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President-elect Trump calls on America to ‘bind the wounds of division’

Donald Trump has called on America to “bind the wounds of division” in his victory speech after being elected as the 45th president of the United States of America.

The businessman and real estate tycoon began his victory speech revealing that his opponent Hillary Clinton had congratulated him and his team and he praised her and her family for a “very, very hard fought campaign”.

“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he continued. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Mr Trump stated his pledge to every US citizen, “I will be president for all Americans”.

He explained that from the beginning it was not a campaign for him, but rather “an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.

“It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will,” he added.

He stated that working together, they would begin the “urgent task” of “rebuilding” the nation and “renewing the American dream”.

The president-elect also addressed the world community, assuring them that while the US’ interests would always be first, everyone would be dealt with fairly.

“All people and all other nations,” he said. “We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.”

Meanwhile Mike Pence, who will be the next US vice president noted that it was an historic night.

“I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace,” added the deeply religious politician.

Picture: President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci).