Time: 7:24 p.m. CEST
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton publicly conceded the election to Donald J.Trump on Wednesday morning and called her supporters to accept that he would be our president and requested to give him a chance to lead with an open mind. Clinton said she hopes “he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
Clinton acknowledged the outcome of the election are painful, and it will be for a long time.” She expressed the regrets of not breaking the glass ceiling, but said, “Someday, someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” She thanks to the women who supported her.
Senator Tim Kaine, who spoke first, said “I’m proud of Hillary Clinton because she has been and is a great history maker,” pointing to her long career of public service. He saluted her for winning the popular vote in the election, drawing cheers.
President Barack Obama talked to the nation from the Rose Garden at the White House and promised the smooth transition with the president-elect Donald Trump. Obama said it would work to ensure a smooth transition to a Trump administration and that, despite their differences, we are “all rooting for his success.” Obama said that he invited the president-elected at the White House to discuss the path of the smooth transition. Obama said, he and former President George W. Bush had major differences eight years ago, but they managed a successful transition.
Obama talked with Trump at 3:30 a.m. and he also talked with Hillary Clinton last night. President Obama expressed his gratitude to everyone who served in his team, and he told to his team to “keep their heads” up and that need to be proud of what they achieved during the both terms of his presidency. “Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election,” he said, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. standing by his side. “But the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag,” Obama said.
At the White House, the press secretary Josh Earnest said it is too early only 12 ours after the elections to comment the outcomes and the motivation of the voters. President Obama is president until January 20, 2017 and it will purse the policies. Part of the smooth transition is that they have clear status of the policies, Earnest commented.