Najib congratulates Trump on victory

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  • Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has congratulated Republican Donald Trump on winning the United States presidential election against all odds.

In a statement on Wednesday, Najib said Trump was considered an outsider when he first announced his candidacy but has gone on to prove doubters wrong by winning the Republican nomination and the presidency.

Below is Najib's statement in full:

The world has watched this year’s presidential election with fascination. At almost every turn, media commentators have been proven wrong and the results anticipated by experts have been overturned.

Donald Trump was considered a distant outsider when his candidacy was first announced. He beat the establishment consensus by winning the Republican nomination, and did so again with his remarkable victory today.

Mr Trump's success shows that politicians should never take voters for granted. Opinion polls, and established political figures, all underestimated the strength of his support. His appeal to Americans who have been left behind – those who want to see their government more focused on their interests and welfare, and less embroiled in foreign interventions that proved to be against US interests – have won Mr Trump the White House.

In 2014 the US and Malaysia elevated our relationship to a comprehensive partnership, and we are firm allies in the worldwide fight against terrorism and extremism. We look forward to continuing this partnership under President-elect Trump. I congratulate him on this extraordinary victory, and look forward to meeting him again soon.

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