Closing summary: here's where things stand
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, reacted to Trump’s win by saying that it would not change the trajectory of his country’s foreign policy and that the US’s credibility among the international community had already diminished, reports Saeed Kamali Dehghan.
“The US election results will have no impact on the policies of the Islamic Republic,” the Iranian cleric said during a Wednesday meeting with his cabinet, according to the semi-official Isna news agency. “Because of wrong policies, the position of America in the international community and world’s public opinion has diminished and [the US’s] growing rift with Europe and the world will exacerbate that position.”
The country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, meanwhile, said that the US had to continue respecting last year’s landmark nuclear agreement, whose fate rests much in the hands of the new American president. “America has to implement the international obligation it accepted under the nuclear deal,” he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency while on an official visit to Romania.
Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman for Iran’s atomic energy agency said that Tehran would continue abiding by the nuclear accord despite Trump’s win. Tasnim cited Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying that “Iran is prepared for all kind of change” and that the country “would continue implementing the Barjam,” Iranian acronym of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the final nuclear accord.
Tasnim, which is affiliated to the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards, saw Donald Trump’s win as a vindication for the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said last week that the American businessman appeared to be the one saying the truth about the state of affairs in the US.
Referring to Trump, Khamenei said last week: “What is interesting is that the person who spoke more candidly attracted more attention from the people of America. Because that man spoke more candidly and more openly, the people of America paid more attention to him. The other party [Clinton’s camp] said that he is adopting a populist method. Why populist? It is because the people were watching him and they saw that what he was saying was correct. They saw it in the realities of their life. Human values have been annihilated and trampled upon in that country. There is racial discrimination in that country.”
Fouad Izadi, a political analyst sympathetic to the conservative camp in Iran, said Trump’s presidency would be better for Iran than that of Clinton’s. “The only advantage of having Trump over Clinton in regards to Iran is that he would have much more difficulties in bringing together the international community in order to make obstacles for Iran,” he told Tasnim.
Analysts such as Izadi think that pressure on Iran in the past was because Obama had managed to persuade the US’s European allies to rally behind Washington in imposing sanctions on Iran. They think Trump lacks the credibility to do so in case the nuclear deal falls apart.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party in the UK, gave the following statement:
Many in Britain and elsewhere will be understandably shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the rhetoric around it and what the election result means for the rest of the world, as well as America.
Trump’s election is an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn’t working for most people. It is one that has delivered escalating inequality and stagnating or falling living standards for the majority, both in the US and Britain.
This is a rejection of a failed economic consensus and a governing elite that has been seen not to have listened. And the public anger that has propelled Donald Trump to office has been reflected in political upheavals across the world.
But some of Trump’s answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong.
I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats.
After this latest global wake up call, the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.
That alternative must be based on working together, social justice and economic renewal, rather than sowing fear and division. And the solutions we offer have to improve the lives of everyone, not pit one group of people against another.
Americans have made their choice. The urgent necessity is now for us all to work across continents to tackle our common global challenges: to secure peace, take action on climate change and deliver economic prosperity and justice.
After an initial panic, the financial markets are coming to terms with Donald Trump’s shock victory, reports the Hlcarpenter.com’s Graeme Wearden.
Trump’s call for America to “come together as one united people” has provided some comfort to shell-shocked investors. They are hoping that the president elect, after running such a divisive campaign, may be planning to soften his rhetoric.
Britain’s main stock index, the FTSE 100, has recovered from an early-morning slump and is now flat.
Losses are expected on Wall Street when trading begins in four hours time. The futures market says the Dow will fall by around 300 points, or nearly 2%. That’s a significant drop, but not the 800-point plunge we expected when the shock results rolled in last night.
The dollar also recovered some ground after Trump pledged to create “the strongest economy in the world” and is now down 0.5% against a basket of currencies. The Mexican peso has also struggled back off the mat, after hitting a record low overnight.
Ultimately, investors had expected Hillary Clinton to win - so they’re now scrambling to work out what Trump’s victory is going to mean for the US economy, global trade and geopolitical stability.
Kathleen Brooks of City Index, a financial spread-betting firm, says:
“It is worth remembering that Trump started a “movement”, now he has to turn that into a political machine capable of ruling. We won’t know if he can be successful until he actually takes office in January.
For now, this is a strange day, politically and financially. We have suffered a massive political shock, but the markets are wondering if President Trump is less of a threat to America’s economy in office, compared to what he was during the campaign.”
