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Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discuss mending ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump have spoken over the phone to discuss efforts to improve US-Russian ties, the Kremlin and Trump’s office said.

 

“President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia,” Trump’s office said in a statement on Monday.

 

The Kremlin, in a far more specific and longer statement, said that Putin congratulated Trump on his victory and expressed Russia’s readiness to “establish a partner-like dialogue with the new administration on the basis of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in domestic relations”.

 

“During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” Trump’s office said.

 

In its statement, the Kremlin said Putin and Trump agreed that US-Russian ties were in “extremely unsatisfactory” condition.

 

Syria’s civil war

 

The two also agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against “international terrorism and extremism” and discussed settling the Syrian war in that context, according to the Kremlin.

 

How to fight side-by-side in Syria, where Russia supports President Bashar al-Assad and the US supports rebels fighting against him, and also against the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS), has been one of the key sticking points between US President Barack Obama and Putin.

The Kremlin said that Putin and Trump agreed to continue phone contact and to plan a personal meeting in the future.

 

Obama began his presidency with a goal to “reset” ties with Russia, but they eventually plunged to the lowest point since the Cold War over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

 

Separately, vouching for the successor he never imagined having, Obama on Monday sought to reassure an anxious nation and world that Trump would maintain US alliances and influence.

 

“There is enormous continuity … that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order around the world,” Obama said.

 

Relationships and policies go beyond presidents, he said, adding that military officials, diplomats and intelligence officers would cooperate with their foreign counterparts as before.

 

In a White House meeting with Trump last week, Obama said the Republican “expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships”, including “strong and robust NATO” partnerships.

 

It was a sharp change in tone for Obama, who regularly mocked Trump’s candidacy in the last days before the election, even accusing the billionaire businessman and former reality television star of helping ISIL with his rhetoric about Muslims and undermining US democracy through his claims of a “rigged” election.

 

At the time, almost all polls showed Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Trump.

French Rock Group Changes Name Over Trump’s Victory

A French electronic rock group thought their name, Trumps, was an ace choice when they launched on the musical scene in 2014.

But the election of Donald Trump to the White House has given the band a mighty headache — and the monicker which they liked so much has been ditched.

In an announcement on Facebook, Trumps said they want to avoid any association with the controversial tycoon and are open to suggestions from fans for a new name.

Their lead singer, who goes under the stage name of Jim, said the Trumps’ image problem began when the US election campaign built up steam.

“We don’t feel like being associated with this guy,” he told AFP on Monday.

“We have no connection with him, and we don’t want to be seen pushing anything political.”

Witty fans have suggested the group be renamed “The Hillarys” or “The LePens”, a reference to defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

But according to local radio station France Bleu Poitou, the ex-Trumps will be reborn next month as Odd Zoo.

AFP

Donald Trump Says he Will Take Just $1 as Salary

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he would take $1 as his salary a year and not the $400,000 that comes with the US president’s job and will refrain from going on any vacation.

Asked whether he was going to the president’s salary, 70-year-old Trump said, “No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it,” confirming a promise he made in a campaign video in September. “I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. But I don’t even know what it is,” Trump told CBS’s “60 Minute” in an interview aired yesterday.

Trump said he did not know what the salary of a US President is and also said he would not take any vacation.

“We have so much work. There’s so much work to be done. And I want to get it done for the people,” he said.

“I want to get it done. We’re lowering taxes, we’re taking care of health care. I mean, there’s just so much to be done. So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no,” Trump said, ruling out a vacation for himself.

Trump defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential vote, in a result which shocked many who had expected her to win following favourable opinion polls.

 

On President-elect Trump: ‘How the f–k did we get here? – John Oliver [Video]

The HBO talk show host, who has been a major critic of Trump, devoted the entirety of Sunday’s season finale of “Last Week Tonight” to figuring out how Trump won and where the country goes from here.

A task that did not come easy to Oliver.

“It’s important to remember many people are happy to see him in office,” Oliver said. “But for the rest of us, we are faced with the same questions as a guy that woke up the day after a Vegas bachelor party, deep in the desert, naked, tied to a cactus and a dead clown. Namely, how the [expletive] did we get here? And what the [expletive] do we do now?”

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Oliver spent the whole broadcast on wide-ranging Trump topics that included everything from the promises Trump made on the campaign trail, which Oliver said sounded like the “to-do list on Satan’s refrigerator, which of course Satan no longer needs because Hell has frozen over,” to Trump randomly changing his mind on issues.

“Trump is like a Magic 8-Ball, every time you shake him he gives you a different answer,” Oliver said.

The British comedian also took on the media’s role in the election and the impact of fake news on social media.

“[Trump] came along and told millions of people every crazy email you’ve ever forwarded was true,” Oliver said. “And that, at least in part, is why he will be our next president.”

Oliver finished the episode by telling his audience to not move to Canada but rather “stay here and fight” by donating to organizations like Planned Parenthood, news outlets and “actively standing up for one another.”

“It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” Oliver added. “So keep reminding yourself. This is not normal.”

HBO, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.

Amid fears of heightened racism & hate crimes, New Yorkers are volunteering to escort fearful commuters

After President-elect Donald Trump’s election win, and amid fears of heightened bigotry and hate crimes, a Brooklyn woman has set up an online form where citizens can volunteer to accompany vulnerable commuters who are worried about being harassed on their way to school or work.

Kayla Santosuosso, the deputy director of the Arab American Association of New York, created the online signup sheet on Thursday evening, after being contacted about a Muslim woman in Harlem who, in the two days since the election, had twice been harassed and threatened on her train journey to college.
“I got a direct message from someone in my network asking me if I knew somebody who could help accompany her,” Santosuosso said.
“She had notified the police but she was still facing the prospect of having to go to school in the morning on her own and she was scared.”
Santosuosso immediately wrote a public Facebook post to see if anyone was available to help.
“We ended up finding someone within five minutes to accompany her,” she said.
But the offers of assistance kept flooding in.
“I had 25 people, mostly who I know, emailing me or direct messaging me on Facebook and being like, oh hey, if her ride falls through then please put me on the list as a backup,” she said.
To keep track of them all, Santosuosso, 26, decided to create a public Google doc for potential volunteers.
“This is for New Yorkers who are willing to accompany their neighbors on their commute in light of recent harassment and threats toward people of color, LGBTQ folks and Muslims,” reads the form, before asking users to fill in simple details about their neighborhood and commute start and end point.
“I created it, posted it on Facebook, closed my computer and went to sleep,” Santosuosso said.
“I woke up the following morning and it had gotten up to 50 people. And I was like, oh, a little bigger than I thought. I head into work, where I sat in a meeting dealing with a lot of these questions related to Trump’s proposed policies, especially around things like immigration or Muslim registries. Then, at 12:30 p.m., I sat at my desk, opened up the form and it had already gone up to 1,200 responses. And it kept growing.”
At the time this story was written, 5,600 people had volunteered to accompany vulnerable commuters. And word was spreading across state lines.
“I’ve had about 200 emails at this point from California, Washington state, Oregon, Boston, D.C., New Orleans, you name it. People have been reaching out to me from all throughout the country,” said Santosuosso, a registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton.
The overwhelming interest speaks, she theorized, to the extent to which “people are feeling personally responsible for the results of this election.”
“This is clearly an illustration that there is a massive amount of energy and motivation, post the election. Folks are ready to show up for their neighbor in ways that are potentially harmful to themselves. They may be putting their bodies on the line by offering to accompany somebody who may be harassed,” Santosuosso said.
“The feedback has been overwhelming in the sense that it’s been many people saying thank you. Thank you for helping me do something. Thank you for the opportunity,” she added.

They’re calling it #Calexit: Some Californians want to secede after Trump’s victory.

They call it #Calexit.

Interest in pushing for California’s secession from the United States has increased after Donald Trump won the presidency.
The “Yes California” campaign is backing an independence referendum in support of a constitutional exit of the state from the US. In the wake of 60% of the state’s voters supporting the presidential loser, Hillary Clinton, the movement is getting renewed interest.
“As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland. Point-by-point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states,” the campaign’s website said.
The #calexit name stems from the successful “brexit” campaign in Britain to leave the European Union.
While the Yes Campaign has been considered a fringe movement in the past, it began trending on social media Wednesday night attracting more mainstream notice. Supporters are proposing a referendum on the issue in 2019.
The referendum would ask whether voters think California should become an independent country. It is mainly a way to gauge interest on whether Californians prefer statehood or want to move toward nationhood.
Of course, a secession is highly unlikely. Other politicians have talked of their states leaving the Union in the past with to no avail. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested his state might leave the United States in 2009 during the rise of the tea party. That effort never gained traction.
Still, Hundreds of protesters — many of them Latino — hit Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday night chanting “¡Si se puede!” (Spanish for “yes, it’s possible” or “yes, one can” — a longtime rallying cry of the United Farm Workers).
Activists chanting #NotMyPresident in cities from coast-to-coast occupied the streets protesting the election results that made the former reality show star the next president.
Police estimated that thousands of people stood outside New York City’s Trump Tower protesting the president-elect’s positions on immigration and law enforcement.
“I came out here to let go of a lot of fear that was sparked as soon as I saw the results,” protester Nick Powers told CNN.

Trump to Meet Chinese President on Bilateral Ties

hinese President Xi Jinping and US president-elect Donald Trump agreed Monday to meet “at an early date” to discuss the relationship between their two powers, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said Monday.

In a telephone call, Xi told Trump — who frequently savaged Beijing on the campaign trail and threatened to impose a 45-percent tariff on Chinese-made goods — that the world’s top two economies “need cooperation and there are a lot of things we can cooperate on”, CCTV reported.

Xi and Trump “vowed to keep close contact, build good working relations, and meet at an early date to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and the development of bilateral ties”, CCTV said.

Before his election, Trump went as far as calling the Asian giant America’s “enemy”, accused it of artificially lowering its currency to boost exports, and pledged to stand up to a country he says views the US as a pushover.

He has vowed to pursue a policy of “peace through strength” and build up the US navy.

But he also indicated he is not interested in getting involved in far-off squabbles, and decried the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal, which encompasses several other Asian countries and has been seen as an effort to bolster US influence, for costing American jobs.

CCTV cited Trump as saying in the call that China was a large and important nation that he was willing to work with, and that he believed Sino-US relations could realise “win-win” benefits.

The phrasing the broadcaster attributed to the US president-elect is typical of Chinese diplomacy.

In a statement, Trump’s office confirmed the call and said that “the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another”.

Trump “stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward”, it added.

Boko Haram Leader Reacts to Donald Trump’s Victory

The leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram has reacted to the election of Donald Trump to the White House with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West.

“Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,” Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message posted on YouTube late Sunday.

“We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long message. “To us, the war has just begun.”

Boko Haram is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, with the insurgency spilling over the West African nation’s borders into neighbouring states.

Boko Haram, which last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has been in the grip of a power struggle since late last year.

The IS high command said in August that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Shekau claims he is still in charge, however, as rival factions vie for control.

During a visit to Nigeria in August, US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the government for reclaiming swathes of territory and releasing thousands of hostages from Boko Haram, while warning against the use of excessive force to fight extremists.

Nigeria and Nigerians: Enemies From Within By Inyali Peter

I personally think that we, as Nigerians, need serious reorientation. I have read over the past few days how people, even the most educated come out to allege that US President, Barrack Obama foisted President Buhari on Nigerians. What a mentality!

Nigerians have celebrated Donald Trump’s victory more than even the Americans all because they think Trump has the capacity to make Buhari fail. What hypocrisy!

I see untrained bloggers and quack journalists publish stories alleging that Russian President, Vladimir Putin is threatening Buhari to let Nigeria separate or he finds himself to blame. And I dare ask, when has Russia become the country to determine our unity?

Why are we making ourselves look too inferior to the white race? Putin was a former military administrator just like President Buhari. Why do we undermine our own but celebrate others? Are we truly independent? Are we happy that our independence is an independence in paralysis? I am ashamed at the level of moral decadence among so many Nigerians.

President Buhari is over 70 years old. He has seen it all. He has nothing to gain or loose so we must begin to see his success as Nigeria success not APC or his personal success. Obama labelled Trump unpresidential  but when he won, they both put the interest of their nation ahead of their personal and political interest and have promised to work together. That’s patriotism.

Patriotism like I have always said is not in supporting a leader because you like his face, religion or ethnic background. But supporting whoever is at the helms of affairs in a way of constructive criticism or otherwise to succeed.

The Nigeria media has suddenly turned against Buhari. There’s no good program of this government that make front page or lead any paper. Any cover page story or lead news must be against Buhari. At my leisure time, I will write extensively why I hate being addressed as a journalist especially on social media even as trained journalist. I am writing a book about Nigeria journalism which I hope should be out next year.

The biggest Problem in this country is the media and the judiciary; we must come together to fight this monsters. While the media is so committed to feeding the public with false stories or at best half truth, the judiciary is there to legalize the illegalities. We must reason together to find a solution to this shameful commentary.

Stay connected for my article on “Nigerians Voted Change But don’t want change”. Till then, think Nigeria!

No refugees will be sent to US this year – Australia PM

Australia’s prime minister said on Monday resettlement to the US of many of the 1,200 asylum seekers held in prisons on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island of Nauru would begin after president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.

Whether Trump honours the deal Australia reached with the outgoing Obama administration, and announced earlier this month, will provide an early test of the new president’s anti-immigration stance.

Campaigning for the presidency, Trump started by advocating a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US, but later adjusted his stance to propose that the ban should apply to people from nations that had been “compromised by terrorism”.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday that the US had agreed to take a “substantial” number of the 1,800 refugees held on Manus Island and Nauru. Many of them are Muslims who have fled conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Under Australia’s tough border security laws, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach the country by boat are sent for processing at detention centers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus island and Nauru under conditions harshly criticised by rights groups as well as the UN.

Former employees from Nauru have also spoken to the media about widespread abuse at the camps, including violence against women and the sexual abuse of children.

The resettlement deal came after Turnbull’s government agreed in September to accept people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as part of Australia’s annual intake of 18,750 asylum seekers, to support a resettlement plan for Central Americans drawn up by Washington.

Turnbull said on Monday the first refugees to be resettled in the US would not come before the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Trump.

“The process will continue for some months. The United States won’t be short-cutting their security or health checks,” said Turnbull.

Potential Trump veto

Analysts said the timing could prove awkward for Turnbull.

“It looks pretty clear that the resettlement deal was done as a quid pro quo after Australia agreed to resettle Central American refugees,” Peter Chen, professor of political science at the University of Sydney, said.

“But by holding off and starting the process in the expectation that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidency, it gives Trump the ability to reject the deal.”

Over the weekend, Trump said his administration would deport up to three million immigrants in the country illegally who have criminal records. While campaigning, Trump said he would deport 11 million illegal immigrants.

Should Trump veto the deal with Australia, the detainees would be left with the choice of returning to their home countries or remaining in Nauru or Papua New Guinea.

A veto would force Turnbull to search for another country willing to take them while facing growing outrage both at home and internationally over the treatment of the refugees.

Turnbull said he remained confident that the new US administration would stand by the deal, stressing that it didn’t require any increase in the US’s annual intake of asylum seekers.

China threatens to cut iPhone sales if Trump declares a trade war.

China’s state-run newspaper says the government would respond with “countermeasures” if President-elect Donald Trump starts a trade war against the country, warning that the sales of iPhones and US cars would suffer a “setback.” In an editorial published on Sunday, the Global Times said it would be “naive” for Trump to follow through on his campaign promises to implement a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the US and to declare the country a currency manipulator.

 

Trump repeatedly targeted China during his presidential campaign, vowing to take a tougher stance on trade in the hopes of reviving manufacturing in the US. In its editorial, the Global Times dismissed the notion that Trump alone could implement a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports, though it warned that any protectionist measure could leave trade “paralyzed.”

 

“China will take a tit-for-tat approach then,” the editorial reads. “A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the US.”

 

As president, Trump would be able to implement tariffs on specific goods, though he can impose a tariff of no more than 15 percent on all goods — and only for 150 days — unless a state of emergency is declared. Trump has dismissed concerns from economists and policymakers over a potential trade war with China, the country’s biggest trading partner, saying at a June rally: “We already have a trade war. And we’re losing, badly.”

 

As with many of his other campaign promises, it’s unclear whether the president-elect will be as aggressive against China when he gets to office. In its editorial, the Global Times said that “as a shrewd businessman,” Trump “will not be so naïve.”

 

“If Trump wrecks Sino-US trade, a number of US industries will be impaired,” the paper said. “Finally the new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence and bear all the consequences.”

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Trump on a phone call Monday, telling the president-elect that “cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States,” according to state-run media. The two men agreed to maintain close communication and meet “at an early date,” Chinese media reported.

Trump Weighs Cabinet Picks & ‘Amended’ Obamacare

Donald Trump is to huddle Saturday with his White House transition team for a second day over cabinet picks as the president-elect says he is open to keeping parts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The billionaire real estate mogul said in interviews that he would consider an “amended” version of the 2010 law, a shift in position after vowing on the campaign trail to repeal the measure.

The announcement was one of several surprises, as Trump shook up his transition team by putting running mate Mike Pence in charge and named a cohort of Washington insiders — and three of his children — to help with the process of choosing a new cabinet.

The reshuffle came as anti-Trump protesters spilled onto the streets for a third straight night, with the Republican facing mounting calls to reassure Americans who fear a xenophobic crackdown under his authority.

Throngs of people — among them families and children — rallied late Friday in New York’s Washington Square carrying banners reading “Peace and Love” and “Your wall can’t stand in our way.” Local media estimated a turnout of some 4,000 protesters.

More than 1,000 people gathered in Miami, with weekend protests planned in at least half a dozen cities.

A focal point for New York protests is Trump Tower, where the real estate tycoon-turned-world-leader has been ensconced in his luxury apartment, mapping out his next steps.

The 70-year-old incoming president has a mammoth task of fleshing out his cabinet, as well as steering the complex transition of power, and announced on Friday he was elevating Vice President-elect Pence to lead the process.

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Trump Removes ‘Muslim Ban’ from His Website

One of President-elect Donald Trump‘s most divisive promises — to ban Muslims from entering America — disappeared from his campaign website before reappearing on Thursday.

Trump‘s campaign staff told US media that text of the pledge, posted in December following terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, vanished because of a technical glitch.

It reappeared after journalists questioned the disappearance.

“The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage. It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly,” the campaign said in a statement.

Trump said in December that Muslim immigrants pose the United States a security threat and called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

It was one of a number of his statements — including a pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and criticism of women who accused him of sexual harassment — that prompted the greatest backlash against his campaign, with accusations of xenophobia.

Later, he shifted to say immigration should be suspended from any country “that has been compromised by terrorism.”

His stance apparently helped win him the presidency with the support of a majority of white, working-class voters.

AFP

 

Reuben Abati: The Sad News of Trump’s Triumph

Democracy is tricky; it sometimes ends up as a parody of itself. When the people clamour for change, they can vote with their hearts, and prove impervious to plain sight reason, and overlook likely pitfalls. We can only hope that Donald Trump does not become the symbol of the change that Americans are seeking. That would be sad indeed for the free world.” – Reuben Abati, “Anything Can Happen in America”, The Guardian, March 6, 2016.

Earlier this year, I had written a piece titled “Anything Can Happen In America”, from which the quote above is excerpted, but I had virtually no idea that the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election could be so shocking, unthinkable and unbelievable. I was like the pollsters, the cultural activists, the Nobel Laureates, the American media establishment and the global community, minus Russia and Vladimir Putin, a Clintonite. I stood with her. When the unthinkable happened on Tuesday, and Americans chose as their 45th President, Donald John Trump, the real estate developer, reality television celebrity, a complete outsider who stumbled on politics and turned it into a celebrity show, I could only ask: how did it happen?

The triumph of Trumpism, a byword for incorrect conduct, misogyny, hate, racism, nativism, isolationism, anger, and defiance is sad news for the world. It is an assault on the ideals of American democracy. Trump’s triumph has left America more divided than it was a week ago, and the prospects of that nation rescuing itself from the tragic mistake it seems to have made may take long in coming. The same country that champions it the most has exposed the underbelly of democracy, that beloved option for global leadership, ironically.

Democracy is said to be driven by the values of good rather than evil, of humanity as opposed to inhumanity, individual freedom and rights rather than oppression, inclusion as different from exclusion but the same model of governance hands over power to the majority. As we have seen, the majority may not necessarily represent the will of all the people, or even the real majority, it is the choice that is made by the voting majority or as determined by the guiding rules as in the case of the United States: and no matter how stupid, illogical or unreasonable that choice may be, it is taken as the voice of the people and it is binding. This dictatorship of the determined majority has nothing to do with popular opinion or goodwill, but the actual choice that is made according to the guiding rules of the game.

Democracy, relying on the strength of numbers and local rules has fed many countries with statistically right but logically wrong outcomes. The outcome in the United States this week is completely confusing. And that explains why there have been protests across America by those chanting “notmypresident” to express their dismay over Trump’s surprise win. This is the first time in a long while that the outcome of an American Presidential election will leave the entire country so tragically divided the morning after. Even the international community is in shock.

Trump’s triumph is a threat to the liberal standards on which the global order is anchored. Hillary Clinton in her concession speech said her defeat is “painful and it will be for a long time.” Not necessarily for her but for America and the rest of the world. The deepest cut is in America’s heart; the wound that has been inflicted therein by Americans themselves will be felt for a long time to come.

This year’s American general election should inspire a deeper interrogation into the nature of democracy and its many pitfalls. The people of the United States had a plain choice between good and bad alternatives. More than any other American Presidential candidate in this election, Hillary Clinton got the most impactful endorsements, yet she did not win.

If the rest of the world had been asked to vote, she would have won by a landslide, but it was up to the Americans themselves to choose their own President, and they have just told us to mind our own businesses in our countries. Hillary Clinton is urbane, experienced, charming and gifted. She has proved her mettle as First Lady, Senator and as Secretary of State. She won the Presidential debates, ran a dignified and organized campaign and won the confidence of every critical constituency. Bernie Sanders who ran against her for the Democratic party’s ticket and Donald Trump, as well as their agents in many places threw mud in her direction, but the polls favoured her to the last minute.

The pollsters have been proven wrong by the choice that America has made. Hillary Clinton gave hope to generations of women across the world. Her emergence as America’s President would have broken the glass ceiling at the most powerful spot in the world, and energized young men and women across the world. America has decided to spit in the face of history and opt for misogyny birthed by ultra-conservatism. Confronted with the obvious choice of a decent, tested and experienced woman who could have given them the prize of two Presidents for the price of one, they chose a foul-mouthed, egoistic, bombastic, free-wheeling outsider with a wife whose body shape and naked assets would be part of a yet uncertain legacy.

America’s future post-Trump’s triumph is uncertain because what Trump stands for, the little that we know about that, raises nothing but anxiety, definitely not confidence. America has as President in waiting a man elected on the wings of sheer populism and racist, nativist propaganda. His campaign was anchored on the hate-propelled belief that the only way to make America great again is to shut out Muslims, blacks, immigrants, intruding neighbours from Mexico and Latin America, keep Americans for Americans only so they can have jobs and prosper, and the spin that America is not safe in the hands of women whom he considers fit only as objects and pieces of decoration.

By voting Trump, America with its intriguing electoral college system, which robs a popular candidate on technical grounds, has deleted the triumph of American-led neo-liberal progressivism in the global order. The sad news in part is that this is also a growing trend in Europe, the equivalent of Brexit.

Trump’s triumph is however worse than Brexit. It is not likely “to make America great again.” It is more likely to reduce, if not jeopardize America’s influence as a stabilizing force in the global system. Donald Trump as Presidential candidate repudiated America’s commitments within the global system. He says he will pull out US troops and command stations in Europe and Asia. If he keeps to his words, he could create such instability across the globe that would result in countries which otherwise depended on the United States looking out for themselves security-wise.

