election instead.
  • The UK Prime Minister posted a statement congratulating the pair on Saturday after they were projected as the winners of the election.
  • Closer inspection of the image, when it was adjusted by photo-editing tools, shows the outline of Trump's name beneath where Biden's is written.
  • Johnson was one of Trump's closest international allies and has yet to meet or speak with the President-elect.
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Boris Johnson's message congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for winning the election carries remnants of an earlier version congratulateingPresident Trump instead.

The UK Prime Minister on Saturday congratulated Biden and Harris with a statement on Twitter that was posted as an image.

The statement read: "Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement."

"The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security."

However, when the exposure of the photo is adjusted using photo-editing tools, it is possible to make out the outline of what appears to be Trump's name above Biden's on the message, indicating that Downing Street may have been expecting a different outcome for the election.

A Downing Street source said that a technical error led to a different version of the message, which was also prepared in advance to congratulate Trump should he win, becoming embedded in the image sent to Biden.

See below (the image may not be visible on some computer screens):

The font size of the "Trump" letters, traces of which are visible elsewhere in the message, also appear to be significantly smaller, indicating that the Prime Minister's message of congratulations to President Trump may have been longer than the one he offered to Biden and Harris.

The mistake originally appears to have been spotted by a Twitter user and was subsequently reported by outlets including the UK news site Guido Fawkes which identified other elements in the image appearing to refer to Trump's "second term."

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