German minister says development in U.S. election is 'huge shock'

November 9, 2016 1:47 AM EST

Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on German television on Wednesday that Republican Donald Trump's move toward an unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election was a "huge shock".

She told broadcaster ARD: "I think Trump knows that this was not a vote for him but rather against Washington, against the establishment."

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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