Trump is perhaps America’s nemesis: too much rationalization and over-simplification of everything was bound to get the United States into trouble. The chasm between the American establishment and its ordinary people has been blown open.

Washington is a living symbol of correctness on every stage, but now the people have rejected Washington and its politics. There have been about 44 female Presidents across the world, and now, the most powerful country in the world has proven itself to be less progressive than India, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Korea, Liberia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Croatia, Nepal, Taiwan, Chile, Costa Rica, Philippines, Indonesia, Iceland, Malta, and even Kosovo! America preaches inclusion and unity in diversity, but the white, blue-collar and middle-class Americans who voted majorly for Donald Trump have shown that the average American is not interested in diversity; they want America to themselves alone. America is not a country of nationalities, it is a country of immigrants, and yet the settled immigrants want to shut the door of the land of dreams to others. Donald Trump exploited their fears. He has proven that it is possible to become President by appealing to the people’s basest instincts. Shameful.

Trump, Machiavelli’s “great-great-grandson” has through dirty tricks created a revolution from which even the same party that saw him as an outsider and treated his emergence as flag-bearer as an accident has benefitted. The Republican Party owes its ascendancy in the White House and Capitol Hill to this outsider who brought the tactics of Machiavelli, soap opera and television shows to push a failing party back to reckoning.

Trump is neither Republican nor Democrat; he belongs to the party of the streets, of a racist American street motivated by a determination to reverse the misfortune of disappearing jobs in inner America, inability of make ends meet, pay children’s school fees or live decently. Americans chose Trump because he spoke the language of the streets and projected himself as their messiah. He projected himself, in his own words, as the champion of “the forgotten men and women of our country…People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am their voice”. And so the people think, and so they voted for him so enthusiastically they even handed him the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina, which secured his victory and ended the emerging Clinton dynasty. He is the candidate of America’s children of anger.

Trump’s organized blackmail and dirty job may have given him the biggest job in the world but it will not sustain him there or make him a great President. The easiest thing to do is to promise the people change by pulling down the sitting government and the entire political Establishment. In Trump’s reckoning, he did not just defeat Hillary Clinton; he has defeated Barrack Obama, the entire Washington Establishment and its allies.

Inexperienced, badly prepared and ignorant, as is the common consensus, Trump has to run the most complex governance system in the world. He can repudiate his campaign promises and turn 360 degrees. This is not beyond him. In the last year, his position on anything and everything has changed from one stop to another. Or he may choose to fulfill his bizarre promises and imperil the American Presidency and the global order.

One option will expose and ridicule him. The other may fetch him the aggrieved assassin’s bullet or a one-term Presidency that could end up either as a tragi-comedy or a nauseating farce. The fulfillment of the Simpsons’ and Michael Moore’s prophecy is the highest point of America’s disillusionment. Soon enough, America will learn, at substantial cost, new lessons about its new reality. Take it easy, Hillary. Destiny is what waits for every person behind the dream.

Crude oil prices stabilize after Trump’s election shock.

Oil prices reversed some early losses to push higher yesterday as markets recovered from their initial shock at U.S presidential election.

Traders said that crude fundamentals remained weak.

President-elect Donald Trump’s election win initially stunned markets and led Ian Bremmer, president of U.S. risk consultancy, Eurasia Group, to warn that “the world is heading into a profound geopolitical recession.”

However, markets shook off deep post-election losses and recovered yesterday.

“After initially selling off as it became clear Donald Trump would be the next president, commodity prices rallied strongly as the flight to safety unwound,” ANZ bank said yesterday in a note on Trump’s victory.

But the bank added that “there are still serious questions marks as to what it means for commodity markets.”

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 15 cents, or 0.3 per cent, from their last settlement at $45.42 a barrel.

WTI was held back somewhat by a 2.4 million barrels rise in U.S. crude inventories to 485 million barrels last week, even though refineries hiked output and imports fell, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

International Brent crude oil futures traded at $46.70 per barrel, up 34 cents, or 0.7 per cent, from their last close.

BMI Research said Trump’s expected pro oil and gas industry policies might mean that U.S. “production of oil and gas could recover at a faster rate in 2017 as developers grow more encouraged.”

Goldman Sachs said a Trump presidency would likely result in higher investment and, in time, increased U.S. oil output as the new president-elect has said he would de-regulate fossil fuel production.

Internationally, the bank said Trump’s threat of renewed U.S. sanctions against OPEC-member Iran would, in the short-term, lead to higher production as it “would further incentivize Iran to maximise production in the short- term rather than comply to an OPEC freeze.”

“Don’t expect much from Trump’s Presidency” – Expert warns African leaders.

A policy and governance expert, Mr Oseloka Obaze, has advised African leaders to look inward for solutions to their political and economic challenges.

Obaze, the Managing Director of Selonnes Consult, said in a statement in Awka on Friday while reacting to the emergence of Donald Trump as U.S. president-elect.

He said that the emergence of Trump as the president-elect, in spite of the bookmakers’ predictions, was “American Wonder’’.

Obaze, who is also a retired diplomat, said that Trump presidency might hold some fortunes for Africa.

He called for more strategic positioning on the part of African leaders to maximize the relationship.

According to him, Nigeria should not expect much in terms of economic assistance under the ensuing order, but hope that unlike Barak Obama, Trump will visit Nigeria while in office.

“He is likely to deal with Nigeria in the African context, if his foreign engagement is purely strategic, and it will mean seeking partners like Nigeria to outsource the regional challenges.

“Depending on his immigration policies, it will favour Nigerians that need to be regularized.

“On Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges, we should expect little or no assistance.

“Yet, I predict he will visit Nigeria, within his first four years, something Obama did not do in eight years,” he said.

Trump will withdraw support in fighting Boko Haram – Soyinka

Nobel Prize winner, Professor Wole Soyinka has said that the victory of Donald Trump in the United State’s November 8 presidential election could lead to the withdrawal of support in Nigeria’s fight against the Boko Haram insurgents.

 

Soyinka told Newsweek that Trump’s “bunker mentality” could see the American government take back their help for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.

 

The Nigerian author and playwright had declared he will destroy his green card and return to Nigeria if the Republican candidate emerges as president elect of the US  and later confirmed that he will keep his word and tear his green card, on the day Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the country.

 

Trump surprised the world when he defeated Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s vote.

 

Boko Haram, a militant group, which commenced immense operation against the Nigerian government in 2009, have killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million in the northeast.

 

The administration of Barack Obama, has provided financial support and military training to West African countries fighting the insurgents.

 

According to the US State Department reports on February, the country has provided $71 million worth of equipment, logistics and training to Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin that together formed a joint task force in 2015 to fight the militants.

 

Soyinka said, “One should expect that level of collaboration to diminish. Trump’s mentality is one of, ‘What are we doing there? What business do we have over there?’”

 

“I foresee Trump dismissing that kind of expectation offhand and closing in, shrinking, becoming smaller in terms of [the U.S.’s] presence in other parts of the world.”

TB Joshua: The line between watching CNN & hearing from God – Emmanuel Ekaji Ibe

I don’t know what to make of the US election as I still cannot understand and figure out properly what happened. Till then I would address other surrounding issues.

Prophet T.B Joshua is my focus here and for a long time, I have observed keenly how this man has moved from one dirty controversy to the other; how sometime ago his church was involved in a building collapse as a result of the clear disregard of warnings not to add more storey buildings on the existing one.

Still on that issue, there were incidents were he was involved in bribing Journalists so as not to publish evidence that could cause further damage to him. I have watched all these but never for once did I comment on it as I really try to avoid criticizing religious leaders but I have long since changed my stand.

T.B Joshua is one of the major problems of the Nigerian society and he represents the large number of other so called religious leaders who take advantage of the gullibility and mental decay in Nigeria to enrich themselves and brainwash the multitudes in buying whatever crap they sell to them, every Sunday.

T.B Joshua is not just dull and unintelligent, he is a major fool and unfortunate soul. He goes to church every Sunday preaching his own version of Christianity and God, using God to make money off innocent worshippers.

He was preaching at what he calls church on Sunday and all of a sudden he said the Lord revealed to him who was gonna win the US Election, he said it would be a lady, obviously Hillary Clinton and that she was going to have problems with the US congress and his church members were so excited and were applauding the prophesy.

He talked about some other things, confidently spitting nonsense and a very large audience believing everything. Wow!

The US election is over now. If you call T.B Joshua a fool, an idiot, a stupid man, and all sorts you are right and no one has the right to question you.

Even if you desire not to speak, you are right, res ipsa loquitur, the fact speaks for itself and his folly is so glaring for his Sunday audience to see and the world to conclude finally that he was a filthy piece of shit all along.

Donald trump won. Now the offering being paid in his church definitely he’d use part to subscribe for DSTV, there is every possibility that his watching of CNN for too long might have influenced his decision.

There really cannot be anything wrong with a religious leader airing his political views as we have seen father Mbaka of the Catholic Church do several times but when you hide under God and religion to defraud people, you are a good for nothing soul and amongst the worst humans in this world.

Trump: A president without political experience. – New Telegraph

History was made in the United States presidential election on Tuesday as President-elect, Donald Trump, became the first person to emerge president without any previous service in government.

Since the establishment of the office of the President of the United States in 1789, the past 43 presidents and incumbent President Barack Obama served in different capacities in government before becoming president.

All the past United States presidents took over mantle of leadership after previous services as military official, vice president, Secretary of State, minister, senator or governor. But Trump broke the 227 years record by being the first to become president without any previous experience in military or governance.

The first United States President, George Washington was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army between 1775 and 1783 before he became president on April 30, 1789.

He served for eight years before handing over to his vice, John Adams on March 4, 1797. Adams was also succeeded by his vice Thomas Jefferson on March 4, 1801.

The fourth, fifth and sixth presidents; James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams, served as secretaries of state before becoming presidents.

The seventh president, Andrew Jackson was a former senator from Tennessee, while the eighth president, Martin Van Buren was a former vice president.

William Henry Harrison (ninth president) was a former US Minister to Colombia while the 10th president, John Tyler and his successors, James Polk and Zachary Taylor, were ex-vice president, governor of Tennessee and Major General of the 1st Infantry Regiment of the United States Army respectively.

Others are Millard Fillmore (12th vice president), Franklin Pierce (Brigadier General of the 9th Infantry of US Army), James Buchanan (US Minister to the Court of St. James), Abraham Lincoln (US Representative for Illinois’ 7th District), Andrew Johnson (16th vice president), Ulysses S. Grant (Commanding General of the US Army) Rutherford B. Hayes (29th and 32nd Governor of Ohio) and James A. Garfield (U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 19th District) and Chester A. Arthur (20th vice president).

The 22nd and 24th US president, Grover Cleveland, was a former governor of New York, while the 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison was a former senator from Indiana.

Former presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft were ex-Governor of Ohio, 25th vice president and 42nd United States Secretary of War respectively before leading US.

The 28th and 29th US presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding were ex-governor of New Jersey and senator from Ohio, respectively, while the 30th, 31st and 32nd presidents; Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt were former vice president, Secretary of Commerce and governor of New York.

Others are Harry S. Truman (ex-vice president), Dwight D. Eisenhower (Supreme Allied Commander Europe) and John F. Kennedy (US Senator from Massachusetts).

The 36th, 37th, 38th and 41th presidents; Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H.W.Bush served as vice presidents before becoming presidents; while the 39th and 40th presidents; Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were former governors of Georgia and California, respectively. The last two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were former governors of Arkansas and Texas.

The incumbent president, Barack Obama, was a senator from Illinois before emerging as the most powerful president in the world.

The President-elect, Donald Trump, a business tycoon and billionaire was chairman of the Trump Organisation from 1971 till when he declared his intension to contest for the presidency on the platform of the Republican Party against Hillary Clinton of Democratic Party.

With Trump’s victory, suspend your US trips – MURIC tells Muslims.

The Muslim Rights Concern has urged Nigerians to suspend their planned trips to the United States of America.

The position of MURIC is coming two days after Republican Donald Trump won the US presidential election.

MURIC said it was ill-advised for any Muslim to go to the US for now in a statement signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola.

The statement said Trump’s victory has serious implications for Muslims in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

It said his Americanisation of virtually everything coupled with his tortuous isolationism and a pathological obsession with Islamophobia calls for grave concern.

The statement added: “The contemptuous treatment of Muslims travelling in or out of America has long been a matter of serious concern to advocates of free movement and Allah-given fundamental human rights. Coupled with this is the horrendous policy of rendition whereby Muslims are kidnapped en route other destinations and forcefully taken to the dreaded Guatemala to face America’s notorious waterbodding and other forms of inhuman treatment.

“The advent of Donald Trump is the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The American President-Elect has divided America along racial and religious lines. He threatened to close mosques. He also swore to give Muslims a special data base in order to control terrorism.

“Trump may be an iconoclast, but the Americans who voted for him were not deaf. They heard him loud and clear. They heard all his threats. The victory of Trump, particularly coming hot on the heels of Brexit, means that Western democracies are jettisoning globalization for nationalism.

“MURIC respects the wish of Americans to stand by their national interest. We call on Muslims around the world to also respect the wish of the American people to be left alone.

“Nonetheless, we reiterate our avowed rejection of racist and hate speeches. We disown violent groups like Al-Qaidah and ISIS who instigate Muslims to kill Americans and attack American and Western interests. Qur’an 49:13 is a categorical vote for the universality of mankind and Islam is a religion for all nations. Therefore no nation should be set aside for hatred.

“We urge Muslims around the world to nurse no malice against Americans over Trump’s victory and the likely fallout. It should be noted that few Americans support Trump’s weird policies. He won the election via the electoral college but received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. The victory of Trump reveals the paradoxical underbelly of the world’s greatest democracy. American minority has had its way.

“Finally, we appeal to Nigerian Muslims to suspend planned trips to the United States until they know which way the cat will jump. Any Nigerian Muslim who ignores this advice is on his own. We also advise immigrant Muslims residing in the United States to return to their countries or be prepared for harsh treatments including increased Islamophobic attacks. Americans must be allowed to fix their own country.”

This is no time to be diplomatic – we should not wish Donald Trump well – Metiria Turei

There are times when, as a politician, you have hold your nose, to smile politely and get on with it.

Yesterday, in New Zealand’s Parliament, was supposed to be one of those times.

My Green party colleagues and I were asked to support a government motion to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the US presidential election. These types of motions are fairly commonplace in our parliament. They are token gestures of support and diplomacy – convenient ways to express our best wishes to political leaders in faraway places. They usually pass with little fanfare.

Yesterday was no different in that the motion passed – but this time, there were 14 objections. From us. For me, and many others, this was not a time for business as usual.

Donald Trump will almost certainly never hear about what I said in parliament yesterday or, for that matter, give a flying toss. In that sense, our position may seem futile.

However, it is unconscionable that the Green party of Aotearoa New Zealand – which has a proud record of promoting tolerance, inclusiveness and peace – would send our best wishes to a man who has spouted misogynistic, racist, xenophobic and climate change-denying views.

As the Republican candidate in the US presidential election Donald Trump already had a significant platform; soon, as president, he will have the biggest megaphone in the world. So no, I don’t believe this is a time to be diplomatic or polite. If others wish to defend the actions of a sexual predator, they are welcome to. I won’t, and neither will my colleagues.

To be clear, I am not questioning the legitimacy of this result, or the rights of the American people to democratically elect the president of their choice. It’s also worth pointing out, as many others have, that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. To any Americans reading this who are frustrated by a political system that does not necessarily reward the candidate with the most votes, I can empathise. New Zealand also had an issue with disproportionate political representation under a first-past-the-post electoral system, before we changed to a proportional system in 1996.

Since telling our parliament yesterday why the Green party would not be giving our best wishes to Donald Trump, I have been criticised by members of my country’s government.

Our prime minister, John Key, has fostered a close and highly publicised relationship with Barack Obama ­– I would guess he’s holding out hope for a round of golf and a photoshoot with the new president too.

And, I suppose, that by putting my criticism for Donald Trump on the record, I might be pre-emptively ruling myself out of those kinds of publicity opportunities if and when we are a part of government. But, the fact is, if you bend your values in challenging, strained times like these, they’re not worth much at all when the going gets better. Plus, I’m not much of a golfer anyway.

It has been a gloomy couple of days for people with progressive values all around the world. However, there is hope. Yesterday, we had one of our best days of membership sign-ups ever. I would not be surprised if this is the case for other progressive political parties around the world. Donald Trump’s election is a powerful motivator.

It is a call to action to stay involved in the governance of our country, and to be inclusive of others. To be kind. To be hopeful. To listen to each other when we disagree. To speak truth to power.

We need to say now, even louder than ever before, that we will keep fighting for the values we believe in. We will not stay silent when men brag about sexually assaulting women. We won’t accept lies and hate speech about women, or migrant, refugee, and Muslim communities. We won’t stop pushing to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Donald Trump may now have the biggest megaphone in the world but, collectively, our voices, and our actions, will be louder.

Metiria Turei is a New Zealand member of parliament and the co-leader of the Green party of Aotearoa New Zealand

Trump Meets With Obama At White House

President Barack Obama hosted a triumphant Donald Trump in the Oval Office Thursday for talks on executing a smooth transition of power and steadying nerves after a vote that shocked the world.

Anger over the Republican property mogul’s upset election win over Hillary Clinton spilled out onto the streets of US cities late Wednesday as chanting protesters lit bonfires and snarled traffic.

The billionaire president-elect arrived at his soon-to-be home on Pennsylvania Avenue at roughly 11:00 am (1600 GMT), a US official said, for what may be an awkward meeting with Obama ahead of the January 20 inauguration.

Trump, 70, championed the so-called “birther movement” challenging that Obama was actually born in the United States — a suggestion laden with deep racial overtones — only dropping the position recently.

The Democratic commander-in-chief in turn has described the celebrity businessman as “uniquely unqualified” to be president.

But in the day after Trump’s shock election win, which virtually no poll had predicted, both sides spoke of healing the deep divisions sown in a bruising two-year battle for the White House.

His vanquished Democratic rival Clinton, holding back the bitter disappointment of not becoming America’s first female president, urged the country to give Trump a chance.

“We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” she said Wednesday in a concession speech.

Obama, addressing disconsolate staff in the White House Rose Garden, played down Trump’s win as part of the messy “zig-zag” movement of a democracy.

“Sometimes you lose an argument,” he said, adding that all Americans should now be “rooting” for Trump’s success.

In the battle for the soul of America, those who helped elect its first black president now appear to be in retreat and pondering whether his eight years in power have come to naught.

Both Obama and Clinton issued a faint — but clear — warning that Trump must respect institutions and the rule of law if a modicum of goodwill is to hold.

Trump’s tone, indicated White House spokesman Josh Earnest, “would seem to suggest that certain basic principles of our democracy are likely to be upheld.”

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South Korea says Trump pledged commitment to its defense.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledged his commitment to defending South Korea under an existing security alliance during a phone call with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday, her office said.

Trump had said during the election campaign he would be willing to withdraw U.S. military stationed in South Korea unless Seoul paid a greater share of the cost of the deployment. There are about 28,500 U.S. troops based in South Korea in combined defense against North Korea.

Park said the alliance between the two countries had grown as they faced various challenges over the past six decades, adding she hoped the ties would develop further.

She asked Trump to join in the effort to help minimize the threat from the North, which has carried out a series of nuclear and missile tests in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and sanctions.

Trump agreed with Park and said: “We will be steadfast and strong with respect to working with you to protect against the instability in North Korea,” the presidential Blue House said.

The official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party said on Thursday the U.S. wish for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program “is only a fantasy of a bygone era” and the policy of pressure and sanctions had failed.

“The only accomplishment of the Obama administration is that it is leaving behind for the new administration coming next year the burden of having to deal with a strong nuclear power,” Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary.

It did not mention Trump by name. But Choson Sinbo, a pro-North newspaper published in Japan and controlled by Pyongyang, said: “Trump is well advised to learn the lesson of history from Obama’s failure.

“Otherwise, the new owner of the White House will be met with the ashes of the calamity started by the previous owner.”

The call between Park and Trump lasted about 10 minutes and Park said she hoped Trump would be able to visit South Korea soon, according to the Blue House.

There has been concern in South Korea that a Trump presidency will demand that Seoul sharply raise its share of the cost of maintaining the U.S. military presence in the country.

Trump said earlier this year in various media interviews that he would be willing to withdraw U.S. forces from South Korea and Japan but “would not do so happily”.

“We get paid nothing, we get paid peanuts” for deploying the troops to South Korea,” he said in an interview with CNN.

Under a five-year cost-sharing accord reached two years ago, Seoul agreed to contribute $867 million toward U.S. military costs in 2014, about 40 percent of the total. The deal called for the amount to rise annually at the rate of inflation.

South Korea believes its share of the cost is much higher when the vast amount of land occupied by the U.S. forces including a large area in central Seoul are considered.

Some members of parliament have suggested that the country has little choice but to consider nuclear armament if U.S. forces are withdrawn while North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and missiles that could carry them.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said on Thursday the country has paid for its share of the cost of maintaining the U.S. military and the contribution has been recognized by the U.S. government and Congress.

South Korea and the United States have also agreed to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system with the U.S. military to counter missile threats from North Korea.

South Korea has consistently said it had no plan to buy the THAAD system, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp and costs an estimated $800 million a piece, that will likely add to the cost of maintaining the U.S. military presence.

The two Koreas remain in a technical state of war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Trump’s immigration stance, wake-up call on Nigerians – Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has described United States President-elect, Donald Trump’s stance on immigration as a challenge on Nigerians to make the best use of the abundant human and natural resources at their disposal to make Nigeria great.

The Governor made the remark while speaking to journalists on the implications of the outcome of the November 8 presidential election in the United States especially to Nigeria.

Governor Udom Emmanuel spoke to journalists at Akwa Ibom International Airport in Uyo on arrival from an official assignment outside the state.

He said that the outcome of the election was a confirmation of the fact that power comes from God and he chooses whoever he wants to lead at his own time in spite of what people think or feel.

“My prediction was not what the world predicted. What has happened in America is exactly what happened in Akwa Ibom state.

“The whole world is now saying that you don’t need to be a professional politician to be entrusted with political leadership. If you have been able to manage multinational businesses, then it means you’re capable of doing well as a political leader.

“So the talk of Donald Trump not having political experience did not affect the voting pattern.

“It also shows that God’s choice is the ultimate in spite of what people think or feel. God does not choose qualified people, rather, he chooses the unqualified and qualifies him for the task at hand.”

On the stance of Mr Trump on immigration issues, Governor Emmanuel said Nigerians should see it as a call to make the best use of what we have to make our country great.

“I’m not bothered about his policy, rather I see it as a wake-up call on Nigerians to begin to look inward and make the best use of the abundant human and natural resources at their disposal to make Nigeria great.

“Trump’s message to the rest of the world is for everyone to make the best of what they have. Didn’t you hear him? He said let’s make America great again. And I call on everyone, let’s make Akwa Ibom great, let’s make Nigeria great.”

Governor Emmanuel, however, appealed to Mr Trump to do all in his power to encourage international trade and cooperation to make the world a better place.

“All we need are good policies that encourage international trade and cooperation. That is all that matters now and I hope Mr Trump will make that possible.”

ANALYSIS: The majority of Americans VOTED for Clinton. – The Cable

This could be some consolation for Hillary Clinton: the majority of Americans actually wanted her to be president. In fact, more American voters picked her ahead of Donald Trump with roughly 98% of all the results collated. It would take a dramatic turn for Trump to overtake Clinton.

Associated Press collation of results shows that Clinton, the Democratic candidate, has so far polled 59,814,018 popular votes while Donald Trump, the Republican flag bearer, scored 59,611,678.

