Donald Trump wins US election: ‘we’re all on the same team’ Obama says – live
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Donald Trump wins US election: ‘we’re all on the same team’ Obama says – live
This article titled “Donald Trump wins US election: ‘we’re all on the same team’ Obama says – live” was written by Tom McCarthy (now) and Amber Jamieson (earlier), for theguardian.com on Wednesday 9th November 2016 19.17 UTC
McConnell says Obamcare “is a pretty high item on the agenda, as you know. I would be shocked if we didn’t move forward to make good on our promise to the American people.”
That promise, ICYMI, is to repeal the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. (Or maybe just the unpopular bits.)
McConnell talks tax reform, supreme court
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is speaking.
“The American people have spoken and president Trump will send us a nominee I assume early next year.”
McConnell says “the new president will fill the vacancy and i expect it to be handled in the way these court appointments are typically handled and I would not anticipate any particular strategies…” on the part of Democrats.
Tax reform “is really important,” McConnell says.
“The current president was not interested in making it revenue-neutral for the government… the goal ought to be when revenue is produced by the elimination of preferences, use that to buy down the rates.”
McConnell says he’d like to see comprehensive tax reform, including corporate tax reform.
“There were plenty of Democrats onboard” in the eighties, he says.
McConnell is asked about his own legacy.
“We haven’t even started the next Congress yet. There’ll be plenty of time to talk legacies later.”
On funding the government, which comes up next month, during the lame duck session. McConnell says that and a medical measures bill are on the immediate agenda, he’s spoken about that with Obama.
McConnell is asked about his past expressions of concerns about Trump’s remarks about Mexicans.
McConnell says let’s “Look forward and not backward.
“We’re going to be talking to the president about his agenda. I think border security is important.. I want to try to achieve border security in whatever way is most effective.”
The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety. […]
It is all a dismal picture. Late last night, as the results were coming in from the last states, a friend called me full of sadness, full of anxiety about conflict, about war. Why not leave the country? But despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals—that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do.
Video: Hillary Clinton concession
‘They’re in charge of everything now’
Wheeling a case of wine and a 12-pack of beer out of the Total Wine and Spirits liquor superstore in Natick, Massachusetts, Maureen ( an older woman who declined to give her last name) called it “a sad day.”
“They’re in charge of everything now,” she said of Republicans with a heavy Boston accent as she loaded her purchases into her Subaru SUV.
“The House, the Senate, the Supreme Court justices. They never let Obama pass a thing and now it’s theirs.”
Of Trump, she said, “He’s like a little spoiled brat, things don’t go his way, he’s nasty to everyone.”
“I had some friends who were for him and I couldn’t understand it, the way he talks about people” she added.
Inside the store, a staff member recognized a regular customer. “Back already?” he called out cheerfully. “Saw the results and had to come back for more?”
The White House press secretary goes where the president and Clinton dared not, mentioning Clinton’s lead in the popular vote:
Johnson sends Trump best wishes
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has released a statement with running mate Bill Weld, who came out in the final days of the election and pleaded with people to whatever they did not vote for Trump:
“It is a rare privilege to play a part in shaping the future of a great nation. By offering Americans an honorable, principled choice in this election, and being joined by thousands of supporters and volunteers to make a credible third party ticket part of the national conversation, we took significant steps toward reshaping the political landscape. For that, I am both proud and grateful. […]
“Today is a day to wish the President-elect our best wishes, and a sincere hope that, together, we can get about the business of addressing the challenges this great nation faces.”
Iowa representative Steve King, who supported Trump early and often, tips his hat to newly reelected Iowa senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the judiciary committee who declined to hold hearings on Barack Obama’s supreme court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Trump will now nominate a supreme court justice whom the Republican-controlled senate may confirm. He may get to nominate more than one… if Republicans can keep the senate through the midterms… The question is, what does “saving the Constitution” mean, for those now with their hands on the levers of power?
Does the media posture on Trump change now? Here’s an early entry from the world of celeb media:
Shocked but still believe in it
I’m living in the Middle East, Iraqi Kurdistan. I was really shocked by the news and my mind can barely believe in this, but I have to convince myself with the result. Mr.Trump, you won the election then I hope you do the change you are planning to do. Mr.Trump you have accused Obama and Clinton by bringing ISIS to excite then put you plan you an action and let us see what you can do. Stand with Peace, Love, Justice and respect 🙂
We need to embrace democracy.
