Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The U.S. Gets Its Czar, President Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump
Artwork © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

The tumultuous and acrimonious U.S. Presidential election campaign culminated in the widely unexpected result, the victory of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. He will be the 45th President of the United States after the two-term President Barack Obama. 

So far Donald Trump received 289 electoral votes as opposed to Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's 218. The CNN termed it as "a stunning repudiation of Washington's political establishment. This also proves that the U.S. is not ready yet to accept a lady president.

Accepting the results, Trump called for unity: "I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans," reports the CNN. 

Trump expressed his graciousness toward his opponent Hillary Clinton, saying, "We owe (Clinton) a very major debt of gratitude to her for her service to our country. I say it is time for us to come together as one united people." 

Hillary Clinton did not speak publicly on the election night but conceded her defeat to Donald Trump in a private call to him. Later on Wednesday she publicly conceded her defeat. 

The world reaction to the victory of Donald Trump was varied. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump and he "has expressed confidence that the dialogue between and Washington, in keeping with each other's views, meets the interests of both Russia and the U.S.," reports Russia Today. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating Trump said, "President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel. I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region."

U. K. Prime Minister Theresa May said, "We are, and will remain strong and close partners on trade, security and defense."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, " We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign."

King Salman of Saudi Arabia said: “We wish your excellency success in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “I place great importance on the China-US relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,”

Mexico's reaction was mixed. It said that it would work with President-elect Donald Trump but would not pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

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(Updated on Nov. 9, 2016: 10:30 p.m.)

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