This represents a margin of about 200,000 votes which would have given Clinton the edge were it not for the US “indirect” electoral system which determines the winner by the electoral college and not the popular vote.

Trump has won 279 electoral votes, while Clinton had 228 – and these are the figures that really matter.

Three states are yet to complete vote reporting, but Trump is leading in Arizona and Michigan and Clinton is in control in New Hampshire.

This is purely mathematical: Trump crossed the magical 270 delegate vote count on election night.

After Mitt Romney lost in 2012, Trump had tweeted: “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”

He just turned out to be the biggest beneficiary of the “disaster” since 2000.

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The people preferred Clinton, but the winner is determined by number of “pledged” electoral college delegate votes

California, with 55 electoral votes, has the highest number. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming each has three votes – the lowest. DC is also entitled to three delegate votes.

All American states, except Maine and Nebraska, pledge their electoral votes to the candidates who won the popular votes there.

Data analysis by TheCable suggests that Clinton failed mainly because of the outcomes in Florida and Pennsylvania, two states with a combined figure of 49 electoral votes.

If she had won the popular votes in those states – as President Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012 – she would have been the president-elect. She would have gained 49 votes and hit the magical 270 figure.

In Pennsylvania, she scored 2,844,705 while Trump got 2,912,941 – a difference of less than 100,000 votes. That meant 20 delegate votes out of her hands.

The Florida margin was slightly wider: she scored 4,485,745 to Trump’s 4,605,515. That was 29 delegates lost.

The final results were not yet in at the time of this report, but the total popular vote tally should favour Clinton as absentee votes trickle in.

Al Gored by Bush

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Bush (l) lost the popular vote but still defeated Al Gore by the tiniest of margins in the electoral college in 2000

There is somewhat a replay of the 2000 election when George W. Bush, the Republican candidate, lost to Al Gore, the Democratic flag bearer, in the popular vote.

Gore scored  50,996,582 votes, beating Bush who had 50,456,062, but the Republican was elected president based on electoral college votes, garnering 271 to the Democrat’s 266.

Then, there was the little matter of Florida state, where Bush’s brother was governor and where the ballot system seemed “rigged” to favour the Republican.

With 25 electoral votes on offer in the state at the time, it became clear that Florida was going to determine the next American president.

On election night, Bush was credited with 1,784 votes more than Gore, which automatically triggered a recount under the state laws.

The first recount reduced the margin to 537 votes, with Gore going all the way to the US supreme court to trigger another recount amidst reports of several irregularities. The justices voted 4-3 to effectively make Bush president.

What is Electoral College?

Many Nigerian voters cannot understand a system where a candidate wins the popular vote and yet loses the election – but that is a possibility in the indirect voting system.

In 1804, the US presidential electoral system was changed to give power to “electors” – electoral delegates from each state of the federation – under the the Twelfth Amendment (Amendment XII) to the US constitution.

Under the refined system, each state is allocated electoral college votes, and all states except for Maine and Nebraska, choose electors on a “winner-take-all”.

This means a state has all of its electors pledged to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes there.

However, Maine and Nebraska use the “congressional district method”, by which one “elector” is selected within each congressional district by popular vote. The remaining two electors are picked by a statewide popular vote.

The number of “electors” in each state is equal to the number of members of congress the state is entitled to.

Currently, there are currently 538 electors, in accordance with the 435 representatives and 100 senators. The rest are the three from DC.

In the end, the US presidential election is not to elect the president but to elect those who will elect the president.

How would it work in Nigeria?

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If Nigeria used the indirect system, Buhari would still have defeated Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election

Although Nigeria adopted its presidential system of government from the US, it chose to pick the president “directly” by popular vote rather than the somewhat complicated electoral college route.

If this were to apply in Nigeria, there would be 469 “electors” based on 109 senators and 360 representatives.

With every state entitled to equal number of senators, every state will have three delegates while FCT will have one.

However, since house of reps is determined by proportion of population, some states will have more than others in total.

Lagos and Kano would each have the highest of 27 electoral votes, and the lowest would be FCT (3), Bayelsa and Nasarawa (both 8).

To be elected president, the candidate would need a minimum of 235 electoral college votes in Nigeria.

But how many Nigerian voters would understand that their candidate had more popular votes than the declared winner – who managed to get the support of only 235 “electors”?

After Trump Repeals Obamacare, What Next?

Republican President-elect Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to repeal Obamacare, but making good on that promise may be easier said than done.

President Barack Obama’s 2010 national healthcare reform law extended medical insurance to 25 million more people by expanding the Medicaid plan for the poor and creating subsidized coverage for individuals.

Republican lawmakers, who have voted more than 50 times to repeal all or part of the law, have begun pressing Trump to deliver. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday repealing Obamacare is a “pretty high item on our agenda” for the new Congress.

But a complete repeal of Obama’s Affordable Care Act may not be immediately in the cards, as Republican lawmakers now hold 51 seats in the Senate at latest count, well short of the 60 seats required to overturn it.

Instead, health policy experts said, Trump could try to dismantle key elements through a process called budget reconciliation. That would allow him to eliminate funding for the income-based subsidies that make the new insurance plans affordable, or cut the money providing expanded Medicaid benefits in 31 states.

“Some of the policy experts on the Republican side would say tearing it up and starting over would be very disruptive,” said Paul Howard, director of health policy at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

Parts of the law have been weakened through legal challenges. Several of the largest U.S. health insurers have pulled out of the exchanges for individual coverage after losing money on a sicker-than-expected group of patients. Consumers not eligible for government subsidies have seen premiums rise sharply, including a projected average increase of 25 percent for 2017.

Scrapping the law altogether without a clear plan for providing replacement coverage for so many people would be politically risky, experts said.

Trump also would face a tight deadline were he to try to dismantle the insurance exchanges by 2018; many state-based health insurance regulators require insurers to submit plans for the upcoming year by April or May – only a few months into a new administration.

Trump also could seek changes to other provisions of the law, such as a tax on medical device makers, or the so-called “Cadillac tax” that is due to hit rich employer-based healthcare plans in 2020.

However, some elements could not be eliminated by depriving the law of funds. For instance, the law prevents insurers from denying coverage to people based on their health or pricing insurance based on gender. Mandatory coverage of preventive benefits also would be unaffected – short of a complete repeal.

It also is not clear if Trump would try to reverse the individual mandate, which requires people to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. The goal of the requirement was to broaden the pool of policyholders to include more healthy Americans.

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Niger Delta Avengers Congratulate Trump

Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, the militant group at the forefront of the agitation for fiscal federalism in Nigeria and economic emancipation of the Niger Delta region, has commended the President – Elect of the United States of America, Donald J Trump.

The group in a statement by its spokesperson: self-styled Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo, asserted: “Your hard fought victory against world establishments is hope for us, the over 30 million oppressed minorities of the Niger – Delta that have being continuously raped and economically colonized because of our God-given resources, over the last six decades, by the Nigerian state and Islamic fundamentalists in power.”

“Mr. President elect of the United States of America sir, we are hoping for a new perfect economic order and relations as it concerns the United States’ critical assets and interest in the Niger Delta.

“Lead the world to a real change not the President Barack Obama change that manipulated a clueless puppet in General Muhammadu Buhari on the people of Nigeria,” NDA said.

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Japan’s Abe To Meet Trump Next Week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet US president-elect Donald Trump next week in New York, officials said Thursday, after phone talks between the two following the billionaire’s shock election win.

Abe and Trump spoke for about 20 minutes and tentatively set a date of November 17 for the meeting, just before Abe goes to Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a Japanese foreign ministry official told AFP.

During his election campaign, Trump raised eyebrows in Japan by calling on the country to pay more to support the cost of stationing US forces.

He even suggested that Japan might want to become a nuclear power to counter unpredictable neighbour North Korea, which has repeatedly conducted nuclear and ballistic missile tests to international condemnations and prompting UN sanctions.

That statement shocked many in Japan, the only country in the world to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.

Trump has also rejected the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal pushed by President Barack Obama and which Abe hopes his parliament will ratify soon.

Abe congratulated Trump soon after his victory on Wednesday, vowing that the countries would maintain their close relationship, calling them “unshakeable allies”.

During their phone talks, Abe “talked about the importance of the bilateral relationship and the Japan-US alliance”, which he stressed underpins the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, the foreign ministry official said.

In response, Trump said he hoped to strengthen the US-Japan relationship further, the official said.

Trump also said he appreciated Abe’s economic policy and looked forward to working with him, she said.

She declined to elaborate on what else they discussed.

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Trump Will Support Our Struggle– IPOB, Youths

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday congratulated the President -elect of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump, on his electoral victory.

The group, in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka and signed by the IPOB Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, urged Trump to fulfil his campaign promises to Americans and others around the world.

The statement read in part, “The IPOB under the command structure of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu congratulates Donald Trump.

 “Trump passed through so many trials and so many odds from the leadership of the party but God Almighty made it possible for him to become the President of United States of America.

“He should also remember his promises to the people of America and other peoples across the globe because USA is going to be great again by the power of God Almighty who selected him from the midst of millions in America”.

Similarly, Niger Delta youths on Wednesday expressed their readiness to work with the United States’ President-elect, describing his electoral victory as unprecedented in the country’s political history.

 Their message is contained in a statement jointly issued on Wednesday by the Niger Delta Youth Forum and the Niger Delta Izon Youth Forum and signed by Mr. Kemeizonpoumokumor Ayuba.

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Obama, Trump to set differences aside for awkward White House meeting

U.S. President Barack Obama will host an awkward meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday in their first public step toward a peaceful transition of power after the Republican businessman’s surprise election victory.

The two men have had almost no one-on-one contact previously. Trump led the “birther” movement that questioned Obama’s U.S. citizenship and has pledged to overturn the Democratic president’s signature policy achievements after he takes office on Jan. 20

Obama campaigned vigorously for Trump’s Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and called Trump both temperamentally unfit for the presidency and dangerously unprepared to have access to U.S. nuclear codes.

They will seek to put that history behind them, at least for the cameras, during a meeting in the Oval Office at 11 a.m. First lady Michelle Obama will also meet privately with Trump’s wife, Melania, in the White House residence.

Obama said on Wednesday that despite his major differences with the New York real estate magnate, he would follow the lead of former Republican President George W. Bush in 2008 and ensure a smooth handover to Trump.

“Eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences, but President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition,” Obama said. “So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set.”

Trump spent Wednesday focusing on that transition during meetings with his staff at Trump Tower in New York.

After taking office, he will enjoy Republican majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress that could help him implement his legislative agenda and scrap or roll back Obama policies that he dislikes, such as the Affordable Care Act, the nuclear deal with Iran and U.S. participation in the Paris agreement to fight global warming.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would brief Trump about the benefits of those policies during their meeting.

“There is a tradition, particularly with regard to executive agreements, of successive presidents preserving some element of continuity,” Earnest said. “I don’t know whether or not that will fly in this case.”

Trump said after his victory that he would work to heal the divisions set off by the bitter campaign. Clinton urged her disappointed supporters to give Trump an “open mind” and Obama said he was rooting for his successor.

ISIS Hails Donald Trump’s Victory Claiming He Will Destroy America Himself

Islamic State jihadis have hailed the victory of Donald Trump while claiming the billionaire “fool” will ruin America himself allowing terror groups to take control of the country.
The Republican was branded a “donkey” by militants who warned his election is “an indication of the end of the American empire”.

One ISIS jihadi said:

“What we want is their country be delivered to a donkey like Trump who will destroy it.

In the end, they are all our enemies and we will only meet them on the battlefields.

It is either them or us. We ask Allah to make their destruction caused by their own plans and their death come among themselves.

The world is going to experience a change and this change will put Islam in the leadership position as the end result.”

It comes hours after group al-Qaeda said the billionaire’s White House win will give extremists across the Middle East a common enemy, sparking fears of a major attack on US soil.

Obama Vows To Ensure Smooth Transition For Trump

President Barrack Obama has said on Wednesday that he will ensure a smooth transition of power to President-elect, Donald Trump.

Earlier, Obama had called Trump to congratulate him on his victory and invited him to meet at the White House on Thursday.

During his speech at the White House, the United States President said the differences between Trump and him will not affect the transfer of power.

“It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember that eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences..

“The presidency and vice presidency are bigger than any of us.

“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading this country. The peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.”

Obama also described Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as historic.

“I could not be prouder of her… I am proud of her. A lot of Americans look up to her… Her candidacy and nomination were historic..

“Everybody is sad when their side loses their election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on the same team…. we’re patriots first.

“That’s what I heard when I spoke to [Trump] directly, and I was heartened by that. That’s what our country needs. … I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.”

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US Election: Trump defeated those who imposed Buhari on Nigerians – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Wednesday said the emergence of Donald Trump as the President-elect of the United State of America, USA, is “the beginning of a real change in Nigeria.

Reacting to Trump’s victory, the fiery governor said “it is an indication that those who imposed the present All Progressives Congress, APC, government on Nigerians had just lost out.”

According to Fayose, the US President elect will be able to call Buhari to order over his alleged human right abuses.

Fayose said, “Now that Trump has won, it portends hope for Nigerians that the excesses of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will stop as the road has ended for those who conspired to impose Buhari on Nigerians.

“Trump presidency symbolises different things to different people and nations. It symbolises God at work and a clear departure from the old order.

“It is also a turning point for Nigeria and Nigerians, particularly those controlling the federal government that must have to change their ways as their allies who imposed them on us just lost out.

“Most importantly, President Barack Obama got what he did to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. God bless President-Elect Donald John Trump!”

“The US elections started and ended seamlessly. The electoral umpire never meddled; the military, police and SSS did not provide cover for ballot snatchers. No printing of doggy result sheets.

“I think Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and his INEC should learn from this for posterity. They should stop aiding unpopular politicians to rob the people of quality leadership,” Fayose added.

Recall that Trump, a Republican candidate, won the fiercely contested US Presidential election after polling 289 colleges, against Hillary Clinton’s 218.

Mexico Reaches Out To Trump, But Won’t Pay For Wall

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday he was ready to work with Donald Trump but the country’s foreign minister reiterated the government’s refusal to pay for his planned border wall.

Trump’s victory shocked Mexicans, who were angered by the Republican billionaire’s description of migrants as rapists and drug dealers.

His defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s election caused the peso and the Mexican stock market to plunge due to fears that Trump would upend economic ties with the country.

“I congratulate the US on its electoral process and reiterate to @realDonaldTrump my willingness to work together in favor of bilateral relations,” Pena Nieto said on Twitter.

“Mexico and the US are friends, partners and allies who must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America,” he said.

Pena Nieto had angered Mexicans by inviting Trump to his official residence in Mexico City in August and not forcefully condemning the Republican candidate’s comments against migrants.

Trump has vowed to make Mexico pay for a massive border wall — which is estimated to cost several billions of dollars — and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

He also pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and threatened to freeze billions in remittances that migrants send to their families back home.

“Paying for a wall is not part of our vision,” Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu of Mexico told the Televisa network.

But she said the government has had a “daily fluid dialogue” with the Trump campaign and that the two countries were “not starting from zero.”

“It’s an opportunity. The terms of the relationship change,” she said.

The national currency fell 7.81 percent to 20.22 pesos per dollar before day trade opened, while the Mexican stock market plunged 3.18 percent at the opening bell.

But Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said the country’s economy was robust enough to cope with the market upheaval.

“Mexico has lived through challenges of volatility in the past that we faced with unity, seizing on our economic strength and taking correct and prudent policy decisions, and this won’t be an exception,” Meade said at the National Palace.

Meade noted that the election would have no immediate impact on trade, financial flows or people’s ability to travel. Mexico, he added, has inflation under control, controls deep international reserves totaling $175.1 billion and enjoys macroeconomic stability.

Meade said the strength of public and private financial institutions allowed the government to avoid taking “premature actions that move ahead of events that we don’t know about at the moment.”

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Dogara wants Trump to maintain a cordial relationship with Nigeria

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, says he hopes that Donald Trump, United States (US) president-elect, will maintain the cordial relationship that his country has with Nigeria.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dogara congratulated Trump on his victory, and described the US as a “priceless ally in Nigeria’s democratic journey”.

The speaker, who said the US was a model for values of freedom and integration, also desired that Trump’s quest to make America great again would be firmly premised on aforementioned values.

“The United States of America has been a priceless ally in Nigeria’s democratic journey, in issues concerning trade, governance and even security. This is something we cherish and we hope that the president-elect will maintain this cordial relationship,” Dogara said.

“The American democratic system has inspired governance in nations across the world, including our system here in Nigeria.

“Democracy safeguards choice and because of the way in which leaders are chosen, it is also expected to foster understanding. I therefore congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump for being able to secure the required votes and emerged victorious in a keenly contested election.

“The United States has remained a model for values such as freedom, inclusiveness and integration, and we also hope that  Mr. Trump’s quest to make America great again. Will be firmly premised on these values.”

Dogara also hailed Hillary Clinton over her concession call.

US election: Americans voted Trump to end abortion – Bishop Ezeuku

Bishop Martins Ezeuku of Minna Catholic Diocese, has said that Americans voted Republican candidate, Donald Trump, as President-elect, because of his strong stance against abortion.

“Trump’s victory is a victory for humanity; Americans have made a statement – they do not like abortion and will not support whoever supports it,” Ezeukue told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Minna

NAN reports that Trump, a strong anti-abortion activist, floored his Democrats rival, Hilary Clinton, who is pro-choice.

“Abortion is a criminal offence; it involves killng of human beings and stopping them from coming into the world we are in,” he said.

The Bishop said that Americans voted someone that would not allow the killing of unborn Americans in the name of abortion.

He advised the President-elect to carry everyone along, irrespective of race, religion and ethnic differences so as to make for an even greater America.

Ezeuku also advised Tump to work toward uniting the world toward peace, prosperity and greatness, while striving to give hope to the hopeless.

Also reacting to Trump’s electoral success, Prof. Shehu Riskua, former Vice Chancellor, Uthmad Danfodio University, Sokoto, advised blacks resident in the US to conduct themselves properly so as not to clash with the authorities there.

Risqua advised Trump to carry everyone along towards a better world.

Obama congratulates Trump, invites him, Clinton to White House.

U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated his successor, Donald Trump, in a phone call and invited him to the White House.

His office said in a statement on Wednesday in Washington that the meeting with Mr. Trump was planned for Thursday.

Mr. Obama also called Hillary Clinton and “expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country.

The president would make a statement from the White House later on Wednesday to discuss the election results and “what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season.”

The White House said that “ensuring a smooth transition of power” is one of Mr. Obama’s top priorities.

Republican Mr. Trump defeated Democrat Mrs. Clinton in a surprise result that saw him win key battleground states like Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

In his victory speech, Mr. Trump said he received a congratulatory phone call from Mrs. Clinton and congratulated her for running a strong campaign.

He pledged to unite the U.S., saying “I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Read what the World Media has to say about ‘dangerous’ Trump.

Catastrophe, tragedy, humiliation. The world’s press reacted with shock at the astonishing election victory of Donald Trump, describing the US president-elect as “dangerous” and unpredictable.

Here is a round-up of some of the media reaction:

— “The US has elected its most dangerous leader. We have plenty to fear. The people of America have stepped into the abyss. The new president-elect is an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar. He is capable of anything.” (The Guardian, Britain).

— “That wasn’t a campaign. That was a national crisis. And at the end was the worst possible catastrophe: Donald Trump is president of the United States. The unimaginable has become reality.” (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany).

— “The news coming from the north is bad for Mexico and bad for the world.” (Cronica del Hoy, Mexico).

— “Trumpocalypse… Shock. A thunder bolt. And dizziness at the thought that Donald Trump will be unpacking his bags in the White House in scarcely two and a half months. The world’s leading power is from now on in the hands of the far-right. Fifty percent of Americans voted in all conscience for a racist, lying, sexist, vulgar, hateful candidate.” (Liberation, France).

— “Revenge of the deplorables. The most extraordinary presidential campaign in modern history ends in humiliation for Hillary, the pollsters and the elites of business and show business as the voters America forgot sweep Donald to victory.” (Daily Mail, Britain).

— “Trump’s victory confirms the vitality of American democracy, which has the ability to transform itself continuously, but the victory also produces both inside and outside the United States a deluge of uncertainty due to the winner’s unpredictability. Trump has to explain what he wants to do. In the meantime, the rest of the world has to digest what has happened tonight: the people of the revolution are knocking at our doors.” (La Stampa, Italy).

— “President Donald Trump will declare economic war on our biggest customer (China), wipe unprecedented amounts off global stock markets, usher in extraordinary financial instability, and risk turning the world’s biggest economy into a basket case by pushing its national debt past 100 per cent of GDP.” (The Age, Australia).

— “Seen from Paris, Trump’s victory, coming after Brexit, is an additional warning. In the world that has opened up with this election, anything is possible — even that which we have difficulty facing up to — an extremist party taking power. (Le Monde, France).

–Left-leaning TAZ in Germany calls Trump’s win: “A victory of the horror-clowns”, adding: “Donald Trump said in his victory speech — as all victory speeches on election nights -– that the country must now unite. From his mouth, it’s a call for the underlings to submit to him unconditionally. The horror clown has now obtained the chance to actually get serious about this.”

— “Coarse populism has triumphed over good sense … America’s democracy stands before a major test: it is to be feared that Trump will do everything to outwit his political opponents. He threatened critical journalists during the election campaign. His supporters have shouted ‘lock her up’ -– in reference to his opponent Hillary Clinton … Of course there is hope that the political system is strong enough to limit a president’s fantasies of omnipotence. But there is no guarantee.” (Spiegel online, Germany).

— “An American tragedy.” (New Yorker, US).

Naira unaffected by Trump’s victory.

An economist and an analyst on Wednesday said the election victory of Donald Trump as U.S. president-elect would not affect the Naira.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in telephone interviews that Nigeria should focus
more on policies that would revive the economy.

Mr Okechukwu Unegbu, former Managing Director of Citizens Bank, said “the crash of U.S. markets before the announcement of the U.S. presidential election result was pelted.

“On our Naira, we only need to look inwards, we can solve our problems not foreigners.

“Trump’s win or otherwise cannot help the Naira. Our policies matter a lot. Observing the elections and the markets, you will see that the markets went down because of fear.

“Also, he cannot deport immigrants like he has been saying because there are laws.”

An analyst who would not want to be identified also said that “when the election results started
trickling in, the American markets crashed but after he was named president-elect, it stabilised.

“For now, people are afraid, scared of what policies Trump may bring but in the long run,
things will stabilise.

“On what his win portends for our naira, it may look like it is jerking up for now but the American presidency has no direct relation with the stability of the Naira.”

It will be recalled that the Wall Street share markets went  flat after Donald Trump’s election victory despite expectations of heavy falls.

The S&P 500, Dow Jones, and Nasdaq stock indexes were little changed after the first hour of trading.

The pre-open future markets forecast dramatic sell-offs when Mr Trump’s lead became clear overnight.

Share traders had expected Hillary Clinton to beat Mr Trump to become the next US president on the back of polling forecasts.

UK and European stock markets have made back early losses, with money flowing into safe haven stocks, gold and currencies including the yen.

Trump’s Victory: “For the first time, I feel homeless in America” – Thomas L. Friedman

I began election night writing a column that started with words from an immigrant, my friend Lesley Goldwasser, who came to America from Zimbabwe in the 1980s. Surveying our political scene a few years ago, Lesley remarked to me: “You Americans kick around your country like it’s a football. But it’s not a football. It’s a Fabergé egg. You can break it.”

With Donald Trump now elected president, I have more fear than I’ve ever had in my 63 years that we could do just that — break our country, that we could become so irreparably divided that our national government will not function.

From the moment Trump emerged as a candidate, I’ve taken seriously the possibility that he could win; this column never predicted otherwise, although it certainly wished for it. That doesn’t mean the reality of it is not shocking to me.

