Republican Party nominates Donald Trump CLEVELAND: The Republican Party formally nominated Donald Trump for president of the United States Tuesday, capping a roller-coaster campaign that saw the billionaire tycoon defeat 16 White House rivals.
“It’s my honor 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 which erupted in cheers and applause.
Trump, who was expected to address the gathering in Cleveland by video link later Tuesday evening, welcomed the party’s nomination as an “honor.”
“Such a great honor 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 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,” Trump’s 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.”