U.S. Election Night 2016

    • Thomson Reuters
    U.S. President Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump had "a very warm conversation," Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Wednesday, following Trump's victory in the race for the White House.
    "He was congratulated, and I think they resolved to work together," Conway told NBC's Today program in an interview. 
    • Associated Press
    Donald Trump's presidential victory set off protests by hundreds of people on California college campuses and in Oregon.
    Police says at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around UCLA early Wednesday morning, some shouting anti-Trump expletives. 
    There were no immediate arrests.
    Smaller demonstrators were held at University of California campuses and neighborhoods in Berkeley, Irvine and Davis and at San Jose State.
    In Oakland, more than 100 protesters took to downtown streets. KNTV-TV reported that protesters burned Trump in effigy, smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom and set tires and trash on fire.
    The California Highway Patrol says a woman was struck by a car during the protest and severely injured.
    In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland and forced a delay for trains on two light rail lines.
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    Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders said Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election was a sign that the West was living 
    through a "patriotic spring" that would boost support for populist parties in Europe like his own.
    Wilders, whose anti-immigration, anti-Muslim Freedom Party tops polls ahead of next year's parliamentary elections, said mainstream politicians had lost the trust of voters in the West by ignoring the issues they cared most about.
    "Trump winning proved to me that people are fed up with politically correct politicians who are concerned and involved with issues that regard themselves but not those that are important to the public," he said. 
    • Associated Press
    Cuba has announced five days of nationwide military exercises to prepare troops to confront what the government calls "a range of enemy actions."

    The government did not link the exercises to Donald Trump's U.S. presidential victory but the announcement of maneuvers and tactical exercises across the country came nearly simultaneously with confirmation of Trump's surprise win on Wednesday.
    It is the seventh time Cuba has held what it calls the Bastion Strategic Exercise, often in response to points of high tension with the United States.
    The first exercise was launched in 1980 after the election of Ronald Reagan as U.S. president, according to an official history. 
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issues a statement on the result of the U.S. presidential election:
    "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Donald J. Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.

    "Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with president-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security.

    "The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world. Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous partnership."
    • Associated Press
    The Taliban have called on Donald Trump to withdraw all U.S.forces from Afghanistan once he takes office as president.

    In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Wednesday that a Trump administration
    "should allow Afghans to become a free nation and have relationships with other countries based on non-interference in each other's affairs."

    The Afghan conflict is in its 16th year. The Taliban have spread their footprint across Afghanistan in the two years since most international combat troops withdrew.

    President Barack Obama expanded U.S. troops' mandate to enable them to work more closely on the battlefield with their Afghan
    counterparts, and to conduct counter-terrorism operations against Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban.
  • In a bit of cold comfort for Democrats, Hillary Clinton has edged ahead of Donald Trump in the popular vote: 47.64 per cent to Trump's 47.53 per cent.

    If the number holds, that would mean the Democrats have won the popular vote in six of the last seven elections.

    George W. Bush won his first term in office despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore.
    • Associated Press
    The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president creates new uncertainties for the global economy, say investors and economists, who see him as a reckless novice who might disrupt trade at a time when growth is already fragile.

    Trump's campaign was marked by fiery anti-foreign rhetoric and promises to tear up trade deals, restrict immigration and lock up political rivals. He was more conciliatory in his victory speech, arguing he would seek good relations with other countries.

    But Trump's shifting and radical positions on key issues and lack of details leave many uncertain about the direction of the world's biggest economy and market.

