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Video: Trump calls on America to 'bind wounds of division' in victory speech

US President-elect Donald Trump accepts victory in New York on November 9, 2016, as son Barron and wife Melania look on

In a New York City ballroom in the small hours of Wednesday morning, US President-elect Donald Trump congratulated Democratic runner-up Hillary Clinton on a “very, very hard-fought” campaign and told a divided nation it was time to “come together”.


On stage with his family before a crowd of jubilant supporters, Trump declared, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.” He reversed the rhetoric that had characterized his campaign, making a direct appeal to voters on both sides of the aisle: “To all Republicans and Democrats across this nation, I say it’s time for us to come together as one united people.”

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important to me,” said the outsider candidate who had failed to win the vocal support of major Republican politicians.

“We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world," he continued. "At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.”

Without giving specifics on his planned foreign policy, he simply said: “We expect to have great, great relationships.”

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