Donald Trump pledges to be President for all Americans

US President-elect Donald Trump says it’s “time for us to come together as one” ; says the US will “dream big and bold and daring”

US President elect Donald Trump speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York. Photo: Reuters
US President elect Donald Trump speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, as voters eager to shake up the nation’s political establishment pick the businessman to lead the country. An unexpected Republican nominee, Trump rode a wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct. In a victory that rattled financial markets worldwide, he upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.

• Dutch anti-Islam populist lawmaker Geert Wilders has tweeted his congratulations to Donald Trump. Wilders, whose Freedom Party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of Dutch elections due in March, calls Trump’s win in the presidential election “A historic victory! A revolution.”

Looking ahead to the Dutch vote, Wilders finished his tweet: “We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands.”

Wilders is known for his strident anti-Islam rhetoric and opposition to the Netherlands’ European Union membership.

• Japan is sending a top official to Washington to try to meet with those who will be responsible for the next White House administration. Katsuyuki Kawai, a political aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of diplomacy, told reporters after meeting with Abe that he had been instructed to visit Washington as early as next week.

• A top Palestinian official says he doesn’t expect US positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to change under President-elect Donald Trump. Saeb Erekat, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Republican and Democratic parties are both committed to a two-state solution of the conflict.

Erekat said Wednesday that a two-state solution is “in the American national interest, and I think this will not change with the coming administration.”

However, Trump has proposed moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, even though the US has not recognized Israel’s annexation of parts of the city.

• Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent Donald Trump a telegram of congratulation on winning the US presidential election. In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.”

Putin also said he has “confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community.”

• Earlier, Russia’s lower house of parliament applauded the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. State news agency RIA-Novosti says Vyacheslav Novikov, a member of the foreign affairs committee from the governing United Russia party, addressed the State Duma on Wednesday morning.

• Donald Trump has pledged to be a president “for all Americans.” The president-elect, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, asked that the nation to come together, and promised to “represent every citizen of our land.”

He added that it was “time for America to bind the wounds of division” and “time for us to come together as one.” He also declared his administration will be a time of “national growth and renewal.”

Trump said “America will no longer settle for anything but the best” and said that the nation will “dream big and bold and daring.”

• President-elect Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton called him to congratulate him on his victory. Trump, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, said Wednesday that he “congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.”

He added that “we owe her a major debt of gratitude” for her service.

The gracious sentiment was a far cry from Trump’s usually heated rhetoric about Clinton. He has suggested that she should go to jail and chants of “Lock her up!” were a staple at his campaign rallies.

• Vice President-elect Mike Pence is declaring Donald Trump’s victory “a historic night.” Pence, Indiana’s governor, addressed Trump’s victory party in New York City early Wednesday. Trump’s running mate said “the American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.”

• European Parliament president Schulz says it will be harder to work with Donald Trump, according to Reuters.

• China said it will work with the new US president to ensure the steady and sound development of bilateral ties. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks at a regular news briefing on Wednesday as Republican Donald Trump moved to the brink of winning the White House.

• Republican Chris Sununu elected New Hampshire governor

• Donald Trump wins Wisconsin capturing its 10 electoral votes.

• Republican Chris Sununu elected New Hampshire governor

• Donald Trump has arrived at his election night headquarters after winning the state of Pennsylvania. Trump’s motorcade traveled from nearby Trump Tower to the midtown hotel where thousands of his supporters and hundreds of reporters are gathered. Trump is expected to address the crowd.

• The leader of Russia’s nationalist Liberal Democratic party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has welcomed the presumed victory of Donald Trump.

According to the Interfax news agency, Zhirinovsky said: “We of course regard with satisfaction that the better candidate of the two presented to the American voters was victorious.”

He also said that he hopes the presumed Trump victory means that US ambassador John Tefft departs. He says, “We hope that this ambassador leaves Russia ... he hates Russia.”

• Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska re-elected to Senate. Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri re-elected to Senate.

• Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman says it has nothing more to say even as votes turn against her. John Podesta told a crowd in New York early Wednesday that with states still uncalled “we’re not going to have anything else to say tonight.”

Clinton trails in the Electoral College count and Donald Trump is close to breaking the 270-vote threshold to become president. Podesta told the crowd Clinton “has done an amazing job” and “is not done yet.”

• Donald Trump wins Nebraska’s final congressional district, sweeping the state’s 5 electoral votes.

• Clinton wins Maine and 1 congressional district, takes 3 electoral votes; Trump wins 1 district in state, gets 1 vote.

