NEW YORK – Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday was elected the 45th President of the United States in a shocking defeat of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, AP and The Guardian reported.
Addressing a crowd at a victory party, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton fought very hard… We owe her a major debt of gratitude to our country.”
“It’s what we call a historic event. But to be historic, we have to do a great job,” he said.
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“I will be a president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who didn’t support me… I am reaching out to you for your help so we can unify our great country.”
“Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hardworking Americans… While the campaign is over, the work on this movement is only just beginning.”
“It’s a movement comprised of Americans of all backgrounds religions and races,” he said.
“We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us… Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best.”
“While we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”
Trump took to the stage with his wife, Melania and his youngest son, Barron.
He thanked his wife and his children, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. “I love you and I thank you. And especially for putting up with all of those hours. This was tough.”
“I love this country. Thank you.”
Trump’s vice-presidential running mate, Mike Pence who spoke before Trump termed it “a historic night.”
“The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion. America has elected a new president,” Pence said.
Hillary Clinton declined to speak at Clinton HQ late at night as Trump gained an unassailable lead. Clinton’s campaign chair urged supporters to go home. “We will speak to you tomorrow,” he said.