I will be president for all Americans: Donald Trump

I will be president for all Americans: Donald Trump
President-elect Donald Trump with his family during an election night rally in New York.

Washington DC - Trump also repeated his vows to bolster the American economy and create jobs.


Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Published: Wed 9 Nov 2016, 5:23 PM

Last updated: Thu 10 Nov 2016, 1:01 AM

Defying polls, predictions and pundits, Donald Trump emerged as the winner of America's elections on Tuesday to become the 45th President of the United States.  Trump - a newcomer to American politics - was declared winner shortly at approximately 2:30am as Wisconsin was called in his favour, putting him above the 270 electoral votes required to win. Soon after, Hillary Clinton called to congratulate him on his victory.
Speaking to his supporters at "Trump HQ" in New York City, Trump struck an uncharacteristically conciliatory and gracious tone, congratulating the Clinton family for "a very, very hard fought campaign" and calling for unity among Americans.
"It is time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together," he said. "To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."
"I pledge to every citizen of our land, that I will be president for all Americans," he added. "To those who have chosen not to support me in the past - of which there were a few people - I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country."  Additionally, Trump repeated his vows to bolster America's economy and create jobs.  Clinton, for her part, declined to give a concession speech on Tuesday night.  Going into Tuesday's voting, few political analysts expected Trump to win, but he managed to emerge victorious in key battleground states such as Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida.
"It was Donald Trump versus almost all the experts," CNN's Jake Tapper noted at one point in the evening. "It looks like Donald Trump was right."
In many states, Trump dominated in Republican-heavy rural areas where Clinton - and the political establishment she is considered a part of - are deeply unpopular. Propelled by this significant segment of the American population, Trump was able to overcome Clinton's efforts to woo minority voters 
"Ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hardworking men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their families," he said. "It's a movement comprised Americans from all races, religious, backgrounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will."
Trump also repeated his vows to bolster the American economy and create jobs.  "I've spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world," he said. "That is now what I want to do for our country."
"Every single American will have the opportunity to realise his or her fullest potential," he added. "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."  The election also resulted in the Republican Party keeping control of the Senate, with only one Republican seat - in Illinois - being won over by a Democrat.
News of Trump's unlikely victory had immediate ramifications in the world of global finance, with Dow Jones futures plummeting more than 700 points at one time. Additionally, all three of Wall Street's major stock indices were down by as much as four percent, the Mexican peso fell to an eight-year low, and Japan's Nikkei fell by over five percent.
- bernd@khaleejtimes.com

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