Republican Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, the first public office that the 70-year-old real estate mogul-turned politician will hold.
Mr. Trump defeated Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton — who would have been the country’s first woman President in its 240-year history — and succeeds Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the U.S. Mr. Trump is the oldest person to be elected President.
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10:05 pm: Hillary Clinton takes the stage. Cheers erupt in the room as Hillary thanks the crowd. I congratualted Donald Trump and offered to work with him for our country: Hillary.
10:00 pm: Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine reacts: Clinton has made history in a nation of so many good things. Standing ovation as Tim Kaine introduces Hillary Clinton as the one who took the popular vote.
9.55 pm: Clinton wins Minnesota
The Democratic nominee captured the state’s 10 electoral votes on Wednesday, giving her 228 total. President–elect Donald Trump has 276, six more than the threshold needed to win the White House.
Minnesota has been safely Democratic for years but Trump made a late play there, holding his first and only rally in the state on the campaign’s penultimate day. Though he failed to capture that state, he showed impressive strength in the Rust Belt, winning Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reacts
9:45 pm: What Donald Trump pulled off is an enormous political feat. Donald Trump “turned politics on its head,” promises “hand-in-hand” work on GOP agenda, says Ryan
9:40 pm: We will honour the timeless principles of our country: Ryan. We do remain a sharply divided country. This needs to be a time of redemption: Ryan
9:30 pm: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan congratulates Donald Trump. Our House majority is biger than expectred … thanks to Donald Trump, says Ryan.
9.30 pm: Former President George H.W. Bush is congratulating Donald Trump on winning the U.S. presidential election.
The senior Bush tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife Barbara “congratulate realDonaldTrump, wish him well as he guides America forward.”
George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush also “initiated” a “very warm and gracious call” to Trump to wish him luck. He declined to say how Bush voted. The Bush family had a contentious relationship with Trump throughout the campaign. Bush’s younger son, Jeb Bush, was among more than a dozen candidates to get stomped out by Trump for the Republican nomination.
Jeb Bush also addressed a Tweet to Trump, on Wednesday, saying, “I will pray for you in the days and months to come.”
7.18 pm: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’s ready to work with Mr. Trump, saying their two countries were “friends” that must collaborate.
Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, meanwhile, said the country had the economic “strength” to cope with the market “volatility” caused by Mr. Trump’s victory, with the peso falling to an all-time low.
6.41 pm: Clinton to address supporters Wednesday morning
Ms. Clinton did not give a formal concession speech. But she did call Mr. Trump early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday’s election.
5.46 pm: Mr. Obama has invited Mr. Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday.
The President plans to address Mr. Trump’s victory in a statement from the White House on Wednesday.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Thursday meeting is to discuss the presidential transition.
Mr. Obama also called up Hillary Clinton. The White House says Mr. Obama conveyed admiration for the “strong campaign she waged throughout the country”.
5.35 pm: The Vatican’s first reaction to the election of Mr. Trump has focused on its wish for global peace.
Pope Francis did not mention the U.S. elections during his Wednesday audience, but Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, offered Mr. Trump congratulations. In a statement to Vatican Radio, he said that “his government can be truly fruitful.”
Cardinal Parolin concluded by noting that “there is need for everyone to work to change the global situation, which is in a situation of severe lacerations and great conflict”.
5.10 pm: Obama calls Trump to offer congratulations
President Barack Obama calls up to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory.
Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says President Barack Obama called up early Wednesday while Mr. Trump was speaking to his supporters in New York, and Mr. Trump called up Mr. Obama back after leaving the stage.
She said the two had a “very nice talk.” They would meet possibly on Thursday, she added.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had told reporters traveling aboard Air Force One last week that the President was leaving his schedule open on Wednesday and Thursday for a possible meeting with the president-elect.
4.30 pm: German Foreign Minister sees ‘more difficult’ times
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warns that U.S. foreign policy would become more unpredictable after Mr.Trump’s election as President, making things “more difficult”.
