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Will Donald Trump build his wall on the Mexico border?

Throughout his presidential campaign Donald Trump promoted himself as the man to protect the US and strengthen its borders.

His plan to build a wall across the border with Mexico caused controversy then, but following his election he may have a chance to make good on it.

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Moscow welcomes Donald Trump presidential victory

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers

Vladimir Putin was among the first world leaders to congratulate president-elect Donald Trump on his victory as the global community absorbed the result of the US presidential election.

The Russian parliament broke into spontaneous applause at the news of Mr Trump's win.

The Republican has repeatedly said he wanted a closer relationship with Russia, calling President Putin "a strong leader".

While Mr Trump may restore relations with one of America's old enemies, other countries were more cautious. Cuba announced military exercises to counter enemy actions as Mr Trump's victory sent shockwaves around the world.

America divided, even in the Democratic state of New York

Following the election of Donald Trump as the next American president, people across America reacted with shock, dismay, but also excitement.

In New York, which voted for Hillary Clinton, ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham took the Staten Island ferry to talk to commuters about how they felt about the election results.

"I'm really afraid," said one man. "He got elected, not on a message of coming together, he got elected on a message of tearing us apart."

Another voter was ecstatic at the result, saying he believed it would be good "for the whole world".

Some voters simply expressed their disappointment and sadness that they may not see a woman in the White House any time soon.

And even some who voted for him did so with trepidation. "I did vote for him, very proudly," said one woman, "because I wanted a change. But I'm still scared, not knowing what the next four years is going to bring."

Mexico's leader congratulates president-elect Trump

Pena Nieto's working relationship with Trump will be under scrutiny Credit: Reuters

Mexico's president has congratulated Donald Trump on his election victory and the two have agreed to meet before the US president-elect takes office.

Enrique Pena Nieto said that in a call on Wednesday the two agreed to discuss security issues and said he would seek to protect the rights of Mexicans throughout the world.

Pena Nieto's working relationship with Mr Trump - who has threatened to build a wall between the US and Mexico, and make Mexico pay for it - will be under scrutiny.

The Mexican leader was lambasted in the local press when he hosted a pre-election meeting with Mr Trump.

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Trump's supporters in Ohio hope for bright future

Donald Trump swooped to victory on the votes of white blue collar workers, his biggest supporters, fed up that the status quo was not representing or benefiting them.

In Youngstown, Ohio, Trump's supporters were optimistic about his capacity for change.

"It's time to change Washington. The system needs to change," said one.

But it's not just the blue collar workers who like Trump - patriotic middle classes and business owners also found that Trump resonated with them.

"The sleeping bear has been awakened," said one man.

The fiery president-elect has promised much in the last 18 months, and his supporters are enthused about the new America they hope he will build.

Obama committed to smooth transition of power to Trump

Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama is committed to a smooth transition of power to his successor Donald Trump despite his differences with the Republican president-elect.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obama administration remains dedicated to an Iran deal, climate change and Obamacare until handing over the keys to the Oval Office to Mr Trump on January 20 2017.

Mr Obama had strongly condemned many of the Republican nominee's views throughout the election campaign and Mr Earnest said the incumbent President's views had not changed in light of the result.

"President Obama doesn't get to choose his successor, the American people get to do that," Mr Earnest told reporters.

"They've chosen someone who President Obama disagrees with on a wide range of issues.

"But that does not in anyway detract from the President's determination to execute a smooth and effective transition of power," he continued.

Speaking about the outcome of last night's election, Mr Earnest said it was "going to require more than 12 hours of consideration to get to the bottom of" yesterday's poll results.

"There are a lot of people who voted for Obama who voted for Trump. I don't have an explanation for that."

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