US Transition of Power to Start with Obama and Trump Meeting

Diverse reactions in the United States and the rest of the world to Trump’s unexpected victory. Demonstrations against the elected president

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-11-10 | 18:09:18 EST

Donald Trump, the elected President of the United States who will initiate a four year-period next January 20, will arrive at the White House after breaking the rules established in the US political system, with the support of the white segment of the population made up by manufacturers, the unheard bases, he said in his first speech in which he called for conciliation and unity and promised to be the President of all Americans.

“The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again”, he then added in his first tweet as elected president referring to his main support: the white rural and manufactures’ vote, AFP reported.

Trump seen by the Republican National Committee (RNC) as the voice of those who considered themselves silenced, had a clear-cut victory in the electoral votes, with 306 over Hillary Clinton’s 232, although Hillary won the popular vote.

Since the President is indirectly elected in the United States, Clinton became the fifth candidate for the presidency who lost with a win –like happened to Albert Gore against George W. Bush- since according to official reports the democrat had 59,727,805 votes, 47.67%, while the republican had 59,505,613 votes, a 47.49%. In other words, the democrat counted on the support of 222,192 over Trump.

Nonetheless, the votes won by the republican is perceived by some as an opposition to the Establishment and a wish for change in the political and economic situation of the country, two aspects constantly hammered home by the real estate millionaire, turned into the 45th president, who went as far as saying that he would levy a heavy tax on companies which close their industries and workplaces on US soil to move abroad.

In addition to the victory in the White House, the republicans retained control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which guarantees Trump an administration without major obstacles or the need to negotiate constantly with the Democratic Party, unlike Obama’s administration.

US President Barack Obama will receive his successor in the Oval office of the White House and called for national unity in an effort to guarantee a peaceful transition to the new administration led by the republican Donald Trump, AFP reported.

For her part the defeated candidate Hillary Clinton also said: “Our constitutional democracy determines the pacific transition of power, and we not only respect that, but we protect it”, she stressed and expressed her “hopes he will be a successful President for all Americans.”

However, demonstrators against Trump took to the streets in California, and in some cities, among them New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle.

Trump called for unity and said that he will be the President of all Americans, but demonstrations against him erupted this Wednesday.

The ascent of the republican to the Presidency shocked a great part of the United States and the world and it had a strong global repercussion.

The vote between 13.1 and 13.7 million of Latinos –who supported Hillary Clinton by 79% -was insufficient to stop the landslide win of the republican in some of the states traditionally sided with the democrats or with a considerable Latin population like Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.     

According to EFE, the Latinos Victory Fund, one of the organizations campaigning for Clinton, stated this Wednesday: “Millions of immigrants, Muslims, women and members of the LGBT community are afraid of the next four years for our country and how they and their families will be affected.”

However, migratory groups stated that they won’t give up in the fight for a migration reform because they do not want to see the deportation of their families.

Following Trump’s victory hangover, the country will focus on the need for assembling a presidential team to begin working from January 20, when the transfer of power will take place, AFP reported.

Former President of the House of Representatives Newt Gringrich is one of the names in the list for the State Department, as well as president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, legislator Bob Corker. Senator Jeff Sessions, member of the Armed Force Commission is mentioned as Secretary of Defense.

Some US politicians who steadfastly upheld Trump – like former New York’s Major Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie – will likely contribute with a share of power, AFP added.

In the economic field, experts mentioned banker Carl Icahn as a man to consider, and Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs high ranking official.

Trump’s news hit the headlines in newspapers and magazines around the world, it opened TV news and was trending in the social media with diverse opinions.

Canadian analysts Dawson Strategic gave the vision of many, “We are in shock like many people. Nobody could imagine that before, but this is a new reality and the Canadians have to accept it and approach the relationship with the new administration on topics like the commercial flow in the US-Canadian border.”

However, it delved into the strong economic ties of 1.4 trillions of bilateral trade and investment. Two thousand millions of goods and services go through the border everyday according to NOTIMEX.

In this pragmatic manner the event was seen in many capital cities of the world and Trump received messages of congratulation from Moscow to Beijing, from Caracas to Buenos Aires.

States supporters of Trump

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Carolina del Norte, Carolina del Sur, Dakota del Norte, Dakota del Sur, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine (parte), Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

States supporters of Hillary

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Distrito de Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine (parte), Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Nueva Jersey, Nueva York, Nuevo México, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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