I was backing Hillary Clinton to win as I felt she was the most qualified candidate for the Presidency that anyone has ever seen. However, alike the Brexit vote, I was sceptical about the UK leaving Europe and I have since embraced this and outlined the optimism in the mandate. I am now going to try and embrace Donald Trump’s win of the election and see the advantages of his role in the White House. After all, the UK and US are democratic countries and the people have spoken, therefore we should embrace this and look to the future. Even if we are becoming an anti-establishment society, democracy shows that people want change.
Watching President Trump (I literally shudder while typing this..) give his acceptance speech has made me despair for my future, my children’s future and my children’s future.
Think I’m being dramatic? Think again…
His behavior during the campaign has now legitimized what and how future generations of young men will be taught on how to treat women, how women will be forever seen as second class to men and finally how anyone who is not the whitest of white can ever truly be hold a position of power in any role.
This win is a middle finger to a black man being president and a woman daring to stand up and ask to be considered equal to a man.
If only Bernie…
I believe that apart from lack of trust issues Trump won because those with the most to lose did not make the effort to vote. If only Bernie had begun his campaign two months earlier. If only…If only..If only…..
This is a disaster
Millions of Americans rose up to cast a vote for bigotry, misogyny, and dumb, cruel-hearted ignorance. This is a disaster.
Overt post-Brexit-style racism, without ever having been absent in the United States, now more overt, as in this scene:
Has the reality settled in yet?
Arizona senator Jeff Flake was one of Trump’s most vocal Republican detractors:
Hispanic readers: tell us how you feel about the US election result
In an unexpected win, Donald Trump rode the wave of anti-establishment sentiment to become the next president-elect of the US.
If you’re Hispanic we’d like to hear from you: what do you make of the results? How are you feeling? Share your reactions with us by filling in the form below. We’ll feature a selection of responses in our live coverage.
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Barack Obama has just suffered a devastating blow to his legacy. He failed to hand off the White House to a member of his party, despite his personal popularity. His namesake health care legislation is on the chopping block. Same with his actions on emissions caps, other environmental regulations, immigration reform and more… With a Republican-controlled Congress and White House, no piece of Obama’s legislative or executive legacy would seem to be safe.
So that was a gracious speech, too, under the circumstances.
Updated at 5.33pm GMT
“A lot of our fellow Americans are exulted today. A lot are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns, that’s the nature of democracy.
“To the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be discouraged by the results, I want you to know, you have to stay encouraged… don’t get cynical. Fighting for what is right is important..
“I’ve lost elections before. Joe hasn’t.. [Biden lost the 2008 primary to Obama]
Biden: “you beat me badly.”
Obama: “we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena… we move forward.. that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant… democracy.”
“That’s how we have come this far… I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on will go on.”
Obama says he is going to do everything he can to hand off smoothly to Trump. It’s a relay race, he says. “Ultimately, we’re all on the same team,” he says.
Obama: ‘we are now all rooting for his success’
Here’s Obama. With the vice president.
“Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video… in which I said to the American people.. the sun would come up in the morning and that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true.
“I know everybody had a long night. I did as well.”
Obama said he spoke with “president-elect Trump” at 3.30am.
“It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember that eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences..
“The presidency and vice presidency is bigger than any of us.
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading this country. The peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.”
“I could not be prouder of her… I am proud of her. A lot of Americans look up to her… Her candidacy and nomination was historic..
“Everybody is sad when their side loses their election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on the same team…. we’re patriots first.
“That’s what I heard when I spoke to [Trump] directly, and I was heartened by that. That’s what our country needs. … I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.”
Obama to speak
A two-minute warning has been issued.
Trump wins Alaska, the AP says. 279-228 Trump. He tops 300 if he keeps ahold of Arizona and Michigan.
Next up: president Barack Obama. Here’s a live stream:
Trump camp welcomes Clinton speech: ‘very classy’
Trump spokesman Jason Miller:
George W Bush congratulates Trump
“Laura and I wish the President-elect, Melania, and the entire Trump family all our very best…”
Good point here. Clinton didn’t mention she’s ahead… in the popular vote.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says she’s ready to work on an infrastructure spending bill, too:
Clinton says she is “incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance.”
“May god bless you and may god bless the United States of America.”
She hugs everyone onstage and walks off.
There goes Clinton.
“And to all the women.. who put their faith in this campaign and me… I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.”
“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but I know someday someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
“And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable, powerful, and deserving of every opportunity in the world and every chance to pursue your own dreams.”
Updated at 5.02pm GMT
Clinton: ‘This loss hurts’ but don’t stop believing
Clinton thanks Kaine and Holton and says she’s comforted to know Kaine is going back to the senate.
