World in shock, US on new path af­ter Trump’s vic­tory

Clin­ton con­cedes Obama in­vites mogul Amir sends con­grat­u­la­tions

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Don­ald Trump’s ex­tra­or­di­nary US elec­tion vic­tory sent shock­waves across the world yes­ter­day, as op­po­nents braced for a “dan­ger­ous” leader in the White House while fel­low pop­ulists hailed a bal­lot-box rev­o­lu­tion by or­di­nary peo­ple. Trump stunned the world by de­feat­ing heav­ily fa­vored ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton, end­ing eight years of Demo­cratic con­trol of the White House and send­ing Amer­ica on a new, un­cer­tain path.

A wealthy real es­tate de­vel­oper and for­mer re­al­ity TV host, Trump rode a wave of anger to­ward Wash­ing­ton in­sid­ers to win Tues­day’s White House race against Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic can­di­date whose gold-plated estab­lish­ment re­sume in­cluded stints as a first lady, US se­na­tor and sec­re­tary of state. Trump’s vic­tory marked a crush­ing end to Clin­ton’s sec­ond quest to be­come the first woman pres­i­dent. She also failed in a White House bid in 2008. “Don­ald Trump is go­ing to be our pres­i­dent. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” Clin­ton, 69, said in a con­ces­sion speech in New York yes­ter­day morn­ing, joined by her hus­band, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, and daugh­ter Chelsea. Speak­ing in front of a row of Amer­i­can flags, she told sup­port­ers her loss was painful “and it will be for a long time,” and that she had of­fered to work with Trump on be­half of the na­tion.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who cam­paigned hard against Trump, in­vited him to the White House for a meet­ing to­day. “We are now all root­ing for his suc­cess in unit­ing and lead­ing the coun­try,” Obama said at the White House, say­ing he and his staff would work with Trump to en­sure a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion. “We are not Democrats first, we are not Repub­li­cans first, we are Amer­i­cans first.”

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a con­grat­u­la­tory ca­ble yes­ter­day to Trump on win­ning the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. The Amir ex­pressed hopes that Kuwait and the US will con­tinue their strong his­toric re­la­tions, work­ing to­gether for a brighter fu­ture for the world. HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles.

Trail­ing in pub­lic opin­ion polls for months, Trump pulled off a ma­jor sur­prise and col­lected enough of the 270 state-by-state elec­toral votes needed to win, tak­ing bat­tle­ground states where pres­i­den­tial elec­tions are tra­di­tion­ally de­cided, US tele­vi­sion net­works pro­jected. His four-year term be­gins on Jan 20 and he will en­joy Repub­li­can ma­jori­ties in both cham­bers of the US Congress. Tele­vi­sion net­works pro­jected the party would re­tain con­trol of the 100-seat Se­nate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, where all 435 seats were up for grabs.

“He just earned a man­date and we now just have a uni­fied Repub­li­can govern­ment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told re­porters in Wis­con­sin, cred­it­ing Trump’s Elec­tion Day mo­men­tum with help­ing Repub­li­can vic­to­ries that main­tained the party’s con­trol of Congress. Wor­ried that a Trump vic­tory could cause eco­nomic and global un­cer­tainty, in­vestors fled risky global as­sets. The US dol­lar, Mex­i­can peso and world stocks fell on Wed­nes­day but fears of the kind of shock that wiped tril­lions of dol­lars off world mar­kets af­ter Bri­tain’s “Brexit” vote in June failed to ma­te­ri­al­ize im­me­di­ately. But US stocks were lit­tle changed yes­ter­day, re­bound­ing from stun­ning overnight losses fu­eled by the elec­tion re­sult. Sec­tors such as bank­ing and steel that ap­peared poised to ben­e­fit from a Trump pres­i­dency led the charge.

Trump ap­peared with his fam­ily early yes­ter­day be­fore cheer­ing sup­port­ers in a New York ho­tel ball­room, say­ing it was time to heal the di­vi­sions caused by the cam­paign and find com­mon ground af­ter a cam­paign that ex­posed deep dif­fer­ences among Amer­i­cans. “It is time for us to come to­gether as one united peo­ple,” Trump said. “I will be pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans.” He said he had re­ceived a call from Clin­ton to con­grat­u­late him on the win and praised her for her ser­vice and for a hard-fought cam­paign.

His com­ments were an abrupt de­par­ture from his cam­paign trail rhetoric in which he re­peat­edly slammed Clin­ton as “crooked” amid sup­port­ers’ chants of “lock her up”. But Trump’s cam­paign man­ager, Kellyanne Con­way, yes­ter­day did not rule out the ap­point­ment of a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to in­ves­ti­gate Clin­ton’s past con­duct, a threat Trump made in an elec­tion de­bate last month. De­spite los­ing the state-by-state elec­toral bat­tle that de­ter­mines the US pres­i­dency, Clin­ton nar­rowly led Trump in the na­tion­wide pop­u­lar vote, ac­cord­ing to US me­dia tal­lies.

Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee se­nior strate­gist Sean Spicer told MSNBC that Trump and his se­nior aides were meet­ing at Trump Tower in New York yes­ter­day to “start the proper tran­si­tion” to a Trump pres­i­dency. Pre­vail­ing in a race that opin­ion polls had clearly fore­cast as fa­vor­ing Clin­ton, Trump won avid sup­port among white non-col­lege ed­u­cated work­ers with his prom­ise to be the “great­est jobs pres­i­dent that God ever cre­ated.” “Such a beau­ti­ful and important evening! The for­got­ten man and woman will never be for­got­ten again. We will all come to­gether as never be­fore,” Trump wrote on Twit­ter early yes­ter­day.

In his vic­tory speech, he said he had a great eco­nomic plan, would em­bark on a project to re­build Amer­i­can in­fra­struc­ture and would dou­ble US eco­nomic growth. Trump, who at 70 will be the old­est first-term US pres­i­dent, came out on top af­ter a bit­ter and di­vi­sive cam­paign that fo­cused largely on the char­ac­ter of the can­di­dates and whether they could be trusted in the Oval Of­fice. The pres­i­dency will be Trump’s first elected of­fice, and it re­mains to be seen how he will work with Congress. Dur­ing the cam­paign Trump was the tar­get of sharp dis­ap­proval, not just from Democrats but from many in his own party.

Trump cam­paigned on a pledge to take the coun­try on a more iso­la­tion­ist, pro­tec­tion­ist “Amer­ica First” path. Trump sur­vived a se­ries of blows on the cam­paign, many of them self-in­flicted, in­clud­ing the emer­gence in Oc­to­ber of a 2005 video in which he boasted about mak­ing un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances on women. He apol­o­gized but within days, sev­eral women emerged to say he had groped them, al­le­ga­tions he de­nied. He was judged the loser of all three pres­i­den­tial de­bates with Clin­ton.

A Reuters/Ip­sos na­tional Elec­tion Day poll of­fered some clues to the out­come. It found Clin­ton badly un­der­per­formed ex­pec­ta­tions with women, win­ning their vote by only about 2 per­cent­age points. And while she won His­pan­ics, black and young voters, Clin­ton did not win those groups by greater mar­gins than Obama did in 2012. Younger blacks did not sup­port Clin­ton like they did Obama, as she won eight of 10 black voters be­tween the ages of 35 and 54. Obama won al­most 100 per­cent of those voters in 2012.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, Trump said he would “make Amer­ica great again” through the force of his per­son­al­ity, ne­go­ti­at­ing skill and busi­ness acu­men. He pro­posed re­fus­ing en­try to the United States of peo­ple from war-torn Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries, a mod­i­fied ver­sion of an ear­lier pro­posed ban on Mus­lims. His volatile na­ture, fre­quent in­sults and un­ortho­dox pro­pos­als led to cam­paign feuds with a long list of peo­ple, in­clud­ing Mus­lims, the dis­abled, Repub­li­can US Se­na­tor John McCain, Fox News an­chor Megyn Kelly, the fam­ily of a slain Mus­limAmer­i­can soldier, a Miss Uni­verse win­ner and a fed­eral judge of Mex­i­can her­itage.

A largely anti-Trump crowd of about 400 to 500 peo­ple gath­ered out­side the White House af­ter his vic­tory, many shocked or in tears. Protests against Trump also broke out overnight in down­town Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, where demon­stra­tors set ablaze a like­ness of him, smashed store front win­dows and set garbage and tires on fire. Through­out his cam­paign, Trump de­scribed a dark Amer­ica that had been knocked to its knees by China, Mex­ico, Rus­sia and Is­lamic State. The Amer­i­can dream was dead, he said, smoth­ered by malev­o­lent busi­ness in­ter­ests and cor­rupt politi­cians, and he alone could re­vive it. He has vowed to win eco­nomic con­ces­sions from China and to build a wall on the US bor­der with Mex­ico to keep out il­le­gal im­mi­grants. His tri­umph was a re­buke to Obama, a Demo­crat who spent weeks fly­ing around the coun­try to cam­paign against him, re­peat­edly cast­ing doubt on his suit­abil­ity for the White House. Obama will hand over the of­fice to Trump af­ter serv­ing the max­i­mum eight years al­lowed by law.

Trump prom­ises to push Congress to re­peal Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law and to re­verse his plan to curb green­house emis­sions mainly from coal-fired power plants. Even though the FBI found no grounds for crim­i­nal charges af­ter a probe into her use of a pri­vate email server rather than a govern­ment sys­tem while she was sec­re­tary of state, the is­sue al­lowed crit­ics to raise doubts about her in­tegrity. Hacked emails also showed a cozy re­la­tion­ship be­tween her State Depart­ment and donors to her fam­ily’s Clin­ton Foun­da­tion char­ity. — Agen­cies

NEW YORK: Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent-Elect Don­ald Trump gives a vic­tory speech on elec­tion night at the New York Hil­ton Mid­town early yes­ter­day. — AFP

NEW YORK: US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton makes a con­ces­sion speech yes­ter­day.

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