“I think we must expect that American foreign policy will become less predictable for us and we must expect that the United States will be more inclined to make decisions on its own,” he said.
“In other words, and I will not dress it up, nothing will become easier, many things will become more difficult,” said Mr. Steinmeier, who during the U.S. campaign compared Mr. Trump to a “hate preacher” and also described the prospect of him taking the White House as “frightening”.
4.20 pm: Hollande, Putin, Iran reactions
French President Francois Hollande said the Trump win has opened a period of uncertainty, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is ‘ready to do Moscow’s part’ to rebuild U.S. ties under Mr. Trump.
Iran President Rouhani says the Trump win cannot reverse nuclear deal, and the U.N. climate chief wants to work with Mr. Trump for world’s ‘benefit’
2.40 pm: China reacts guardedly to Trump victory
China, often criticised for taking away American jobs, reacted cautiously to the election of Mr. Trump as President, saying it will work with the new US government to ensure steady development of bilateral ties to benefit people of both countries.
“We are also watching and following the election and we will work with the new US government to ensure steady and sound development of bilateral relations and benefit people of the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a media briefing here.
2.25 p.m.: Modi congratulates Trump
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Mr. Trump, saying he looks forward to working together to enhance ties.
1.19 p.m.: ‘It is time for us to come together’
Addressing a gathering at Trump Towers, Mr. Trump says, “I congratulated Hillary for a hard fought campaign, we owe her a debt of gratitude. Time to bind the wounds, come together.”
”It’s time for us to come together,” he sys and pledges to be President “for all Americans.” Asserts “we’ll renew the American dream” and promises to put “millions of our people to work as we rebuild this country.”
He also thanks his parents, sisters, brother, late brother. And, his wife, Melania. “I love you and I thank you”
Notes that while the campaign is over, “our work on this new movement is really beginning.”
12.59 p.m.: Trump wins Wisconsin. reports AP. He crosses the 270 mark to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
12.34 p.m: Ms. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says her campaign will have nothing to say tonight about the state of race. Mr. Podesta told the crowd Ms. Clinton “has done an amazing job” and “is not done yet.”
12.09 p.m.: Mr. Trump bags Pennsylvania, is now just a few short of the 270 mark. Trump’s stunning victory in the key battleground state gives him 264 electoral votes.
A Paul Ryan spokeswoman confirms that the Republican speaker called its presidential nominee on 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.”
11.15 a.m.: Mr. 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. A Trump victory would represent a stunning upset against his rival Hillary Clinton.
Thousands of his supporters are gathered in a midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom watching the results.
10.52 a.m: The night is set to be long and tense in America as Trump is outperforming predictions and punditry, having already won the crucial States of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. Mr. Trump could well be on his way to be elected the 45th President of the U.S.
At West Side’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan supporters of Ms. Clinton are taken aback by the turn of events, which has stunned them. “Unbelievable,” an Indian American donor who is at the Center.
10.36 a.m.: Meanwhile, another news coming in. Canada immigration website appears to have crashed
Maybe some Americans were serious when they threatened they would move to Canada if Republican presidential candidate became successful in his often polarizing campaign for the White House.
Canada’s main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages on Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the U.S. presidency turned markedly higher.
10.27 a.m.: Trump continues his march – this time it’s Georgia and Utah. He leading with 244 against Hillary’s 209.
10.25 a.m.: Meanwhile, in China, Chinese State media outlets are casting the U.S. election as the embodiment of America’s democracy in crisis in contrast to China’s perceived stability under authoritarian rule.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the campaign has highlighted that, in its words, “the majority of Americans are rebelling against the U.S.’s political class and financial elites.” The official Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily says in a commentary that the presidential election reveals an “ill democracy.”
9.58 a.m.: Indian-American Kamala Harris scripts history, wins U.S. Senate seat from California.