Wednesday 26 July 2017

Revealed: Details of the moment Hillary Clinton realised she lost presidential race to Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Melania Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump (right) as his wife Melania Trump (left) looks on during election night. GETTY
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Details of the moment Hillary Clinton realised she had lost the U.S. presidential race to Donald Trump have been revealed in a new book.

The final moments of her ill-fated campaign are described in, 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Election Campaign'.

Authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes describe how Hillary and Bill Clinton were joined by a small group of top aides as the results rolled in from across the states.

The small group of people, including campaign manager Robby Mook, John Podesta, and Cheryl Mills, joined the Clintons on their floor at the top of The Peninsula hotel, a five-star hotel located just a block away from Trump Tower.

Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Clintons had their own suite for the occasion and the rest of the floor had been rented out for staff workspace.

According to the account, published in the New York Post, staff continued to prepare for the victory celebrations downstairs.

Melania Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Melania Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

However, as the couple realised Hillary was not going to win the ever-important state Florida, Bill rang friends who were planning on flying to New York for the celebrations and told them not to come.

"POTUS doesn't think it's wise to drag this out," one of Obama's aides told Hillary's campaign manager Mook.

Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump (right) as his wife Melania Trump (left) looks on during election night. GETTY
Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump (right) as his wife Melania Trump (left) looks on during election night. GETTY

Mook turned to Hillary and said; "The president wants you to concede... I don’t see how you win this."

Hillary replied; "I understand."

Hillary's close aide and friend Huma Abedin rang Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and asked for Trump.

The book details how Hillary took the phone, "faked a smile with her voice and spoke".

The extract reads; "Congratulations, Donald," she said, suppressing the anger that touched every nerve in her body. "I’ll be supportive of the country’s success, and that means your success as president." Trump credited her for being a smart opponent who ran a tough campaign. The denouement lasted all of about a minute."

Not long after the call, Huma approached Hillary with the phone again. This time it was President Obama on the phone.

Hillary's first words to the then-president were; "Mr. President. I’m sorry."

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