As much as I knew that it was a possibility, the stark fact that a majority of Americans wanted radical, disruptive change so badly and simply did not care who the change agent was, what sort of role model he could be for our children, whether he really had any ability to execute on his plan — or even really had a plan to execute on — is profoundly disturbing.

Before I lay out all my fears, is there any silver lining to be found in this vote? I’ve been searching for hours, and the only one I can find is this: I don’t think Trump was truly committed to a single word or policy he offered during the campaign, except one phrase: “I want to win.”

But Donald Trump cannot be a winner unless he undergoes a radical change in personality and politics and becomes everything he was not in this campaign. He has to become a healer instead of a divider; a compulsive truth-teller rather than a compulsive liar; someone ready to study problems and make decisions based on evidence, not someone who just shoots from the hip; someone who tells people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear; and someone who appreciates that an interdependent world can thrive only on win-win relationships, not zero-sum ones.

I can only hope that he does. Because if he doesn’t, all of you who voted for him — overlooking all of his obvious flaws — because you wanted radical, disruptive change, well, you’re going to get it.

I assume that Trump will not want to go down as the worst president in history, let alone the one who presided over the deepest fracturing of our country since the Civil War. It would shake the whole world. Therefore, I can only hope that he will, as president, seek to surround himself with the best people he can, which surely doesn’t include the likes of Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich, let alone the alt-right extremists who energized his campaign.

But there is also a deeply worrying side to Trump’s obsession with “winning.” For him, life is always a zero-sum game: I win, you lose. But when you’re running the United States of America, everything can’t be a zero-sum game.

“The world only stays stable when countries are embedded in win-win relationships, in healthy interdependencies,” observed Dov Seidman, the C.E.O. of LRN, which advises companies on leadership, and the author of the book “How.”

For instance, America undertook the Marshall Plan after World War II — giving millions of dollars to Europe — to build it up into a trading partner and into a relationship that turned out to be of great mutual benefit. Does Trump understand that? Do those who voted for him understand how many of their jobs depend on America being embedded in healthy interdependencies around the world?

How do I explain Trump’s victory? Way too soon to say for sure, but my gut tells me that it has much less to do with trade or income gaps and much more to do with culture and many Americans’ feeling of “homelessness.”

There is nothing that can make people more angry or disoriented than feeling they have lost their home. For some it is because America is becoming a minority-majority country and this has threatened the sense of community of many middle-class whites, particularly those living outside the more cosmopolitan urban areas.

For others it is the dizzying whirlwind of technological change we’re now caught up in. It has either wiped out their job or transformed their workplace in ways they find disorienting — or has put stressful demands on them for lifelong learning. When the two most important things in your life are upended — the workplace and community that anchor you and give you identity — it’s not surprising that people are disoriented and reach for the simplistic solutions touted by a would-be strongman.

What I do know for certain is this: The Republican Party and Donald Trump will have control of all the levers of government, from the courts to the Congress to the White House. That is an awesome responsibility, and it is all going to be on them. Do they understand that?

Personally, I will not wish them ill. Too much is at stake for my country and my children. Unlike the Republican Party for the last eight years, I am not going to try to make my president fail. If he fails, we all fail. So yes, I will hope that a better man emerges than we saw in this campaign.

But at the moment I am in anguish, frightened for my country and for our unity. And for the first time, I feel homeless in America.

BREAKING: Violent protests erupt as Donald Trump becomes president-elect in America.

Crowds of angry protesters have taken to streets across the United States chanting “Not Our President” while setting fires and smashing windows.

 

Hundreds of people descended on California minutes after it was announced that Donald Trump had won the election.

 

Hillary Clinton supporters were filmed setting fire to the US flag while marching through the streets of Portland, Oregon, shouting “F*** Donald Trump”.

 

Footage also emerged of activists setting tyres and rubbish bins on fire, blocking main roads and lighting flares.

 

People also burned an effigy of the President-elect, who will be officially sworn into office in January.

 

Meanwhile, a young student has reportedly been hit by an SUV and severely injured during a march in Berkeley, with one witness claiming the crash was intentional, according NBC Bay Area .

 

Hillary Clinton supporters burn a US flag in Portland, Oregon, during protests after Trump wins (Photo: Twitter)
Police detain a protester marching against president-elect Donald Trump in Oakland, California
Hundreds of protesters gathered to march after it was announced that Mr Trump had won the election (Photo: Reuters)
A fire rages on a main road after angry protesters took to the streets (Photo: Rex)

Other protests have broken out in the San Diego, San Fransisco and San Jose areas, according to reports.

People could be heard chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” and “Not Our President”, according to Twitter users at the scene.

A demonstration also unfolded at the University of California, Davis where students blocked streets as they marched and chanted anti-Trump slogans and “You are not America, we are America,” according to Twitter posts.

Anti-racist protesters are to stage a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London following the shock election victory.

People link arms as they march through the streets of Oakland, California (Photo: Reuters)
The carnage left in the streets of Oakland after protests broke out (Photo: Rex)

Activists accused the President-elect of having a long history of “racist outbursts” as well as his promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

Sabby Dhalu, co-convener of the Stand up to Racism group, said: “Donald Trump used the oldest trick in the book – he stirred up fear and racism in the context of a stagnant economy and the resulting fall in living standards – to mobilise a vote for him.

“The danger now is racists across the globe feel emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory and racism and sexism become normalised through the most powerful figure in the world.

“We call on anti-racists and all progressives to join us tonight outside the US Embassy.”

Protesters chanted “Who’s streets? Our streets” and “Not our president” (Photo: REX)
Police were called to deal with protesters after peaceful marches turned violent (Photo: reX)
Protesters set fire to tyres, rubbish and even American flags (Photo: Rex)

The billionaire businessman will become the 45th president of the United States after voters gambled on his pledge to “Make America Great Again”.

Speaking at a victory party in New York after rival Hillary Clinton conceded defeat, Mr Trump urged Americans to put the election behind them.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”

Hillary supporters turned out to vent their fury at the election result (Photo: Splash)
Fires burned on highways, which police were forced to close in the hours after the election result was announced (Photo: rex)
Furious students marched in cities across the United States moments after Trump declared victory (Photo: Rex)

Taking to the stage with his family, including wife Melania, Mr Trump promised a plan to double economic growth and invest in world-class infrastructure.

“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.”

It would be a “beautiful thing”, he said.

The election of the outspoken businessman and TV personality, who has never held public office, shows the anger and frustration of many Americans who felt left behind by the economy and ignored by the political establishment.

Mr Trump said: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

Police were called to deal with activists after people began smashing windows and starting fires (Photo: reX)
Protesters in Oakland to Broadway in downtown to protest the election of Donald Trump (Photo: Rex)

The Republican candidate sealed victory when he took key battleground states Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Clinton camp initially refused to throw in the towel, but Mr Trump told supporters shortly before 8am UK time: “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.”

During the battle for the Oval Office, Mr Trump had repeatedly described his rival as “crooked Hillary” and called her a “nasty woman”.

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But he struck a conciliatory tone in his first appearance as president-elect, thanking the former first lady and secretary of state for her “service” to the country.

Mr Trump sought to give reassurance to international leaders about his intentions: “I want to tell the world community that, while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone – all people and all other nations.

Mexicans utterly devastated by Donald Trump’s win.

Mexicans bowed their heads in disbelief, the peso tumbled and the government prepared a response as Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant rhetoric infuriated the country, won the US presidential election.

At an American barbecue restaurant called Pinche Gringo in Mexico City, a festive mood turned somber as Mexicans and Americans rubbed their necks and could barely utter a word as they watched television networks confirming Trump’s victories in key states against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I feel very sad. It’s a nightmare, with a lot of uncertainty about what’s going to happen,” said Erick Sauri, a 35-year-old architect, who wore a blue T-shirt reading “Hillary Clinton for President.”

“For now we’re already making less (money) than we making yesterday,” Sauri said, referring to the national currency’s fall to a record low.

The dollar was buying 20.78 pesos, eclipsing the Mexican currency’s previous low of 19.93 set in September.

Mexicans have closely watched the US presidential campaign ever since Trump burst into the scene last year by calling migrants “rapists” and drug dealers.

The Republican real estate tycoon has pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, force Mexico to pay billions of dollars for a border wall, freeze remittances migrants send back home and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade and central bank chief Agustin Carstens were due to address the media early Wednesday to outline actions the government will take in response to the peso’s fall.

Meade said last week he expected such market “volatility” if Trump won, while Carstens said the government had an unspecified contingency plan in place to weather the storm.

Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu, meanwhile, cancelled a late night news conference. An official said she would speak after both Trump and Clinton have spoken.

– Meeting Mexican president –

In the runup to the election, Mexicans vented their anger in different ways, crushing Trump pinatas, burning his effigy and organizing an exhibit of cartoons mocking him as a Nazi or excrement.

Their president, Enrique Pena Nieto, tried a different approach, shocking many in his country when he met Trump at his official residence in Mexico City on August 31.

Pena Nieto’s failure to forcefully condemn Trump during a joint press conference angered Mexicans.

While the Mexican leader later tweeted that he had told Trump that his government would never pay for the wall, several analysts saw the visit as a mistake that helped Trump burnish his presidential image and Pena Nieto himself later admitted that the invitation was “hasty.”

But his invitation may pay off now, since Pena Nieto said his goal was to open dialogue with a man who could become the next US president.

– Good or bad? –

But that was little consolation to the Mexicans at Pinche Gringo, a Mexican-American-owned restaurant whose name refers to an insult lodged against Americans.

“I’m dismayed. It’s incredible that so many people voted for a message of hate. It’s like a bad dream,” said Monserrat Valencia, a 25-year-old economist, who left the restaurant even before Trump was declared the winner.

But not all saw doom and gloom.

Carlos Arturo Fernandez, a 36-year-old Uber driver navigating heavy traffic on a rainy night, said things may not turn out that bad with Trump as US president.

“Whether it’s Trump or Hillary, it can bring bad things and good things,” Fernandez said.

Trump victory provokes global shock and angst.

Donald Trump’s improbable victory in the US presidential election provoked global shock and angst on Wednesday over the implications for everything from trade to human rights and climate change.

The bombastic billionaire defeated Hillary Clinton in a result that few predicted, as millions of American voters shrugged off concerns over his temperament, lack of experience, and accusations of sexist and racist behaviour.

Trump’s rise has been keenly watched abroad as he campaigned on a platform of trashing trade agreements, questioning alliances, restricting immigration and dismissing climate change.

In often hushed scenes, many attendees at election-watching events around Asia expressed deep misgivings about Trump taking the reins of the world’s most powerful nation and economy.

Dianita Sugiyo, 34, a university lecturer in Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim country — said she was concerned by Trump’s calls to temporarily ban Muslims from countries with histories of terrorism.

“He has always been anti-Muslim and I am afraid he will discriminate against Muslims,” said Sugiyo, a member of a leading Indonesian moderate Muslim organisation.

“The United States is a multicultural country and there are a lot of Muslims there, so this is very terrifying,” she added, speaking at a US embassy event in Jakarta.

The election of an opponent of free trade caused financial markets across Asia to plunge, with Tokyo’s main index tumbling more than 5 percent, while stock futures on US and European markets also fell when they opened.

“The world is globalising and if the US, which is one of the economic powerhouses, is going to put up walls, I don’t see that as good for the world economy,” said Clarita Carlos, a political science professor at the University of the Philippines.

“They can practically slow down economic growth for everybody. He is a businessman. He should know better.”

– ‘Dangerous’ for the planet –

Trump has vowed to ditch the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, perhaps President Barack Obama’s main diplomatic legacy in the region.

Tang Siew Mun, head of the ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, said such moves would severely damage the US in a region where China is posing a growing leadership challenge.

“For us in the region, we ask these questions: does America still stand for free trade as far as TPP is concerned? Will America stand for and engage internationally as a global leader?” he said, speaking on Channel NewsAsia.

Environmentalists also recoiled, as Trump has threatened previously to “cancel” the historic UN pact struck last year to address climate change.

“What have we become?” asked Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Executive Director Yeb Sano.

“On climate change, clearly this is a massive blow to our prospects of progress and hope that the Paris Agreement had given us.”

At election events around the region, American Democratic supporters gradually deflated as Trump’s victory materialised, while Republicans were buoyed.

Bradley Jordan, a retired 59-year-old Californian in Bangkok, said a Trump win would “throw the whole world upside down.”

“It’s dangerous for the planet. If Trump wins, we will do nothing about climate change and the planet will be screwed. I just can’t believe this is happening right now,” he said, adding he was contemplating renouncing his US citizenship.

Even some Republicans expressed surprise at Trump’s win.

“To be honest we didn’t really think he would win,” Kym Kettler-Paddock, a US Republican, said at an election event in Hong Kong.

She said the panic over Trump would subside as he makes it known what sort of leader he would be.

“I think after that transition period (the uncertainty) would settle down,” she said.

Others, however, pointed to Trump’s friendly comments toward the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin as indicating America may no longer carry the torch for human rights.

“The fact that authoritarian leaders around the region find hope in the possible election of Donald Trump as president is a telling indicator of what they think his policies on human rights will be,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch.

Obama Congratulates Trump, Invites Him, Clinton To White House

U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated his successor, Donald Trump, in a phone call and invited him to the White House.

His office said in a statement on Wednesday in Washington that the meeting with Mr. Trump was planned for Thursday.

Mr. Obama also called Hillary Clinton and “expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country.

The president would make a statement from the White House later on Wednesday to discuss the election results and “what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season.”

The White House said that “ensuring a smooth transition of power” is one of Mr. Obama’s top priorities.

Republican Mr. Trump defeated Democrat Mrs. Clinton in a surprise result that saw him win key battleground states like Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

In his victory speech, Mr. Trump said he received a congratulatory phone call from Mrs. Clinton and congratulated her for running a strong campaign.

He pledged to unite the U.S., saying “I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

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Hollywood stars ‘terrified’ and ‘sad’ as Trump elected President.

Hollywood stars lashed out on social media Wednesday morning as Donald Trump declared victory and became the 45th US president.

 

The heated race for the White House saw Donald Trump win key battleground states on Wednesday before declaring victory, prompting Hillary Clinton’s strong mass of celebrity support to express their shock and disdain with the result.

 

“Someone give me hope,” actress and stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted when the first results began to surface.

 

“I’ve got you and I’m not letting go. @HillaryClinton,” wrote American Crime Story’s Sarah Paulson as she posted a photo of her holding on to a Clinton doll.

 

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger showed his indignation at the use of his track You Can’t Always Get What You Want at Trump’s victory speech, tweeting “maybe they’ll ask me to sing at the inauguration. ha”.

 

And rapper Snoop Dog called voters “zombies” for voting in a man unfit for office, adding “what a world”.

 

Captain America Chris Evans wrote “This is an embarrassing night for America. We’ve let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We’ve let a bully set our course. I’m devastated”.

 

Others took a milder approach, asking for “unity” and “understanding” among supporters.

 

American businessmen Mark Cuban wrote “I’m an American citizen First. Last. Always”.

 

CW’s Superman Tyler Hoechlin reminded his fans “we must love and look after one another. No labels, no colors, no hate, love all”.

 

Singer Ariana Grande was “utterly terrified” as Trump’s victory drew nearer, and comedian Patton Oswalt thanked all the major networks “you wanted a white-knuckle story. You got one. With a sad ending”.

 

Among the distressed celebrities there were also a few British voices.

 

Talk show host and comedian James Corden wrote that he was experiencing “Brexit feelings”, while singer Lily Allen urged Canada to “build a wall”.

 

Harry Potter writer J K Rowling urged people not to let “hate speech become normalised”, adding “we hold the line”.

 

American actress Chloe Sevigny took a more visual approach, posting on her Instagram page a picture of the American flag with the words “I’m terrified”.

 

And Diane Kruger, a German descendent in Hollywood, posted only a black background photo.

 

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane also tweeted: “I truly cannot visualize the rambling, incoherent creature I saw at the debates now addressing the nation from the Oval Office.”

 

Singer Cher wrote that the “world will never be the same”, adding Trump’s victory was “sad for the young”.

 

There were also a few messages of support for President Trump.

 

Martial arts actor Steven Seagal congratulated the Republican “for your stunning victory over your opponent”.

 

While actress Kirstie Alley wrote “against all odds,, against the establishment and even against most from the GOP.. u did it!”.

Trump’s victory not good for world economy – European Central Bank

European Central Bank, ECB, governing council member, Ewald Nowotny, has lamented Donald Trump’s shock election win in the United States, saying, “it is not a good day for the world economy.”

He told newsmen in Vienna, Italy that the ECB was “prepared to intervene,” warning of “massive insecurities” following the vote outcome that sent shockwaves through global markets.

Nowotny, who is on the ECB’s governing council that decides monetary policy, added, “Close observation is certainly necessary right now.”

He noted that Europe’s recovery could also be affected if Trump’s regime took a “menacing turn.”

He said that he expected “a period of uncertainty in the medium term”, as had happened after Britain’s decision to leave the EU in June.

The victory of the Republican candidate over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton sent stocks tumbling in the Asian market, although markets pared losses in European trading and London’s FTSE 100 index briefly bouncing into positive territory.

Nowotny, however, said it was too early to say if the US Federal Reserve was still likely to raise interest rates in next month.

He said, “That will depend on how the American economy reacts in general.”

Meanwhile, the ECB’s chief economist Peter Praet has called for calm following the development.

Praet said in a banking conference in Brussels, “I think we have to be calm- calmer than the markets certainly.

“It’s too early to react to such events and we are closely monitoring the situation.

“I think all communication on monetary policy has not changed and will not change as a result.”

Canadian Immigration Website Crashes As Trump Wins

According to Washington Times, the Canadian government’s immigration website crashed Tuesday night when the billionaire Republican moved closer to the 270 electoral votes he needs to claim the White House.

It was recalled that many Americans publicly expressed that they will leave the country for Canada if Trump wins, and it seems this is likely to happen with the overload on the Canandian Immigration website.

Meanwhile the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Twitter page is yet acknowledge the crash but the immigration website has crashed showing a ‘500 – Internal server error’ message.

It will interest you to know that Major media outlets including Fortune magazine and USA Today recently published articles explaining how Americans could emigrate to Canada. And earlier this year, the Canadian town of Cape Breton launched a public-relations effort appealing to U.S. citizens who may wish to move north if Trump wins.

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Netanyahu Congratulates Trump, A ‘True Friend’ Of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Donald Trump on his election as US president on Wednesday and called him “a true friend of the state of Israel.”

“President-elect Trump is a true friend of the state of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” the right-wing premier said in a statement.

“The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny.

“I am confident that president-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

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EU Invites Trump To Early Summit

Leaders of the European Union institutions have invited United States President-elect, Donald Trump, to a summit as soon as he can schedule one.

Reuters says this was mentioned as key in a letter signed by the leaders on Wednesday congratulating Trump on his election as the new U.S. President.

“Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations,” wrote Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, presidents respectively of the European Council, which groups member states, and the executive European Commission.

“Only by cooperating closely can the EU and U.S continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh, the threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, climate change and migration,” they said.

The leaders said that “fortunately, the EU-U.S strategic partnership was broad and deep, from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change.

“Through EU-U.S collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe’s Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“We should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable,” the EU leaders said.

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US Election: Ekweremadu congratulates President-Elect Trump

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the President-Elect of the United States of America, USA, Mr. Donald Trump, on his victory in the US presidential election.

In his message, Ekweremadu, who described the election as “hard-fought”, said the two major contestants gave a good account of themselves, and commended the candidate of the Democratic Party, Mrs. Hilary Clinton, for calling to concede the presidency to her rival and congratulating him on his hard-worn victory.

He said: “Mr. Trump has rightly described the election as historic. But it is not only historic for the U.S, but also for the world. It is an important reminder to the entire world of the true meaning and essence of democracy as government of the people.

“I urge him to work for democracy, global peace and prosperity because the peace and prosperity of America is intrinsic in that of the entire world.

“In particular, I urge better bilateral deals for Nigeria by the incoming Donald Trump presidency. I have no doubt that the people of Nigeria and indeed the Peoples Democratic Party are willing and ready to work with the incoming U.S government for the good of both nations”.

Senator Ekweremadu also enjoined emerging democracies, including Nigeria, to emulate the democratic and transparent nature of the U.S election, noting that the will of the people and respect for democratic principles must be allowed at all times.

“We have many lessons to learn from the American presidential election. It was highly democratic, transparent, peaceful, and free of intimidation, willful manipulations, contrived security scares; and it was absolutely conclusive, even though the ruling party was losing, and eventually lost”, Ekweremadu stressed.

Saraki in his message said: “On this day, I wish to extend my sincerest congratulatory remarks to U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump, on his remarkable victory in yesterday’s national election in the United States.

“Mr. Trump persevered through a very challenging Republican primary election cycle, where he defeated sixteen (16) professional and well-organized candidates. While many career politicians tried to write off Mr. Trump’s candidacy as a long shot, he stuck to his positions and controlled the daily media messaging like no other candidate in the history of American Presidential campaigns.

“Additionally, I must commend Mr. Trump for his gracious and courteous acceptance of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s phone call to concede the election. He recognizes that Secretary Clinton ran a courageous contest and was perhaps the most qualified candidate for President in decades. Having worked with Mrs. Clinton as a champion of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, I can personally attest to her hard work and dedication to the less fortunate in our society. Secretary Clinton would have been a tremendous leader and we will all miss her dedication and commitment to public service.

“I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump to continue the strong U.S.-Nigeria relationship and to address our mutual interest in defeating global terror networks, rooting out corruption and strengthening the institutions of governance.

“Mr. Trump’s years of being a private sector leader can be invaluable to Nigeria as we work to restructure and diversify our economy. It is important for the private sector here to have a larger role in expanding our economic base, creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship. In these areas, I am sure he will be able to serve as a strong partner.

“In closing, it is my hope and prayer that the United States can move beyond this election and heal the divisions that divide that great nation. Mr. Trump has an opportunity to be a unifying force and I believe his humble acceptance speech was a great beginning.?”

Merkel Offers To Work Closely With Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Trump on his win. She added that the campaign had often been connected with confrontation that had been hard to tolerate.

Merkel said the person who ruled the United States carries a lot of responsibility, which was palpable almost everywhere in the world.

She stressed the Americans had decided Trump should be their President. Democracy, freedom and the respect of people’s dignity — regardless of race and religion — were pillars that connected Germany and the USA.

And, on the basis of those values. she offered to work closely with Trump.

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Former KKK Leader: Trump Win a Great Victory for ‘Our People’

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is calling Donald Trump’s electoral victory “one of the most exciting nights of my life.”

Duke, a white nationalist who unsuccessfully ran for Louisiana Senate, tweeted early Wednesday that his supporters played a major part in paving Trump’s road to the presidency.

“Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!” he wrote.

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Trump faced criticism early on in his candidacy for failing to denounce the KKK and disavow Duke, who had endorsed Trump for president. But more recently, the Trump campaign made several attempts to distance itself from the former KKK grand wizard, with Eric Trump saying earlier this month that Duke “deserves a bullet.”

Russia celebrates as Trump takes White House on Election Day.

How many Electoral votes does Russia have?

Social media began asking the question as poll watchers in the Kremlin — and presumably Russian president Vladimir Putin — took delight in Donald Trump’s impressive Election Night showing.

Putin pinged Trump a congratulatory telegram following his White House win, adding that he hopes relations between the two countries benefit as a result.

Popular Front, a political movement founded by Putin in 2011, also took note of Trump’s victory and Putin’s alleged hand in the election.

“They say that Putin once again beat all,” the group tweeted.

 

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Trump had been widely criticized over what had appeared to be a cozy relationship with Putin.

Election coverage was so intense in Russia that at least one news commentator joked that voters in Moscow were looking for places to cast ballots for Trump.

