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Politicians divided over Trump election

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

WITH Donald Trump winning the race for the White House local politicians are divided about what the result will mean for the people of Northern Ireland.

After a bitter and divisive campaign, Donald Trump won the election with a total of 279 electoral college votes compared to Clinton's 228.

The threshold for victory is 270 electoral college votes.

While his success has certainly provided a shock for many main stream media outlets, local politicians have expressed contrasting views on the result.

Ulster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend has suggested the President-elect should be congratulated for his remarkable electoral success and stressed the need for Northern Ireland to continue its positive relationship with the USA.

"With no previous experience in public service, Trump has overcome the odds to take home victory, and he should be congratulated," she said.

“There is of course the question of what impact President Trump will have on Northern Ireland?

"Our relationship with the USA is important, particularly as America is our largest inward investor, as I hope that our strong historic, economic and political ties will continue under the new Administration."

This view is shared by both DUP MLA Keith Buchanan and the Chair of Mid-Ulster District Council, councillor Trevor Wilson.

The Mid-Ulster Council Chair said: "I wish President-elect Trump well in his new role. Over the years US companies have made a major contribution in terms of inward investment to the local economic development of the Mid-Ulster District Council area and I hope this will continue under the new administration".

While praising Trump's success, Keith made it clear he did not support all the claims made by the President-elect during the election campaign but accepted the will of a democratic mandate.

"I hope that the UK as a whole continues to work with the United States and with its President to maintain our strong economic and cultural ties," he concluded

However these views were not shared by the SDLP's Patsy McGlone expressed his disappointment at the result warned that Northern Ireland's economic relationship with America could now look bleak.

"I am disappointed with the result of this election," he said.

"A victory for Hilary Clinton would have been a good result for Ireland, north and south, given her long association with this island and the political process here.

"If President Trump follows through on his campaign promises on the US economy it risks undermining the Stormont Government's entire economic and investment strategy."

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