Politics

Trump Calls For Unity In Victory Speech

| by Ray Brown

President-elect Donald Trump pulled an upset victory by defeating Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but urged the nation -- and the world -- to come together.

“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream,” Trump said in his victory speech, according to The New York Times. “I’ve spent my entire life and business looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country.”

Trump triumphed on Election Day by unexpectedly winning several key states that Democrats were widely believed to win, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Trump also won the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio, bringing his electoral college votes to 290, according to CNN.

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In his victory speech from New York City, Trump also touched on his foreign policy views, which have been criticized by Democrats and fellow Republicans for being too isolationist, according to MSNBC.

“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict,” Trump said.

President Barack Obama congratulated Trump on his victory and invited the president-elect to the White House.

“The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy, and over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world,” Obama said, according to The New York Times.

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As for Clinton's losing bid, Obama complimented his former Secretary of State.

“I could not be prouder of her,” he said.

Sources: The New York Times (2), MSNBC / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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