The night-and-day coverage in Russia led many to complain that the Kremlin-managed news media was devoting more attention to the American elections than it gave to a Russia’s national parliamentary vote less than two months ago.

“Correct me if I am wrong, but this has not happened for any elections in Russia,” Dmitry Gudkov, an opposition politician, wrote on Facebook.

 

Gudkov lost his seat in part because nongovernment candidates got virtually zero television coverage.

The Russian news media has generally been kinder to Trump. Clinton, on the other hand, is regarded as an old adversary who would tighten the screws on the Kremlin.

“Clinton will surround us with nuclear rockets,” one Russian newspaper warned.

Vadim Tyulpanov, member of the Russian Senate, told Moscow’s Life News that Americans were tired of overly aggressive leaders, and that a Trump victory could lead to collaboration between the former Cold War foes.

 

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He said he was dismayed that the American elite tried to paint Trump as a puppet of Russia.

China was watching the election closely, as well.

Commentators signaled Beijing’s preference for the billionaire, saying that like Russia, China was rooting for Trump because he appears less willing to confront China’s newly robust foreign

“From a comprehensive view, it would make it easier for China to cope if Trump is elected,” scholar Mei Xinyu wrote in the Communist Party newspaper Global Times.

 

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“This is because under the policy line advocated by Obama and Clinton, the political and military frictions between China and the U.S. will be more frequent.”

Not all of Russia rejoiced over the prospect of a Trump presidency. Margarita Simonyan, the editor of an English-language news outlet, tweeted a simple message.

“Democracy. R.I.P.”

Just In: Putin congratulates Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday became the first world leader to congratulate President-elect of the United States Donald Trump.

 

According to a statement from the Kremlin, 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.

“Trump will still be petty and vengeful. I feel sad for the young”, says Cher.

American singer and actress, Cher, says Donald Trump would not discard his negative attributes should he emerge president of the United States.

Trump is inching close to a historic victory over Hillary Clinton, candidate of the Democratic party.

As reality dawned that Trump may win – especially after winning Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Utah – a despondent Cher was pictured leaving Javits Center, New York, which houses Clinton supporters.

After her exit, Cher went on a Twitter rant to vent her frustration.

The singer’s anger was directed at the other two presidential candidates in the race, Gary Johnson of Libertarian party and Jill Steen of Green party.

Cher believes Johnson and Steen could have helped avert a potential Trump presidency.

In a series of tweets, Cher said: “If Trump wins, he will still be what he is now… petty, vengeful, coward. As Germany was in the 30s, there’s an anger, a rage, that has consumed our USA.

“Ask yourself, did I do all I could have done? It’s a good lesson. We are still trying to have hope… saw Brexit rip Great Britain apart in one night

“Imbecile Gary Johnson brings down the world because of narcissism and ignorance… Jill, you’re worthless, you could have saved us. Why didn’t you?

“The world will never be the same. I feel sad for the young,” she added.

Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, the singer has been a vocal supporter of Clinton since the election campaign commenced, especially on social media.

“If he [Trump] were to be elected, I’m moving to Jupiter,” the singer had tweeted last year.

US Election: I Will Be President for All Americans – Trump

Donald Trump said Wednesday he would bind the nation’s deep wounds and be a president “for all Americans,” as he praised his defeated rival Hillary Clinton for her years of public service.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” Trump said during his speech acknowledging a stunning victory in the White House race.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans.”

Details later.

Clinton Calls Trump to Concede Victory

Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede the presidential election early Wednesday after a stunning turn of events in Tuesday’s contest.

Trump Iis poised to clear the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

The defeat to Trump, a businessman and reality TV personality who has never held public office, marked a shocking turn in Clinton’s decades-long political career. She had tried to assure voters that her record of public service, and stability relative to Trump, outweighed the real or imagined scandals that have dogged her time in the public eye.

Trump said he received a call from Clinton shortly before he gave a victory speech early Wednesday in Manhattan.

“She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory. And I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign,” Trump said.

Dollar and stocks fall as Trump takes lead in US election.

The US dollar has dropped and stocks have plummeted as investors faced the possibility that Republican nominee Donald Trump could win the race to the White House.

As of 04:55GMT on Wednesday, Trump was leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 23 Electoral College votes, with a tally of 232-209. It takes 270 to win.

US stock futures recoiled more than 4 percent, a loss reminiscent of the market carnage that followed the British vote to leave the European Union in June; while the Mexican peso went into near free-fall as Trump secured the key state of Florida, plunging more than 10 percent against the dollar.

The peso has become a touchstone for sentiment on the election as Trump’s trade policies are seen as damaging to its export-heavy economy.

“There’s a lot of panic in the market, it is definitely an outcome it was not expecting,” Juan Carlos Alderete, a strategist at Banorte-IXE told Reuters news agency.

But the story was very different against the safe-haven yen, with the dollar shedding 3 percent to 102.02 yen. The euro gained 1.5 percent to $1.1190.

However, the price of gold, seen as a safe place for investors’ money in times of uncertainty, soared 3.1 percent to $1,313.50 an ounce.

Meanwhile, South Korean authorities were thought to have intervened to steady their currency, and dealers were wondering if central banks globally would step in to calm nerves.

Markets fear a Trump victory could cause global economic and trade turmoil, discouraging the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates in December as long expected, and have tended to favour Clinton as a status quo candidate who would be considered a safe pair of hands at home on the world stage.

With voting completed in more than two-thirds of the 50 US states, the race was still too close to call in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, states that could be vital to deciding who wins the presidency.

Clinton, Trump make last pitches hours before polls open.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump campaigned into the early hours of Tuesday in a last pitch to U.S. voters as the final minutes of this presidential campaign tick away.

The focus of the final rallies was on the swing states such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania which hold the keys to the presidency.

A year and a half after announcing her candidacy for president, Clinton is favoured by pollsters to win the White House on Tuesday.

“It is not just my name or Donald Trump’s name on the ballot, it’s the kind of country we want,’’ she said at the midnight rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she was joined by her family and pop star Lady Gaga.

Speaking at his last campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a state where Trump hoped to convince white working class voters, he told the supporters: “Today is our independence day.’’

“We are finally going to close the history books on the Clintons, their lives, their schemes, their corruptions,” he said.

Earlier Clinton was in Philadelphia, the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, where her party convened in July to nominate her.

At an outdoor rally alongside President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, she urged people to turn out Tuesday and vote for her.

“Let us show tomorrow there will be no question about the outcome of this election,” she said.

Clinton pledged to be a president for all Americans, not just those who support her and spoke of the need to “bridge the divide” after the election.

The last day of campaigning before the election wrapped up a political roller coaster that featured months of hostility.

It, however, include accusations against Trump over his treatment of women and against Clinton over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Trump declared at an appearance in Florida that he would win a slew of swing states as well as long-time Democratic strongholds, like Michigan and Minnesota.

“It is time to reject the media and liberal elite that has bled our country dry. It is finally time for us to fight for America,’’ Trump said.

Both candidates also made direct appeals to voters in unusually long two-minute television ads scheduled to run during prime time evening television programming.

Speaking directly to the camera, Clinton vowed to work her heart out as president and to make things better for you and your family.

“Tonight I am asking for your vote, and tomorrow let’s make history together,’’ Clinton said, who would be the U.S. first woman president if she defeats Trump on Tuesday.

Trump, in his ad, pledges to take back the country for them, asserting that the government is a failed and corrupt political establishment.

He said he wanted to replace the establishment with a new government controlled by the American people.

Obama also crisscrossed the country for Clinton, including shoring up support in Michigan, a traditional Democratic stronghold that Trump hoped to nab.

The president saw the election in part as a vote on his legacy, declaring that the progress goes down the drain if they do not win tomorrow and calling Trump “uniquely unqualified” to be president.

The race has tightened in recent days, but Clinton is still considered the favourite, with more paths to the 270 out of 538 Electoral College votes needed to win.

She held a slim 2-percentage-point lead in an average of national opinion surveys.

Meanwhile the race is also narrow in the battleground states, but she would need to win fewer of those states than Trump to triumph.

The ultimate winner would be determined based on so-called Electoral College votes awarded to the winner of each state, rather than to the most popular candidate nationwide.

JUST IN: Donald Trump arrives at polling place to cast his vote. [Video]

As Americans from all states of the country decide who becomes their president today, there have been many speculations as to who will emerge the winner between Hillary Clinton of the Democrat Party and Donald Trump of the Republican Party.

 

After weeks of polls from different organizations, Hillary Clinton seems to be the favourite of the two but the outcome of today’s elections will either validate or negate the polls.

 

Below is a video of Donald Trump arriving the polling booth to cast his ballot some minutes ago. After which he took some time out to talk to some of his supporters.

 

A Kenyan bar brewed Clinton and Trump beers for #ElectionDay

This is possibly the most novel way to capitalise on the US election that we have come across so far.

 

The BBC’s Patrick Kihara spotted a bar in Kenya’s capital Nairobi has brewed its own Clinton and Trump beers.

 

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Clinton Brew has a “floral aroma” while Trump Brew has “low bitterness”.

 

We aren’t clear as to whether these are just the description of the taste of the beers or also a commentary on how the beer makers perceive the two presidential candidates.

 

If it’s the latter, we’re a bit flummoxed as to what a person with a malty character would be like.

Why Trump will win U.S. presidential poll – Supporters

With only hours to the heated U.S. presidential elections, the Republicans have exuded confidence that their nominee, Donald Trump, would win the election and not his rival, Democratic Hillary Clinton.

Some of Mr. Trump’s supporters who spoke to a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the U.S. on Monday said Mrs. Clinton’s support base was fast crumbling.

According to them, the Republican nominee will win all the battleground states to be elected president of the U.S. on Tuesday.

John Fredricks, the Chairman of the Trump Campaign in the State of Virginia said Trump would get more than the required votes to become president.

He said “we are gaining on Hillary Clinton every single day and we feel very confident that by Tuesday, Trump is going to win; we are very confident about that.

“As for the Electoral College and the so-called Blue wall, it is crumbling as we speak and the Electoral College is not as they say they have it, it is a complete mess now.

“We are going to turn the table in the battleground states, including winning Virginia and get elected and Trump is going to win the election on Tuesday night,” he said.

Mr. Fredricks also said that the African-Americans and other minority groups would overwhelmingly vote for Mr. Trump in the election.

He accused the media of painting Mr. Trump as hating African-Americans and other minority groups in the U.S., adding that the Republican nominee would get a chink of the minority votes.

“We are going to get more than 50 per cent of the African-American votes. We are going to get a high percentage of the Hispanic.

“Regardless of the way the media have painted Trump before average working-class American, Black, White, Hispanic, Indians, does not matter.”

Jeff Ryer, a Republican chieftain in the state of Virginia said the game changer in Tuesday’s election was that traditionally speaking, Republicans have greater percentage of votes in polling and turnout on election day.

Mr. Ryer said “part of our base is that it is very easy to motivate; they are going to show up. The campaign has been working on a get-out-to-vote operation through Internet and telephony.

“One of the reasons the race is tightening at the polls is because the percentage of the Republicans who are with Trump continues to increase with each polls and his percentage goes up.”

He said the polls showing Mrs. Clinton winning could not be totally relied upon as the whole electioneering process this year had been unusual.

A Republican member of the Senate of the State of Virginia, Frank Wagner, said the determinant of who would appoint the next Supreme Court justice had made Republicans disgruntled by Trump’s candidature to support him lately.

“We don’t sense the excitement in the African-Americans like we saw in 2008 and 2012 during President Barack Obama’s elections.”

According to him, however, there will be high turnout in traditional White states, which support Trump.

Mr. Wagner, who is a governorship candidate for Virginia, said the polls could not be relied upon but that Americans would be the utmost deciders of the poll.

NAN reports that U.S. president is elected by Electoral College made up of 538 electors as against popular vote and to be elected president, a candidate must win 50 per cent plus one (51 per cent) electoral vote.

Each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, has a certain amount of Electoral College votes to award a candidate, based on the number of members of Congress it has.

This is roughly in line with each area’s population and the votes are given on a winner-takes-all basis, except in Maine and Nebraska.

In 2008, President Barack Obama won 53 per cent of the vote but this led to 68 per cent of the Electoral College vote.

#ElectionDay: Hillary Clinton casts her vote.

Democratic candidate in the US Presidential elections, Hillary Clinton early Tuesday cast her vote near her home in New York.

 

Clinton had earlier arrived the Westchester County Airport, White Plains New York at about 3:38am Eastern Time in company of her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

 

About 150 supporters were seen cheering the Democratic candidate, who voted with husband Bill Clinton at an elementary school near their home in Chappaqua.

 

“I’m so happy, I’m just incredibly happy,” Clinton said.

 

“All my friends and my neighbors, it makes me so happy.”

#ElectionDay: Bruce and Beyonce lead stars in late Clinton push

Top musicians from Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen are rallying behind Hillary Clinton in the countdown to Tuesday’s election, adding A-list star power to a massive get-out-the-vote operation.

While US pop stars have long leaned to the left, the tilt toward Clinton is unprecedented in a modern election, with Republican rival Donald Trump virtually shunned by the music world.

Springsteen, one of the biggest concert attractions in the rock universe, will perform at a Clinton rally Monday evening in the must-win state of Pennsylvania.

Jon Bon Jovi, a longtime campaigner for Democratic candidates, will also join the rally in Philadelphia alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

Lady Gaga, in one of her first shows since releasing her latest album “Joanne,” will then join Clinton and Bon Jovi at a midnight stop in North Carolina.

Such celebrity entertainers invariably ensure large crowds at a point in the campaign where weak turnout would be optically disastrous.

But even more importantly, big-name performances allow campaigns to collect contact details for sympathetic voters — crucial in the polarized country where elections increasingly are won by mobilizing turnout rather than persuading the undecided.

When rap mogul Jay Z announced a November 4 concert for Clinton in Ohio, her campaign had 10 days to ask fans to sign up for tickets through the candidate’s website.

Jay Z came out in Cleveland with his wife, pop superstar Beyonce, as well as three other major names in hip-hop — J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Big Sean.

Jay Z — who with Beyonce had strongly supported Obama, the first African American president — alluded to Clinton’s historic role as potentially the first woman to lead the United States.

“Our soul is colorless and I want to grow up in a world where my daughter has no limitations,” Jay Z said.

Without referring to Trump by name, Jay Z said the real estate tycoon was “not an evolved soul” and had weakened the United States through divisive remarks.

– Trump denounces ‘filthy’ rap lyrics –

Trump, in his final days of campaigning, has repeatedly lashed out at Beyonce and Jay Z, claiming at a rally Monday in North Carolina: “I get bigger crowds than they do.”

Trump also took aim at the language by Jay Z, who like many rappers frequently uses profanity and did not edit his lyrics for the Clinton rally.

“Isn’t it amazing that … Jay Z and Beyonce use filthy language in the songs, using words that if I ever said those words, it would be the reinstitution of the electric chair, right?” Trump said.

Despite Trump’s concern about profanity, one of his few musical backers, hard rocker Ted Nugent, also used unprintable words when he introduced the Republican at a rally Sunday in Michigan.

Nugent, who has previously called for the death of Clinton and Obama, grabbed his crotch on stage and quipped, “I’ve got your blue state right here, black and blue,” referring to the color associated with the Democratic Party.

Trump, who has described undocumented Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and boasted of forcing himself on women, has faced complaints from a long list of stars including the Rolling Stones and Adele for playing their songs at rallies.

Trump, a former reality television host, has several backers in Hollywood, notably Clint Eastwood.

– New approaches –

Other stars who back Clinton include Katy Perry, who has lent her hit “Roar” for campaign advertisements and has spoken out on Twitter, where the pop diva has more followers than anyone else.

Glam pop singer Miley Cyrus has stumped door-to-door for Clinton among Virginia students, while indie rock favorites The National performed a free pro-Clinton concert in their native Cincinnati, Ohio.

In one novel approach that may reach millions, users of leading music streaming site Spotify opened the service to a non-partisan message from Obama urging them to vote.
And novelist Dave Eggers over the past month has led the “30 Days, 30 Songs” project in which artists release anti-Trump protest songs.

Contributors include electronica great Moby, who has said that Trump is “pretty close to being a psychopath.”

Psychic Fish Picks Trump as US Next President

A “psychic” fish in India on Tuesday picked Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, hours before Americans head to the polls.

Chanakya II, a flowerhorn cichlid fish, was given three chances to pick between two floating sticks bearing a photo of Republican Trump or his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

The creature, which has a bulbous forehead that resembles the extravagant coiffure of the real estate mogul, swam towards Trump all three times.

Chanakya II’s first official prediction sees him join the swelling menagerie of soothsaying animals.

His predecessor, Chanakya I, was famous for accurately forecasting winners in football and cricket matches, his owners at the Chennai-based NGO Indian Community Welfare Organisation said.

There have been numerous “psychic” animals since Germany’s football oracle, Paul the Octopus, successfully tipped the winner of eight-straight matches during the 2010 World Cup.

All eyes are on the US presidential election as a divisive 511-day campaign comes to an end with either the country’s first female president or a populist property tycoon poised to enter the White House.

More than 40 million Americans have already cast ballots in states that allow early voting, with opinion polls suggesting Clinton has a slim edge.

Today Is Our Independence Day– Trump

Donald Trump has told supporters at his presidential campaign’s final rally that the United States is just “hours away from a once-in-a-lifetime change.’’

“Today is our independence day,’’ the Republican candidate said in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a state that has been solidly Democratic for decades.

Report says Trump sees an opportunity among Michigan white working class voters who have been hurt by the decline of the auto industry.

Trump added that his administration would stop the jobs from leaving America and would also stop the jobs from leaving Michigan.

“We are finally going to close the history books on the Clintons, their lives, their schemes, their corruptions,” he said of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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Today is our independence day – Trump

Mexicans pray Trump defeat in Tuesday’s US election.

Mexicans have smashed Donald Trump pinatas and torched the Republican White House hopeful’s effigy. Now they hope he will crash and burn in Tuesday’s US presidential election.

The New York billionaire became Mexico’s bogeyman ever since he called migrants “rapists” and drug dealers when he launched his campaign last year.

“The guy is a clown, a blowhard,” said Jafet Granados, an 18-year-old biotechnology student who was standing under Mexico City’s Angel of Independence monument.

“If he wins, he won’t do half of what he has promised.”

The government certainly sees risks in a Trump victory.

Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said while a Trump victory would undoubtedly cause more “volatility” in the markets, the country was on strong financial footing to deal with it.

And central bank chief Agustin Carstens, who warned in September that Trump could hit Mexico like a powerful “hurricane,” said this week that the government had a contingency plan to weather the storm.

With his vows to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement and make Mexico pay to build a massive border wall, Trump’s rise in opinion polls just before the US vote contributed to the fall of the Mexican peso to 19.50 per dollar.

The peso however soared to 18.5563 per dollar in early Asian trading on Monday after the FBI lifted the threat of charges against Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

– Slim vs Trump –

Not everyone in Mexico is putting a brave face on a possible victory for the 70-year-old Manhattan property mogul.

Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim has warned that a Trump administration would “destroy” the US economy by imposing big tariffs on imports.

“As we say in Mexico, being a drunk is different from being a bartender,” Slim quipped to reporters on Friday.

Trump lashed out at Slim last month after The New York Times published claims from women accusing the real estate baron of sexual misconduct. Slim is the newspaper’s largest shareholder.

Despite Trump’s unpopularity in Mexico, President Enrique Pena Nieto made the shocking decision to invite him to his official residence in August.

The invitation and Pena Nieto’s failure to forcefully criticize Trump during a joint news conference angered Mexicans.

Pena Nieto defended the move, saying it was important to open dialogue with someone who could be the next US president, though he admitted that he may have rushed to hold the meeting and failed to anticipate the anger it caused.

– Republican in Mexico: ‘Disgrace’ –

“The majority of Mexicans don’t want (Trump) to win,” Jose Antonio Crespo, a political expert at the Economic and Teaching Research Center, told AFP.

“The bilateral relation will be more quarrelsome than it normally is,” Crespo said.

Marcos Reyes, 46, who works at an advertising firm, said he feared that Trump would go through with mass deportations while those who remain in the United States would have “few opportunities” to have a better life.

Even the Republican Party’s representative in Mexico, Larry Rubin, is not voting Trump.

“It wouldn’t be good for the United States and much less for relations between the United States and Mexico,” Rubin, a dual US-Mexican citizen, told the Televisa network.

“His rhetoric has been very negative,” he said. “It would be a disgrace.”

On Elections eve, Trump attacks US Somali community.

US Republican party presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused the Somali community in the state of Minnesota of “spreading extremist views all over the country”.

 

He used a knife attack by a Somali immigrant in September in St. Cloud city as an example, saying the people of Minnesota have “suffered enough”.

 

Mr Trump, who was on a whirlwind campaign trip before Tuesday’s election, said that if he became president he would ensure that local communities were consulted before refugees settled.

 

Like his Democratic party rival Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump was upbeat about winning the contest to replace President Barack Obama.

 

Tuesday’s election could hinge on about a dozen so-called ‘swing states’ where the contest between the two leading candidates was particularly tight.

One Day To US Election, See Who Is Leading According To New Poll

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican rival by three percentage points nationally as they head into the final day of a tight race for the White House, according to a new poll.

The final Bloomberg Politics-Selzer & Co poll released on Monday has Clinton ahead of Trump, 44 percent to 41 percent.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was at 4 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein had 2 percent support.

Clinton also leads Trump by three points in a hypothetical two-way matchup when third-party candidates are not included.

Another tracking poll released early on Monday also put Clinton in the lead.

The former secretary of state held a four-point lead over the billionaire businessman in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. The survey showed 47 percent of likely US voters backed Clinton while 43 percent said they supported Trump.

The Clinton campaign received a late break with FBI Director James Comey announcing Sunday that no criminal charges were forthcoming in the probe of Clinton’s newly-found emails.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” the FBI chief wrote in a new letter to congressional committee chairmen.

The development is a major relief to Clinton, who is spending the final hours of her campaign trying to close Trump’s path to presidency.

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READ: 11 points that will help you understand the US election.

“American electoral system is so confusing that most Americans don’t understand it,” said Patrick Butler, vice-president, programmes at the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ).

If Americans find it difficult to understand their own electoral system, how will outsiders do? This is the reason we compiled these points which will guide you in understanding the process better.

THE ROLE OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE

In less than 48 hours, the 45th president of the United States would have been known. There is no doubt that the election is a two-way horse race between Donald Trump of the Republican Party, and Hillary Clinton of the Democracy Party, but unlike Nigeria where popular national vote determines the president, only 548 electors will vote for the next US president.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots during the U.S. presidential election in Newark

WHO ARE THE ELECTORS?

The US constitution doesn’t provide too many details about who can serve as an elector except that no sitting senator or house member can be appointed as one. Political parties in each state generally choose their slate of electors.

SLATE FOR ELECTORS IS CHOSEN ON ELECTION DAY

A political party’s slate of electors is chosen on election day in each state, and in most, it’s based on which ticket wins the most votes.

HOW ELECTORAL COLLEGE WORKS

Electoral College

Each state’s allotted number of electoral votes is equal to the size of each state’s congressional delegation. Texas, for example, has 38 electors, which means the state has 36 members in the house of representatives plus its two senators. California has the most electoral votes, 55, and a few states like the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming have as few as three. Washington, D.C. also has three electoral votes.

Most states distribute electoral votes through a winner-take-all system,

THE ELECTORATE VOTE FOR THE COLLEGE, NOT THE CANDIDATES

Americans will not be voting for the president directly in the election; it is the electors that will vote for the president. To be elected president, a candidate must score 270 Electoral College vote, representing 50 per cent plus one vote or a simple majority vote.

Quentin Kidd, a professor of Political Science at the Christopher Newport University, took time to explain the process to NAN.

