Republican Donald Trump stunned the world on Tuesday by defeating heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.
After the results were out, which declared Donald Trump as winner, he addressed his raucous supporters in his acceptance speech at the election headquarters in New York.
“I am sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business, thank you very much. I just received a call from secretary Clinton, she congratulated us on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on the very hard fought election,” Trump began.
“I say it is time for Americans to come together as one united people. I pledge to be President for all Americans. I am reaching out to those who did not support me, for your guidance and your help,” Trump said.
“Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made up of hard working men and women,” the President-elect said.
“Every American will have the opportunity to realise his or her potential. The forgotten Americans will no longer be forgotten,” Trump said.
“We should become second to none. We will put millions of our people to work,” he added.
“Working together, we will begin the unfinished business of rebuilding our nation,” Trump said.
“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interest first, we will work with everyone. It will be a partnership, not a contract,” Trump said.
“I want to thank my parents up there, my sisters, and my brothers. To Melania and Ivanka and Erick and Tiffany, I love you and I thank you and especially for putting up all those hours,” Trump said.
“Thank you for putting up with all the hours, this race was tough, this race was really tough. This political business is nasty” he added.
“It’s been what they call a historic event, and to be really historic, you have to do a great job,” the President-elect said.
“All I can really say is that while the campaign is just over, our job is just starting. I promise I will not disappoint you,” he added.
“Hopefully, you will be proud of your President. It has been an honour. It has been an amazing 2-year period. And I love this country!” Trump concluded.