LAST week, the American people voted for a different kind of leader to become their next president.
Donald Trump is not a politician but is a billionaire businessman. He is also known for starring in the US version of The Apprentice.
This, and some of the things he said during campaigning for the job, has made some people unhappy. But, in the US, it is impossible for one person to act alone, and he would need backing to act on some of his different ideas.
The two main parties are the Republicans and Democrats. Donald Trump is a Republican. There are more elected Republicans than Democrats, but many Republicans do not like Donald Trump’s ideas. They can all vote against him if they don’t like his plans. In the same way, many of outgoing President Barack Obama’s ideas couldn’t happen because he didn’t get support for them.
Many people who voted for Donald Trump did so because they don’t like what is happening in America right now, and they wanted change. For example,
they feel they have less money than before.
Donald Trump will become president in January when he gets the keys to America’s famous White House from Barack Obama.
After he won the election, Trump said he would build a country for everyone. He said: “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together.”
He added that he would work with people from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect his government to serve the people.
He also reached out to the rest of the world, saying: “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We will have great relationships.”
Other world leaders have sent messages to Trump. Russia’s President Putin sent a message to congratulate him. And British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Trump on his election as the next US president after a “hard-fought campaign”.
Donald Trump’s term as president will be for four years. Then the American people can vote for him again or elect someone new.