Give Trump a change to lead: Hilary Clinton

Give Trump a change to lead: Hilary Clinton

Give Trump a change to lead: Hilary Clinton

Written by Ranee Mohamed

10 Nov, 2016 | 6:41 am

US President-elect Donald Trump must be given a chance to lead, his defeated rival Hillary Clinton has said.Appearing in public for the first time since conceding, the Democrat said she hoped Mr Trump would be a successful president for all Americans.

The Republican will become the 45th US president after an astounding victory which followed a divisive campaign.He holds his first transition meeting with outgoing President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.

Mr Trump’s transition team for the 10-week period until inauguration will be led by Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey.The president-elect has said his immediate priorities are restoring the country’s infrastructure and doubling its economic growth.

After losses overnight as Mr Trump’s surprise victory became clear, markets rebounded and a feared meltdown failed to materialise.

Mr Obama, who congratulated his successor in a phone call in the early hours of the morning, said it was “no secret” that he and Mr Trump had pretty significant differences.

But he added that “we all want what’s best for this country” and he was “heartened” by what he heard in Mr Trump’s remarks the night before.Mrs Clinton also urged her supporters to respect the election result, saying the constitution enshrines the peaceful transition of power.

“I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” Mrs Clinton told her supporters in her address in New York.”We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.”

Referencing her own speech when defeated by Barack Obama in her 2008 bid to become the Democratic nominee, she said:”We have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will.”

“To all the little girls watching… never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” she said.


Photo: There were emotional scenes at the hotel in New York where Hilary Clinton addressed supporters

Photo courtesy: Reuters

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