Tennessee leaders react to election of Donald Trump

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Leaders from across the state of Tennessee have issued statements on the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Read their words below.

Gov. Bill Haslam

“On the national election, we look forward to working with president-elect Trump. As I said yesterday, regardless of who won, we were going to do what I think all good citizens should do is hope for all success for the new president and for us, because we have such a critical working relationship with the federal government. We’ll be working hard to build that relationship from day one.” Click here to hear more from Haslam.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey

“In truly historic fashion, Donald Trump has been elected President of United States capturing the votes of millions of forgotten Americans confounding experts and establishmentarians across the globe. Quite simply, he has shocked the world. His ‘America First’ positions on trade, immigration and foreign policy spoke to a large portion of the electorate which has been denied a voice for a long time. Trump has given voice to frustrated and alienated voters who had all but given up on the political process. Now that voice will be heard. Today we begin the hard work of fulfilling the Trump promise to make America great again. I hope all Americans join me in support of President-elect Trump as he endeavors to fulfill his essential mission.”

U.S. Senator Bob Corker

“The American people and the citizens of Tennessee have spoken in a remarkable and resounding way, and I congratulate President-elect Trump on his hard earned win,” said Corker. “The real work now begins as we address the many challenges facing our great country, and I am looking forward to working with President Trump and the rest of the Congress to move our country forward.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander

“Congratulations to President-elect Trump. The election belongs to the people and the people have voted for change. Donald Trump is the agent for that change. Now it is the responsibility of the President-elect and the Congress to work together to address the voices of anger and despair, and of hope, that we heard yesterday. This includes reducing Washington’s role in our lives, making it easier to find a good job and less expensive health care, and making our system more fair. It’s time to put the election behind us. The way to make change and move our country in the right direction is to work together to bring out the best in all of us.”

Rep. Jim Cooper

“It’s an honor to continue serving Middle Tennesseans in Congress. There has never been a more important time for civility. I hope the president-elect will pledge to represent all people – including those who legitimately and genuinely feel threatened by him – not just those who voted for him.”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry

“I want to congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters on their victory last night. My hope is that he will serve this nation with the honor and distinction that we have come to expect from our Presidents, and that he will work with members of both parties to move our nation forward for all Americans. In his victory speech, Mr. Trump committed to investing in infrastructure in a way that puts more Americans to work. As mayor, I intend to work with his administration to ensure Nashville is able to take advantage of this commitment to improve our roads and bridges, transit infrastructure, and schools.”