“To Barack and Michelle Obama. Our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. We thank you for your graceful determined leadership that has meant so much…
“And to Bill and Chelsea, Mark Charlotte Aidan.. my love for you means more than I can ever express. You criss-crossed this country on my behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most.
She thanks the “talent and dedicated” staff. Any names?
“You poured your hearts into this campaign… you were the best campaign that anybody could have ever expected or wanted.
“And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers…I want everybody coming out… and make sure your voices are heard going forward.
She thanks donors. She thanks “the young people in particular.” And tells them she’s had “successes and setbacks,” “Sometimes really painful.”
“You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
Updated at 4.54pm GMT
Clinton says that in addition to respecting the election “we must defend” the values of non-discrimination and the rule of law and equality before the law.
She calls on supporters to advance the values “we hold most dear.”
“We’ve spent a year-and-a-half bringing together millions of people…
“We believe the American dream is big enough for everyone.”
She says men, women, LGBT, people with disabilites – “for everyone.”
“Our responsibility as citizens is to continue to do our part to build that better stronger fairer America that we all seek.”
Clinton: ‘We must accept this result’
The crowd is clapping too much for Clinton to begin.
“Thank you all very much,” she says.
They clap and clap and clap.
“Thank you, thank you. And I love you all, too.”
“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a president for all of our country…
“I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we all share…
“You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too….
This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this. Our campaign was never about one person… it was about building a country that we love… We have seen that our country was more deeply divided than we ever thought…
We must accept this result… Donald Trump is going to be our president… we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.
Here comes Clinton. She steps to the stage smiling. Chelsea and husband Mark and Bill Clinton with her.
“Thank you,” she begins, to applause.
You can watch the Clinton/Kaine live stream atop the blog there. Kaine is recounting a Biblical parable. He says that Clinton’s team is defined by its loyalty which is inspiring.
“And finally I’m proud of Hillary because she loves this country. Nobody had to wonder of Hillary Clinton whether she would accept the outcome of an election.”
That’s a dig at Trump, not by name, a damnation by comparison.
“I want to thank Hillary for asking me and Anne if we would join this wild ride.”
Kaine quotes Faulkner. “They kilt us, but they ain’t whupped us yet.”
Clinton to speak
Tim Kaine and wife Anne Holton take the stage at the New Yorker ballroom.
Kaine says “I’m proud of Hillary Clinton because she has been and is a great history-maker.”
Huma Abedin and other aides have entered the room at the New Yorker hotel. They’re applauded.
British prime minister congratulates Trump
Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement after Donald Trump was elected the next President of the United States.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.
“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.”
Ryan is done. He struck an upbeat tone, praising Trump for delivering a unified Republican government, admiring Trump’s political feat, identifying an opportunity “to go big and to go bold” with Republican legislative priorities and declaring “this is good for our country.”
Ryan: “one of the biggest for this race is the constitution itself… we believe in the constitution. We have an agenda to get people back to work. We want the federal government to respect the states. This is exciting.
“He set the right tone with his speech, which is to be magnanimous, to be presidential and bring people together.”
Ryan says “Donald and I have had fantastic conversations.” He’s also spoken with his good friend Mike Pence.
“How do we make sure that when his hand comes off the Bible, when he’s sworn in as president, that we are hitting the ground running?
Ryan: ‘the opportunity is to go big and go bold’
“The opportunity is now here, and the opportunity is to go big and go bold,” Ryan says. “What I see here is great potential… the opportunity to get back to work for the American people. Donald Trump pulled off an amazing political feat.”
Ryan: ‘this is good for our country’
Ryan is asked about Trump’s remarks about women and Latinos. Ryan says he tells Wisconsinites, think of all that a united Republican government can do.
Ryan praises Trump for delivering Wisconsin for the first time since 1984.
Ryan is asked about Obamacare. Ryan says it’s not popular and is “collapsing under its own weight.”
“Now we have president Trump coming who is asking us to fix this… there are so many things I’m excited about… there is relief coming. This is good for our country. This means we can list the repressive weight of the regulatory state… think of the … judges. This is very exciting. “
Ryan says Trump ‘just earned a mandate’
“I think our relationship’s fine, I’ve spoken with Donald twice in the last 18 hours.
I think we’re going to hit the ground running… I think what Donald Trump just pulled off is an enormous political feat… he just earned a mandate. And we now just had a unified Republican government.
“That’s why I’m excited about where we are.
“We had great conversations about how we’ll work together.”
Here’s Paul Ryan, right on time:
Tim Kaine’s is certainly a hard mood to dampen, isn’t it…
Updated at 4.19pm GMT
Hillary Clinton wins Minnesota, the Associated Press projects. A tight 1.4-point win. The electoral tally climbs to Trump 276 Clinton 228.
