Americans sent a clear message to Donald Trump last: You’re hired! Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States. Trump and Hillary Clinton fought a fierce election battle in the final hours of the 2016 race for the White House.Trump won Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Utah, Wisconsin, Iowa, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Hillary won Vermont, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York, Connecticut, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado, California, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada and Maine.
Trump ultimately surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. He is also leading in the national popular vote. “This is a modern-day political miracle that you’re witnessing before your eyes,” declared Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “America is saying, ‘Enough is enough with failed policies.’”
After some initial reluctance, Hillary called Trump and conceded the race. However, Hillary chose not to deliver a concession speech.
Leaders and officials across the world reacted with shock, hope and congratulations, as Donald Trump confounded polls and surged to victory over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential elections early on Wednesday morning. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” Trump said in his victory speech.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted his congratulations to Trump in a string of posts. “Mexico and the U.S. are friends, partners and allies who should continue working for the competitiveness and the development of North America,” he wrote. “I am confident that Mexico and the United States will continue to tighten its ties of cooperation and mutual respect,” he added.
In Russia, President Vladimir Putin reportedly offered Trump his congratulations, and “expressed confidence that the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, in keeping with each other’s views, meets the interests of both Russia and the U.S.,” Russia Today reported.
“(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia,” Putin said, according to CNN. “We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia…. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the US.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Trump “close cooperation” on the basis of shared trans-Atlantic values that she says include respect for human dignity regardless of people’s origin, gender or religion.
She told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the campaign which ended in Trump’s victory featured “confrontations that were difficult to bear,” the Associated Press reports. She described Germany’s partnership with the U.S. as “a foundation stone of German foreign policy.”
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted, ‘The world won’t end, but things will get more crazy,” while his colleague, Defence Minister Usula von der Leyen, told Reuters the result was a “huge shock” and asked Trump for clarification on whether the U.S. would remain committed to NATO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Trump on being elected the United States’ 45th President. “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he hopes Trump’s election marks a new era in the U.S. that he hopes will lead to “beneficial” steps for fundamental rights, liberties and democracy in the world, the Associated Press reports.
Addressing a business group in Istanbul on Wednesday, Erdogan told the crowd that he hopes the result will be auspicious for the region. “Personally and on behalf of the nation, I wish to consider this decision by the American people a positive sign and wish them a successful future,” he said.
Italy’s Premier Matteo Renzi offered his congratulations to Trump, brushing aside political differences following his repeated public endorsements of Hillary Clinton.
“In the name of Italy, I congratulate the president of the United States and wish him well in his work, convinced that the Italian-American friendship remains strong and solid,” he said, at the start of a speech in Rome.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Trump for “the friendship [he] articulated towards India” during his campaign.
Chinese President Xi Jinping phoned Trump to congratulate him on winning the U.S. presidency, state TV reported Wednesday. “I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Jinping said, according to Fortune.
The United Kingdom:
The U.K.’s new Prime Minister Theresa May said she looked forward to working with Trump, saying “We are, and will remain strong and close partners on trade, security and defense.”
Meanwhile Brexiter Nigel Farage — who endorsed Trump on the campaign trail — said he was handing his “mantle” to the President-elect.
The former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, tweeted his congratulations to Trump and wished him “all the success”.
In France, the leader of the far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen — who hopes to emulate Trump’s populist victory in France’s April-May presidential elections — congratulated Trump, and the “American people, free!”
French President Francois Hollande said Trump’s victory marks the start of “a period of uncertainty.” “This new context requires that France be strong,” he said, in a televised address. “What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the Middle East and the preservation of the planet.”