US election 2016 result: Trump beats Clinton to take White House

Posted on: November 09, 2016 | views: 314

Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump won with 289 electoral votes compared to 218 for Clinton.

Speaking to his supporters in New York after clinching victory, Trump said that Clinton had congratulated him on his win.

He said he received a call from Secretary Clinton congratulating him on his victory … and said he also congratulated her and her family on a very very hard-fought campaign.

The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

He told cheering supporters that Americans must now unite and "bind the wounds of division", after a gruelling, acrimonious campaign.

Global markets fell sharply at the news, but later recovered somewhat.

Outgoing President Barack Obama has congratulated Mr Trump and has invited him to a meeting at the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition.Around the world, leaders and the media have been reacting to America's election upset:

Germany's foreign minister said the outcome would make things "more difficult', with US foreign policy "less predictable"

Russian President Vladimir Putin - for whom Mr Trump has voiced support but who Democrats accused of election meddling - said he hoped ties could improve from their current "critical condition"

The European Union said close co-operation with the US was the only way to deal with "unprecedented challenges" around the world Mr Trump, 70, will take office in January with a Republican-dominated Congress, as Democrats were unable to wrest control of the Senate in the general election.