Donald Trump vowed to ‘renew the American dream’ after he was elected as the 45th President of the United States this morning.
The 70-year-old Republican candidate was the surprise victor – winning key swing states including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania to comprehensively defeat Hillary Clinton.
President-elect Trump gave a unifying speech to his supporters at Trump HQ in New York, in contrasting fashion to those he gave during the campaign trail.
He assured citizens he would be a ‘President for all Americans’ and would unite the nation behind him.
Mr Trump took to the stage after receiving a phone call from Secretary Clinton.
He said: “She congratulated us – it’s about us – on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign.
“Hillary has worked very long and every hard over a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.
“It is now time for America to bind the wounds of division.
“We have to get together, to all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Trump also set out an ambitious vision for the next four years, both at home and overseas.
He said: “Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.
“Every single American will have the chance to reach his or her potential.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no more.
“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, airports, hospitals and schools.
“We will rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.
“And we will put millions of our people to work as we do it.”
Trump also addressed concerns from abroad about his presidency.
He said: “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us, we will have great relationships.
“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interest first, we will always trade fairly with everyone.
“With all people and all other nations we will seek common ground and not hostility.”
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