In a speech delivered the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, President-elect Donald Trump called for national unity in a video released by the official White House transition team.
Trump acknowledged that during this holiday season, many Americans still felt the raw emotions that drove the recent “long and bruising” election campaign.
“It’s my prayer that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by shared purpose and very, very common resolve,” said Trump.
Earlier in the week, Trump appointed two women to his cabinet, both of whom had been highly critical of his campaign and election platform. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was Trump’s choice for US ambassador to the UN, and Betsy DeVos was appointed secretary of education, but both appointments have yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
As Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has increased to two million votes with more votes yet to be counted, Trump stated that he would seek to heal the tensions that divide the nation.
“It doesn’t go quickly, unfortunately, but we have before us the chance now to make history together to bring real change to Washington, real safety to our cities, and real prosperity to our communities, including our inner cities,” said Trump.