“The ballot indicates ‘Electors for Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine; Electors for Donald Trump, Mike Pence. So our ballot doesn’t list the names of the candidates but the ballot does say ‘electors for’,” the agency quoted Kidd to have said.

“So you (electorate) are choosing who the electors are going to be bound to, not who the candidate is; the candidates choose who the electors are.”

VOTES ARE AWARDED TO CANDIDATES WHO WIN MAJORITY

Each state has “winner takes all” system. That is, whoever wins popular votes takes all the votes; whoever wins popular votes wins the electors.

“It’s a very complicated system but in general, what happens is that each of the 50 states awards all of its votes to the candidate who wins a majority in that state,” Kidd explained.

“So let’s take California for example: if one candidate wins 80 per cent of the votes in that state, they get all of that state’s electoral vote.

“If they win 51 per cent of the votes in that state, they still get all of that state’s electoral vote.”

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE DOESN’T VOTE UNTIL DECEMBER

This is also another part that is confusing. Technically, the winner of the election will be known by November 9, but the electors meet in mid-December to officially cast one vote for president and one vote for vice-president.

The outcome of the election is not formalised until December.

VICE-PRESIDENT WILL OPEN THE VOTES BEFORE CONGRESS

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The votes of the electors are sent to the government by late December, and on the afternoon of January 6 – unless the date is changed – Vice-President Joe Biden will open the electoral votes before a joint session of the new congress where they will be counted.

LAWMAKERS VOTE WHEN THERE IS A TIE

If there is a tie in the Electoral College or if no candidate receive 270 electoral votes, the house would elect the next president based on the three presidential candidates who receive the most electoral votes, with one vote per state delegation, and the senate would elect the vice president.

Only two presidents have been elected by the house: Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and John Quincy Adams in 1825.

CAN ELECTORS VOTE FOR THEIR PLEDGED CANDIDATE?

There is no constitutional provision or federal law that requires electors to vote for whom they are pledged. Twenty-six states and Washington, however, bind their electors to vote for their promised candidates.

People who vote for someone other than for whom they are pledged are known as “faithless electors” and they’ve never decided a presidential election. “Faithless electors” are rare, with only one in each of the 1948, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1988 elections.

THE MEDIA DECLARES WINNERS OF ELECTION

Media networks are the platforms that announce elections results and declare winners of elections in the US rather than the election commission.

VIDEO: “How did FBI review 650,000 mails in a day?”, angry Trump asks.

Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, is asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), how it reviewed 650,000 e-mails in a day.

 

After FBI’s investigation cleared Hillary Clinton, Trump said the investigation was rigged as it was impossible to investigate 650,000 new emails in the pace of one day.

 

Trump expressed his displeasure over Clinton’s acquittal at a rally in Detroit suburb on Sunday.

 

 

Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to seek the office of the president in the United states. The investigations and the crimes will go on for a long time the ranking files special ages at the FBI won’t let her get with her terrible crime including the deletion of 33,000 emails.”

 

Right now, she is being protected by a rigged system, I have been saying it for a long time. You can’t review 650,000 new emails in a day, Hillary Clinton is guilty, she knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it and now it is left to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8th”.

US Election: Mexicans Pray Trump Loses

Mexicans have smashed Donald Trump pinatas and torched the Republican White House hopeful’s effigy. Now they hope he will crash and burn in Tuesday’s US presidential election.

The New York billionaire became Mexico’s bogeyman ever since he called migrants “rapists” and drug dealers when he launched his campaign last year.

“The guy is a clown, a blowhard,” said Jafet Granados, an 18-year-old biotechnology student who was standing under Mexico City’s Angel of Independence monument.

“If he wins, he won’t do half of what he has promised.”

The government certainly sees risks in a Trump victory.

Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said while a Trump victory would undoubtedly cause more “volatility” in the markets, the country was on strong financial footing to deal with it.

And central bank chief Agustin Carstens, who warned in September that Trump could hit Mexico like a powerful “hurricane,” said this week that the government had a contingency plan to weather the storm.

With his vows to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement and make Mexico pay to build a massive border wall, Trump’s rise in opinion polls just before the US vote contributed to the fall of the Mexican peso to 19.50 per dollar.

The peso however soared to 18.5563 per dollar in early Asian trading on Monday after the FBI lifted the threat of charges against Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

– Slim vs Trump –

Not everyone in Mexico is putting a brave face on a possible victory for the 70-year-old Manhattan property mogul.

Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim has warned that a Trump administration would “destroy” the US economy by imposing big tariffs on imports.

“As we say in Mexico, being a drunk is different from being a bartender,” Slim quipped to reporters on Friday.

Trump lashed out at Slim last month after The New York Times published claims from women accusing the real estate baron of sexual misconduct. Slim is the newspaper’s largest shareholder.

Despite Trump’s unpopularity in Mexico, President Enrique Pena Nieto made the shocking decision to invite him to his official residence in August.

The invitation and Pena Nieto’s failure to forcefully criticize Trump during a joint news conference angered Mexicans.

Pena Nieto defended the move, saying it was important to open dialogue with someone who could be the next US president, though he admitted that he may have rushed to hold the meeting and failed to anticipate the anger it caused.

– Republican in Mexico: ‘Disgrace’ –

“The majority of Mexicans don’t want (Trump) to win,” Jose Antonio Crespo, a political expert at the Economic and Teaching Research Center, told AFP.

“The bilateral relation will be more quarrelsome than it normally is,” Crespo said.

Marcos Reyes, 46, who works at an advertising firm, said he feared that Trump would go through with mass deportations while those who remain in the United States would have “few opportunities” to have a better life.

Even the Republican Party’s representative in Mexico, Larry Rubin, is not voting Trump.

“It wouldn’t be good for the United States and much less for relations between the United States and Mexico,” Rubin, a dual US-Mexican citizen, told the Televisa network.

“His rhetoric has been very negative,” he said. “It would be a disgrace.”

 

Trump and Clinton fight to the finish in bitter US vote.

White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were still flailing for a knockout blow Monday as a presidential race that has cast a pall over US democracy neared its end.

With one day of campaigning left, both sides had packed schedules in the swing states that will decide whether the Democrat can convert her slim opinion poll lead into final victory.

Trump, a populist tycoon who co-opted the Republican Party and created a raucous, nativist grassroots movement in his own image, was still campaigning at midnight Sunday.

Branding 69-year-old Clinton the “most corrupt candidate ever to seek the office of the presidency,” he urged supporters to “deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”

Clinton, the former secretary of state running to become America’s first female president, had events planned through midnight Monday to take her into polling day itself.

The Democrat spent the last eight days of campaigning under a renewed FBI inquiry into whether she had exposed US secrets by using a private email server at the State Department.

That burden was finally lifted on Sunday, when the FBI confirmed it would not seek criminal charges, but at the cost of another cycle of headlines about an issue that has hurt her.

She tried to end Sunday’s round of rallies on a note of optimism about the United States, albeit couched as a warning that her supporters need to rise to counter the Trump threat.

“I really want each and every one of us to think for a moment about how we would feel on November 9, if we were not successful,” she said in Manchester, New Hampshire

“When your kids and grandkids ask you what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, I hope you’ll be able to say you voted for a better, stronger, fairer America.”

The world has looked on agog during the campaign, as Trump’s once mocked reality television shtick became a plausible vehicle for victory in a divided and suspicious country.

World markets were rocked last month when the renewed FBI probe threated to sink Clinton’s chances, and Asian exchanges opened higher after that threat was lifted.

But Trump came back fighting, and experts said the renewed scandal had already damaged the Democratic former first lady’s chance of succeeding President Barack Obama.

Clinton’s lead dropped from 5.7 to 2.9 percentage points in the week since the scandal returned, according to influential data journalist Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com.

Trump is predicting a ballot upset on a par with Britain’s shock vote this year to quit the European Union, or what on Sunday he called: “Brexit plus, plus, plus.”

Clinton has booked a star-studded roster of supporters — headlined by President Barack Obama and rock star Bruce Springsteen — for her final events on Monday.

But Trump is also touring key swing states and was determined not to let Clinton off the hook over her email, a symbol for his supporters of the corruption of the Washington elite.

– ‘Rigged system’ –

“The rank and file special agents of the FBI won’t let her get away with her terrible crimes,” Trump told a rally in Michigan, a state won comfortably by Obama in 2012.

“Right now she’s being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” he declared, as his supporters chanted “Lock her up!”

Late last month, with Clinton seemingly on a glide path to victory, a renewed FBI investigation in Clinton’s email use sent shock waves through both campaigns.

Trump, the 70-year-old property tycoon and Republican flag-bearer, seized on the opening, condemning Clinton’s “criminal scheme” and arguing that she is unfit to be president.

He has previously threatened to reject the result of Tuesday’s vote if he loses, alleging that the race has been “rigged” by the media and the establishment elite.

Opinion polls tightened as Trump began to recover ground he lost after several women accused him of sexual assault, and the race looked headed for a photo finish.

Clinton made no direct reference to her reprieve during her Sunday campaign stops.

Instead, she hammered her opponent over his sometimes ugly rhetoric and, implicitly, the alleged covert Russian interference that have poisoned the race.

“There are powerful forces inside and outside of America that do threaten to pull us apart,” she said.

“We’ve arrived at a moment of reckoning in this election. Our core values as Americans are being tested.”

If Clinton wins, she will seek to build on Obama’s cautious but progressive legacy, including his controversial health insurance reforms.

Trump has vowed to tear up the reform along with free trade agreements, to rebuild a “depleted” US military and review US alliances.

The latest polls give Clinton a narrow national lead of between three and five percentage points, but rolling averages point to a closer race, with Trump up in some swing states.

Silver has Clinton as a two-to-one favorite against Trump, but warned Sunday that her lead appears “less solid” than Obama’s did before his re-election victory in 2012.

Trump Cries Foul As FBI Clears Clinton Two Days To Election

Donald Trump has accused the FBI of impropriety after it once again exonerated his rival Hillary Clinton of criminal conduct on her emails.

The FBI director said a fresh inquiry into the Democratic candidate’s communications found nothing to change the bureau’s conclusion this summer.

The Clinton campaign said it was “glad” the lingering issue had been resolved.

The dramatic twist lifted a cloud from her campaign as the final day of the marathon US election race loomed.

The latest opinion polls on Sunday, before news broke of the FBI announcement, gave Mrs Clinton a four to five-point lead over Mr Trump.

The Republican nominee cried foul after learning about the law enforcement bureau’s decision.

At a rally in the Detroit suburbs, Mr Trump insisted it would have been impossible for the FBI to review what has been reported to be as many as 650,000 emails in such a short time.

“Right now she’s being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” he told supporters in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

“Hillary Clinton is guilty, she knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it and now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”

While Mrs Clinton herself did not address the FBI director’s letter on the trail, her campaign said it was always confident she would be cleared.

In Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, she said the country was facing “a moment of reckoning” and Americans must choose between “division and unity”.

In July, the FBI said she had been “extremely careless” to handle classified material on a private email server as secretary of state from 2009-13, but it had found no evidence she committed a crime.

However, 11 days before the election, FBI director James Comey had pitched the race into turmoil by announcing a newly discovered batch of Clinton emails would be investigated.

The bombshell infuriated the Clinton camp, but threw a lifeline to a Trump campaign that had been receding in the polls.

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Prophetic Monkey Picks Trump as Next US President

A Chinese monkey described as the “king of prophets” has tipped Donald Trump for the US presidency, a tourism park said, after the creature successfully predicted the winner of football’s European Championship final earlier this year.

Known as Geda — which means knots or goose bumps — the prophetic primate is the latest in a series of purportedly psychic animals that have popped up around the world since Paul the Octopus correctly predicted multiple 2010 World Cup matches.

The simian seer, wearing a yellow shirt emblazoned with his title, was given a chance to pick between life-sized cut-outs of Republican Trump and his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

After “deliberate thought” the mystic monkey chose Trump, Shiyanhu Ecological Tourism Park said Thursday in a statement on its website. Without even waiting, he congratulated the cardboard candidate with a kiss on the lips.

The five-year-old simian correctly predicted Portugal would win the 2016 European football championship in July, two days before Cristiano Ronaldo’s side prevailed 1-0, online news portal ifeng.com reported at the time.

Then, the monkey was presented with the national flags of Portugal and France with bananas on both. It finally walked towards the national flag of Portugal and ate a banana there, the report said.

Geda’s antics seem to have been inspired by the oracular octopus Paul.

In 2010, Paul the Octopus became the world’s most famous mollusc when he foretold the results of every match played by Germany at the World Cup in South Africa, as well as Spain’s victory against the Netherlands in the final.

Trump ‘uniquely unqualified’ to be president – Obama

Barack Obama has claimed Donald Trump is “uniquely unqualified” to be president as he launched a stinging attack on the Republican candidate.

Mr Obama claimed the billionaire businessman was “temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief” and has “never shown regard for working people”.

He made the claims as he spoke at rally in Florida in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama said Mr Trump, who has never held political office, has admitted he has not paid federal income tax for years and so was not helping to support troops or build roads.

“He’s not putting anything in, he’s taking a lot out,” he said.

He told the rally that Mr Trump “spent a lot of time with celebrities, hanging out with really wealthy folk and has never shown regard for working folks”.

“You don’t see him hanging out with working people, unless they are cleaning his room or mowing the fairways at his golf club,” he said.

“He has spent his life without ever showing any regard for working folks.

“But he has insulted minorities, immigrants, Muslims, and Americans with disabilities”, the president added, pointing out that “Our diversity is our strength”.

He also referred to the sexual harassment claims made against the Republican candidate and how he “calls women pigs”.

Mr Obama urged Clinton supporters at the get-out-the-vote rally in Miami to take advantage of the opportunity they have to vote early, before Election Day on Tuesday.

US Elections: Hillary Clinton Regains Clear Lead Over Trump

Hillary Clinton is back on the driver’s seat five days to the US election.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Wednesday, showed the Democratic candidate holding the same 6 percentage point advantage over Republican Donald Trump  among likely voters.

She held the same margin  before an FBI announcement that reignited the controversy about her email practices.

The Oct. 28-Nov. 1 opinion poll was conducted almost entirely after FBI Director James Comey notified Congress last Friday his agency would examine newly discovered emails that might pertain to Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Comey said he did not know whether the emails were significant and released no information other than that they existed. His announcement drew outrage from Democrats who voiced concern it would unfairly influence voters so close to next week’s election. Trump and other Republicans seized on the news to revive questions about Clinton’s credibility.

Among 1,772 people who have either voted already or were identified as likely voters in the Nov. 8 election, 45 percent said they supported Clinton, while 39 percent said they backed Trump. On Thursday, the day before Comey’s announcement, Clinton led Trump by 43 percent to 37 percent. In a four-way poll that included alternative party candidates, Clinton led Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters.

Forty-five percent supported Clinton, while 37 percent backed Trump. Five percent supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and 2 percent backed Jill Stein of the Green Party. Other national polls have shown Clinton’s lead shrinking over the past week.

RealClearPolitics, which averages most major opinion polls, showed Clinton’s lead had narrowed to 1.7 points on Wednesday from 4.6 points last Friday. The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states.

It had a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points. Clinton’s position is stronger than national polls imply given that the race is decided by the Electoral College system of tallying wins from the states. Some 270 electoral votes are needed to win and Democrats have a built-in advantage, with large states such as California and New York traditionally voting Democratic.

Clinton looked likely to win at least 226 electoral votes, leaving her needing 44 votes to pick up from the 132 votes at stake in “toss-up” states such as Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, according to estimates by RealClearPolitics on Wednesday afternoon. Trump, on the other hand, has a steeper path to climb, looking likely to win 180 electoral votes and so needing 90 of the 132 votes from the current battleground states, the website showed.

Both candidates are focusing their final campaign efforts on those crucial states. Clinton has been spending a lot of time in Florida, which yields a rich haul of 29 electoral votes.

In a tight race there, the RealClearPolitics average of polls from Florida put Trump one point ahead of Clinton on Wednesday.

“No state is more important, and it’s close,” a Clinton aide told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s a state that Trump has to win … we don’t believe he has any path without Florida.”

Clinton, Trump in tight race five days to US election

There is a picture of tight race to the finish for both Democratic Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in critical battlegrounds of Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Pennsylvania, six days to the election.

A new CNN/ORC polls across the four states showed Clinton holding a four-point edge among likely voters in the historically blue-tilting Pennsylvania, while Trump tops Clinton by five points with voters in red-leaning Arizona.

Florida appeared to be as tight a contest as ever, with Clinton at 49 per cent among likely voters and Trump at 47 per cent.

In Nevada, the poll showed the race had also shifted, with Trump now ahead with 49 per cent to Clinton’s 43 per cent, compared with a two-point Clinton edge in mid-October.

The mid-October poll came at a particularly bad time for Trump in most polls, following the second presidential debate and the revelation of a tape in which he talked about sexually aggressive behavior toward women using vulgar language.

The new poll came at a challenging time for Clinton in many polls, with national and some state polls narrowing amid news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has obtained additional emails.

It is believed that the additional emails could be relevant to the FBI’s investigation of the private server Clinton used while she was Secretary of State.

Across all four states, women were more apt than men to support Clinton as men tilted to Trump in each place, according to the poll.

The polls showed that white voters heavily supported Trump in each state, while non-whites favor Clinton by wide margins.

Similarly, voters who said they had already cast ballots in Arizona and Nevada were about evenly split, with a narrow advantage for Clinton, while she held a wide margin among those who said they had already voted in Florida.

Trump tops Clinton by double-digits in all three states among those likely voters who said they planned to cast their ballot on Nov. 8.

In Pennsylvania, where votes cast before election day come only from those who apply for an absentee ballot and have a reason why they can’t vote on Election Day, there were too few early voters to analyse.

In Florida and Nevada, there were sharp enthusiasm gaps between Clinton voters and Trump voters, with the Trump backers far more likely to say they are enthusiastic about voting this year.

In Florida, 58 per cent of enthusiasts were among Trump supporters compared to 48 per cent among Clinton backers while in Nevada, 61 per cent were for Trump voters while 48 per cent were for Clinton supporters.

In Arizona and Pennsylvania, fewer than half of voters in both states said they were extremely or very enthusiastic about voting for president this year.

US Election: Vote Clinton For Me, Obama Tells Americans

How do you gift your popularity to someone else? As Barack Obama rolls up his sleeves to ensure Hillary Clinton succeeds him in the White House, his argument increasingly boils down to a simple message: Do it for me.

With approval ratings almost unheard of for an outgoing leader — 54 percent, according to the latest Gallup average — the Democratic president is hitting the trail full-time to help Clinton lock in crucial battleground states in the final stretch of the race.

Obama’s time this week is devoted almost exclusively to drumming up the vote for his former secretary of state in a marathon that started Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, heading Wednesday to Raleigh, North Carolina, on to Miami and Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday and finally back to North Carolina’s Charlotte on Friday.

His stump speech is well-rehearsed. It starts with an avalanche of compliments for Hillary, summed up thus: “There has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”

And it includes an arsenal of pointed attacks on her rival Donald Trump, in a nutshell: “The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.”

But Obama — who is well aware that Clinton struggles to whip up passion in the electorate — also regularly takes the conversation into more personal territory, linking her political future to his own legacy.

“I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me,” he urged supporters in his address to the Democratic National Convention in July.

A few weeks later, America’s first black president went further by urging African Americans to mobilize for Clinton — telling them he would “consider it a personal insult” if they fail to rally this time around.

– Turn out the black vote –

Black voters traditionally lean heavily Democratic in the United States — and more than 90 percent voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

The crucial question facing the 69-year-old Clinton is whether she can draw anywhere near the historic turnout levels among black voters seen for Obama.

And so the president is flooding the airwaves in the homestretch of the race, hammering home the point Wednesday morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a radio program whose audience is largely African American.

Obama cited the data coming in from early voting states, and issued a wake-up call: “I’m going to be honest with you,” he said. “The Latino vote is up. Overall vote is up. But the African-American vote right now is not as solid as it needs to be.”

It is not unknown for a serving president to dive into the campaign for his succession, but the intensity of Obama’s involvement has no equivalent in recent American history.

“(Dwight) Eisenhower stressed continuity with (Richard) Nixon in 1960 and so did (Ronald) Reagan with (George H.W) Bush in 1988, but no other president has been quite so personal in his appeal before,” said Larry Sabato, a political analyst from the University of Virginia.

On Tuesday night, as he addressed a packed, youthful crowd at Capital University in Columbus, Obama urged the electorate that carried him to power to “work as hard for her as you worked for me.”

“She made me a better president and she didn’t ask for credit,” said the president, campaigning in shirt sleeves and plainly savoring the heady campaign atmosphere that will soon be behind him.

“I am asking you just what I asked you eight years ago. I am asking to believe in your ability to bring about change,” he said, urging the crowd, in an echo of his history-making 2008 campaign, to “Choose hope!”

If Trump Wins US Election, I’ll Destroy my American Green Card – Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has said he would destroy his green card if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.

Soyinka said this on Wednesday while giving a speech to students of Oxford University, England, reports the Guardian UK.

“If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that.

“The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,” said Soyinka, who is scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.

The internationally-acclaimed playwright and poet described Britain’s decision to exit the European Union as a “ridiculous decision”.

He said: “What is happening in Europe shouldn’t surprise any of us … It has happened before. We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here.

“It’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.”

Soyinka also informed the students that the torch of African literature is being carried by the younger generation.

“I think we of the older are getting a little bit tired, and I think our production gets thinner and thinner. But fortunately, it doesn’t worry any of us, as far as I know, because the body of literature that is coming out [is] varied and liberated.

“African literature suffered from some kind of ideological spasm in which the younger generation was bombarded by a sense of ideological duty, in other words it was bombarded with a very simplistic notion by leftist radical writers, very reformative revolutionary thinkers, that all literature is ideological and therefore writers must ensure that their writing illustrates progressive ideologies.”

US Stocks Fall as New Poll Suggest Possible Trump Victory

Wall Street stocks fell Tuesday as a new poll suggested Republican candidate Donald Trump could win the presidency, an outcome that has stirred anxiety in financial markets.

The share price declines sent leading equity indices to their lowest level since just after Britain’s shock vote to exit the European Union in June.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.6 percent to 18,037.92.

The broad-based S&P 500 declined 0.7 percent to 2,111.75, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 0.7 percent to 5,153.58

Clinton is generally preferred by markets compared with Trump, who is viewed as a wildcard, in part because of his harsh criticism of Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen and international trade pacts.

“The market is pricing in a somewhat reduced likelihood of a Clinton victory, but it’s not down all the way to pricing in a Trump victory,” said Karthik Sankaren, director global strategy of Eurasia Group.

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FBI Sees No Ties Between Trump, Putin- Report

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has found no clear links between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russia, officials say, proving false allegations by the candidate’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The FBI spent most of the summer to verify claims by the Clinton campaign that Trump was linked to President Vladimir Putin, and Moscow was trying to influence the November 8 vote in his favor.

However, the bureau failed to find any indications of the alleged ties after scrutinizing advisors close to Trump, investigating the real estate mogul’s financial ties and even his emails, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing law enforcement officials.

Clinton’s campaign voiced concerns about Moscow’s intervention after a series of emails belonging to various ranks of the Democratic Party were released by the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

American intelligence officials blamed the hacks on Russia and even threatened to come up with countermeasures of the same nature. President Barack Obama and high-ranking officials in his administration also blamed Russia for the breaches.

Under immense pressure from Clinton’s supporters, who were mad at Trump for calling Putin a great leader, the FBI started its investigation into the claims.

The Clinton campaign has called on the FBI to publicly discuss their findings about the case, as they did with their new investigation into Clinton’s new emails.

FBI chief James Comey told Congress on Friday that he was reopening investigations into Clinton’s emails after finding a trove of new emails on a laptop belonging to former representative Anthony Weiner, who was once married to Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin.

