Bill Shorten says he hopes he’s wrong about Trump
Labor leader Bill Shorten did not apologise for his previous criticism of Mr Trump’s comments on women, migrants and race.
“But Australians should also know our alliance with the United States has grown and thrived for seven decades. It is far bigger than any individual, far more powerful than any personality – and it will endure,” he said.
Mr Shorten, who had called Mr Trump “barking mad” and “entirely unsuitable to be the leader of the free world”, said “I certainly hope I’m wrong”.
He said the result was a sign of a political era where “disaffection and disengagement are easily harnessed”.
Bill Shorten once called Donald Trump “barking mad”. Picture: Kym SmithSource:News Corp Australia
Conservatrive coalition MP George Christensen said the Trump agenda was just what the Turnbull government needed.
“Are we going to see a Trump movement here in Australia? For sure I think we will and I hope, just like the US, it is contained within the Liberal National coalition rather than one that springs up from outside it,” Mr Christensen said.
With Mr Trump promising during the election to withdraw from the World Trade Organisation and impose new tariffs on China, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said “isolationism” would be a retrograde step.
“I hope cooler heads after the election come into play. America can’t just trade with America, it has to trade with the world,” he said.
Independent MP Bob Katter said the US poll and Britain’s exit from Europe “puts the official tombstone over the free-marketeers”.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson sent her congratulations on Twitter: “Mr President my door will always be open. Congrats on behalf of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party of OZ”
World reacts to Trump victory
Australia and Russia were not the only countries to comment on the election.
Saeb Erekat, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said he didn’t expect US positions on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict to change under President-elect Donald Trump.
While Turkey’s justice minister said wouldn’t make a big difference to the “deep-rooted” relations between the two countries.
Dutch anti-Islam populist lawmaker Geert Wilders tweeted his congratulations to Donald Trump and added: “We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands.”
Wilders, whose Freedom Party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of Dutch elections due in March, is known for his strident anti-Islam rhetoric and opposition to the Netherlands’ European Union membership.
Meanwhile Japan is sending a top official to Washington to try to meet with those who will be responsible for the next White House administration.
Katsuyuki Kawai, a political aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of diplomacy, told reporters after meeting with Abe that he had been instructed to visit Washington as early as next week.
Abe’s instruction came when results showed Trump with a clear lead. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was not because Japan was unprepared for Trump’s win.
Putin-Trump bromance continues
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Donald Trump for his victory in US elections, hoping to work with him to improve relations, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin “expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US-Russia relations out of their critical condition” and said that “building constructive dialogue” would be in the interest of both countries and the world community, the Kremlin statement said.
Vladimir Putin has congratulated Trump on his win. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via APSource:AP
Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Donald Trump
The Australian Prime Minister has congratulated Mr Trump on his victory in the US presidential election.
During his speech, Mr Turnbull also acknowledged the “great leadership” that President Barack Obama had provided.
“President Obama has guided the United States and led the world through many challenges,” he said. “Challenges of the global financial crisis, dealing with the challenges of terrorism, dealing with the challenges we face in the Middle East, where our servicemen and women are fighting side-by-side with their American comrades. So, this is a historic moment,” he said.
Mr Turnbull also expressed confidence that the strong ties between Australia and the US would continue.
PM Malcolm Turnbull speaking at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture Kym SmithSource:News Corp Australia
“Let me reassure all Australians that the ties that bind Australia and the US are profound, they’re strong, they’re based on our enduring national interests,” he said.
“We will continue to work with our friends, the US, through the Trump administration, just as we have through the Obama administration.
“We have so much in common: shared values, democracy, the rule of law, maintaining the international order upon which our security and prosperity depends.
“So the American people have made a great and momentous choice today.
“We congratulate president-elect Trump and we look forward to working closely as ever with his administration as it is formed and when it takes office earlier next year.”
Donald Trump takes to the stage
Trump appeared at the New York Hilton with his wife Melania and other members of his family including Baron and Ivanka, after being introduced as the president-elect.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business,” he told supporters.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us – on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. I mean, she fought very hard,” he said.
He said it was time for us to come together as one united people.
“I will be president for all Americans.”
He said: “We will get along with all other nations, willing to get along with us.
“America will no longer settle for anything else than the best.
“I want to tell the world that, while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”
US President-elect Donald Trump arrives with his son Baron and wife Melania at the New York Hilton. Picture: Saul Loeb/AFPSource:AFP
US President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the New York Hilton. Picture: Saul Loeb/AFPSource:AFP
Mike Pence appears at Trump HQ
The vice-president elect confirms what everyone is reporting — that Donald Trump will be the next president of the US.
“This is a historic night,” he told supporters at the Hilton Hotel in New York.
“The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.
“It is my high honour and distinct privilege to introduce to you the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump.”
Hillary Clinton calls Trump to concede defeat
Despite refusing to show up for her supporters, there are reports that Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump to concede defeat, according to AFP.
Donald Trump declared the new US President
AP has declared Trump the winner of the presidential election.
Clinton camp tells supporters to go home
Donald Trump is on track to become the next US President but the Hillary Clinton campaign refused to concede to her supporters.
It was past 2am in New York when Clinton campaign chair John Podesta told supporters to go home and get some sleep and that Clinton was “not done yet”. He said she would not be speaking tonight as the race was too close to call.
“We’re still counting votes, and every vote counts,” he said.
Clinton, her family and close aides were ensconced in a suite at the Peninsula New York, a luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan.
Thousands had been waiting hours for Clinton to appear at the Javits Centre in Manhattan, where she was due to speak under a giant glass ceiling.
Earlier, stony-faced supporters were crying and anxiously staring at the big screens showing election results at Clinton’s election night party. Some began leaving as the race wore on into the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Mr Trump was just four electoral votes shy of claiming victory after an extraordinary night.
The Republicans have also claimed control of both the upper and lower house of Congress.
Her refusal to front supporters has left Clinton open to criticism.
The one thing scarier than a Trump presidency
As the world adjusts to the idea of a Donald Trump presidency, attention has also turned to exactly how powerful the Republican will be.
While current President Barack Obama’s hands were often tied because of the Republican controlled House and Senate, Mr Trump is unlikely to have the same problem.
The Democrats were hopeful of winning back the Senate but it looks like they have fallen short.
And the Republicans are also projected to maintain control of the House of Representatives.
Unless there’s mutiny among Republicans refusing to support Mr Trump’s legislation, he’ll be pretty free to do what he wants.
As some on Twitter noted: “Trump is gonna be unstoppable in office”.
But Dr John Hart of the ANU School of History provided some hope. He said while Republican control of Congress would add to Trump’s power, it didn’t guarantee he could do what he wanted.
He said Mr Obama had enjoyed a Democrat majority in Congress for the first two years of his presidency but came up against opposition to his health care reforms.
“Parties there are not like parties in Australia, they are not as disciplined and the president doesn’t sit in Congress, (party members) are not as answerable to leaders as they are in Australia.”