Donald Trump is US president-elect

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    Donald Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world.

    The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House.

    Mr Trump pledged that he would be "president for all Americans" in his New York victory speech.

    He said he was "reaching out" to the people who had not supported him to "unify the country". "Now it's time to bind the wounds of division. I say to Democrats and Republicans it is time come together as one united people," he said.
    "I pledge to be president for all Americans," he said, adding: "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

    He said it was not a campaign but a movement that had won him the White House, comprised of "all people of different backgrounds and beliefs".

    He said victory had been "tough". "This political stuff is nasty and it's tough," he said, while thanking his family. It was an extraordinary election night.

    Mr Trump won some early east coast states and did not look back. When he secured the key swing state of Florida, a clear path to the presidency was laid out. He went on to win Ohio and South Carolina.

    In an extraordinary development, Mrs Clinton did not initially concede the election - but then later called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory. Mr Trump offered generous words for his vanquished opponent, saying she had worked hard for many years and was owed a "deep debt of gratitude".

    The crowd was respectful at the mention of Mrs Clinton. In a conciliatory speech Mr Trump added: "We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We will deal fairly with everyone.

    We will seek common ground, partnership not conflict. "America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our destiny."

    The Republican surpassed expectations and confounded pollsters in Florida, where Mrs Clinton had been expected to win following a surge in the Hispanic vote. Mrs Clinton’s hopes of a swift victory faded as the Republican picked up a series of states early on and maintained his momentum.

    Financial markets around the world plummeted as votes for Mr Trump stacked up. Mr Trump's threats to rip up a free trade agreement with Mexico and tax money sent home by migrants to pay for building a wall on the southern US border if elected president caused the peso to hit a record low.

    Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the result as "bigger than Brexit". He told The Telegraph that Mr Trump's election will represent a "massive result" for Britain.

    He said that the UK would have a "friend in the White House" who will prioritise trade relations with the UK.


    What happens now that Donald Trump has won the election?

    Donald Trump is now President-Elect of the United States. Inauguration is scheduled for Friday 20 January 2017.

    On that day, ‘lame duck’ President Obama will welcome Trump as the new president, attend the inauguration, then take the traditional helicopter out of Washington.


    Things Donald Trump did not mention in his victory speech

    Building a wall between the US and Mexico
    Banning Muslims from entering the US
    Repealing Obamacare
    Bombing the hell out of ISIS
    Defunding planned parenthood

    You can't always get what you want

    “This has been a historic event, but to be truly historic we have to do a great job. I won’t let you down.
    “And hopefully after 2 years or 3 years or 4 years, maybe even 8 years, you’ll say we did a great job.
    “The campaign is over but the job is just beginning.
    He ends his speech by saying “this has been an amazing 2 year period, and I love this country.”
    And the PA starts playing The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, which Trump frequently ended his rallies with.
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    Congratulations President, Donald Trump.


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