Following the historic US election which took place on November 8th, 2016, with high numbers of US citizens turning up to vote, Donald Trump, the Republican Party nominee, was elected the next President of the United States. Following a close race versus former Secretary of State and former First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump won a majority of 276 electoral votes, securing his seat at the White House as the 45th president in the history of the United States. It seemly may have been a decisive victory for Trump fueled by wins in key states such as Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Florida, as well as Alabama, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who seemed to lead a determined and passionate campaign, particularly advocating for women and family rights, achieved victories in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.
Born on June 14th, 1946, in New York City, Donald John Trump, has been the chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests, a position he intends to vacate prior to his assumption of the presidency.
Trump announced his candidacy for president as a Republican in June 2015 and soon after, emerged as the front-runner for his party’s nomination. He received the official nomination for president in July 2016 at the Republican National Convention. As part of his 2016 electoral platform, Mr. Trump emphasised growing the economy, renegotiation of trade deals, including NAFTA and US-China trade deals, stronger enforcement of immigration laws together with building a wall along the US-Mexico border, reform veterans’ care act, repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, etc.
In his victory speech, Trump thanked his family, who have been by his side throughout the campaign, his supporters, his running mate Mike Pence and declared he aims to be a president for all Americans, work with all countries which want to work with the US and doubled down on his campaign promise to make America great again. He also reached out to all Americans for guidance and help in an effort to unify the country after a long and heated campaign: “As I have said from the beginning, ours […] is a great movement, made up of millions of hard working men and women.[…] We must reclaim our country’s destiny and be brave and bold and daring”. He also talked about putting America’s interests first and seeking common ground as President. After spending his entire life in business, one of the main points on Trump’s agenda is exploring fresh potential in people and projects all over the world.
Accepting the results of the vote, Hillary Clinton congratulated Trump on his victory. In turn, Trump spoke admiringly of Hillary and her family on a well-lead campaign and her strive to succeed: “We owe her [Hillary Clinton] a debt of gratitude and I mean that very sincerely”.
Since the United States may be considered world’s most powerful nation and the greatest democracy, Donald Trump’s election as the country’s next President makes a resonant statement and marks a historic moment, a turning point for the United States and the world which may see a shift in internal and foreign policies, a fresh approach from a leader who appears to see the future with the eyes of a businessman rather than a politician.
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