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Army of forgotten take White House – Amir congratulates President-elect Trump

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Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown, in the early morning hours of Nov 9, in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (AFP)
Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown, in the early morning hours of Nov 9, in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (AFP)

NEW YORK, Nov 9, (Agencies): Political novice and former reality TV star Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton to take the US presidency, stunning America and the world in an explosive upset fueled by a wave of grassroots anger.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable Wednesday to President- elect Trump on winning the US presidential election. His Highness the Amir expressed hopes that Kuwait and the US will continue their strong historic relations, working together for a brighter future for the world. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah sent similar cables.

The Republican mogul immediately pledged to unite a nation deeply divided after the bitterest election in recent memory, vowing to be a “president for all Americans.” The long-standing global political order, which hinges on Washington’s leadership, was cast into doubt by the election of a man who has questioned core US alliances. Around the world, as Trump’s victory settled in as cold reality, the political earthquake was greeted with warnings that America had handed power to “an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar,” in the words of Britain’s The Guardian. But the leaders of America’s closest hemispheric partners, Canada and Mexico, quickly made clear their willingness to work with the new president, offering a message of continuity and stability with their giant neighbor.

And US investors appeared to be shaking off the shock that initially sent global markets plunging. Trump called for national reconciliation after Clinton conceded defeat in a result that virtually no poll had dreamed of predicting, her hopes of becoming the first female US president brutally dashed. “Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump told a crowd of jubilant supporters early Wednesday in New York, pledging to work with Democrats in office. Trump praised Clinton — in the last presidential debate, he called her a “nasty woman” — for her hard work and years of public service. His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the pair had a brief but “very gracious, very warm conversation” by phone. So great was the shock of defeat that the normally robust Clinton did not come out to her supporters’ pollwatching party to concede defeat, instead sending her campaign chairman. As day broke under rainy skies in Washington, the White House said President Barack Obama called Trump to congratulate him.

The president, who will host his successor for transition talks on Thursday, was to address the country and the nation at 1715 GMT. During a bitter two-year campaign that tugged at America’s democratic fabric, the 70-year-old tycoon pledged to deport illegal immigrants, ban Muslims from the country and tear up free trade deals. There was no disguising the concern of Washington’s partners that Trump’s victory might destroy the Western alliance they still regard as a touchstone for stability and the rule of law. Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin said he wanted to rebuild “fullfledged relations” with the United States, as he warmly congratulated the president-elect.

EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean- Claude Juncker, seeking reassurances about transatlantic ties, invited Trump to an EU-US summit at his “earliest convenience.” UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon said the world body was counting on Trump’s administration to help combat climate change and advance human rights worldwide. And NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Trump, who spoke during the campaign of making US allies bear a bigger share of the Western security burden, that “US leadership is more important than ever.” Trump openly praised Putin during the race, questioned US support for NATO allies in Europe and suggested that South Korea and Japan should develop their own nuclear weapons. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted to Trump’s election by insisting that his country and the United States are “unshakeable allies.” Some of the most enthusiastic support for Trump came from far-right and nationalist politicians in Europe such as French opposition figure Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Northern League and British euroskeptic Nigel Farage. Trump will become America’s 45th commander-in-chief on January 20.

 

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