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Donald Trump wins the US elections. He is the 45th President of the United States

Defying all predictions, Donald Trump has won the American elections. He is to become the 45th President of the United States.

We’ll make America great again,” thundered Donald Trump in front of guests and journalists gathered in the luxurious Hilton Hotel in Midtown, New York City. It’s 02:40 Eastern time and the results reveal what no one thought was possible. The Republican candidate has overtaken the magic threshold of 270 electors voting in his favour, out of a total of 538 making up the electoral college. All of a sudden, silence befell the Democratic headquarters, only 13 blocks away, at the announcement of the Republican victories in Michigan and Wisconsin, states which became key over the course of the night after Trump won in Florida.

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Donald Trump with his son Barron and wife Melania © Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

 

Trump in the White House

A turn of events that caught media and pollsters alike by surprise. And, perhaps, the whole world. It seemed almost impossible that the candidate, judged “the most inadequate in history” to lead the American superpower, would move into the White House starting from January. Though not the favoured candidate at the outset, he conquered all the key states, including Ohio and North Carolina.

The “October surprise”, as it has been called by American political experts, which has upset the elections over the course of the last month was FBI Director James Comey’s denouncing of Hillary Clinton‘s inappropriate use of a private server as Secretary of State in the email scandal, nicknamed mailgate, wa stain on the entire Democratic candidate’s campaign. A hard blow which, even though Comey himself announced the closing of the case only three days before the elections, damaged her inexorably.

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Donald Trump © Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Voter turnout tells a very clear story. Many Americans, unsatisfied with traditional politics, decided to vote for the outsider, a man avowedly against the establishment. An angry and silent America, which doesn’t get its information from classical US media, which doesn’t even recognise Fox News, traditionally the Republican mouthpiece. An American made up of women and especially men that chose a president far from the tones of politics-as-we-know-it, who chose a candidate that was able to collect votes basing his campaign on Americans’ most intimate fears: immigration, recession, the corruption of the political class.

Donald Trump’s first 100 days

The newly-elected president will be nominated officially on the 20th of January 2017. The agenda of the first 100 days was amply defined over the course of the past weeks. “First I will announce my intention to totally renegotiate NAFTA, one of the worst deals our country has ever made,” Trump said at the end of October, referencing the free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. On the table is also the withdrawal of the TTP, the economic deal with the Pacific countries, strongly opposed by China but wanted by the administration of outgoing President Barack Obama. The President of the United States, in fact, has the power to rescind treaties. Thus the United States’ support for the recently ratified Paris Accords to combat climate change is at risk. “You could literally have a stack of executive orders on Donald Trump’s desk in the Oval Office that he could sign literally in his first hours of being president,” according to Stephen Moore, economic adviser to Trump. In Washington, Trump will find a Congress solidly controlled by Republicans that has successful in containing the Democratic advance. In this way, he won’t face opposition in the choice of the new Supreme Court judges, or in repealing the Obamacare health reform, pursuing an energy policy strongly oriented towards fossil fuels and enacting his proposals to stop immigration.

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