Newspaper review: Donald Trump 'shockwaves around the globe'

Donald Trump's US presidential election victory is met with a mixture of shock and concern on the front pages of the British press.

The Times reports that Mr Trump vowed to heal a stunned and divided America after he dealt a stinging rebuke to political establishments across the West.

"Few experts thought him capable but his unabashed populism electrified blue-collar workers across the rustbelt of the Midwest, where he tore through Democratic stronghold states," it says.

"He swept the battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, easily securing the 270 electoral votes needed to become America's 45th president.

"Financial markets tumbled before rebounding after his conciliatory acceptance speech."

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The Telegraph says white working-class voters confounded the polls by turning out across a swathe of swing states and the Midwest to hand a humiliating defeat to Hillary Clinton.

Tens of millions of women and Hispanics - thought to have been alienated by the Republican candidate - also backed Mr Trump, it adds.

The Telegraph adds: "Mrs Clinton had entered election day with a small but significant lead in the vast majority of opinion polls.

"Exit polls published after many of the state ballots closed also suggested she was on course for the White House.

"But Mr Trump had gathered substantial support from voters who had not been expected to turn out for him in such large numbers."

The Guardian says the president-elect was on track for the largest electoral college lead of any Republican in nearly 30 years, even though he lost the popular vote by 0.2%.

"Underlining the immense power he is now afforded, Trump will now begin receiving the same daily intelligence briefing as the president and was immediately offered the support of both a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate," it continues.

"Yesterday morning, Trump insisted in a victory speech in a Manhattan hotel he would 'deal fairly with everyone'."

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The i says Mr Trump defied pre-election polling to claim a series of swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

With Mr Trump's party keeping control of both houses of Congress, his seismic victory will have repercussions around the world, declares the Mail.

The Express looks at the implications for Brexit, saying that a free trade deal for the UK with the US is now on the cards but not for the European Union.

The Sun says he "shocked the world" and the Mirror that he "waltzed into the White House".

According to the Financial Times, Mr Trump's victory risks ushering in a period of political turmoil as governments question basic post-war assumptions about the US role in the world as the premier liberal democracy.


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Uncertainty or hope?

The Times believes the world's first glimpse of Mr Trump as president-elect was reassuring, and he could turn out to be a good ally for the UK.

"Britain in many ways is well positioned from his victory," it says. "With a Scottish mother and investments north of the border, he has far more affinity and affection for these islands than Mr Obama.

"He has also said that Brexit Britain will be at the front of the queue for any trade deal. Mr Obama had said that the United Kingdom would go to the back, a policy that is very likely to have been followed by a President Clinton."

The Guardian says the words "President Donald Trump" leave the whole world in uncertain and fearful times.

"Mr Trump's win means uncertainty about America's future strategy in a world that has long relied on the United States for stability," it says.

"But Mr Trump's capacity to destabilise is almost limitless. His military, diplomatic, security, environmental and trade policies all have the capacity to change the world for the worse.

"Americans have done a very dangerous thing this week."

For the Telegraph, the UK's "special relationship" with the United States is now more important than ever.

"Mr Trump has promised to give the UK a fair wind in negotiating a trade deal though we should be careful not to take anything on offer merely for the sake of getting something," it continues.

"However, as we uncouple from the EU, Theresa May should seize the opportunity to start off on the best possible terms with the new administration."

The Sun says people need to calm down but the Mirror thinks we are all in peril.


Channel hopping

Among the political commentators, Michael Deacon writes his Telegraph sketch from his sofa.

"I spent the whole night flicking between news channels," he recounts. "Beforehand I'd been worried that I would drop off. I soon realised that I wouldn't be able to drop off even if I wanted to.

"US news channels don't let you. They're the televisual equivalent of Red Bull. A pummelling caffeine-fired migraine of fluorescent colours and bellowing graphics, pundits speaking so fast they might be commentating on the Grand National, the entire business geared to making every second a nail-biter.

"'Donald Trump has a very significant lead in Georgia!' gaped CNN, after 1% of Georgia's votes had been counted.

Some of the papers have a round-up of media reaction from around the world - including the Buchan Observer which goes with the headline "Aberdeenshire business owner wins presidential election".


A dog's life

Finally, something a little lighter, and you know Christmas is coming when the John Lewis advert is unveiled.

This year, a dog stars as Buster the boxer in the £6m campaign set to a cover version of Randy Crawford's One Day I'll Fly Away.

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As the Guardian explains: "We've had tear-jerking tales of Monty the penguin, a bear and a hare, and a man on the moon, but this year John Lewis is pinning its hopes for a bumper Christmas on Buster the boxer, a comedy bouncing dog.

"Buster is the star turn in the department store's festive ad campaign, which has become a much anticipated annual media moment and launches today.

"Buster's buddies in the advert include a cute little girl and a cast of other animals including two foxes, a badger and a hedgehog.

"The two-minute film tells the story of a girl called Bridget who loves to bounce."

"Buster" is in fact five-year-old red-and-white boxer Biff owned by Jan Patten in Bedfordshire.

The advert, says the Telegraph, has come to be recognised as a signal of the start of the festive season.

The Telegraph says: "It's a dog's life for John Lewis this year as Biff the boxer has been given new-found celebrity status in the retailer's highly anticipated new Christmas campaign."