Secretary of State Hillary Clinton picked her phone and called Donald Trump early Wednesday morning, around 2.30 am Nigerian Time, as it appeared she lost the United States election.
She congratulated him and wished him well. She is expected to give a concession speech anytime from now.
Donald Trump surprised many bookmakers by pulling a surprise win and will become the 45th president of the United States.
He said he had received a phone call from Clinton on his victory. “I have just received a call from Secretary Clinton. He congratulated us on our victory, that’s what this is, its our victory,” he told his campaign staff and die-hard supporters.
Trump congratulated Clinton and her family for a “hard-fought campaign”. He said Americans owed Clinton a debt of gratitude for his past services.
He said he would unite the country, saying he would be president for all Americans. It was a different Trump, sounding humble and conciliatory.
Trump had garnered massive 289 electoral votes as against Clinton’s 218 votes.
President Barrack Obama has also called to congratulate Trump. The two leaders are billed to meet on Thursday.
CNN last night projected a historic victory for outsiders that represents a stunning repudiation of Washington’s political establishment.
The billionaire real estate magnate and former reality star needed an almost perfect run through the swing states — and he got it, winning Ohio, North Carolina and Florida.
The Republican swept to victory over Clinton in the ultimate triumph for a campaign that repeatedly shattered the conventions of politics to pull off a remarkable upset.
Trump’s supporters embraced his plainspoken style, assault on political correctness and vow to crush what he portrayed in the final days of his campaign as a corrupt, globalized elite — epitomized by the Clintons — that he claimed conspired to keep hard-working Americans down.
His winning coalition of largely white, working-class voters suggests a populace desperate for change and disillusioned with an entire generation of political leaders and the economic and political system itself.
Now, Trump faces the task of uniting a nation traumatized by the ugliest campaign in modern history and ripped apart by political divides exacerbated by his own explosive rhetoric — often along the most tender national fault lines such as race and gender.