Tuesday 24 January 2017

Republican Party formally nominates Donald Trump for US presidency

Steve Holland

Published 20/07/2016 | 00:44

Donald Trump has secured The Republican Party's 2016 nomination for the White House. Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump has secured The Republican Party's 2016 nomination for the White House. Photo: Reuters

After vanquishing 16 party rivals, warring with much of the Republican establishment and provoking controversy at the party convention, Donald Trump on Tuesday secured the party's 2016 nomination for the White House.

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His son, Donald Trump Jr, announced the support of New York, their home state, during a roll-call vote at the Republican National Convention, ensuring Trump had the majority of delegates - 1,237 - needed to contest the November presidential election.

With three of Trump's other children at his side, the son said: "It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight."

The state-by-state vote to put Trump's name in nomination took place a day after opponents staged a failed attempt to force a vote opposing his candidacy, and after a speech by his wife, Melania, drew accusations of plagiarism.

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump with his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump with his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Members of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump's family, son Donald Trump Jr. (L), daughter Ivanka (2nd from L), son Eric (2nd from R) and daughter Tifffany celebrate after their father won the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland
A delegate with a beaded Trump hat is seen at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Delegate Jake Byrd celebrates Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump's nomination during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

US Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, an early backer of Trump, placed the New York businessman's name in nomination, calling him "a warrior and a winner." US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the country's highest-ranking elected Republican, ran the meeting and launched the nominating process.

Despite threats of another chaotic day at the Quicken Loans basketball arena in Cleveland, anti-Trump Republican US Senator Mike Lee said efforts by some delegates to block Trump's nomination appeared finished.

A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump sports a button on his hat with Trump's image during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump sports a button on his hat with Trump's image during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
A man wearing a Trump cape talks to people during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
A West Virginia delegate wears a Trump sticker on his hard hat during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Delegates applaud during voting on the Trump nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Delegates celebrate as Donald Trump is officially named the Republican Presidential Candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Delegates parade a Donald Trump banner around the floor at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Picture Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar
A workman places a poster for the Trump/Pence presidential campaign on a wall at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

"I don't see any way around it," the Utah lawmaker told Reuters.

Trump's campaign has been marked by frequent controversy over his rhetoric on Muslims, Hispanics, illegal immigration and trade, alarming many in the Republican establishment.

Party officials are hoping to use the four-day convention, which began on Monday, to smooth out some of his rough edges and present him as a job creator and a strong hand to combat security threats at home and abroad.

Republicans were also set on Tuesday to place in nomination Indiana Governor Mike Pence, 57, Trump's choice for his vice presidential running mate.

A delegate with a beaded Trump hat is seen at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
A delegate with a beaded Trump hat is seen at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

Challenging Clinton

Speaker after speaker on Monday took aim at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, presenting her as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans and the inheritor of President Barack Obama's "oppressive" administration.

The theme of Tuesday's convention was "Make America Work Again," and speakers were to take aim at Obama's record on the economy.

After the vote of the states, Trump was due to receive the blessing on stage of other senior Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Delegates applaud during voting on the Trump nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio
Delegates applaud during voting on the Trump nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

Both Ryan and McConnell need Trump to do well in the November election as they seek to preserve Republican majorities in Congress.

Trump, a 70-year-old real estate developer and former reality TV star who has never held elective office, trails Clinton, 68, in many opinion polls after a bruising Republican primary season.

Trump narrowed his deficit against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to 7 percentage points from 15 points late last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

Clinton was due to be formally nominated at the Democratic convention next week in Philadelphia.

Speech controversy

In Melania Trump's roughly 15-minute address on Monday night, a small section closely resembled a part of Michelle Obama's speech in 2008 in support of her husband, Barack Obama, who was then campaigning for his first term as president.

In that section, Melania Trump, a Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model, talked about passing on to the next generation the value of hard work that she inherited from her parents and said "the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Donald Trump himself made no mention of the accusations about plagiarism, saying simply: "It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania Trump last night. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud!"

Security forces were on high alert in Cleveland. Wright State University, a public university near Dayton, Ohio, said on Tuesday it had decided not to host the first US presidential debate scheduled for September 26, citing mounting costs and security concerns. The event will now be held at Hofstra University in New York.

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