• A senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party said on German radio on Wednesday that the German government was uncertain what Republican Donald Trump would do if he wins the US presidential election.

“We’re realising now that we have no idea what this American president will do if the voice of anger enters office and the voice of anger becomes the most powerful man in the world,” Norbert Roettgen, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and head of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Deutschlandfunk radio.

“Geopolitically we are in a very uncertain situation,” he added.

• French foreign minister Ayrault says must not weaken relations between Europe and US.

• Donald Trump wins Pennsylvania and its prize of 20 electoral votes, giving him 264 electoral votes. Pennsylvania last voted for a Republican for president in 1988. Trump repeatedly campaigned there, believing his populist message would resonate with the state’s working-class voters.

Clinton long viewed the state as a key part of her “firewall” and rallied in Philadelphia with President Barack Obama on Monday night. The Democrats also held their nominating convention in the city.

• Trump preparing to come out to speak to the nation, but awaiting potential projection of 270 electoral votes—NBC reporter on Twitter.

• House Speaker Paul Ryan has congratulated Donald Trump on “his big night.” A Ryan spokeswoman confirms that the Republican speaker called the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening. The spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, says they had “a very good conversation.”

She says, “The speaker congratulated Trump on his big night and also spoke with his good friend Gov. Mike Pence.”

• Republicans extended their majority of US governorships on Tuesday as 12 states voted for chief executives, though the high-profile race in North Carolina was too close to call and the outcome may not be known until next week. Democrat Roy Cooper held a razor-thin lead over incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory, who has been dogged by the backlash against a law he signed that restricts bathroom rights for transgender people and limits non-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians.

But McCrory told supporters early on Wednesday that votes were still being counted, and the process of tallying provisional ballots could take until 18 November. “The election is not over in North Carolina,” McCrory said.

About 3,700 votes separated the candidates out of more than 4.5 million ballots counted by early Wednesday, according to unofficial election results from the state.

• German defence minister Von Der Leyen says development in US election is “huge shock”, think Trump knows this was not vote for him but against establishment.

• French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says congratulates Donald Trump.

• Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania re-elected to Senate. Republicans to retain US Senate control if they hold Louisiana, Alaska seats.

• Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says at this stage, it would appear that Donald Trump is most likely to claim the presidency. Bishop told reporters in Canberra, Australia’s capital, that her government is ready to work with whomever the American people, “in their wisdom,” choose to be their president. She says a US presidential election is always a momentous occasion, and in this instance, “it has been a particularly bruising, divisive and hard-fought campaign.”

• The mood is dark at Hillary Clinton’s election night party. Stony-faced supporters were crying and anxiously staring at the big screens showing election results. Some began leaving as the race wore on into the early hours of Wednesday morning. Thousands had gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for Clinton’s election night party. The glass-ceilinged building was picked as a nod to what aides expected would be the historic election of the first female U.S. president.

Clinton, her family and close aides have spent hours ensconced in a suite at the Peninsula New York, a luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan.

• Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is describing the mood inside Trump Tower as “buoyant.” She tells The Associated Press that the team is hopeful as results continue to roll in.

• Wall Street supporters of Republican Donald Trump chanted “USA, USA” and clinked glasses on Tuesday as he won the key battleground state of Ohio in a nail-biting presidential election.

• Small groups of bankers and brokers gathered in bars in midtown Manhattan alternated between watching the results on television and checking their iPhones for updates on a sinking US dollar and plummeting stocks as investors digested the possibility of a surprise win by Trump.

• “No one on Wall Street knows how to price this in,” said Steven Chiavarone, associate portfolio manager for Federated Global Investment Management Corp, a fund that invests in stocks, bonds and currencies globally.

• “If he wins a bunch of people will need to figure out what the hell is going on,” said Chiavarone, who was attending a Young Republicans party at a bar off Madison Avenue. Around him, revelers hugged and called out “MAGA!” - the acronym for Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” - as Fox News called Florida for Trump.

• Gathered in the bar at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, bankers and brokers mingled with dozens of other Trump supporters, many of them wearing baseball caps emblazoned with “Make America Great Again.”

They cheered and raised their glasses every time Fox News projected a state win for their candidate.

• “I’m feeling pretty confident,” said one man, who said he worked at Ameriprise Financial. “All the momentum is on his side,” he said, sipping on a Manhattan cocktail. He declined to give his name.

• In general, Wall Street has supported Clinton with buckets of cash, seeing her as a status quo candidate. Trump, meanwhile, is feared by many financiers as someone who could disrupt global trade and damage geopolitical relationships.