At some point during its investigation, the FBI questioned Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign boss, who has reportedly had extensive business ties in Russia and other former Soviet states, especially Ukraine, the Times noted.

The bureau’s agents also investigated an email channel between Trump and the Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s biggest banks.

After weeks of detailed investigation, the FBI concluded that the connection was nothing more than marketing emails or spam

Trump has rejected Clinton’s allegations against Russia, and has pledged to work with Moscow and earn Putin’s respect.

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Trump Edges Ahead Of Clinton, Poll Reveals

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has edged ahead of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by a point for the first time since May, an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll out Tuesday has found.

The poll also registered a seven point decline for Clinton in the share of likely voters who are strongly enthusiastic about her, a possible reflection of the renewed controversy over her use of a private server while secretary of state, pollster Gary Langer said.

Trump’s 46-45 percent lead in the four-way race for the White House, while well within the margin of error, is the first time he has polled ahead of Clinton in the survey since May.

The new poll was taken from October 27-30, a period that includes FBI director James Comey’s October 28 announcement that his agents had found a new trove of email that may be pertinent to an earlier probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information.

The results flip 46-45 in the Democrat’s favor when combining the last seven days, Langer said.

“Either way the results are exceedingly close,” he said.

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FBI Has no Case in Email Review – Clinton

Hillary Clinton said Monday there was “no case” to be found in a federal review of her emails, which the FBI director announced last week, convulsing the US election campaign in its home stretch.

“I’m not making excuses. I’ve said it was a mistake and I regret it,” she said on Monday of her decision to use a private email server while secretary of state, which sparked a controversial FBI investigation.

FBI boss James Comey announced in a letter to lawmakers that his agents are reviewing a newly discovered trove of emails, resurrecting an issue Clinton had hoped was behind her.

US media reports say those emails were found on a laptop used by one of her closest aides, Huma Abedin, and Abedin’s estranged husband who is being investigated for alleged sexual overtures to a 15-year-old girl.

“Now they apparently want to look at emails of one of my staffers, and by all means, they should look at them,” Clinton said.

“I am sure they’ll reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my email for the last year.

“There is no case here,” she said to cheers and applause from hundreds of supporters at a rally in Kent, Ohio, a key battleground state in her race to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box on November 8.

It was the first time Clinton directly addressed the email furor since Saturday, when she lashed out at Comey, calling his move “deeply troubling” while campaigning in another vital swing state, Florida.

Comey’s announcement thrust back into the spotlight allegations that Clinton put the United States at risk by using the private email server.

Comey in July accused Clinton of being “extremely careless” but did not recommend that charges be brought against her, angering Republicans.

The Democratic nominee is still the overwhelming favorite to win the presidency, but polls have pointed to an increasingly tight race.

Clinton used much of her speech at Kent State University, 40 miles (60 kilometers) south of Cleveland to paint her Republican opponent as unfit for office and a threat to national security.

Trump holds the slenderest of leads in the state, where he is just one point ahead at 45.3 per cent to 44.3 per cent in a four-way race, according to the poll average from RealClearPolitics.

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US markets not fully buying a Clinton win.

As the US presidential election moves into the home stretch, financial markets are not fully invested in polls that show a win for Hillary Clinton.

Even though polls show the Democratic candidate with a strong lead over Republican Donald Trump, analysts say investors are waiting until after November 8 to lay their money on the table.

“I don’t think it’s fully 100 percent Clinton is in,” said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, who sees a pullback in risk-oriented investments as a sign of investor caution.

“Usually people are looking to take on extra risk for reward,” he said. “I think this is one case where people are paring back on their risk.”
Wall Street is thought to generally favor Clinton over Trump for president, and equity markets have hovered at historically high levels since July, with the S&P 500 less than three percent below its all-time peak.

Clinton is considered the more market-friendly outcome, expected to maintain the policies of outgoing President Barack Obama, while the market views Trump as a great unknown, both because of his penchant for controversy and his lack of a record in public office.

Trump has attacked trade partners China and Mexico and accused Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen of being a political tool of the Democratic party. Investors are also unsettled by Trump’s seeming embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a sign he may take foreign policy in radical new directions.

Signs of nervousness have been seen in certain trades, analysts say, like the Mexican peso. Trump’s pledge of immigration controls and trade restrictions with Mexico have raised worries over its economy.

The peso sank against the dollar as Trump’s campaign added momentum, but then rebounded on Clinton’s gains following the first presidential debate on September 26.

But it remains down about 9 percent since Trump secured his party’s nomination in May.

On the other hand, another gauge of market sentiment has been the biotechnology sector, which is seen as vulnerable in a Clinton presidency given the Democrat’s vow to address runaway drug prices. The Nasdaq biotechnology index has fallen about nine percent over the last month.

Some analysts say the markets have already assumed a Clinton victory.

“To me, the markets clearly want a Clinton win and they have priced that in,” said Nathan Thooft, senior managing director at Manulife Asset Management.

“That’s what they predict, and that’s what they want. If that doesn’t happen, I feel there’s a great level of uncertainty and possible downside to the markets.”

– Some ‘complacency’ over Trump –

Indeed, investors are aware that Trump has been consistently underestimated by the political, media and business establishment. Many are also loath to repeat the error of Britain’s June referendum to leave the European Union, when polling supported the market bet on a “stay” vote, only to be thrown into turmoil when Brexit passed.

“There’s a bit of complacency in the market.” said Kathy Lien of BK Asset Management,

“I think the market’s underestimating the possibility of things going wrong as a result of either a Trump victory or the possibility of internal strife in the nation as a result of Clinton winning,” she said.

Briefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare cited sluggish trading volume, as well as the flatness of the S&P 500, as a sign investors are in “seeing is believing mode” with respect to polls pointing to a Clinton triumph.

One sign of a pickup in caution is the VIX volatility index, also known as the “fear” index. The index has risen the last three days and jumped nearly 8 percent Thursday to 15.36. Still, that is far below the 25.76 level on the day after the Brexit shock.

A big jump in the VIX before November 8 would signal “that the market is fearing something odd,” Kinahan said.

Trump: ‘We should just cancel the election’ and declare me the winner.

Donald Trump, trailing his opponent in key battleground states polls less than two weeks from Election Day, said Thursday he’d like to “cancel the election” and be declared the winner.

“Just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump,” the Republican presidential nominee said during a rally here on Thursday.
“Her policies are so bad. Boy, do we have a big difference,” he added of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The apparently lighthearted comment falls against the backdrop of Trump’s repeated and serious questioning of the legitimacy of the presidential election in recent weeks as he has tumbled in the polls.
Trump has called the election “rigged,” argued that the media and establishment politicians are conspiring to sink his campaign and warned supporters that the presidency could be stolen from them due to voter fraud — instances of which are extremely rare.
Trump is trailing Clinton in national tracking polls and in key battleground states, and its unclear how Trump can amass the Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency if polls hold where they are through Election Day.
Trump’s comments about the election also came as he mocked Clinton as “low energy” for the second time in as many days, even polling the crowd to ask them if they think Clinton or his GOP primary foil Jeb Bush is more “low energy.”
“Who is more low energy, Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton?” Trump asked the crowd, re-upping a question he said Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked him earlier in an interview airing Thursday evening.
“Hillary!” replied most of the crowd.
Trump had repeatedly mocked Bush, the very early favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination, as “low energy” during the primary contest and has repeatedly argued that Clinton does not have the “strength or stamina” to serve as president. On Thursday, he referred to her as “very low energy.”

Adele tells fans ‘don’t vote’ for Donald Trump at Miami concert

Adele has entered the US election debate by urging fans not to vote for Donald Trump at a concert attended by Hillary Clinton.

The chart-topping Brit and Grammy-winning singer told the audience at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Tuesday she did not want the Republican candidate to win.

In a video posted online, she is heard saying: “I do know what to do – don’t vote for him, that’s all I’m saying.”

She continues: “I support Hillary Clinton 100%, I do.

“And for anyone else that wants to vote for him, I don’t care, good for you, do whatever you want.

“I’m just letting you know who I would vote for.”

It is unclear if the Hello singer knew his bitter rival had dropped by the venue for a pre-birthday concert after attending a fundraiser.

According to Mrs Clinton’s campaign spokesman Nick Merrill, Adele said on stage that while she could not vote in next month’s election, “what happens in America affects me too”.

He said she endorsed the Democratic candidate for the White House, telling fans: “I love her. She’s amazing.”

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In February, Adele told Mr Trump to stop playing her music at his political rallies.

The billionaire businessman had been using the star’s songs such as Rolling In The Deep as “warm-up” music.

But Adele’s spokesman at the time confirmed: “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”

She is not the only musician to distance the property tycoon from her music.

In May, The Rolling Stones told the US presidential hopeful to stop using their songs at his campaign rallies.

Last week, rap superstar Eminem released a new politically-charged single called Campaign Speech, featuring a loaded lyrical attack on Mr Trump.

Trump Warns Of World War III If Clinton Is Elected

Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran.

“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria,” Trump told Reuters on Tuesday morning at his resort in Doral, Florida. “You’re going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”
The Republican nominee, who has called for a rapprochement with Russia in order to jointly combat ISIS, argued that his Democratic rival’s calls for taking a more aggressive posture in Syria to bring the conflict there to an end and combat ISIS will only draw the US into a larger war. Trump’s remarks come as he trails Clinton in most national and key battleground state polls just two weeks from Election Day.
“You’re not fighting Syria anymore, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk,” he said.
Trump has not laid out a clear strategy for combating ISIS or addressing the globally destabilizing conflict in Syria, which has killed hundreds of thousands and pushed millions more to flee their homes. He has suggested the US should allow ISIS, anti-government rebels and the Syrian government to fight it out and more recently has focused on joining forces with Russia — which has aided the Syrian regime in the bombing of civilians and US-allied rebels — to combat ISIS.
“Assad is secondary, to me, to ISIS,” Trump told Reuters of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom US officials have argued must step down.
Clinton has called for establishing a no-fly zone over Syria to help bring the five-year civil war to an end, a proposal top Republicans in Congress have championed, which President Barack Obama and others have opposed due to the risk of entering into conflict with Russia.
A US-enforced no-fly zone would mean the US could shoot down a Russian jet should it enter Syrian airspace.
Clinton addressed those concerns in the final presidential debate, arguing that it would “save lives and hasten the end of the conflict,” while cautioning that “this would not be done just on the first day.”
“This would take a lot of negotiation and it would also take making it clear to the Russians and the Syrians that our purpose is to provide safe zones on the ground,” Clinton said during the debate earlier this month. “I think we could strike a deal and make it very clear to the Russians and Syrians that this was something that we believe the best interests of the people on the ground in Syria. It would help us in the fight against ISIS.”
Trump has additionally called for establishing safe zones in Syria to protect civilians — as has Clinton — which could also put the US in conflict with the Syrian government or Russia should they oppose the policy.
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New Poll Shows Clinton Over Trump By Double-Digits

Hillary Clinton has a 12-point lead over Donald Trump and has reached 50% support nationally among likely voters, a new ABC News tracking poll shows.

The poll shows Clinton with 50% support to Trump’s 38%, with 5% backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2% supporting the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
The poll comes on the heels of the third presidential debate, which a post-debate CNN/ORC snap poll showed Clinton won.
The ABC News survey’s results show Clinton with a 20-point advantage among women, and a 3-point edge with men — a group that has tilted toward Trump for most of the 2016 race.
Clinton leads among voters of all education levels — but her 3-point advantage with those without college degrees is smaller than her 20-point lead among voters with college degrees.
Conway touts Trump’s ‘drain the swamp’ message, admits ‘we are behind’
Trump’s strongest group remains white, non-college educated voters, who back him 55% to 36%.
The results showing Clinton with a growing lead largely match CNN’s Poll of Polls, which averages recent national surveys. That Poll of Polls shows Clinton ahead 48% to Trump’s 39%.
The ABC News poll was conducted October 20-22 and includes 874 likely voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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“King” Eminem Drops 7-Minute Diss Track For Donald Trump

It doesn’t get any more Eminem than this as the rapper dropped a seven-minute track titled Campaign speech in which he took Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump to the cleaners. Trump’s supporters were not spared either!

The veteran hip-hop star takes a jab at controversial candidate Donald Trump.
The rapper also revealed he’s working on a new album but we’ll have to be content with campaign speech.

In his opening line, he raps; “Jumped out of the second floor of a record store/ With a Treacherous Four cassette and a cassette recorder,” he rhymes. “In Ecuador with Edward Norton/ Witness the metamorphosis of a legend growing/ Like an expert swordsman from the Hessian war and/ Hence the origin of the Headless Horseman/ Born with the endorphins of a pathetic orphan.”

“Consider me a dangerous man / But you should be afraid of this dang candidate / You say Trump don’t kiss ass like a puppet? / ‘Cause he runs his campaign with his own cash for the funding? / And that’s what you wanted? / A f**kin’ loose cannon who’s blunt with his hand on the button / Who doesn’t have to answer to no one? / Great idea!” he spits his verses.

Eminem – Campaign Speech (Donald Trump Diss)

 

Donald Trump Reportedly Called Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice a ‘Bitch’ in 2006, Rice Responds!

According to CNN’s KFile, U.S Presidential candidate Donald Trump wished former U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a ‘bitch’ in 2006. According to CNN’s KFile, The NY Daily News allegedly reported in 2006 that Trump had told an audience at a Learning Annex convention speech,

“Condoleezza Rice, she’s a lovely woman, but I think she’s a bitch. She goes around to other countries and other nations, negotiates with their leaders, comes back and nothing ever happens.”

The New York Daily News republished the story on Tuesday and when Rice was asked if she had any response to the New York Daily News report of Trump’s remarks, Rice replied:

“Exactly. Can’t wait until November 9!”

According to CNN’s KFile archives, the video allegedly shows Trump saying:

“I wish she was a bitch. I don’t care if she’s a lovely woman. I want somebody that can go and make deals. She goes to countries, nothing ever happens. Except sound bytes.” Rice on October 8 on her Facebook page wrote :’Enough! Donald Trump should not be president. He should withdraw,”

US Election: Trump Invites Obama’s Half Brother To Debate.

The final live US presidential debate is to be given extra spice after Donald Trump invited Barack Obama’s half brother along to the event.

As a Trump supporter, Malik Obama has already told US media the tycoon “can make America great again”.

And in an Interview with the New York Post, Mr Trump said Malik Obama “gets it far better than his brother”.

The previous live events were vitriolic affairs – and this clash at the University of Nevada is likely to be just as tense.

Current polls put Mrs Clinton ahead leaving the billionaire businessman with a tough battle to win over undecided voters.

Ahead of the debate, Mr Trump has faced claims of sexual misconduct from a number of women, including a former contestant on the US version of The Apprentice.

He has denied the claims, saying they are “outright lies” and his wife, Melania, has defended him in a recent interview accusing the claimants of being attention seekers making “damaging and unfair” accusations.

Mr Trump has also claimed the 8 November election will be rigged in favour of Mrs Clinton, saying: “The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president.”

This prompted Mr Obama to tell the Republican to “stop whining”.

“If you start whining before the game’s even over; if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job,” he said.

Mrs Clinton’s campaign has also been hit by controversy over her use of her private email while Secretary of State, which Mr Trump has branded a scandal “worse than Watergate”.

The 90-minute debate will be hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace and will cover six topics – debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hotspots and fitness to be president.

From The Horses Mouth: I’m A Sexual Assault Victim Who Still Supports Trump

This week America was subjected to a tape of Barack Obama flashing his erection to women on a plane. With a proud smile, he spread his legs, so the ladies could see the solid outline of his penis beneath his khakis.

It brought back a memory for me. A terrible one. When I was 16, I was working in a drug store behind a counter where we sold makeup, jewelry, and watches. A man came into the store. He was scraggly, thin, wearing a faded tan T-shirt and loose gray sweatpants. He was wearing a grin, too.

The man walked to the counter and beckoned me over. He asked to see one of the watches in the cabinet. I bent over and pulled out the watch. I handed it to him, and he looked at it for a moment.

He asked me for another, and I bent down again and retrieved it. He took it from my hands, his fingers leathery and his nails dirty. Clearing his throat with a phlegmy cough, he handed it back. He did this several more times, and I was getting frustrated by his repeated requests. Finally, I asked him if he wanted to purchase a watch.

Proud and roguish, he grinned, his watery eyes twinkling as if he knew something I didn’t. And he did.

“I don’t really want one,” he said in a scratchy voice from smoking too many cigarettes. I could smell them on him, like an old ashtray. “I just like watching you bend over so I can see down your shirt.”

He then stepped back and showed me his erection through his sweatpants. “They sure got a rise out of me. Bet you’ve never seen somethin’ like this?”

The heat of shame spread up my neck and across my cheeks. My heart pounded and my ears buzzed. I panicked. No one was in that part of the store because it was late and near closing time. I didn’t know what the man would do, and I was afraid.

I backed away, shaking all over, and hurried along the counter to the back of the store. I glanced over my shoulder. He wasn’t following. He just stood there with his hand in his pocket.

I found the store manager and told him what had happened. He told me to stay in the pharmacy area while he made sure the man had left. After a few minutes, he came back and said the man was gone. I was still trembling when he walked me to my car to make sure I was safe. As I started the car, the manager told me I should be careful how I dressed from then on. That only added to my shame.

That moment has lived with me all my life. So has another. It involved a car salesman when I was in my twenties. He was one of my accounts when I was an advertising salesperson for the Augusta Chronicle. He welcomed me in his office and shut the door, asked me to sit down, then walked up behind me, put his hands on my shoulders, and reached down and grabbed my breasts.

I bolted from the room, slamming the door behind me. I didn’t report it. I didn’t tell my boss. I shared what happened with a male co-worker, and he told me not to say anything because it might affect my job; he said he’d take over my account so I wouldn’t have to see the man again.

I don’t know if I’m merely unlucky or what, but I wish I could say these were the only incidents like this in my life. They weren’t. There was another, and all I’ll say about that is a woman never really knows how strong a man is, how helpless she can be, until she is beneath him, unable to break free.

Why am I telling you this? I’m sure you can guess. There’s a lot of talk about sexism and sexual assault recently because of tapes released about Donald Trump and several women who have never spoken before—some in more than 30 years—telling their stories of how he sexually assaulted them.

I don’t know whether their stories are true. If he’s guilty and found to be so in a court of law, then I hope he’s punished. I do wonder, however, why his accusers never mentioned these things when NBC hired Trump to be on national television. I wonder why they never mentioned it when he stepped into politics years ago. I wonder why they never mentioned it during the primaries. I wonder why they never mentioned it until October, just before the election.

Was it just because they felt some freedom to do so because of the “Access Hollywood” tape? Maybe, but the timing still seems odd to me. It all seems so—how shall I put it—choreographed.

But who am I to accuse possible assault victims of lying or playing political games? I don’t know their motives or the truth of their stories. I will say that having been a victim of unwanted sexual advances and assault, I do have a sense of when women are telling the truth about such matters.

I also have a keen sensitivity to the hypocrisy of those who say they care deeply about women who have suffered in this way—hypocrites like Michelle Obama. Honestly, I don’t know who’s worse. A man who sexually abuses a woman, or a woman who uses another woman who has been sexually abused, creating another layer of abuse. Part of me says it’s the latter.Last week, Michelle gave a speech in which she said she feels the pain of sexual assault victims “so personally.” Like the fine actress she is, her voice trembled. “I can’t stop thinking about this,” she said. “It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”

But Michelle Obama is being dishonest and disingenuous. She supports a woman who has viciously attacked women who say they were the victims of her husband’s sexual deviancy. They are no different than the women coming forward now, except their stories have stood the test of time, and have been corroborated. Yet they get no sympathy from Michelle and Hillary, only scorn and ridicule.

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Clinton Accuses Trump Of ‘Stalking’ Her During Debate

Hillary Clinton has accused her Republican presidential rival Donald Trump of “stalking” her during their televised debate on Sunday.

Trump often stood closely behind the Democratic nominee glowering as she answered questions from the audience during the town hall-style event in St. Louis.

Speaking during an interview on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show set to air Friday, Clinton said his movements made her feel “really weird” on stage.

“Because of the revelation of the public video, and everything that came out on ‘Access Hollywood,’ you know, he was really all wrought up, and you could just sense how much anger he had,” Clinton said, referring to a video leaked last week showing Trump making lewd comments about women.

“And so he was really trying to dominate and then literally stalk me around the stage and I would just feel this presence behind me.”

Trump rejected criticism about his debate performance at a rally on Monday.

“So I’m standing at my podium by my chair. She walks across the room. She’s standing in front of me, right next to me,” he said.

“And the next day I said what did the papers say? They said, ‘he invaded her space.’”

“Believe me,” he added, “The last space that I want to invade is her space.”

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More Women Claim Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

US presidential nominee Donald Trump has again come under pressure as more women claim to have been sexually abused by the billionaire businessman from New York.

The allegations were reported on Wednesday by The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post and Yahoo News.

This comes after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump is heard making vulgar comments about women and having a conversation about trying to have sex with a married woman.

One woman told the Times she was seated next to the Republican nominee during a flight to New York some three decades ago, and Trump started groping her suddenly.

“He was like an octopus,” Jessica Leeds, now 74, told the paper. “His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”

Another woman, Rachel Crooks, also told the Times that he kissed her without her permission. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.

The Trump campaign has denied many of the allegations made against him, and called the Times article “a completely false, coordinated character assassination.”

“It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

“To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election,” the statement added.

“None of this ever took place,” Trump told the Times on Tuesday night, and threatened to sue the publication if the paper went ahead to run the story.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter, who contacted him before publishing the story. “I don’t do it. I don’t do it,” he said.

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I Don’t Want His Support, Trump Trashes Ryan

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that he doesn’t “want” or “care” about having House Speaker Paul Ryan’s support in an interview in which he repeatedly trashed the House speaker, virtually unprompted.

“I don’t want his support,” Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly about Ryan. “I don’t care about his support. What I want to do is I want to win for the people.”
His remarks come after the Republican nominee lashed out in a stream of tweets earlier Tuesday, slamming as Ryan effectively cutting him loose and accusing the party leadership of dooming his campaign.
“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump tweeted.
Asked to elaborate, Trump told O’Reilly “the shackles are some of the establishment people who are weak and ineffective.”
“They’re not giving support — they don’t give the support that we really need — but the fact is that I think we should get support and we don’t get the support from guys like Paul Ryan,” Trump said. “He had a conference call with congressman, with hundreds of them, and they practically rioted against him on the phone. One person stuck up for him.”
“And I don’t really want his support,” Trump said of Ryan.
Trump also fired off a list of grievances against Ryan, ranging from “open borders and amnesty” to “bad budgets.”
“By the way, very, very bad budgets. Frankly, the only one that (President Barack) Obama negotiates well with is Paul Ryan with the budgets,” he said.
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I Love WikiLeaks, Trump Says Over Clinton’s Emails Leak

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he “loves” whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks for its latest revelations about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The New York businessman made the comments during a campaign event on Monday, days after a series of leaked emails revealed Clinton’s disconnection from the struggles of the middle class and her behind-the-scenes advocacy for the further prosperity of Wall Street and big corporations – contrary to her campaign rhetoric.

“I love WikiLeaks,” Trump told thousands of his supporters in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. “It’s amazing how nothing is secret today when you talk about the Internet.”

“In a speech behind closed doors, ‘Crooked Hillary’ said, ‘Terrorism is not a big threat to our nation,’” the candidate continued. “Terrorism is a big, big threat. We are riding into something very dangerous.”

“In another closed-door speech, she wanted to have open borders and open trade with everybody. There go the rest of your jobs,” he added.

The comments prompted prolonged “Lock her up!” chants from the crowd.

