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A global wake up call: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn react to Donald Trump Presidential election victory

Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the election of Donald Trump as the 45th America President with leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn describing it as a "global wake up call" to the need for a new economic and political system.

The Prime Minister, who has previously been critical of Mr Trump’s campaign, released an official statement that sought to build bridges with the new US leader for the sake of the "prosperity of our nations".

She said: "I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.

"Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.

"We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.

"I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead."

 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said many people in the UK and world will be "understandably shocked". He described the victory as a "global wake up call" for a need for a new alternative to a "failed economic and political system".

He said: "Trump's election is an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn't working for most people.

"This is a rejection of a failed economic consensus and a governing elite that has been seen not to have listened.

"And the public anger that has propelled Donald Trump to office has been reflected in political upheavals across the world.

"But some of Trump's answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong. I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats."

He added: “After this latest global wake up call, the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.

“That alternative must be based on working together, social justice and economic renewal, rather than sowing fear and division. And the solutions we offer have to improve the lives of everyone, not pit one group of people against another.

“Americans have made their choice. The urgent necessity is now for us all to work across continents to tackle our common global challenges: to secure peace, take action on climate change and deliver economic prosperity and justice.”

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