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New York:Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she was “sorry”, she didn't win the election, adding “this is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

“This is painful and it will be for a long time but I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love and about building an America that's hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted,” said Hillary.

The Democratic presidential candidate was delivering what her campaign billed as a concession speech to Republican Donald Trump after his upset victory in Tuesday's election.

Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 US White House race to Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday and offered to work with the president-elect, who she hoped would be a successful leader for all Americans.

She also urged her assembled staff and supporters, deflated after recent national opinion polls indicated a good chance at victory, to continue to work for a better nation. Clinton urged supporters to keep an open mind on Trump and give him a chance to lead.

“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” Clinton told hundreds of supporters and staff.

“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we shared and the vision we hold for our country,” said Hillary.

The former first lady, US senator and secretary of state said the election results showed the nation was deeply divided, but the voters had spoken.

Ashen-faced aides sat in the front row as supporters in the audience sobbed at the emotional event.

“I'm very afraid, will there be more wars? Will America attack Muslim countries again?” asked Indonesian activist Alijah Diete, as Muslims reeled Wednesday from Donald Trump's shock US presidential election victory.

After a bitter campaign in which fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric was central to Trump's populist strategy, many followers of Islam were dumbfounded that Americans had chosen him to lead the world's greatest power.

With markets in a tailspin and the world looking on in shock, there was growing anxiety in Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh ─ home to more than a third of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims ─ about what his dramatic election win would mean for the Muslim world.

Worried followers of the faith listed a litany of problems for Muslims they believed would come with a Trump presidency ─ from the billionaire following through on a pledge to ban Muslims from entering the US, to a potential surge in militancy driven by tougher American policies.

A senior Pakistani government official, speaking anonymously, called the news "absolutely atrocious and horrifying" while others in the country also lamented the results.

"I am disappointed to see Donald Trump winning because Hillary Clinton is a good woman, she is good for Pakistan and Muslims all over the world," said Ishaq Khan, 32, speaking at an Islamabad market.

"She was talking about world peace ─ but Trump was talking about fighting against Muslims."

“Americans have just screwed the world yet again,” said Syed Tashfin Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi who has several close friends in the US.

Thousands in the country watched in shock as the results rolled in and Facebook lit up with horrified reactions.

“I'm in disbelief,” said the Indonesian Muslim activist Diete, 47. “I thought Americans are supposed to be intelligent and mature. How is it possible Donald Trump won?”

Trump appealed to America's disillusioned white majority with populist pledges to tear up free trade deals and deport illegal immigrants, but it was his attacks on Islam that sparked some of the greatest anger abroad and drew accusations of xenophobia and racism.

He made his most controversial remarks last December, shocking the Islamic world by calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering America after an apparently radicalised Muslim couple carried out a mass shooting in California.

'Muslims are foreigners to him'

Following his improbable election victory Wednesday, anger and anxiety were again high among Asia's Muslims.

In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, there was a mixture of shock and nervousness about how the victory would affect the relationship with traditional ally the US, as well as future relations between America and the Muslim world.

"I am very concerned that the relationship between the US and Muslim countries will become tense again," said Diete, while law firm employee Nikken Suardini said the proposal to bar Muslims from the US was "just not fair".

In a country that has long struggled with militancy and seen hundreds head to the Middle East to fight for the militant Islamic State (IS) group, fears were also mounting that anti-Islamic policies under Trump could be seized on by extremists to bolster their cause.

"When the United States uses hard power, extremists gain a momentum," said Zuhairi Misrawi, an Islamic scholar from moderate Indonesian Islamic organisation Nahdlatul Ulama.

"Those who will be the happiest when Trump wins are ISIS," he said, referring to IS by another name. The militant group is struggling to hold onto its territory in Iraq and Syria in the face of a fierce military onslaught.

Some observers were hopeful that the 70-year-old Republican maverick's rhetoric was aimed at winning votes and would not be translated into tough xenophobic policies.

"We hope that Trump's remarks against Muslims were only to boost his campaign," said the Council of Islamic Ideology's Maulana Tahir Ashrafi.

For others, a major concern was the potential effect of a Trump presidency on the millions of Muslims living in America.

"In Donald Trump's view, Muslims are not part of America," said Munarman, a spokesman for Indonesian hardline group the Islamic Defenders' Front, who goes by one name. "Muslims are foreigners to him."

New York: There's no other way to describe the massive change Americans voted for Tuesday. In electing Donald Trump to the White House, Americans handed the reins to someone whose campaign was premised on an unrelenting challenge to the status quo, distrust in government and dismissal of the politicians from both parties. They chose a man who promised to channel their anger, as much as carry their hopes.

He didn't merely promise change, he promised disruption. The ramifications of the Trump presidency are difficult to measure. In his ugly, knock-down fight against Democrat Hillary Clinton, his personality was a draw more than his policies. The stump speeches that drew thousands to raucous rallies were laced with proposals but powered by his one word political philosophy: “Winning.” But it resonated in a way few expected with white, working-class America, across the Rust Belt and in rural communities, where the scars of the Great Recession endure and winning felt like a long-lost concept.

He understood their anxiety about jobs moving overseas and immigrants moving in. He claimed to hate the liberal media as much as they did. He sounded like no politician ever. This was their uprising, the elevation of a 70-year-old reality-TV and real estate mogul willing to speak their truth, rewrite rules and insult anyone along the way. It is nothing short of whiplash for Americans and people around the world who were alarmed by his harsh rhetoric about longtime allies and other cultures.

