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Where's Hillary? Clinton criticised for not giving her concession speech yet

Clinton called Donald Trump this morning to concede the race – but she will not speak publicly until later today.

Image: Lee Jin-man/PA

IT IS NOW official, America will not yet get its first female president.

Earlier this morning, Hillary Clinton made a phone call to Republican candidate Donald Trump to concede the race. It came after Trump claimed enough states to pass the crucial 270 electoral college votes mark.

Hours beforehand, Clinton had already appeared to concede, using her Twitter account to thank everyone who had supported her throughout the campaign “whatever happens”.

At around 2am local time, Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta addressed supporters at the Javits Center, which was due to host her victory party.

“We’re not going to have anything more to say tonight,” he said. “Everyone should go home”.

It was expected that the Democratic candidate would make a concession speech – at the very least to thank her supporters – but she has remained silent since her phone conversation with Donald Trump.

Reporters have been told Clinton will not speak now until later today.

In his victory speech, Trump congratulated her on a “hard-fought campaign”. He said that the country owes Clinton a debt of gratitude for her service.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time – we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country, I mean that sincerely.”

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