(WCBD) — On Wednesday morning, Americans reacted to the election and Donald Trump being named President-Elect. Several leaders and politicians issued statements on Trump’s victory, with many issuing their support and congratulations.
President Barack Obama has invited President-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday. The president addressed Trump’s victory in a statement from the White House on Wednesday.
The White House says Obama called Trump from his residence in the White House early Wednesday to congratulate him. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Thursday meeting is to discuss the presidential transition.
Obama also called Hillary Clinton. The White House says Obama conveyed admiration for the “strong campaign she waged throughout the country.”
Presidental candidate runner up Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a hotel in New York on Wednesday morning, where she made her concession speech. Click here for more on her statement regarding Donald Trump and the election.
House Speaker Paul Ryan
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump’s victory has turned politics on its head. He said he expects the new president to work hand-in-hand with the Republican-led Congress.
Speaking Wednesday in Janesville, Wisconsin, an ebullient Ryan said Trump has earned a mandate to enact his agenda.
He thanked Trump for his “coattails” during the election that bolstered the Republican majority in the House.
Ryan has said he wants to be speaker in the new Congress and has expressed confidence in doing so. But he could face resistance from the Freedom Caucus, which chased former Speaker John Boehner from Congress last year. Other Republicans are upset over Ryan’s frigid treatment of Trump.
Ryan says his relationship with Trump is fine. He’s urging Republicans and Democrats to focus on “redemption, not recrimination.”
Governor Nikki Haley
Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted a congratulations to Trump Wednesday morning. Haley said “We congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump on his historic victory. After a hard-fought campaign, where we have seen great passion and frustration among voters, the people have spoken. This is an opportunity for the country to unite and work together, and, as governor of South Carolina, I will partner with our new president to move our state and nation forward.
Senator Lindsey Graham
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham issued the statement on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “Congratulations to President-elect Trump. He defied the odds and overcame many obstacles to achieve a stunning victory. I’m proud of and want to congratulate my Senate colleagues, particularly those in swing states who ran incredible races that helped President-elect Trump achieve his victory. While a few fell short, most performed beyond all expectations. We now have a country to run. President-elect Trump and the new Congress will face many challenges. We have wars to win, threats to be dealt with, and a stagnant economy which must be revived. To the extend that I can help President-elect Trump, I will do so. I believe there is consensus to be had on keeping trade free but fairer, rebuilding our military, restoring our standing in the world, reforming our tax code, repealing and replacing Obamacare with an alternative that empowers patients while reining in costs, and confirming conservative justices to the Supreme Court. It is now time for all Americans to pull together and realize the challenges we face can only be overcome by working together. The strength of our nation is in the goodness of its people. As long as that is the case — and I believe that is the case — then America’s best days still lie ahead.”
Mayor John Tecklenburg
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is expected to issue his statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
President George HW Bush
President George HW Bush tweeted on Wednesday morning saying “Barbara and I congratulate Donald Trump, wish him well as he guides America forward as our next President. His family is in our prayers.