The Next President

December 9, 2016
CHELSEA MATIASH FOR TIME

President-elect, Donald Trump. November 9, 2016

YOU'RE HIRED! Donald Trump gives his victory speech in New York City.

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It was a major upset. Voters elected Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. By 2:00 a.m. on November 9, it was clear that Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton. Trump, 70, is a businessman. He has never served in government.

At 2:47 a.m., Trump took the stage. He was in a packed ballroom at a hotel in New York City. “It is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump told the happy crowd.

TOP TEAM Trump celebrates with vice president-elect Mike Pence.

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A Huge Victory

Trump’s win was a surprise to many people. Most polls said that Clinton would win.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard,” Trump said in his victory speech. He said people should thank Clinton, 69, for her service to the country.

A GRACEFUL ENDING In her speech, Hillary Clinton called on Americans to work together for the good of the country.

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Clinton congratulated Trump. She also gave a speech. “We owe [Trump] an open mind and the chance to lead,” she said.

The Road Ahead

Trump will take office on January 20, 2017. He will face many challenges. He will need to work hard for all Americans. It was a tough campaign. But Trump says he looks forward to the job. “Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach,” he said.

Think!

What is the toughest job Trump will face as president?