The party doesn’t decide … and don’t trust the polls. Basically, throw all the old metrics out the window. State-level ground games run by the campaign (not the national party), too – those don’t matter anymore, either. Apparently.
Out with the old, in with the new:
Here’s video of Clinton’s motorcade carrying her toward her speech:
Trump will begin receiving full presidential briefings today, CNN reports.
Tim Kaine arrives at the New Yorker hotel. Last night was the first election the former mayor and governor and current senator had ever lost. He’s now 8-1.
Clinton is expected to speak soon. We’ve just added a live video stream to the top of the blog and here it is for good measure:
Clinton’s motorcade is now moving out of the Peninsula, headed for the New Yorker hotel where she will speak.
It’s a quiet morning at Trump Tower. In fact the media pool representative there has just described himself as “the only person sitting on the metal benches just across from the elevator bay… NYPD and Secret Service has completely locked down the area, no one is milling about in the lobby, the Starbucks on the second floor is closed.”
Trump is in the tower, a spokesperson says. Nothing further at this time.
Hillary Clinton has yet to leave her hotel for her speech scheduled to begin 20 minutes ago, originally scheduled to begin 80 minutes ago.
The world is still waiting to hear and see Clinton for the first time since her loss.
The popular vote count isn’t totally settled. But Trump trails both Obama and Romney from the 2012 election – and Clinton from this election:
Those popular vote totals are why this 2012 tweet is so widely shared today:
Updated at 3.50pm GMT
George HW Bush sends best wishes, prayer
The Bush dynasty has been beaten… for now.
George P, the Texas land commissioner, is Jeb’s oldest son. Neither George W Bush nor Laura Bush cast a ballot in the presidential election, according to a spokesperson. George HW Bush was quoted earlier this year as saying he would vote for Clint.
Here’s Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway talking this morning about whether Trump still thinks the election was rigged.
She spouts spokespeak, “he certainly would say the system is rigged… when he said the system was rigged.. he couldn’t believe he wasn’t winning.”
Why does this quotidian tweet have hundreds of likes and retweets?
The results continue to trickle in… the AP calls Nebraska’s second congressional district for the challenger, a Republican, who ends the brief Washington career of Brad Ashford, the Democratic incumbent. The Republican romp continues.
Video: Trump’s victory speech
Obama to speak at midday
It’s a full lineup:
A reminder that we’re due to hear from House speaker Paul Ryan at around 11.15pm – potentially directly after Clinton’s address.
Merkel appeals to ‘shared values’
German chancellor Angela Merkel has offered “cooperation” to “the next president of the United States,” emphasizing shared values including “the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views”:
Romney sends ‘best wishes’
Here’s Mitt Romney, the 2012 nominee, who by the current count garnered a two million more popular votes in that election than Trump got last night – but lost. Romney did.
Updated at 3.19pm GMT
Yes, the election polls were wrong. Here’s why
The polls were wrong. And because we are obsessed with predicting opinions rather than listening to them, we didn’t see it coming. So, the world woke up believing that Republican candidate Donald Trump had a 15% chance of winning based on polling predictions – roughly the same chance of rolling a total of six if you have two dice. Despite those odds, the next US president will be Donald Trump.
I have a few ideas about what went wrong. In the four years I’ve spent as a data journalist, I’ve been concerned by how much faith the public has placed in polling. Just like you’d check the weather before getting dressed, many people checked presidential polling numbers before heading out to vote. That’s understandable. Politics can feel as unpredictable as the weather, and who wouldn’t want to eliminate uncertainty? The world is a scary and confusing place right now.
But those are two very different kinds of forecasts. One is based on natural science, the other on social science. People are different to planets – they can change their minds, they can decide to not share their opinions or they can flat out lie. And that’s before you even get to some of the statistical issues that make polling inaccurate.
That’s not new information. Polling analysts like me knew the numbers were inaccurate before Brexit happened. Despite that, the polling predictions kept coming. Why?
Definitely read further:
The Clinton camera is trying to get an eye on her leaving the Peninsula hotel for the New Yorker hotel’s grand ballroom, where she’s scheduled to speak. No sighting yet.
Margaret Sullivan, media commentator at the Washington Post, wrote this morning about how the media failed American voters by completely misunderstanding the election – and taking Trump’s criticisms personally.
To put it bluntly, the media missed the story. In the end, a huge number of American voters wanted something different. And although these voters shouted and screamed it, most journalists just weren’t listening. They didn’t get it.
