Donald Trump is set to be the next US President

Donald Trump has won the 2016 US Election to become the 45th President of the United States, gaining a shock triumph over favourite, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton .

Inauguration is scheduled for Friday 20 January 2017. The 45th President of the Unites States will be sworn in on the steps of the US Capitol at noon, when current President Barack Obama’s term expires.

Trump will take on the title of President-Elect when the votes of the Electoral College, cast in December, are counted by a joint session of Congress in early January.

At that point, the incumbent President becomes known as the ‘lame duck’.

Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency dwindled over the night, according to the New York Times

What happened on Election Night?

The Associated Press called the election for Trump at around 2:30am New York time, as projected victory in Wisconsin tipped him over the 270 electoral college votes needed.

Mr Trump’s Idaho campaign director Layne Bangerter said: "The voice of the people has risen up."

Stock markets plunged around the world and Clinton supporters wept openly in New York City as the scale of Mr Trump’s success became clear.

BREAKING: Donald Trump is elected president of the United States.

— The Associated Press (@AP) November 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton started out the night as the clear favourite, with polls saying that her chance of becoming the next president was upwards of 80%.

Contests in key battleground states were too close to call, severely denting Clinton’s hopes of becoming the first female president in US history.

In a message which appeared to betray the nervousness in the Clinton camp, the Democratic nominee thanked her supporters "whatever happens tonight."

The Simpsons predicted the end of Trump’s presidency, way back in 2000.

Lisa Simpson, as "the first straight woman president," tells her staff:

"As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.”

Writer Dan Greaney described it as a “warning to America”, adding: “It just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom.

“It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”

President Barack Obama will be saying goodbye to the White House after 8 years

Trump’s divisive and inflammatory campaign centred on:

1. Immigration

There is no issue Trump is more concerned with. He wants to triple the US "deportation force," and their workload could stretch to deporting up to 1.2 million people per year.

Any unauthorised immigrant in the US would be at risk of deportation, and he aims to remove 6 million of the 11 million unauthorised immigrants from the country.

Trump’s government would heavily encourage ‘self-deportation’, with employers pushed to make checks on their workers.

2. Building a wall along the border with Mexico

This wall might be real or virtual; in any case, Mexico will be footing the bill .

A Trump administration would attempt to prevent anyone from illegally crossing this wall.

He told an Arizona immigration rally in September: "On Day One we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall."

3. Defending the right to bear arms

Trump has been succinct on this point:

"The right to keep and bear arms protects all our other rights."

He has claimed that Hillary Clinton would remove those rights.

At an August rally in North Carolina, he said:

"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.

"But the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know."

Other important policies include:

– Bolstering US military presence in East and South China Seas

– Close parts of the internet to prevent ISIS recruitment

– End birthright citizenship

Beyonce sings to the Obamas as Barack Obama is inaugurated as 44th President in January 2009

Inauguration Day

President Obama will have five things to do on the day, before handing power over to Donald Trump:

1. Issue pardons

One of the most controversial Presidential pardons of all time was issued by President Gerald Ford in August 1974, to his predecessor Richard Nixon, who had just stepped down after Watergate.

2. Welcomes the Incoming President

In 2009, George and Laura Bush hosted the Obamas and Vice President-elect Joe Biden for coffee int he Blue Room of the White House before the inauguration ceremony

3. Leaves a note for the new President

Bush’s note to Obama wished the new leader well on the "fabulous new chapter" he was about to begin.

4. Attends the Inaguration of the incoming President

Obama will attend Trump’s swearing-in and inauguration, then be escorted from the Capitol by their successors, Donald and Melania.

5. Helicopter out of Washington

This has been customary since Gerald Ford’s exit in 1977.