2.40 pm: China reacts guardedly to Trump victory
China, often criticised for taking away American jobs, today reacted cautiously to the election of Donald Trump as President, saying it will work with the new US government to ensure steady development of bilateral ties to benefit people of both countries.
“We are also watching and following the election and we will work with new US government to ensure steady and sound development of bilateral relations and benefit people of the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a media briefing here.
2.25 p.m.: Modi congratulates Trump
PM Narendra Modi congratulates Donald Trump on being elected as US President, says he looks forward to working together to enhance ties.
1.19 p.m.: ‘It is time for us to come together’
Mr. Trump addresses a gathering at Trump Towers. “I congratulated Hillary for a hard fought campaign, we owe her a debt of gratitude. Time to bind the wounds, come together,” he says.
Says it’s “time for us to come together,” pledges to be president “for all Americans.” He tells them “we’ll renew the American dream” and promises to put “millions of our people to work as we rebuild this country.”
Thanks his parents, sisters, brother, late brother. And, his wife, Melania. “I love you and I thank you”
Asserts that while the campaign is over, “our work on this new movement is really beginning.”
LIVE Updates US Presidential Election 2016 Results
12.59 p.m.: Trump wins Wisconsin. reports AP. He crosses the 270 mark to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
12.34 p.m: Ms. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says her campaign will have nothing to say tonight about the state of race. Mr. Podesta told the crowd Ms. Clinton “has done an amazing job” and “is not done yet.”
12.09 p.m.: Trump bags Pennsylvania, is now just a few short of the 270 mark. Trump’s stunning victory in the key battleground state gives him 264 electoral votes.
A Paul Ryan spokeswoman confirms that the Republican speaker called its presidential nominee on Tuesday evening. The spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, says they had “a very good conversation.”
She says, “The speaker congratulated Trump on his big night and also spoke with his good friend Gov. Mike Pence.”
11.15 a.m.: Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is describing the mood inside Trump Tower as “buoyant.”
She tells The Associated Press that the team is hopeful as results continue to roll in. A Trump victory would represent a stunning upset against his rival Hillary Clinton.
Thousands of his supporters are gathered in a midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom watching the results.
10.52 a.m: The night is set to be long and tense in America as Trump is outperforming predictions and punditry, having already won the crucial States of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. Mr. Trump could well be on his way to be elected the 45th President of the U.S.
At West Side’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan supporters of Ms. Clinton are taken aback by the turn of events, which has stunned them. “Unbelievable,” an Indian American donor who is at the Center told The Hindu by phone.
10.36 a.m.: Meanwhile, another news coming in. Canada immigration website appears to have crashed
Maybe some Americans were serious when they threatened they would move to Canada if Republican presidential candidate became successful in his often polarizing campaign for the White House.
Canada’s main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages on Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the U.S. presidency turned markedly higher.
10.27 a.m.: Trump continues his march – this time it’s Georgia and Utah. He leading with 244 against Hillary’s 209.
10.25 a.m.: Meanwhile, in China, Chinese State media outlets are casting the U.S. election as the embodiment of America’s democracy in crisis in contrast to China’s perceived stability under authoritarian rule.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the campaign has highlighted that, in its words, “the majority of Americans are rebelling against the U.S.’s political class and financial elites.” The official Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily says in a commentary that the presidential election reveals an “ill democracy.”
9.58 a.m.: Indian-American Kamala Harris scripts history, wins U.S. Senate seat from California.