Trump's victory comes eight years after a coalition of blacks, Hispanics, women and young people elected the first black president and ushered in what many viewed as a new era of progressive dominance in presidential politics. Tuesday's results are a stunning, if confusing, indictment of the policies of President Barack Obama, who nevertheless remains popular. “There's nothing like it in our lifetime,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, who in the days leading up the election dubbed a Trump win a “social revolution” on par only with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's clubbing of Herbert Hoover for his handling of the Great Depression in 1932.

To many policy experts, economists, military brass, diplomats the establishment, Trump would say Trump's proposals are viewed as improbable, impossible, and at times unconstitutional. Democrats and Republicans in Washington recoiled from his proposed ban on Muslims from entering in the US. Few think his vow to force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border is workable, at best. And really only Trump knows if his promise to “bomb the s--t out out of” the militant Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria seen is anything more than bluster.

There's mixed evidence on whether Trump's victory is an endorsement of such plans. Voters sent enough Republicans back to the Senate to give the GOP control of both chambers, a clear government mandate. But for all the talk about immigration, exit polls showed it was a low priority for most voters. Just 1 in 10 voters said immigration was the most important issue facing the country. Read more: Who voted for Trump? More than half of voters opposed Trump's plan for a “big, beautiful wall.” Clearly, what many voters opposed was Clinton.

The former secretary of state and veteran of two decades of political battles proved to be an exceedingly damaged candidate, distrusted both by her supporters and opponents alike. Her historic candidacy, to be the first female president, failed to rouse the enthusiasm or emotion that drove Obama's coalition to the polls. Her disconnect with white, working-class voters appears to have been her downfall. Even Obama's dire warnings “the fate of the Republic rests on your shoulders” didn't do the trick.

It wasn't enough to scare people about a President Trump. Americans had fears about Clinton, too. Her penchant for secrecy was spun into scandal with brutal impact. Her use of a private email server as secretary of state not only dogged her for months but returned at precisely the wrong moment in late October when FBI Director James Comey notified Congress he was reviewing new emails for evidence that she or her handlers mishandled classified information. Explore: In bid for history, Clinton fails to reach the mountaintop Comey cleared Clinton again Sunday, but in the nine intervening days, as a cloud of suspicion hovered over her, nearly 24 million people cast early ballots.

That's a sizeable chunk of all the votes cast for president. Trump's win made a mockery of all the usual political rules. He had virtually no ground game, his advertising on television didn't come close to matching his rival's. He largely ignored the practice of voter targeting and analytics, elevated to religion after Obama's two victories. Clinton's campaign raised $513 million roughly double what Trump raised, including $66 million from his own pocket. While pollsters and political professionals in both parties dismissed him, he declared he had galvanized long-alienated voters into a movement. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump declared.

Donald Trump's jaw-dropping White House win is a slap in the face for Barack Obama, elected eight years ago as the country's first black president on the promise of a nation united.

At the political level, Hillary Clinton's defeat is certainly a setback for Obama, who campaigned hard for his former secretary of state, travelling across the country and employing the charisma and charm that she sorely lacks.

But, aside from being the loss of a typical battle between the two major American political parties, the 70-year-old real estate tycoon's success is also a stinging personal blow for Obama.

It certainly appears that as if this ever calm, cerebral and optimistic president failed to understand a large slice of the American electorate and appreciate their reflexes, fears and concerns.

Indeed, it would seem Obama has failed to take the pulse of this other America, a world of working class whites who felt they have been left in the lurch amid rapid fire change from globalisation and an increasingly multicultural society.

Over the short term, Obama, whose approval ratings remain high as he prepares to leave office in January, might well ask what will even be left of his legacy after a Trump administration.

Trump has promised to scrap or overhaul many of Obama's signature initiatives, such as the health care plan that bears his name, the battle against climate change and the Paris accord of 2015, and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Obama has stated adamantly that Trump, criticised as a loose gun on everything from foreign policy to his treatment of women, is a danger to democracy.

"We can't afford the other guy. Can't do that! Can't do that!" Obama said in Las Vegas a few days ago.

Tolerance on the ballot

At the political and human levels, it is hard to imagine two people more different than Obama and Trump.

This means their world view but also their views on women ─ Trump was accused during the campaign of sexual misconduct ─ family, money and institutions, and even their style, the way they speak and the words they use.

Obama, the son of a Kenyan father and an American mother, forged a path that led him to Harvard and Yale. Trump inherited money from his family and developed a real estate empire centred on hotels and casinos.

He has boasted about paying as little as possible in taxes.

Obama is an intellectual who likes intricately reasoned discourse, at times to a fault. Trump is a businessman who speaks his mind in blasts of short, aggressive and sometimes vulgar phrases.

"Democracy itself" is at stake in the election, Obama said recently as he lashed out at Trump. "Civility is on the ballot," Obama added. "Tolerance is on the ballot. Courtesy is on the ballot. Honesty is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Kindness is on the ballot."

Obama had personal reasons to try to stop Trump.

In 2011, Trump was not yet a candidate for the White House but had displayed a taste for the limelight, controversy and conspiracy theories.

For months, he fuelled the so-called "birther" movement that questioned whether Obama had been born on US soil and was thus eligible to be president.

An exasperated Obama called this nonsense and held a press conference to show off his birth certificate.He was born in Hawaii.A few days later, at the White House Correspondents Dinner, attended by Trump, Obama cheerfully said what he thought of Trump.

"No one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said."And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter ─ like, did we fake the moon landing?"Just over five years later, Obama is getting ready to give up the White House to his former foil.