Hillary Clinton Conceded To Donald Trump Over The Phone Just Before His Victory Speech — REPORT
After President-elect Donald Trump took the stage for his victory speech in New York on Wednesday morning, he confirmed reports from NBC: Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump over the phone, congratulating him on winning the election.
"Thank you. Thank you very much, everyone. Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business, complicated. Thank you very much," Trump began his speech. "I've just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us. It’s about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign."
Just prior to his speech, the Clinton team reported that Hillary Clinton would not be making a speech; further reports indicated that Clinton did not have plans to concede the night of the election, either.
“Several states are too close to call so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight. Your voices and your enthusiasm means so much to her and to Tim [Kaine] and to all of us," said the chairman of Clinton's campaign, John Podesta, at Clinton's election party. "We are so proud of you. we are so proud of her. She’s done an amazing job and she’s not done yet. Let’s get those votes counted and lets bring this home."
Shortly after Podesta's announcement, as the final votes were tallied, it was announced that the Clinton campaign was conceding to the Trump campaign.
"I mean she fought very hard," said Trump in his speech. "Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country."
At publishing time, Clinton's team has not confirmed when she will be speaking on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of the race.