Donald Trump officially elected to be the face of the Republican party
The Republican Party formally nominated Donald Trump for President of the United States on Tuesday, capping a roller-coaster campaign that saw the billionaire tycoon defeat 16 White House rivals.
“It’s my honour to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegation count tonight,” the candidate’s son, Donald Trump Jr., told delegates at the Republican National Convention.
Mr. Trump — who was expected to address the gathering in Cleveland by video link later Tuesday evening — welcomed the party’s nomination as an “honour.”
“Such a great honour to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States. I will work hard and never let you down! AMERICA FIRST!” he tweeted.
The real estate mogul is expected to formally accept the nomination in a speech to the convention on Thursday, before facing off against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election.
The delegation of Mr. Trump’s home state of New York cast the deciding votes which put him over the threshold of 1,237, the majority-plus-one of delegates to the convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s surreal. I’m so proud of my father,” his eldest daughter and businesswoman Ivanka Trump, often described as his secret weapon, told CNN on the convention floor.
“He’s the ultimate outsider and he did it. We are so proud of him.”
Trump would face Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party in the November 8 presidential elections. If elected, he would be the first successful businessman without any political experience to become the president of the US.
Trump, whose election theme is “Make America Great Again” was declared the party’s nominee after his son Donald J Trump Jr cast the vote of elected delegates from his home state of New York, that gave him the requisite 1237 votes required to cross the half way mark.