It's official: Trump is Republican nominee

People cheering as Mr Trump delivered a live video message for his supporters on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday.
People cheering as Mr Trump delivered a live video message for his supporters on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday.PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES

An improbable candidate just 13 months ago, New York businessman Donald Trump is officially the Republican Party's nominee for president.

Mr Trump's turbulent year-long ascent to the top of the political pile was completed when delegates picked him as their flag-bearer on Tuesday, the second day of the ongoing Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

"Today has been a very, very special day watching my children put me over the top," he told cheering delegates via video from New York.

Earlier, 22-year-old Tiffany Trump painted him as a caring father who was not too hung up about his children's school grades.

And in a rousing speech that some called excellent, eldest son Donald, 38, praised his father for his drive and business acumen as a real estate developer who, nevertheless, remained a regular guy.

As for the day's speakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, they focused on attacking presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton instead of praising Mr Trump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2016, with the headline 'It's official: Trump is Republican nominee'. Print Edition | Subscribe