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Trump promises unity, 'great relationships'

US president-elect Donald Trump said yesterday in his victory speech that it was time for America to bind the wounds of division and come together as one united people.

"We will seek common ground, not hostility, partnership, not conflict," he said at a rally of overjoyed supporters at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel. 
 In a somewhat gracious speech, he commended the campaign effort of his opponent, former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Said the 70-year-old billionaire real estate developer: "We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country."

Mr Trump called for Americans to come together as a united people, and promised to reach out to voters who had not supported him "so we can work together", Xinhua reported.

He repeated some of his campaign rhetoric and proposals, saying that his administration will fix the country's inner cities, rebuild infrastructure, and "double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world".

Mr Trump also promised to have "great relationships" with the rest of the world.

He said it was not a campaign but a movement that had won him the White House, comprising "all people of different backgrounds and beliefs", Telegraph reported.

He said victory had been "tough".

"This political stuff is nasty and it's tough," he said while thanking his family.

The crowd was respectful at the mention of Mrs Clinton.

In a conciliatory speech, Mr Trump added: "We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.

"We will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground, partnership not conflict.

"America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our destiny."

At Trump's victory party, where a raucous crowd indulged in a cash bar and wore hats bearing his ubiquitous campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," voters expressed gratification that their voices had, at last, been heard, The New York Times reported.

"He was talking to people who weren't being spoken to," said Mr Joseph Gravagna, 37, a marketing company owner from Rockland County, New York.

"That's how I knew he was going to win."

CLINTON CONCEDES

Meanwhile, in her concession speech last night (Singapore time), Mrs Clinton told a room of bleary-eyed aides and supporters: "I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the visions we hold.

"But I feel pride and gratitude ... You represent the best of America.

"This is painful, and it will be for a long time.

"But our campaign was never about one person or one election, it was about the country we love."

She thanked her supporters and her running mate Tim Kaine.

Then, she thanked President Obama and the First Lady: "Our country owes you an enormous bit of debt and gratitude."

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