A majority of 57 to 43 senators voted him guilty but that was short of the two-thirds “super majority” required to convict him.
Only seven Republicans voted in favour of impeachment.
Mr Trump will now be free to run for the White House again in 2024.
His supporters were last night delighted at the outcome of the five-day Senate hearing, where the former president faced charges of inciting the January 6 riot in Washington DC.
But Democrats Senate leader Chuck Schumer said the result would “live as a day of infamy”, forever tarnishing the 43 senators who voted to acquit Trump.
The Trump team promised a future for the Make America Great Again movement and pledged that their leader would keep fighting.
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