President Trump. Now what?

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Trump protesters in front of Trump Tower, New York

An American medical student living in Southampton described how she broke down in tears after Donald Trump shock victory at the US Election.

Ivy Kuo, a women of Chinese ancestry, said the result has left her feeling disrespected. ‘Trump’s win is a roar, saying, “You aren’t one of us!”’.

The surprise election result has left the world in shock. The repercussions of this decision are being feared from San Francisco to Southampton.

Headlines of UK newspapers on the day after Trump’s win

‘I never made it to class’, said Kuo.  ‘I couldn’t trust myself to be in public. I stayed up. Here, in England. That’s eight more hours of staying up. I paid £44 to priority mail my ballot.’

New York-born Kuo said that Trump’s win gives an ‘ego boost’ to the Brexit vote. ‘There may not be that much difference between UK voters (for Brexit) and Trump supporters.’

Leader of the Southampton Council, Cllr Simon Letts, agreed that whatever happens in the United States will have an impact on the UK.

‘They are a big powerful country with which we have links at lots of levels- trade, diplomatic and defence to name just three.’

Cllr Letts said Donald Trump’s scepticism about climate change might cause a huge impact not only in the UK but all around the world. ‘If President Trump refuses to stick to the agreement on climate change that impacts on everybody on the planet.’

Still in America, the Southampton councillor who campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the state of North Carolina, Satvir Kaur, is ‘devastated’.

During election night, she refused to lose her hope on seeing the first female president being elected. ‘Stressed! Stressed! Stressed! Stressed! Stressed! Stressed! Gotta keep the faith….’, she Tweeted just a couple hours before Trump was announced as the 45th President of the United States of America.

 

By Daniela Palma