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Ryanair, one of the world's biggest airlines, says that 'Trump declaring victory this early is like disembarking before the plane has landed'

  • The European low-cost airline Ryanair said in a tweet Wednesday that President Donald Trump's premature claim to have won the 2020 election was "like disembarking before the plane has landed."
  • "We don't recommend," it added.
  • Ryanair's tweet came moments after Trump claimed that he had won the 2020 US presidential election in a speech at the White House — despite votes in key states still being counted.
  • "We were getting ready to win this election," Trump said. "Frankly, we did win this election."
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Ryanair, one of the world's biggest airlines, has compared President Donald Trump's premature claim to have won the 2020 election to leaving a plane before it has landed.

In the early hours of Wednesday, Trump told a White House press conference that "frankly, we did win this election." Votes were still being counted in key states.

Hours later, the budget airline tweeted: "Trump declaring victory this early is like disembarking before the plane has landed — we don't recommend."

 

In his speech, Trump said also claimed vote-counting was a "major fraud on our nation," without offering evidence.

Ireland-based Ryanair wasn't the only company to respond to Trump's claims: Both Facebook and Twitter immediately clamped down on social media posts from Trump, but in very different ways.

Read more: Trump and Biden camps are bracing for the election to go into overtime. Meet 8 of the top attorneys Republicans and Democrats have tapped for the job.

Ryanair has been one of many airlines to suffer thanks to low demand for flights during the coronavirus pandemic. In May, the European low-cost airline said in a statement it would cut around 3,000 jobs — 15% of its workforce.

It also said it planned pay cuts of up to 20%, would offer unpaid leave to some employees, and would shut its bases across Europe until travel demand picks up. CEO Michael O'Leary has cut his pay by 50%.

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