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Most Senior Elected Republican Withdraws Support For Trump Over Sexual Comment

The most senior elected US Republican official has said he will not defend Donald Trump, after remarks he made about groping women led to outrage.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to focus on defending seats in Congress, but did not end his endorsement of the party’s nominee.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Ryan should not waste his time fighting him.

Earlier Democratic rival Hillary Clinton cast doubt on Mr Trump’s apology for the 11-year-old remarks.

On Sunday, Mr Trump described his words as “locker-room talk”.

In a bitter televised debate, a month before the US presidential election, Mr Trump denied he had groped anyone.

Mrs Clinton tweeted on Monday that, if he stood by this assertion, he was “clearly not sorry”.

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‘He Wasn’t Really Interested in the children’ – Donald Trump’s ex-Wife Ivana says she single-handedly raised Trump’s kids

Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump has revealed that the Billionaire business man and U.S presidential candidate didn’t really care about raising his kids – Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. until he was able to discuss business with them.

Her revelations came about when partygoers at the Lifeline benefit at Le Cirque on Wednesday complimented her on how poised her kids have appeared while supporting their father’s presidential campaign.

“Donald wasn’t really interested in the children until he could talk business with them,” the 67-year-old NYDailyNews.

“When they turned 21, I handed them over to him and said ‘Here’s the finished product, you can take them from here.’ ”

Ivana also revealed she regularly speaks to her ex and has even offered him campaign advice and that she’s happy she won’t be moving into D.C with him if he wins the presidential elections.

“I’m watching the debates very closely,” I tell him to stick to the big issues and to forget about Trump University and Miss Universe because no one cares.”

I’m happy I’m not going to the White House — Washington freaks me out, I can do the speeches, I can kiss the babies, I can do the charities,” Ivana said.

 But Ivana feels Trump’s current wife Melania Trump won’t be happy fulfilling First Lady duties.

“Melania can’t talk i don’t get the impression that Melania is ‘interested, Donald is going to bring change and no one is going to change him,”

 

Trump Says he Insulted Women ‘for The Purpose of Entertainment’

Donald Trump says many of his comments disparaging women were made “for the purpose of entertainment.”

Trump was asked in a Wednesday interview with News 3 Las Vegas if he could understand why parents of young girls are concerned about his history of making crude comments toward women.

“A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment, there’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,” the real estate mogul responded.

“Are you trying to tone it down now?” Jim Snyder, the News 3 interviewer, asked.

“It’s not a question of trying, it’s very easy,” Trump said.

Democrats have locked on Trump’s behavior toward women in recent weeks.

During the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton attacked Trump for his comments about a former Miss Universe, whom the businessman had attacked for gaining weight in 1996. 

The issue stayed in the headlines for days as Trump renewed his criticisms of the woman’s weight gain from two decades ago.

US Poll: Clinton Leading Trump By 10 Points

A new poll shows US Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, by 10 points in the run-up to the US 216 presidential vote.

According to the results of the Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Wednesday, the former secretary of state has 50 points and the New York billionaire 40 percent among likely voters.

Adding two other candidates, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, to the equation would still show the former first lady in the vanguard with 45 percent to 36 percent compared to Trump.

In that case, Johnson grabs 11 and Stein nabs just 3 percent.

The outcome of the new poll was released in the wake of a debate between vice president picks by the two major parties, Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

The poll showed that if the two were running for president themselves, the Democratic senator would beat the GOP governor 49 to 41.

With a 4.4 percentage point margin of error, the poll questioned 788 voters in the period between September 28 and October 2.

According to a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, Clinton currently maintains a 4.9 lead with 48.1 percent over the real estate mogul with 43.2 percent.

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“I Don’t Love, I Don’t Hate”, Trump On Putin

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has backed off from praising Vladimir Putin, saying he was unsure of his relationship with the Russian president who he has described as a better leader than President Barack Obama.

On Wednesday, just one day after his running mate Mike Pence appeared to break ranks during a vice presidential debate and called Putin “a small and bullying leader”, Trump adjusted his own previously warm rhetoric towards the Russian leader.

“I don’t love [Putin], I don’t hate. We’ll see how it works. We’ll see,” Trump told supporters during a campaign stop in the swing state of Nevada. “Maybe we’ll have a good relationship. Maybe we’ll have a horrible relationship. Maybe we’ll have a relationship right in the middle.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has appealed to anti-Russian sentiments in the US by criticising Trump, who often praises Putin, as being too cozy with the Kremlin leader and questioned the Republican’s business interests in Russia.

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US Vice President Joe Biden on Trump: ‘He’s Not a bad Man, But he’s Out of Touch & his Ignorance is So Profound’

US vice-president Joe Biden has blasted Donald Trump saying the U.S Republican party presidential candidate lacks knowledge of the ‘sensibilities of the American people’.

Biden also blasted Trump for his action on Friday morning when he tweeted around 3a.m slandering the media and blasting former Miss Universe Alicia Machado for being used as a tool by Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign.
In a video chat with CNN on Tuesday, Biden said: “He’s not a bad man,”
 “But his ignorance is so profound, so profound.”
“I bet he couldn’t carry his bag 18 holes in one of his own golf courses, speaking of energy,” Biden said.
 “Can you imagine the President getting up at 3:30 in the morning and tweeting vitriol?”
“Since when does somebody who lives at the top in the world, in a penthouse overlooking the world, be in a position that he doesn’t feel any obligation at all to pay any federal income tax to support the military, to support education, to support our foreign policy?” Biden said about Trump.
“Since when is that a patriotic thing to do? Can you imagine any other president, any other president, just ever say that and be proud of that? I can’t fathom it.

Biden also said that despite Trump’s promises to challenge the status quo by becoming president, his proposed tax plan will preserve the tax breaks he took advantage of.
“What he’s proposing in the tax cut would lock in all of those special interests from real estate folks and cut their taxes even more,” Biden said. “This is all about Trump. This is all about Trump.”
Biden continued: “What’s that say about all the people here? Are they all suckers for paying their taxes, because they can’t hire a tax lawyer, because they couldn’t make significant contributions to try to change the law to benefit themselves? Come on, man. That’s just not right.”
The U.S vice president also said he’ll invite Trump to the “battlefield” with him in Afghanistan and Iraq so that Trump could experience what soldiers go through after Trump said on Monday that Army veterans suffer from PTSD and ‘are weak’.
“I was asked to present a Silver Star to a young man who had jumped into a burning Humvee to pull out his buddy after an IED exploded,” Biden said. “And the kid died. The commanding general … asked me to pin on a Silver Star, when I was there. You know what the kid said to me? ‘I don’t want it. I don’t want it. He did not live, sir. He did not live, sir.’ That kid probably goes to sleep every night with a nightmare.”
“How can (Trump) be so out of touch and ask to lead this country?” Biden asked.
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Trump Has ‘Weird Fascination’ With Dictators- Clinton

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has accused his Republican rival Donald Trump of having a “weird fascination with dictators.”

Speaking at a rally in Akron, Ohio, on Monday night, Clinton bashed Trump over his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He gets confused between leadership and dictatorship. He has a hard time remembering who our friends are and who are adversaries are. He has a weird fascination with dictators like Vladimir Putin,” she told her supporters.

Clinton said Trump “basically signs up for Putin’s wish list,” echoing the Democratic claim that, if elected, the New York businessman will bow to Moscow’s will.

“We have a lot of people living in this part of Ohio who, either themselves, their parents, or grandparents, came from countries that were under the yoke of oppression. And we are never going to let that happen again,” the former secretary of state said, while taking an indirect swipe at Russia.

Trump has long been accused by his opponents of, as The New York Times puts it, having a “crush” on Putin, an idea that gained more traction after he praised the Russian leader on several occasions during the primary race.

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New York Orders Trump Foundation to Stop Fundraising

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a punishing new setback on Monday as authorities clamped down on his charitable foundation, while his opponent Hillary Clinton seized the opportunity to brand the property tycoon an unscrupulous businessman.

With just five weeks to go before the November 8 election, the billionaire Trump is struggling to regain his footing against a surging Clinton and climb out of one of the darkest periods of his campaign.

Already weakened by damaging revelations about his taxes, Trump was hit with an order by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that the Donald J Trump foundation must “cease and desist from soliciting contributions” in New York.

The notice informed the charity that it had engaged in fundraising activities that were not legal because it had not been registered with state authorities.

With Team Trump on the defensive after leaked documents suggested that he may have paid no income tax for two decades, Democratic party candidate Clinton rounded on him as a bully who cares little for his fellow countrymen.

“While millions of American families, including mine and yours, were working hard paying our fair share, it seems he was contributing nothing to our nation. Imagine that,” a fired up Clinton said in Toledo, Ohio.

“He has been ‘dissing’ America in this whole campaign,” she charged, riding high on a surge in polling after a bruising first presidential debate.

The pair face off in their second showdown on Sunday.

Vice presidential nominees Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia take the stage on Tuesday for their only debate of the campaign cycle.

Personal attacks

Trump used an appearance before military veterans in Virginia to pound former Secretary of State Clinton again for handling classified information via a “basement” private email server.

But he appeared to stumble when he addressed mental health issues facing army personnel and suggested some were returning from battle ill-equipped to cope with debilitating conditions.

“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said.

Retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn, a Trump adviser, said the candidate was merely “highlighting the challenges veterans face when returning home after serving their country.”

In recent days, Trump’s strongest line of attack has been seen as personal, and of a rare brutality even for this bare-knuckles campaign: he mocked Clinton over the weekend for coming down with pneumonia and even questioned her fidelity to her husband.

“Hillary Clinton’s only loyalty is to her financial contributors and to herself,” he said.

“I don’t even think she’s loyal to Bill, if you want to know the truth. And really, folks, really, why should she be, right?” he said, having already revived talk of former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities after a lacklustre debate performance.

A defiant Trump meanwhile dodged the swirling questions about his tax record.

Trump’s top allies praised their candidate’s business acumen following the bombshell revelation by The New York Times that he declared a loss of $916m on his 1995 tax return, enabling him to legally avoid paying taxes for up to 18 years.

If true, the report based on documents leaked to the Times is proof of the tycoon’s “absolute genius,” said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump adviser.

Donald Trump keeps Sniffling During Presidential Debate and the Internet Wants to Know Why

Republican party candidate Donald Trump who recently raised questions about Hillary Clinton’s health, claiming she had no stamina, appeared to be sniffling during the U.S presidential debate on Monday night—and social media users took notice.

Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month and her campaign team has constantly refuted claims by Donald Trump that she is not medically fit to be president, so Twitter users reacted when they saw Trump sniffling repeatedly. More tweets below…

Trump Leads Clinton In New National Poll

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is leading his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 1 point nationally in the race for the White House, a new poll shows.

The new Morning Consult survey released on Tuesday, shows the New York billionaire is favored by 39 percent of likely voters and the former secretary of state is backed by 38 percent.

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has 9 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 4 percent.

Trump leads Clinton 10 points, 44 to 33 percent. But Clinton has solid lead over her Republican rival among Hispanic likely voters, 54 to 20 percent and among African-American voters, 75 to 7 percent.

However, Clinton leads Trump by 2 points among likely voters, 44 to 42 percent, in a head-to-head matchup.

In the same poll conducted on September 15-16, Clinton had a 2-point lead over her Republican rival in a four-way matchup.

Clinton has maintained a 2.5 point lead in the most recent RealClearPolitics average of polls

In the Washington Post/ABC News poll, also released Sunday, the two candidates were locked in a dead heat among registered voters, each enjoying 41 percent support.

Clinton held a narrow 2-point edge over Trump among likely voters, leading him 46 percent to 44 percent. The slim lead falls well within the survey’s margin of error.

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Tony Elumelu Appeals To Both Clinton, Trump On US-Africa Policy

Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, yesterday appealed to the leading candidates in the United States presidential election — Democratic Party’s Hilary Clinton and Republican Party’s Donald Trump — to retain the prevailing US-Africa policy, saying it was adequate and would only need to be expanded and scaled up.

“On US-Africa policy, some things don’t need to change,” he told his audience as the keynote speaker at the US Senator Chris Coon’s Opportunity Africa Conference 2016 in Delaware, adding: “What they need is to be expanded and scaled up.  In other words, we need more US engagement in Africa through mutually beneficial trade and investment.”

He said this would be his and 200 other US and African political and business leaders, including President Obama and over 30 African presidents’ focus during next week’s US-Africa Business Forum in New York.

“We would discuss how to strengthen mutually beneficial economic ties between the African and American peoples,” the chairman of Heirs Holdings said.

Elumelu, who spoke on the theme, entrepreneurship, is one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs, who isdedicating time and money to create a new generation of African business women and men, committing $100 million of his own money to the laudable project.

According to him, “If we give our people the economic tools to thrive and living standards increase, the political challenges that Africa face can be tackled and fundamental positive change can be assured.”

He, therefore, called on the next US president to work in shared purpose with Africans on implementing innovative solutions to the complex but surmountable challenges in Africa.

He challenged the American electorate to impress it on their candidates and the eventual president to engage more with Africa.

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Clinton Unable To Keep Americans Safe- Trump

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says the recent string of suspected terror attacks across the US shows that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton can’t keep American people safe.

On Saturday, nearly 40 people were injured as a result of two blasts in New York and New jersey as well as a stabbing spree at a mall in Minnesota.

Trump took to his Twitter account on Monday and blamed the former secretary of state and President Barack Obama for the security challenges the America faces today.

“Saturday’s attacks show that failed Obama/Hillary Clinton polices won’t keep us safe! I will Make America Safe Again!” Trump said in one tweet.

“Under the leadership of Obama & Clinton, Americans have experienced more attacks at home than victories abroad. Time to change the playbook!” the New York businessman wrote in another post.

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Trump Finally Admits Obama Was Born In The United States

Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago.

Trump sought to end his longstanding attempt to discredit the nation’s first African-American president with just a few sentences tacked on at the end as he unveiled his new hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
But the issue isn’t likely to die down any time soon — especially as Trump continues to falsely blame Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for starting the “birtherism” controversy. Clinton said earlier Friday that Trump’s acknowledgment of Obama’s birthplace doesn’t go far enough and that he must also apologize.
“For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president,” Clinton said at an event in Washington. “His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.”
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.
Trump offered no apologies for his leading role in the birther movement and didn’t explain what drove him to change his mind. The President dismissed Trump’s criticism Friday, joking with reporters at the White House and saying, “I was pretty confident about where I was born.”
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Tied in New Polls

U.S Republican party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is tied with Donald Trump in new polls among likely voters released on Thursday night by CBS News/New York Times poll after a turbulent week battling health issues. According to the new polls, Trump and Clinton are locked at 42% among likely voters nationwide in a four-way race with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 8% and 4% respectively.

Reports have it that enthusiasm among Democratic voters for Hillary Clinton has waned.

Hillary Clinton healthy, ready to serve as US President – Doctor

In-depth medical records of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were released on Wednesday, showing her physical conditions are good.

“She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the U.S.,” said Dr Lisa Bardarck, Clinton’s personal doctor.

The former U.S. secretary of state fainted at a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday and has since stayed home.

Bardarck said the former secretary of state suffered from a “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia.”

The rest of the physical exam “was normal and she is in excellent mental condition,” Bardarck said in a letter to the media, saying that she examined Clinton several times this week.

“My overall impression is that Clinton has remained healthy and has not developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus and ear infection and her recently diagnosed pneumonia,” she wrote.

The Democratic nominee is expected to return to the campaign trail on Thursday and due in several battleground states next week, said her campaign team on Wednesday.

Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump will also reveal the results of his own recent medical exam during a TV show set to be aired on Thursday, said a daily report by The Hill, a top U.S. political website.

A video of Clinton’s faint at Ground Zero on Sunday has returned the issue of health transparency to the central stage in the two candidates’ White Housebids.

Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia two days before she fainted on Sunday but her campaign team had kept it quiet until the video was put online.

The September race is unexpectedly rough for Clinton. A series of national poll results showed that her lead over Trump has been narrowed since Labour Day.

Hillary Clinton Releases Medical Records To Public

Following persistent rumours about her health, Hillary Clinton released a letter from her doctor declaring her fit for the presidency.

Clinton, 68, is healthy and fit to serve as president and is currently recovering from non-contagious, bacterial pneumonia, her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, said.

In her letter, Bardack wrote: “She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

The announcements came as Clinton spent a third day resting at her home in Chappaqua, after falling ill on Sunday morning as she left a 9/11 memorial in New York.

Trump Is An International Disgrace- Powell

The former U.S Secretary of State Colin Powell has labelled Republican presidential,  nominee, Donald Trump as “national disgrace and an international pariah.”

Colin Powel in his leaked e-mails also described Trump as racist. CNN reports.

The former secretary of state tore into Trump as an embarrassing figure to represent the United States.

“Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah,” Powell wrote in June.

“He appeals to the worst angels of the GOP nature and poor white folks,” Powell wrote in another email.

As Trump’s lead in the Republican primary solidified, Powell complained to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about the network’s political coverage.

“That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim,” Powell wrote in an August email.

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New York Attorney General Opens Probe Of Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Tuesday he had opened an inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation to ensure the Republican presidential nominee’s charity was complying with state laws governing nonprofits.

Schneiderman, a supporter of Trump’s Democratic rival in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, sued the real estate mogul and his now defunct Trump University for fraud in 2013, seeking $40 million in restitution plus penalties and other costs.

In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Schneiderman said his office had now brought Trump’s charitable
foundation under scrutiny.

“My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of nonprofits in New York state. And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” the elected Democratic official said.



He added: “We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it’s complying with the laws that govern charities in New York.” He did not elaborate on what wrongdoing Trump’s nonprofit might have committed.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung dismissed Schneiderman’s assertions as entirely motivated by presidential politics, calling the attorney general a “partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years.”

Cheung called Schneiderman’s comments “nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract” attention from Clinton’s recent missteps on the campaign trail.

New York Attorney General to probe Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Tuesday he had opened an inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation to ensure the Republican presidential nominee’s charity was complying with state laws governing nonprofits.

Schneiderman, a supporter of Trump’s Democratic rival in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, sued the real estate mogul and his now defunct Trump University for fraud in 2013, seeking $40 million in restitution plus penalties and other costs.

In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Schneiderman said his office had now brought Trump’s charitable foundation under scrutiny.

“My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of nonprofits in New York state. And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” the elected Democratic official said.

He added: “We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it’s complying with the laws that govern charities in New York.” He did not elaborate on what wrongdoing Trump’s nonprofit might have committed.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung dismissed Schneiderman’s assertions as entirely motivated by presidential politics, calling the attorney general a “partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years.”

Cheung called Schneiderman’s comments “nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract” attention from Clinton’s recent missteps on the campaign trail, reports Reuters.

Trump has accused Clinton of being corrupted by donors to the Clinton Foundation global charity founded by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, while she was U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Clinton has dismissed Trump’s allegation as a political smear. There has been no evidence that foreign donors to the foundation obtained favors from the State Department while Clinton headed the agency.

Schneiderman made his remarks when asked on CNN about calls from Democrats in Congress for a federal investigation of a $25,000 donation in 2013 from the Trump Foundation to a political committee supporting Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi.

Democrats have cited an Associated Press report that Bondi solicited the donation personally, around the time her office was debating whether to join New York state’s investigation into Trump’s real estate training school in Florida.

According to the AP, Bondi, who was seeking re-election at the time, broke off the lawsuit deliberations after the check arrived.

Bondi, who has endorsed Trump, has called the AP report misleading.

Obama: Trump Not Qualified, Says Public Should Follow Up On his ‘Wacky Ideas’

U.S. President Barack Obama further reaffirmed his commitment Thursday that Donald Trump would be unsuitable for the White House and said the Republican presidential candidate has made contradictory statements. 

 

“I don’t think the guy is qualified to be president of the United States and every time he speaks that opinion is confirmed,” Obama said at the conclusion of the Asian Summit in Laos. 

“The most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions on what he says, which appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright wacky ideas.”

Barack Obama
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He added that the election season in the U.S. has somehow made behavior seem acceptable that would usually be considered completely unacceptable. 

“This is serious business, you have to know what you’re talking about and you have to have done your homework,” Obama added. 

He said that if U.S. voters really listened to what Trump had to say, then he was confident that people would make a good decision at the November elections. 

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Trump once again praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he has been a better leader than Obama. 

“(Putin) has very strong control over a country. Now, it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like that system. But certainly in that system he’s been a leader far more than our president has been a leader,” the Republican presidential nominee said at NBC’s commander-in-chief forum in New York.

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Obama Hits Back At Trump, Says He’s Unfit For Presidency & Has ‘Outright Wacky’ Ideas

U.S. President Barack Obama hit back at Donald Trump on Thursday for criticizing his foreign policy record, saying the Republican nominee was unfit to follow him into the Oval Office and the public should press him on his “outright wacky ideas”.

Speaking in Laos at the end of the second of two Asian summits, Obama said the tycoon’s lack of leadership credentials was exposed whenever he spoke and American voters were aware of that.

“I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed,” Obama told a news conference.

“The most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed, or outright wacky, ideas.”

Trump declared on Wednesday during a televised forum attended by military veterans that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been a better leader than Obama.

Trump said the progress of U.S. military generals had been stymied, or “reduced to rubble” with Obama as commander-in-chief and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as his first secretary of state. It was the first time Trump and Clinton had squared off on the same stage since securing their nominations in July.

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Putin a Better Leader Than Obama – Trump

Donald Trump has showered Vladimir Putin with praise as he and rival Hillary Clinton took pointed questions from military veterans.

The Republican presidential nominee told the forum the Russian president “has been a leader far more than our president [Obama] has been”.

It came on the same day the chief of the Pentagon accused Russia of sowing the seeds of global instability.

Mrs Clinton, meanwhile, defended her judgment despite her email scandal.

The White House candidates appeared back to back on stage in half-hour segments in New York on Wednesday night.

Quizzed by ‘NBC’ host Matt Lauer on his previous complimentary remarks about Putin, Trump responded: “He does have an 82% approval rating.”

“I think when he calls me brilliant I’ll take the compliment, ok?” added the businessman.

He said Putin had “great control over his country”.

Trump also predicted that if elected in November, “I think that I’ll be able to get along with him.”

The property magnate recently drew sharp criticism when he urged Russia to dig up the emails that Mrs Clinton deleted from her email server.

It is not the first time Trump has made admiring comments about the Russian leader.

Last December he said it was “a great honour” when Putin called him “a talented person”.

Trump’s latest remarks came hours after US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Russia “has clear ambition to erode the principled international order”.

In a speech at Oxford University, Carter also appeared to allude to suspected Russian involvement in hacking of Democratic National Committee computers in the US.

“We will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic processes,” he said.

On Tuesday night, Trump also courted controversy over sex abuse in the military, reports the BBC.

He stood by a comment he made three years ago when he appeared to blame such assaults on the decision to allow women in the forces.

“It is a correct tweet,” Trump said of the 2013 Twitter post in which he remarked: “What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”

Mrs Clinton, who appeared first on stage by virtue of a coin toss, found herself once again on the defensive over her private email server.

A US naval flight officer told the former secretary of state he would have been jailed if he had handled classified information as she had done.

The Democratic nominee replied: “I did exactly what I should have done and I take it very seriously. Always have, always will.”

Mrs Clinton also said her 2002 Senate vote in favour of the Iraq War was “a mistake”.

Both candidates talked about the ongoing conflict in Syria

But she said it meant she was in “the best possible position” to ensure it never happened again.

Mrs Clinton also pointed out that Trump had once supported the invasion.

The former secretary of state vowed to defeat the Islamic State group, though she emphasised: “We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again.”

Unusually for a US presidential candidate, Trump made unflattering remarks about America’s military leaders.

He said the generals had been “reduced to rubble” during President Barack Obama’s administration.

Trump and Mrs Clinton’s forum offered a preview of the questions they will face in their three forthcoming presidential debates.