    "We simply can't know what type of president Trump will be," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, in a report.
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    Many Muslims around the world expressed dismay on Wednesday at Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, saying they feared it might raise  tensions between the West and Islam and contribute to radicalization.
    While Egypt's president made an early congratulatory call to Trump, ordinary Muslims were worried that his victory would be a 
    propaganda gift to jihadist groups. Others were apprehensive that the president-elect will implement campaign pledges to clamp down on Muslims entering the United States.
    "Trump has espoused highly inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims. Voters there will expect him to fulfil his promises. That makes me worry about the impact on Muslims in the U.S. and in the rest of the world," said Yenny Wahid, a prominent mainstream Muslim figure in Indonesia.
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    Donald Trump's campaign manager on Wednesday did not rule out the possibility of a special prosecutor for Hillary Clinton, saying she had not discussed it recently with the Republican president-elect but that the conversation would come "all in due time."
    Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence are "looking to unify the country, but we haven't discussed that in recent days, and I think that it's all in due time," campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC in an interview.
    Conway, also speaking on ABC, added that Trump did not discuss the issue with Clinton in his telephone conversation with his Democratic rival overnight.
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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he hoped the United States would continue to support Ukraine in its stand-off with Russia following the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.
    "The President looks forward to a continuation of U.S support in two important areas: Ukraine's fight against Russian aggression ... and also assistance in the realization of major reforms," Poroshenko was quoted as saying in a statement on Wednesday.  
    • Associated Press
    For financial markets, Trump's victory is the latest manifestation of a backlash against globalization.
    Christopher Mahon, Director of Asset Allocation Research at Barings, says Trump's victory is an example of people believing that inequalities in society are a result of globalization. That belief, he says, was behind the unrest in Greece during that country's debt crisis over the past few years as well as Britain's vote in June to leave the European Union. 
    Mahon says "globalization and the liberal economic consensus is in full retreat" if Trump doesn't temper his views.
    He says it "is clear that this next president will have a profound effect on global markets."
    • Thomson Reuters
    Donald Trump's election as U.S. president on Wednesday drew concern among Syrian rebel groups and a degree of optimism in Damascus, where his victory was seen as a better outcome than a Hillary Clinton win.
    Syrian rebels have long been fiercely critical of what they perceive as the Obama administration's inadequate backing for their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, though Washington has been an important sponsor of the uprising.
    But Trump's statements on Syria, and his more open-minded stance towards Assad's ally Russia, have fuelled rebel concern about the policy he may adopt on Syria's conflict, in which the Russian air force has been bombing insurgents.
    "I think things will become difficult because of Trump's statements and his relationship with Putin and Russia. I imagine this is not good for the Syrian issue," Zakaria Malahifji, head of the political office of an Aleppo-based rebel group, told Reuters.
  • From CBC Windsor: 

    'I need a drink:' Michigan Democrats watch Donald Trump take the White House

    Donald Trump was able to take enough votes in the race for the U.S presidency without the help of Michigan, a longtime Democratic stronghold that appeared to be a key to victory for the Republican candidate.
  • California voters expanded some of the nation's toughest gun control measures by approving Proposition 63, which bans large-capacity ammunition magazines, requiring background checks for ammunition sales and speeding the seizure of firearms from people who are no longer allowed to own them.

    Marijuana, gun control and the death penalty: Some (other) notable election results

    Donald Trump's win is undeniably the biggest result to come out of the stunning U.S. election, but it's not the only one, as Americans in many states also voted on marijuana, gun control and the death penalty.
  • Madeline Lopes, left, and Cassidy Irwin, both of Oakland, march with other protesters in downtown Oakland, Calif., early Wednesday. President-elect Donald Trump's victory set off multiple protests. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)
  • From CBC Sudbury: 

    A house divided: Shame and celebration over President Trump in northern Michigan

    Many are waking up today shocked that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, but not Republicans in the border city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
  • In case you missed it last night, here's Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, telling supporters to go home. Clinton is expected to speak today at 9:30 a.m. ET.

  • And here's a short excerpt from Trump's victory speech:

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has already issued a congratulatory note to Donald Trump, is expected to make further comments about the election, this morning in Ottawa.

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    A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to the United States this week as Moscow's representative at the World Chess Championship, Interfax news agency cited the aide as saying.
    Visits to the United States by senior Kremlin officials have been rare since Washington imposed sanctions on Moscow over the 
    Ukraine conflict two years ago.
    The trip by Dmitry Peskov, who is Putin's press secretary and deputy head of the presidential administration, was announced on the day the U.S. presidential election was won by Donald Trump, who has promised to improve strained ties with the Kremlin.
    But Interfax quoted Peskov as saying he was planning no contacts with U.S. officials during his trip and was not planning to pass on any message from Putin to Trump. Peskov is head of the board of trustees of the Russian Chess Federation.
    The chess tournament is taking place in New York City, a few blocks from Trump Tower, where the president-elect has his office.  
    • Thomson Reuters
    Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party who was a figurehead in the campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday for his "supersized Brexit" victory in the U.S. presidential election.
    Farage, who spoke at a Trump rally during the election campaign, had predicted the former reality TV host could harness the same dissatisfaction among voters that led to Brexit.
    Trump himself made repeated references to Brexit during his campaign which focused on the frustrations of voters with traditional politics.
    "I hand over the mantle to @RealDonaldTrump! Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign," Farage wrote on his Twitter website.
    • Thomson Reuters
    Donald Trump's election as U.S. president triggered fears that his view that global warming is a hoax might lead other nations to scale back ambitions under a landmark climate change deal, while renewable energy stocks fell on world markets.
    Trump's victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton cast a dark cloud over delegates attending a 200-nation meeting in Marrakesh 
    being held from Nov. 7-18 to celebrate the start of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming last Friday.
    Trump has threatened to tear up the Paris accord for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, worked out in two decades of tortuous 
    negotiations by countries as diverse as China, Pacific islands and OPEC oil producers.
    • Associated Press
    Hillary Clinton will be speaking to her supporters Wednesday morning. It will be her first public remarks since her stunning defeat to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. 

    Her campaign says she'll speak to staff and supporters at a New York hotel at 9:30 a.m. 

    Clinton did not give a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday's election. 
    • Thomson Reuters
    Russia's parliament erupted in applause after a lawmaker announced that Donald Trump had been elected U.S. president and Vladimir Putin told foreign ambassadors he was ready to fully restore ties with Washington.
    Moscow is hoping that improved relations could yield an elusive prize: the lifting or easing of Western sanctions.
    Rolling back those sanctions, imposed by the United States and the European Union to punish Moscow for its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, could spur investment in Russia's flat-lining economy.
    • Thomson Reuters
    Voters rendered a split decision on gun control measures in the election, approving universal background checks for private firearms sales in Nevada while narrowly rejecting them in Maine.
    Gun safety advocates had poured millions of dollars into backing the initiatives in an effort to combat the political might of the gun lobby's National Rifle Association.
    The measure was defeated in Maine by 51.0 per cent of votes to 48.9 per cent, or about 12,700 ballots, the Bangor Daily News 
    reported. Nevada voters approved a similar proposal by 50.5 per cent to 49.6 per cent, state election officials said.
  • NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will react to the U.S. reaction results at 11 a.m. ET in Montreal.
  • A Palestinian man reads the Al-Quds newspaper in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
  • "I'm not going to deny or try to pretend that there wasn't misogyny as part of this election campaign," she said. "But there was also racism, there was division on a number of levels." 

    Kathleen Wynne 'shocked' by Trump's win over Clinton

    Premier Kathleen Wynne said this morning that Donald Trump's victory in last night's U.S. presidential election came as a surprise.
    • Associated Press
    The leaders of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which campaigns against Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy, have welcomed Donald Trump's presidential victory. 
    Party co-leader Frauke Petry says "it was high time that people disenfranchised by the political establishment get their voice back in the United States of America too."
    Petry said Trump's victory offered the chance to "readjust the trans-Atlantic relationship and end the big conflicts in Ukraine and Syria jointly with Russia" and "replace America's hegemonic claims in Europe with co-operation among equals." 
    Fellow party leader Joerg Meuthen says "the establishment now has to recognize that you can't rule past the population for long ... Trump has rightly been rewarded for his bravery in standing up against the system and speaking uncomfortable truths." 
    • Associated Press
    Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says Hillary Clinton had more money and more people on the ground -- but, Team Trump "outworked them, and frankly, we outsmarted and outclassed them in some cases." 
    Conway appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to analyze Donald Trump's stunning defeat of Clinton. Conway said the Republican billionaire "did a great job sealing the deal."
    She said: "Take it to the bank -- candidates matter. There's no substitute for a great candidate."
    On CNN, Conway urged Trump's critics to "lay down their verbal firearms." 
    She said: "Give him a chance as your president-elect like we all did with President Obama and we all did with President Bill Clinton."
  • Statement from Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

    "The United States of America remains Canada's most important economic partner, but our shared interests go much deeper than that. It will be important for our government to build a solid relationship with the new administration and to demonstrate the benefits both our countries receive from our common ties. We look forward, in partnership with the Canadian government, to working with the new administration and our American counterparts on a number of crucial initiatives."

    At the top of the Canadian Chamber's agenda is the issue of border management. "This issue has come up repeatedly in the electoral campaign, and it is vital for bilateral trade that the border between our countries remain open and allow for the swift passage of goods. Nearly three-quarters of Canadian exports go to or through the U.S., and such an open border is critical for our economic health.

    "Measures that improve Canada-U.S. trade should be our priority with this new administration, but there is a long list of topics we will need to address, from softwood lumber to NAFTA to pipelines. Most important is to open a dialogue that will benefit both countries. It's critical for our government to get some issues on the agenda early, to ensure Canada doesn't get lost in the global chatter."
    • Thomson Reuters
    Donald Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro on Wednesday sought to reassure the markets, saying the Republican president-elect would help boost economic growth once in the White House, aided by a Republican-controlled Congress.
    Speaking on CNBC, Navarro also did not rule out serving in a Trump administration, adding: "There will be a lot of people with private sector experience."
    Separately, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNBC the market's reaction was due to Trump's surprise victory. She added that he would act quickly in conjunction with the Republican-led Congress to implement his plans, including lifting numerous U.S. regulations. 
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