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Donald Trump claims victory, promises to unite the nation as president

Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 @ 4:45 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 @ 4:45 AM
By: Yolanda Arrington

Donald Trump did what many pundits doubted that he could accomplish on Election Day: The real estate mogul won the presidency of the United States.

Trump's victory highlights growing divisions in the country. He tapped into working-class anger that carried him to the White House.

Trump delivered his victory speech shortly before 3 a.m. EST in New York City.

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In a speech to his supporters and the American public, Trump said he congratulated Hillary Clinton on a “very, very hard-fought campaign.” He said Clinton congratulated him on winning the presidency.

“We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” Trump said of Clinton.

Trump called for Americans to come together as “one united people.”

“I promise to the people of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” Trump added. “I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help” to unify the country, Trump said of those who did not support his campaign.

Trump said he plans to begin the task of “rebuilding” the nation and the American dream.

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“Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said to the cheering crowd.

Trump said he expects to have great relationships with other countries.

“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best," he said.

“We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring,” he said before thanking his family for their support.

“While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is only just beginning,” Trump said.

Trump will be sworn in as president on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

>> Watch his full victory speech here