They didn’t get that the huge, enthusiastic crowds at Donald Trump’s rallies would really translate into that many votes. They couldn’t believe that the America they knew could embrace someone who mocked a disabled man, bragged about sexually assaulting women, and spouted misogyny, racism and anti-Semitism.
She highlights something that Trump backer, billionaire Peter Thiel, pointed out last week.
“The media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally,” Thiel said. Journalists wanted to know exactly how he would deport that many undocumented immigrants, or exactly how Trump would rid the world of ISIS. We wanted details.
But a lot of voters think the opposite way: They take Trump seriously but not literally.
They realize, Thiel said, that Trump doesn’t really plan to build a wall. “What they hear is, ‘We’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.’ ”
After a controversial campaign that included contentious remarks about Muslims, and other ethnic minorities, readers share their reaction to Trump’s win.
Anonymous: “I feel extremely disappointed that America elected an outright racist man as President.
“This country will not come together but will be even be more divided. And to the people who say that President Obama was the worst President in history, should really go and check their facts.
“And for the people who voted for Trump, don’t believe he is going to do anything for you. You are foolish and you will see. Give it sometime. Yes, we all want change. But, not all change is good change.
“Donald Trump will take away every right that was fought for this country. Say goodbye to womens’ right to choose, say goodbye to equality, and say goodbye to democracy. What’s the purpose of the Statue of Liberty, when all your liberties will be taken away? America has ushered in a new era of hate, inequality, and injustices.
Sara: “As a queer Jewish woman it’s devastating to feel that a majority of my nation does not support my rights – let alone the rights of others which I work to support and uphold and believe in with the core of my being.
“But after the initial shock and depression has sunk in, I am channeling my emotions as fuel. This is an opportunity to step up, become much more active, and work towards organizing collective action to change the political status quo.”
Matanda Mondoa: “I think many of us thought Hillary Clinton got the election on solid ground. But when the results showed otherwise, things suddenly turned too real. I’m worried for my friends and family, the immigrant and undocumented communities, LGBT community, and Muslim & Arab American communities.
“While Democrats still have a hold in my home state, the fact that it’s the contrary everywhere else will have me look out for people’s safety & peace of mind.”
Updated at 2.59pm GMT
This is a weirdly paparazzi-style video, but it’s monitoring Hillary Clinton as she leaves her Manhattan hotel this morning to give a speech to supporters. So far just a waiting car is visible.
Clinton’s 10:30am speech will be less a concession to Trump and more a thank you to supporters, says CNN’s Dan Merica.
Opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange has just been rung, now it’s eyes on the market to see how it will react to the election of Trump as president.
Asian markets and the US dollar dropped yesterday following initial news of his presidency.
What will happen to world climate change agreements in light of the election of Donald Trump?
Just days after the historic Paris agreement officially came into force, climate denier Donald Trump’s victory has thrown the global deal into uncertainty and raised fears that the US will reverse the ambitious environmental course charted under Barack Obama.
International environmental groups meeting at the UN climate talks in Morocco said it would be a catastrophe if Trump acted on his pledge to withdraw the US from the deal, which took 20 years to negotiate, and to increase federal spending on oil, gas and coal.
They urged the president-elect, as the leader of the second greatest greenhouse gas emitter, to act in the interests of all the world.
“The new president must protect the people he serves from climate chaos. No personal belief or political affiliation can change the stark truth that every new oil well and pipeline pushes us all closer to catastrophe. The administration has moral and legal obligations to meet international commitments,” said May Boeve, head of climate campaign group 350.org.
Read the rest here.
Interesting insight from Politico’s Annie Karni, a member of the Clinton campaign’s traveling press:
Polls show it was white working class voters who won the election for Trump.
Cuba to launch military exercises to prepare for ‘range of enemy actions’
From the Associated Press:
Cuba has announced the launch of five days of nationwide military exercises to prepare troops to confront what the government calls “a range of enemy actions”.
The government did not link the exercises to Donald Trump’s US presidential victory but the announcement of maneuvers and tactical exercises across the country came nearly simultaneously with Trump’s surprise win.
It is the seventh time Cuba has held what it calls the “Bastion Strategic Exercise”, often in response to points of high tension with the United States.
The first exercise was launched in 1980 after the election of Ronald Reagan as US president, according to an official history.
Trump has promised to reverse Barack Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the ongoing normalization of the relationship between the two countries.
An announcement by Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces in red ink across the top of the front page of the country’s main newspaper said the army, interior ministry and other forces would be conducting maneuvers and different types of tactical exercises from 16 to 20 November.
Read the rest here.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, has just send out a statement congratulating Donald Trump.
The US accounted for 60% of Canada’s global trade in 2014, a relationship underpinned by Nafta. Trump, who has described the agreement as “the worst trade deal in history”, has vowed to renegotiate the terms and would move to withdraw the US from the deal if Canada and Mexico refuse. According to the Canadian government, nearly 400,000 people a day cross the shared border between Canada and the US.
Below is the statement in full:
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Donald J. Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.
“Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security.
“The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world. Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous partnership.”
Updated at 2.34pm GMT
A relevant message from Pope Francis this morning:
Hillary Clinton’s speech has been pushed back to 10:30am ET this morning (doors will open at 9:30am).
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who has never been a strong Donald Trump supporter, will speak in a “post election press briefing” this morning at 11:15am ET.
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who met with Donald Trump during the presidential election in September, tweeted his congratulations to the United States – not Donald Trump – this morning.
“I congratulate the USA on its electoral process and I reiterate to Donald Trump our willingness to work together in support of bilateral relations,” said Peña Nieto.
“Mexico and the USA are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and the development of North America,” said Peña Nieto.
“I trust that Mexico and the United States continue to strengthen their bonds of cooperation and mutual respect,” he said.
Updated at 1.58pm GMT
White voters gave victory to Donald Trump, exit polls show
It was all supposed to hinge on the surging turnout of Latino voters for Hillary Clinton and whether or not the Democratic nominee could persuade enough African American voters to emulate them.
In the end, according to exit polls, the election result seems to have been more about the remarkable degree of backing from America’s white voters for Donald Trump – including white college-educated voters and white female voters.
Clinton’s lead among non-white voters was substantial, but not enough to make up the difference. It was also less than many anticipated – and less than Barack Obama’s four years previously.
Data from CNN’s Edison national election poll, based on a sample of 24,537 respondents at 350 polling stations, is not definitive – the US census board will provide that – and has contained errors in the past.
The polling guru Nate Silver, editor of FiveThirtyEight, said exit polls had done an “awfully bad job” on Tuesday night, initially predicting a Clinton landslide.
But on the poll’s evidence, although the disaffected, economically insecure white blue-collar voters to whom Trump was always going to appeal certainly helped him win in rustbelt states such as Michigan, they cannot explain the new Republican president’s performance nationwide.
What appears to have made the biggest difference on the night was the turnout for Trump of white voters across the board – of both sexes and almost all ages and education levels.
Read the rest here.
Readers have been trying to make sense of what happened overnight too – here are some of their thoughts.
PapaDiablo: “Donald Trump as President and the Brexit vote are both natural reactions to a people who believe they have had their futures taken away and no longer have a voice. We currently live in a world where opinions are buried and “tolerance” is pushed on people without an attempt to educate them. I was against both but not surprised that both were victorious.
When you demand people accept something they refuse and that breeds anger and hate. So when people who will say the things that dwell in your mind but can’t say arrive, you gravitate towards them regardless of the fact they may not have the all the same opinions as you. As a society we created this by expecting generations to accept a new world without fully helping them understand it. This new world is for the lost, scared and hateful and to some degree we all those three things.
WILL D: “Clinton and the ‘Establishment’s’ arrogance and complacency lost her the election. Just like Brexit, the establishment assumed that electing Trump as president was just a wild fantasy and would never ever happen in a million years! And therein lies the problem. The false sense of security, the gross misunderstanding of the mood of the people, the conceited belief that they were far superior to Trump and that when it came to actually voting, few people would actually vote for him.
How wrong they were … There is this ever increasing loss of connection with the mood of the people, and ever increasing sense of being able to manipulate the people to believe they were the ‘good guys’. Democracy purports to be ‘government by the people, for the people’. But it hasn’t been like that – ever. It probably won’t under Trump either, but he represents a change of direction, and time will tell whether he will be as bad as the establishment and media fear.
Anonymous: “Although the progressive side of politics couldn’t believe a Trump victory was possible, it has been obvious to some of us for a long time that the dispossessed would eventually rise up against both the educated elites and the power elite. This has been their day. Those without a voice have been ignored by the approved avenues of discourse, which have until now simply shouted down and shut out the voices of the losers in our technocratic imperium. We have been told that in a meritocracy, losers have only themselves to blame and that there has been only one game in town which everyone must play. But the losers still have the vote — for now.
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There’s a lot of people who’ve fought with Donald Trump over the years, never expecting that he would one day become the next US president.
A dispatch from The Guardian’s Africa correspondent Jason Burke.
Across Africa, commentators and the public expressed concern and shock at Donald Trump’s election.
Elisabeth Mokone, 46, a businesswoman in north Johannesburg, South Africa, said she was scared.
“I just don’t know what is going to happen,” Mokone said. “We in Africa need US aid and we need the trade. That’s all going to stop. But more than that, it is like the world is falling apart. Maybe Africa is the only hope now.”
Ferial Haffajee, a prominent South African editor and journalist, said she was “very sad”.
“Eight years ago we were all up watching a truly profound and historic moment [when Obama won]. It felt like a victory for black people and was really appreciated here. To see the pendulum swing so far so quickly makes me question the whole idea of progressive politics,” Haffajee said.
Sam Mpofu, 56, a handyman in the poor Johannesburg neighborhood of Alexandra, said he was surprised that someone who “said so many bad things about people” had been elected.
“What were they thinking of? Maybe they were just frightened by all the bad things in the world. Maybe they are racist people. I don’t know,” Mpofu said.
In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state, there was dismay.
JJ Omajuwa, one of Nigeria’s most influential bloggers, said that the decision of the American people had to be respected, but expressed his fears for the future.
“It is democracy. The majority has decided. We can only hope he doesn’t shift the foreign policy or the treatment of minorities in a way that means the US is no longer the beacon of democracy it has been for 200 years,” Omajuwa, speaking from Abuja, the Nigerian capital, said.
As local leaders rushed to congratulate Trump, experts said agreements giving African companies tariff-free access to US markets might now be threatened.
Local media are scrutinizing Trump’s previous speeches for clues about his likely policy towards African nations.
“Africa is going to be way down the agenda. The guy barely knows where Africa is on a map. The only interest will be in terrorism and security,” said Mondli Makhanya, a senior South African journalist.
Somalia, in the middle of its own election, congratulated Trump on his victory “at time of great change, challenges and opportunities around the world.”
Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya, congratulated Trump for his” victorious campaign” and Clinton for her ‘valiant effort’. Kenyatta reminded Trump that the “ties that bind Kenya and the United States of America are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples.”
“These values remain dear to the peoples of both nations, and so our friendship will endure,” a statement issued on Wednesday said.
Lucy Sibanda, a cleaner from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, said she did not understand why Obama did not”do what African leaders do”, and cancel the elections.
“He could have just stopped it when he saw it was not going the right way,” Sibanda, 34, said.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, just explained how the conceding phone call between the Clinton and Trump camps took place.
Conway just said on CNN that she received a phone call from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin laat night while watching the results come in. She “had a nice exchange with Huma,” before Abedin said that Clinton wanted to speak with Trump and the phone was passed over.
“They had maybe a one minute conversation, very gracious very warm, he commended her for being smart and tough and running a hard fought campaign,” said Conway.
Clinton to give concession speech at 9.30am
Hillary Clinton will “deliver remarks to her staff and supporters” at 9.30 ET this morning at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, according to a statement from her campaign.
It will be the first time she’s addressed the public since last night’s election loss.
Anti-Trump protests in the Bay Area seem to have quietened for the evening, with protesters making plans for future events.
East Bay Times reporter George Kelly captured the moment a protester threw a rock through the newsroom window:
There’s been numerous protest fires burning around Oakland:
And a flag burning in Portland, Oregon:
More anti-Trump protests are likely in coming days.
Clinton ahead in national popular vote
Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidency, but she still remains ahead in the national popular vote.
As NPR reports:
As of 7.20 am ET, Clinton had amassed 59,059,121 votes nationally, to Trump’s 58,935,231 — a margin of 123,890 that puts Clinton on track to become the fifth U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.
The last person to win the popular vote but not the presidency was Al Gore in the 2000 election.
Updated at 12.52pm GMT
Video: how election night unfolded
Updated at 2.15pm GMT
The missed opportunity for the US to have its first female president is being felt by women all over the world.
LG Godwin from Virginia feels that despite her issues with Clinton she voted for her with pride. Regardless of her flaws she should go down in history alongside the greatest heroines of the suffrage movement:
I have had a man treat me the way our president elect says he can treat women and I feel like that man is threatening me again. I have spent the night reassuring friends of color and in the LGBTQ community that I have their back even as I, as a woman and an academic, fear for my own future. I have spent the evening wanting to apologize to friends around the world for the harm that will inevitably come to them, and their children, from this presidency.
I have had my issues with Clinton, not least on the subject of the Iraq War and general neoliberalism, but I voted for her, proudly, with tears of joy in my eyes yesterday. And I feel for her now. No one has a ‘right’ to the presidency, but for the most qualified candidate in history, and one manifestly more suited to the moment/addressing the very issues Trump voters said they wanted addressed, to lose to such an appalling excuse for a human is incomprehensible.
