Donald Trump’s maiden acceptance speech in full

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Donald Trump promised to revive the American dream in his maiden speech as President-elect.

Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business. Complicated.

I have just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us - it’s about us - on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign, I mean she fought very hard.

Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.

Now it’s time for Americans to bind the wounds of division - have to get together.

All Republicans, and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it’s time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.

I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important to me.

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For those who have chosen not to support me in the past - of which there were a few people - I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our country.

As I have said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.

It is a movement comprising Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people - and serve the people it will.

Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I have spent my entire life in 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.

Tremendous potential - I’ve got to know our country so well. It is going to be a beautiful thing.

Every single American will have the opportunity to realise his or her fullest potential, the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals - we are going to rebuild our infrastructure.

Which will become, by the way, second to none. We will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We will also finally take care of our great veterans who’ve been so loyal and I’ve got to know so many over this 18-month journey. Our veterans are incredible people.

We will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal, I will harness the inner talents of our people and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all.

We have a great economic plan, we will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time we will get along with all other nations willing to get on with us.

We will have great relationships, we expect to have great, great relationships. No dream is too big, no challenge is too great, nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.

America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that. We are going to dream of things for our country and beautiful things and successful things once again.

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

And now I would like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me with this, what they are calling tonight, a very, very historic victory.

First I want to thank my parents who I know are looking down on me right now. Great people. I have learned so much from them - they were wonderful in every regard, I had truly great parents. I also want to thank my sisters Maryanne and Elizabeth. And my brother Robert, my great friend. And also my late brother Fred, great guy, fantastic guy.

To Melania and Don, and Ivanka, and Eric, and Tiffany, and Barron, I love you and I thank you and especially for putting up with all of those hours - this was tough. This was tough.

This political stuff is nasty and it’s tough. So I want to thank my family very much, really fantastic. Thank you all.

So it’s been what they call a historic event - but to be really historic we have to do a great job.

And I promise you that I will not let you down, we will do a great job. We will do a great job.

I look very much forward to being your president and hopefully at the end of two years, or three years or four years, or maybe even eight years, you will say so many of you worked so hard for us.

You will say that, you will say that was something you were really very proud to do and I can only say that while the campaign is over our work on this movement is now really just beginning. We are going to get to work immediately for the American people, and we are going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your president, you will be so proud, again it is my honour.

It is amazing evening, it has been an amazing two-year period and I love this country. Thank you, thank you very much.