WORLD REACTS TO SHOCK WIN
Donald Trump has secured the ultimate job – but will he come through on his election promises?
In one of the biggest political shocks in modern history, Donald Trump has swept aside rival Hillary Clinton to win the race to the White House.
After a campaign often filled with fear and hate speech, the businessman and former host of The Apprentice showed a slightly softer side when speaking to his supporters in New York.
Will we see a toned-down version of Trump when he becomes president in January?
We take a look at his campaign promises…
THE US NEEDS UNITY
The president-elect has vowed to unify a divided nation, saying: “I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
“For 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.”
John Fusaro, a 50-year-old Dallas resident who works for the US Department of Homeland Security, said: “I think he just needs to get out there and let them know that he’s not the monster that he’s been made out to be and he will work for every American. And hopefully they’ll begin to trust him once he gets in office. That’s what I’m hoping for anyway.”
WALL HE OR WALL HE NOT?
It all starts with the wall. Trump’s vow to build a wall along the border with Mexico, to make Mexico pay for it and to achieve iron-fisted control over illegal immigration stands as his leading promise, one that rang from the rafters countless times. But he owes his supporters – and now the country – much more than that.
HIS FOREIGN POLICY
Trump’s “America first” ethos means alliances and coalitions will not pass muster with him unless they produce a net benefit to the US.
He speaks of a less interventionist approach to crises abroad – with the exception of his vow to crush ISIS. Yet he also promises to spend much more to restore what he sees as depleted armed forces.
One paradox of the campaign is the lack of clarity about Trump’s intentions on an issue that defined him out of the gate. He clearly promises to stop the influx of Syrian refugees into the US, and somehow to help them overseas. He vows to deport people convicted of serious crimes who are in the US illegally.
And there’s that wall, which Mexicans insist they won’t pay for. But the fate of millions of people who are in the country illegally is a gray area.
In December 2015 Trump sparked worldwide outrage after calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering his country.
He would also ban immigration of people from areas prone to extremism, but how that would be defined is unclear.
HIS TAKE ON TRADE
Trump promises to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also vows to oppose the TransPacific Partnership trade deal and to slap stinging tariffs on countries that the US judges to be trading unfairly. China faces the risk of steep penalties – if his vow is carried through.
WE DID IT: Donald Trump celebrate the victory with his supporters in New York