Trump said he had spoken by phone to Clinton, who had conceded the election. "She congratulated us, it's about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign", said Trump during his victory speech in the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
"Our best days are ahead of us", she said.
"We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead", Clinton said, adding that the peaceful transition of power is critical to USA democracy. "It's about the country we love", she said.
"We must accept this result and look to the future".
Clinton, 69, apologised for not winning the election and said she will feel the pain of losing the election for long.
Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election.
The race produced a record gender gap - but one that had more to do with Trump's strength among men than Clinton's among women.
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"This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country", a somber Clinton told her audience of fans. "I mean that very sincerely".
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his first public remarks on the election following Clinton's address, saying in Washington that he called Trump early on November 9 to congratulate and invited him to come to the White House the next day to discuss the transition.
"I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but I know someday someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now".
In 2012, Romney captured the support of 35 percent of low-income voters, while Obama got about 63 percent of the backing.
The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady of the United States told supporters in New York City that she felt "pride and gratitude" for being the first female major-party presidential nominee in U.S. history. