Thursday, 10 November 2016

Buhari, World Leaders Congratulate Trump

President Muhammadu Buhari wednesday joined other world leaders to congratulate Mr. Donald Trump, who prevailed over his main rival, Secretary Hilary Clinton, to emerge as the President-elect of the United States of America in last Tuesday’s presidential election.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the president also congratulated Americans on the successful outcome of the election.

Buhari said he looked forward to working with Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.

“As Mr Trump prepares to assume the position of the President of the United States, I extend my good wishes to you on the onerous task of leading the world’s strongest economy,” he said.

Other world leaders who greeted Trump on his victory yesterday included the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mrs Theresa May, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, French President Fran├žois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi Boris Pahor, and the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy.

The European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) were also in toe to hail the new US leader.

Finding their voices after the shocking defeat, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party candidate, Mrs Clinton, spoke about an urgent need to reconcile Americans after one of the most cantankerous electioneering in recent American history.

The president promised to work for a smooth transition of power to Trump, when he leaves office in January, citing the example set by former President George W. Bush eight years ago.

“I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night at 3:30 in the morning to congratulate him on winning the election and invited him to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure there is a successful transition between our two presidencies,” Obama said from the White House Rose Garden with Vice-President Joe Biden at his side.

Obama campaigned hard against Trump to boost his former Secretary of State, Clinton, who conceded the race in an earlier speech yesterday morning. “It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences,” Obama said, adding later, that “we all want what’s best for this country”.

According to CNN, many of the White House staff who had come out to hear the president speak were emotional immediately preceding his remarks. Obama sought to comfort his supporters and the Clinton campaign, saying he was “heartened” by a message of unity and inclusion when he spoke with Trump on the phone.

“I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency will begin,” Obama said. Obama praised his staff for working relentlessly on behalf of the American people, saying the America Trump inherits is better than the one he was handed in 2008.

“Everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything they have done,” Obama said, adding: “Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. The day after, we have to remember we’re all on the same team.”

Earlier in the day, Clinton had formally and publicly conceded to Trump. “Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” she said.

“This is not the outcome that we wanted,” Clinton stated, adding: “I’m sorry that we did not win this election. This is painful and it will be for a long time.”

At one point, Clinton spoke to her younger supporters, saying that they may have career setbacks later, but must carry on.

“This loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” she said. She also addressed her female supporters, who had hoped that she would make history by being elected the first female president.

“To all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. Now, I know, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will,” she said.

Last night, Trump praised Clinton in his victory speech, saying the former secretary of state had called to concede.

He thanked his opponent for her service to the country, saying that it was time for the country to come together as one united people.

“I pledge that I will be president for all Americans,” he said.

He promised to rebuild “inner cities” and infrastructure, as well as “taking care of our great veterans. We will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal,” he said.

Trump said he would double economic growth, while talking somewhat ominously of “getting along with all other nations willing to get along with us… While we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone”.

World Leaders Stunned, Reacts

Obviously dazed by the Trump victory, world leaders were barely able to veil their disappointment even as they expressed their readiness to accept the decision of the American people.

1 comment:

Emmanuel Oyo said...

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