Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was a “miracle”, Irish women have said.
The first lady and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have been campaigning on social media, with a campaign website set up on Thursday to help promote the new president’s agenda.
Ms Trump tweeted: “It’s time to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me in the election and to our incredible supporters!
I want to say Thank You to the people of Ireland for their support, their faith, their love and the incredible outpouring of love from our wonderful nation.””
I know the journey is long and it’s not easy, but we will not be held back by any politician or political party,” she added.”
We will keep pushing forward together and with love and optimism.”
The couple, who have been vocal about their plans to move their family to Ireland, are the first couple to ever have an Irish-born president in the White House.
“I can’t believe it’s happening.
I was expecting to hear more about this, but this is unbelievable,” said Ms Trump’s former model, Marjorie Kelly.”
She is the most incredible human being and I think people have to be grateful to her,” Ms Kelly said.”
People say to me all the time that she’s so Irish and all the love.
But I think she’s actually more American and I’m so happy that she gets the opportunity to be President of the United States.”
A recent study by the Pew Research Center, which looked at the social, economic and political factors behind the US election, found that the election of Mr Trump was the most-watched in US history.
“He’s been a great President, I think he’s a great husband and I know that he’s going to be a great leader for the country,” said Clare Donnelly, a 25-year-old American student who was among thousands of women in Ireland to protest outside the US Embassy in Dublin.
“You know, he’s the president of the world, he has so much power.
He’s been able to have this amazing country he has and he’s just the greatest.”
Ms Trump said she was “so proud” of the country, which she said was “full of hope and promise”.
“I think Ireland is so great and so diverse and I really think the Irish people are so supportive and so enthusiastic for our new President,” she said.’
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Read more”I feel so lucky to be here, to have had the opportunity that I have to help people and to be able to be part of this country that’s so diverse.”
Ms Kelly said she hoped the new President would make changes to the way the country was run, adding that she hoped he would be “so much better for the world”.
“We’re so lucky,” she told The Irish Independent.
“For him to be the President of this great country, to see what’s going on and see how they are doing and see what we’re doing, I just want him to make it better.”
The election was the first since the country voted for Brexit and the first to be cast in the presidential race since 2000, when George W Bush won by less than two percentage points.
“It’s the biggest moment of my life, and I can’t wait to see the new administration.
I can imagine everything he’s doing,” said one Irish-American woman, who wished to remain anonymous.”
Because I’m a strong person and I do believe that people are important.
I’m really excited to see him in the Oval Office.”
Ms Obama, the first African American woman president, was elected in 2008.