VICTORIOUS Donald Trump has returned to his luxury Manhattan apartment after pulling off an extraordinary election triumph that stunned the world, The Sun reports. The President-elect arrived back at his opulent Trump Tower home with wife Melania – after winning a race to the White House he was widely tipped to lose.
The 45th US President watched the results come in from Trump Tower before addressing his supporters from a nearby Hilton Hotel. The real estate billionaire sent shockwaves across the world after delivering his own “Brexit for America” in a historic victory over Hillary Clinton. In his first address as President-elect after a bitter campaign, Trump struck a unifying tone in front of crowds cheering “USA, USA”.
He said it was “time for America to bind the wounds of division”. In an impassioned speech that continued his theme of reaching out to disillusioned Americans, Trump told a packed-out crowd in Manhattan: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer”.
He added: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important for me”. His voice cracking, he continued: “It’s time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen that I will be president for all.”
Trump also thanked the secret service and NYC law enforcement, and added: “It’s been what they call a historic campaign. “But to be really historic, you have to do a great job. And I promise you that we will not let you down. We will do a great job. “While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is really only just beginning.
“We’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you’ll be so proud of your president. It’s been an amazing honour.” Trump added: “And I love this country. Thank you. Thank you very much.” In his first tweet since being elected, Trump posted: “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.”
Giving his iconic thumbs up to the delighted crowds, Trump said: “Every single American will have the ability to realise his or her potential.” As supporters of Clinton wept at her “celebration party” in New York, it became clear Trump had pulled off one of the most stunning electoral upsets in history.
Clinton, who was fawned over by an army of high-profile celebrity supporters, was left to concede to her opponent over the phone in an abject humiliation from which she will almost certainly never recover. Trump said: “She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign.
“She fought it very well. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude to our country.” Clinton has not yet publicly accepted her crushing defeat but thanked supporters more than four hours after the result was announced.
The failed presidential hopeful is due to speak at roughly 3.30pm UK time. The Twitter hashtag #whereishillary is now trending on the social media site as Democrats mourn her failure. In the run-up to the election Trump threatened to hire a special prosecutor to looking into Clinton’s “situation”.
Trump added: “There has never been so many lies and so much deception”. The President-elect’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has refused to rule if a special prosecutor will be hired. Outgoing US President Barack Obama has formally invited Trump to the White House tomorrow after congratulating him on is victory.
The call would likely have been humiliating for Obama, after Trump spearheaded the birther conspiracy which questioned if he was born in the USA. Pro-Clinton supporters clashed with Republicans in major cities within minutes of Trump being named President-elect. Fights have even broken out outside the White House as violence spreads across the US.
Shocking footage has shown protesters burning American flags and setting fire to rubbish in response to the election result. Throughout his headline-grabbing campaign Trump promised to build a wall to stop Mexican immigrants entering the US, and also proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the country.
In a night of high drama, Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” paid off as millions of voters who Hillary Clinton dismissed as a “basket of deplorables” went to polling stations in their droves to paint the map of the US Republican red. Trump won the election with 276 electoral college votes against Clinton’s 218 with the results still being counted.
The President-elect’s figure raised to 289 and Clinton’s remained at 218 after the results for Arizona came in. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Trump “following a hard-fought campaign” and said Britain “will remain close partners” with the US.
In a statement she said: “Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.” Nigel Farage couldn’t contain his delight as the billionaire tycoon blazed a trail to the White House this morning.
He said Trump’s near-certain victory will be “bigger than Brexit”. Russia’s strongman President Vladimir Putin, who Trump has expressed admiration for in the past, was the first world leader to congratulate the controversial Republican.
Trump said of Putin in July 2015: “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so.” In a statement today Putin spoke about “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other’s positions, meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.”
Trump dubbed himself “Mr Brexit”, and fought on a ticket to “drain the swamp” of the Washington elite. His was a call to action to hundreds of millions of mainly white, working class voters who had become increasingly alienated from the political elite – mirroring the millions of Brits who used the EU referendum to send a message to “out-of-touch” MPs in Westminster.
But the reverberations of his victory were already being felt this morning, with world markets tumbling on the news, some predicting the worst day since 9/11. Violence has also erupted across America this morning after Donald Trump’s shock election win.
Pro-Clinton supporters clashed with Trump fans in major cities within minutes of him being named President-elect. Throughout his headline-grabbing campaign Trump promised to build a wall to stop Mexican immigrants entering the US, and also proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the country.
On the stage Trump vowed: “America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big. Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream,” before adding: “There will be no dream too big, no challenge too great”.
And in a message to foreign powers, he said: “I want to tell the world community, we will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground”. It fell to the state of Wisconsin to seal victory for Trump, taking him past the magic number of 270 college votes to confirm him as President.
The Republicans had grown increasingly confident over the course of a dramatic night of voting, as a string of key swing states fell to the controversial billionaire to deal a hammer blow to Clinton’s hopes. Despite this, her camp initially refused to concede.
Barely an hour before Trump claimed victory, Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta has refused to concede defeat, instead sending supporters home, saying: “I know you’ve been here a long time and it’s been a long night and it’s been a long campaign, but I can say, we can wait a little longer, can’t we?
“We’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight. “We are not done… Let’s get the votes counted and bring this home.” Earlier in the night, Layne Bangerter, director of the Trump for President ca mpaign told Press Association: “We’re not over confident but now we are calling it.
“Florida is over. North Carolina, we’re going to win.” He added: “I’m saying it’s over- the voice of the people has risen up.” As the results began to roll in, all eyes were on the state of Ohio, which has picked the winning US president in every election since 1964. And its 18 electoral college votes went to Trump.
And more key states would follow with Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Utah. A string of states across the American Midwest fell the Republicans’ way – including Arkansas, where Hillary’s husband Bill presided as governor.
Earlier in the night, Layne Bangerter, director of the Trump for President campaign told Press Association: “We’re not over confident but now we are calling it. “Florida is over. North Carolina, we’re going to win.” He added: “I’m saying it’s over- the voice of the people has risen up.”
As the results began to roll in, all eyes were on the state of Ohio, which has picked the winning US president in every election since 1964. And its 18 electoral college votes went to Trump. And more key states would follow with Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Utah.
A string of states across the American Midwest fell the Republicans’ way – including Arkansas, where Hillary’s husband Bill presided as governor. It was a different story across the Clinton camp, with supporters falling silent as the outcome slowly appeared inevitable.
Flag waving ceases and all mention of Trump voting surges are met with deafening boos. Late Late Show James Corden tweeted: “Brexit feelings.” in response to Trump pulling ahead – summing up the dramatic turnaround success of the Republican candidate.
Canada’s immigration site has crashed as the US election results rolled in – apparently due to the sheer numbers researching how to move away from America. In the lead up to the results, Trump had refused to confirm whether he would accept the outcome of the pivotal election, saying “we’ll see what happens”.
Concerns of voter intimidation and fraud led to a flurry of lawsuits in the run-up to Election Day, and new voter regulations in more than a dozen states also held the potential to sow confusion at polling places. Trump supporters have complained they were hit with technical glitches while trying to vote, with Republicans saying that every time they tried to make their choice, a Democratic candidate would come up.