President-Elect Donald Trump: ‘I Will Be President For All Americans’

Republican Donald Trump claimed victory in the 2016 presidential race early this morning with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

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Republican Donald Trump was declared president-elect at 2.30 am this morning. The result, delivered with a clear electoral majority, was immediately declared one of the greatest presidential election upsets.

“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business, complicated business,” he told supporters gathered to hear his victory speech at a New York hotel. “I will be a president for all Americans,” he said. “I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.”

Addressing supporters at his victory party at the New York Hilton Midtown, Trump reassured those shocked at his victory including those against him of his plans to unite the nation. He told the nation it’s “time for us to come together” and pledged to be a president “for all Americans.” Trump also called upon Republicans and Democrats to unite.

Running mate Mike Pence, who took the stage before Trump, called it “a historic moment.”

“The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion,” he said.

After an acrimonious campaign, Trump praised Clinton for working “very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”

“I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us; it’s our victory,” he said. “And I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign too.”

He said he had been elected by a “movement” and had a mandate to make government serve the people, “and serve the people it will.”

“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I spent my entire life in business, looking at projects and looking at the untapped potential of people all over the world,” Trump said. “That is what I want to do with our country.”

Trump went on to thank the many people who worked on his campaign, including former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

“It’s been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job,” Trump said. “And I promise you that I will not let you down. We will do a great job.”

The race was tight throughout the night, with many states deemed too close to call.

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