Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Hillary Clinton to give concession speech

Hillary Clinton will face the American public for the first time since her crushing and unexpected presidency loss to Republican Donald Trump stunned the world and rocked global financial markets.

Clinton is to address reporters on Wednesday from a hotel in New York City not far from where she had planned a party to celebrate on election night.

The only campaign figure to address the Tuesday night crowd at the Javits Center was campaign chief John Podesta, who told distraught supporters: 'They're still counting votes, and every vote should count.' 

Shortly after sending her campaign chairman to give her supporters that it was not over, Clinton made a private call to Trump to concede - a humiliating and bizarre end to a political career which had put her on the verge of being the first female president. 

Trump won with 276 electoral votes to Clinton's 218. Meanwhile, Clinton surpassed Trump in the popular vote as of Wednesday morning. 

Since then, words of support have come into Trump from around the world – including a telegram from Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader Trump has said he wants to have closer relations with even as US intelligence officials connect his government with hacking.

Clinton will speak just after trading opens at the New York stock exchange, at a time when there has been a collapse in futures markets and the dollar has seen a drop.

Trump surprised some of his harshest critics on Tuesday night by offering gracious words for Clinton during his victory speech at Trump Tower. 

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