I am sorry, world. I am ashamed. For anyone reassuring their children today, please know that there ARE Americans who reject hate and selfishness.”
Rahel from Switzerland says she would have loved her younger siblings to have been able to see a capable and smart woman run such an important country:
To see a woman as president would have meant so much to me. I would have been so glad to live in a world where this was possible. This election makes me feel insecure about being a woman, it makes me think that women, after all, can not do anything. I know of course, deep down, that this is not true, that there are so many amazing women and men out there who do such wonderful work for equality of all genders, races and lifestyles, but I also know that this horrible feeling is going to stay with me for a long time.
I feel so bad for Mrs Clinton, she has thrown herself into this election with all her heart, with such good preparation and experience and she has now been rejected for the worst possible alternative. I know she will find the strength to come back from this, but I am afraid that she too, will be stuck with this sick feeling of being so powerless in the face of depravity and hate.
FeministGirl from Norway says the women of the world are in despair today:
I’m not a fan of Clinton, however, how can the people of the US vote against a president who wanted more accessible college education, better health care coverage, an increase in minimum pay and aims to represent women all over the world? How can they, instead, vote for two angry little men who are abnormally obsessed with women’s vaginas?!
Updated at 12.46pm GMT
The Prime Minister of Slovenia – the First Lady-elect (is that a term?) Melania Trump’s country of birth – offers his congratulations to Trump.
Updated at 2.04pm GMT
Obama calls Trump to offer congrats; promises smooth transition
President Obama called Donald Trump to congratulate him on his win and to invite him to the White House on Thursday, according to a statement from the White House.
“Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the president identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the president-elect is the next step,” reads the statement from the White House press secretary.
Obama also phoned Secretary Clinton to express his “admiration for the strong campaign she waged.” Obama and the First Lady were highly involved in Clinton’s campaign, hosting rallies and making speeches on her behalf for months.
President Obama will address the public today on how the country can “come together” after this bitter election.
Here’s the full statement:
Updated at 2.03pm GMT
Donald Trump is getting an early start to his day, tweeting this morning:
Trump victory to affect climate change talks
Donald Trump’s victory will loom large over the UN climate talks underway in Marrakech this week.
The president elect has previously said he does not believe in climate change science, and has promised to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement, which came into force last Friday.
Withdrawing from Paris is something he has promised to do in his first 100 days, though experts believe it would take at least four years to unpick it because the accord is now law.
Campaigners warned that the US risked being left behind on the economic opportunities of switching to clean energy. Here’s a wrap of reaction to his win.
May Boeve, executive director of climate group 350.org, said: “Trump’s election is a disaster, but it cannot be the end of the international climate process. We’re not giving up the fight and neither should the international community. Trump will try and slam the brakes on climate action, which means we need to throw all of our weight on the accelerator.
Kelly Stone, policy analyst at development NGO ActionAid, said: “The US has joined the Paris Agreement and must continue to meet its climate obligations. Leaving this important international agreement will damage our credibility with important overseas partners and would be a major setback in the fight against climate change.”
Mohamed Adow, international climate campaigner at the UK-based Christian Aid, said: “Last year’s Paris Agreement showed the world was united in its concern about climate change and its commitment to decarbonising the global economy. The rest of the world will not risk a global climate catastrophe because of one man’s opposition.”
For those in desperate need of cheering up this morning, check out our “How to cope with the new world order (with kittens)” blog, which has plenty of videos of cute baby animals.
The United States is waking up to a new president, after Donald Trump won the general election in a shock victory overnight.
At 2.30am ET, the Associated Press called the election for Trump, after a projected win in Wisconsin ensured he’d reach the magic 270 electoral college figure. Shortly afterwards, Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede the election.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division … I says it is time for us to come together as one united people,” said president-elect Trump at his election party in New York.
“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important for me,” said Trump.
Clinton did not speak at her event last night – instead her campaign manager John Podesta told the crowd to head home. “Get some sleep. We’ll have more to say tomorrow,” he said.
Her social media has not been updated since the polls closed. A concession speech is expected from Clinton this morning, although exact details remain unknown.
The Republicans won big all round – maintaining and strengthening its control of the Senate 51-47 after wins in Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Democrats gained just one win: double amputee Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth in Illinois.
Congress also remains Republican controlled 236-191, after Democrats failed to win contests it had hoped for.
Right now we’re keeping our eyes on global markets – Asian stocks and the US dollar dropped after news of a likely Trump win, anti-Trump protests (Oakland, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC have seen protests overnight) and international leaders responding to the election results. Please join us in the comments.
Updated at 2.02pm GMT
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