The audience at Clinton’s alma mater, Wellesley College, booed the announcement that Trump had won Ohio, reports the Hlcarpenter.com’s Megan Carpentier.
Shortly after midnight, when CNN showed Trump pulling away from Clinton in Pennsylvania, a few women shouted “No!” and “Why?” at no one in particular as the catering staff packed up the bar and dispatched the remains of the cheese plates and buffet sandwiches. More and more women could be seen crying on one another’s shoulders, while one group of women (and a couple of male friends) gave the middle finger to CNN’s Jake Tapper on the large screen.
Tempestt Morgan – still hoping against hope for a Clinton victory at 12:30am – wasn’t actually optimistic about the America into which she’d be entering as a college graduate next May. “Even if [Clinton] somehow makes it back from this, it’s still sad to see so many people aligned with a candidate like [Trump]” she said, referencing his comments about women and people of color.
Her friend, Jekia Brockman, looked around at the women crying – one of whom flopped over dramatically as yet another state was said to be leaning Trump – and said: “It’s not ‘unbelievable’. It’s completely believable.”
Women in suits, mothers and daughters, hucksters selling “Nasty Women” pins and tens of thousands of members of the public came to Manhattan’s largest glass ceiling on Tuesday night, to await the result of a presidential election that many hoped would sweep away the highest gender barrier in US politics.
As the night went on and results did not go the Democrats’ way, the mood in and around the building grew darker, reports the Hlcarpenter.com’s Lauren Gambino from Clinton’s election-night party in New York.
Inside, Clinton was supposed to speak on a stage constructed in the shape of the United States, her podium positioned somewhere over Texas, a deep red state that would stay that way despite a nationwide increase in the Hispanic vote that had fuelled hopes of turning it purple, if not Democratic blue. American flags lined the stage. The pledge of allegiance was said, the national anthem played.
Thunderous cheers rang off that glass ceiling as newscasters announced that Clinton had won Illinois, the state where she was born. States came and went, largely as expected: Delaware, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for Clinton, South Carolina, Alabama and more for Trump. But things were predictably close in Florida, and as Trump surged back into contention tension rose at the Javits.
In the early hours of the morning, not long before the race was called and Clinton conceded, campaign chairman John Podesta took the stage to ask supporters if they could hang a little while longer.
“I can say we can wait a little longer can’t we?” Podesta said. “They’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”
Supporters made a teary exit. Mothers carried weary daughters out of the glass structure that in the end hosted shattered hopes, not broken barriers.
“What just happened,” Gloria Lowell asked, shaking her head. She repeated the question. A man turned around and raised his beer.
“We lost,” he said. “We lost and it hurts.” The pair of strangers embraced.
You can read the whole piece here.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has released a statement congratulating Trump on his victory in the presidential election. She 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.
The mood in the US: readers' react
We’ve been gathering views on the mood in the US. Here, a group of American readers tell us what they think.
Susan Hall from Illinois sent in her response, saying: “A long hard fought campaign. I am very proud of our new president and vice president. The message shared has set the right tone for his presidency. It’s time to now begin the hard work and healing of our nation. I understand there are many feeling uneasy right now. I think if they keep an open mind and open arms, the US can come together like never before. The future is what we decide to make it at this point. “
Woody from Washington was similarly excited, declaring it a victory for average Americans.
I voted for Obama twice, and really he should go down as one of the worst presidents in history. Obamacare is a disaster, our ability to project our strength in the world has diminished. We have become more divided as a nation under his guidance. Hillary would only have expanded on his failures. We saw scandal after scandal when Bill was in the Oval Office. She should have been prosecuted for her illegal server and lied under oath. She would have expanded immigration causing unrest like we are seeing in Europe at this moment.
The Supreme Court will have several openings and Trump will appoint nominees who will preserve our constitution and bill of rights. More than anything I am so relieved Hillary didn’t win as I don’t trust her.
Others were much less enthusiastic.
Anton Prosser from Texas said he felt bad when George W. Bush was elected, but he’s never felt afraid until now.
I’m trans, and I’m worried about what will happen to me in this America now. If the courts will see challenges to every bit of equality for LGBT+ Americans. I’m scared that if I attempt to legally transition, my marriage could be invalidated or my health care taken away if we lose the few protections we have. I’m scared to use a bathroom in any public place, because I never know if strangers see me as a man or a woman. I’m scared of what could happen to all of us.
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