Donald Trump told supporters he will be "president for all Americans" and pledged to "get along with all nations willing to get along with us" after declaring victory in the US election.
Trump appeared on stage at his campaign headquarters in New York shortly after a number of US media outlets called the election in his favour.
The result has shocked the world, with pundits having almost universally predicted a victory for Hillary Clinton before voting began.
The Republican began by apologising his supporters for keeping them waiting, saying it was a "complicated business," before saying he had received a call from 'Secretary Clinton' to concede defeat, and congratulating her on a hard-fought campaign.
Trump has been criticised for his aggressive rhetoric during the campaign, but he said: "To all Republicans, Democrats and Independents across the nation, I say it's time for us to come together as one people.
"I pledge to every citizen that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important for me. For those who have chosen not to support me - and there were a few people - I am reaching out to you.
"Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and greart movement made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country. It's a movement compromised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs,"
As his supporters became ever-more vocal, Trump continued: "Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.
"I've spent my entire life in business looking ar the untapped potential of projects all over the world. That's what I want to do for our country.
"Every single person will have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The forgotten men and women will be forgotten no longer. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy in the world.
"We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.
"America will no longer settle for anything else than the best."
After thanking a variety of people, from his wife Melania to his secret service detail, Trump elaborated further on his key message, saying "people say this is a historic night, but for it to be really historic, we have to do a great job. I promise I won't let you down.
"Our work on this movement is only just going. We're going to get to work for the American people.
"I love this country."