President-elect Donald Trump addressed the country early Wednesday, pledging to put the hard-fought campaign behind him and begin working to unite the country.
“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” Mr. Trump said at victory rally in New York. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all the citizens and this is important to me.”
He vowed to quickly get to work at improving care for veterans, rebuilding inner cities and strengthening foreign relations. As he did in the campaign, Mr. Trump left out specifics but spoke in broad and inspiration terms.
The billionaire businessman, whose victory stunned the nation, said that he had received a call from Hillary Clinton who conceded defeat in the presidential election, and he commended Mrs. Clinton on her lifetime of public service.
“She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign,” he said. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
Mr. Trump described his agenda as undertaking “the urgent task off rebuilding the country and restoring the American dream.”
He stressed that he would be reaching out to all Americans, including those who voted against him and fiercely opposed him during the campaign.
“I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and help so that we can work together to unify our country,” he said. “Ours was not a campaign but an incredible movement. … Our work on this movement is really just beginning.”