• The neck-and-neck race sent the US dollar swinging wildly in Asian trade and pulses racing in plush penthouse apartments on the Upper East Side and New York suburban mansions.

• Many hedge fund managers, bank executives and other financial bigshots eschewed Manhattan bars, preferring instead to gather at their homes in New York City or the suburbs to watch TV coverage in tense quiet with families or a few friends.

• On the Upper East Side, hedge fund manager Jim Chanos said his Republican guests were in a “good mood” at an election night party held at his penthouse condominium.

• Chanos, a staunch supporter of Democratic President Barack Obama, said he had not voted for any presidential candidate this election cycle but instead concentrated on the US Senate and House of Representatives races.

• Matthew Farley, a lawyer for Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in New York, said he had been warning friends and colleagues about an electoral upset for months. “I told them that ... a significant portion of the country wanted someone to do a cannonball into the pool and mess up the status quo,” said Farley, who advises Wall Street brokerages on regulation and arbitration issues. “The cannonball party is not united. They’re progressives and conservatives, but they’re fed up with the status quo and all they know is that anything is better than what we got.”

• Trump’s band of Wall Street supporters were staying close to their candidate. Investors Anthony Scaramucci, Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross said they planned to be at the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the campaign’s official base for the night.

“Since I have already voted in Florida, I will be at the New York victory party,” said Ross, who is an adviser on Trump’s economic team.

Hours before the election results started rolling in, Ross said by telephone: “I’m feeling good. Most of everything is in the margin of error, so that is a good thing. This is going to be tight.”

• Chivarone, the portfolio manager, said the market gyrations should not be seen as a harbinger of doom.

“The world doesn’t end. Assuming capitalism survives, you manage through the volatility and then find the opportunity.”

• Republican Donald Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday and led Democrat Hillary Clinton in a series of other states that were too close to call, including Florida and North Carolina, in a surprisingly close race for the White House.

• The US dollar sank and stock markets slammed into reverse in wild Asian trade on Wednesday as early results pointed to a nail-biter and investors stampeded to safe-haven assets.

• Sovereign bonds and gold shot higher while the Mexican peso went into near free-fall as investors faced the possibility of a Trump win. Investors worry a victory by the New York businessman could cause economic and global uncertainty.

• With voting completed in 44 of the 50 US states, the race was tight in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, leaving the race for the White House on a knife’s edge.

• Trump’s win in Ohio, with 18 electoral votes, and his edge in Florida and North Carolina gave him an early advantage in the state-by-state fight for 270 Electoral College votes needed to win.

• Clinton had more options to reach 270, with Trump needing a virtual sweep of about six toss-up states to win. But a Trump win in all those three states would leave Clinton needing to win the remaining battlegrounds including Pennsylvania, Michigan and either Nevada or New Hampshire.

• Both candidates scored victories in states where they were expected to win. Trump captured conservative states in the South and Midwest, while Clinton swept several states on the East Coast and Illinois in the Midwest.

• After running close throughout the night in Virginia, Clinton pulled out the swing state that is home to her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine.

• Earlier at 8:55pm EST (8.25am IST on Wednesday), Clinton acknowledged a battle that was unexpectedly tight given her edge in opinion polls going into Election Day.

• She tweeted: “This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything.”

• With 95% of the vote counted in Florida, Trump led Clinton by about 130,000 votes out of 9 million cast. In North Carolina, Trump led by about 100,00 votes out of 3.9 million cast.

• As of 10:35pm EST (9.05am IST on Wednesday), Trump had 167 electoral votes to Clinton’s 131, with US television networks projecting the winner in 31 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

• Before Tuesday’s election, Clinton led Trump, 44% to 39% in the last Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll. A Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll gave her a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump and becoming the first woman elected US president.

• Also at stake on Tuesday was control of Congress. Television networks projected Republicans would retain control of the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats were up for grabs.

• In the Senate, where Republicans were defending a slim four-seat majority, Democrats scored their first breakthrough in Illinois when Republican Senator Mark Kirk lost re-election. But Republicans Rob Portman in Ohio and Marco Rubio in Florida won high-profile Senate re-election fights.

• In a presidential campaign that focused more on the character of the candidates than on policy, Clinton, 69, a former US secretary of state, and Trump, 70, accused each other of being fundamentally unfit to lead the country.

• Trump again raised the possibility on Tuesday of not accepting the election’s outcome, saying he had seen reports of voting irregularities. He gave few details and Reuters could not immediately verify the existence of such problems. Reuters

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