The chaos – and sheer bewilderment – within Hillary Clinton’s camp on election night was on public display. Even as losses in vital states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania trickled in, the campaign refused to admit defeat.

“They’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not gonna have anything more to say tonight,” campaign chairman John Podesta told supporters. Yet shortly afterwards, Ms Clinton called her rival Donald Trump to concede.

The trigger for that move, according to a new report, was a call to Ms Clinton from President Barack Obama. “You need to concede,” Mr Obama told his former secretary of state.

Shortly afterwards, sitting in a room at the Peninsula Hotel in New York, she picked picked up the phone to call the man with whom she had been engaged in probably the ugliest presidential fight in modern US history.

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