Donald Trump
Donald Trump is the President of the United States REUTERS/Randall Hill

The world woke up to a stunned silence after Donald Trump bested Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the bid for the US presidency. It's a result many thought could never happen but, much like Brexit, he managed to completely blindside those expecting the opposite outcome.

Trump's race to the White House has been one of the most highly publicised and closely followed in US history, thanks largely to the new president's penchant for outrage, controversy, and just plain bewilderment. Here's a look back on 10 defining quotes during Donald Trump's bid for the White House.

1. On the validity of Barack Obama's birth certificate

"An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama's birth certificate is a fraud."

2. On his daughter

"I've said that if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

3. On his intelligence

"Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault."

4. On Mexico

"I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

5. On his sexual prowess

"All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."

6. On obesity

"I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke."

7. On immigration

"My grandparents didn't come to America all the way from Germany to see it get taken over by immigrants. Not on my watch."

8. On being humble

"I think I am humble. I think I'm much more humble than you would understand."

9. On the internet

"We're losing a lot of people because of the internet, and we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. "

10. On women

"I just start kissing them. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything... Grab them by the p***y... you can do anything."

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America: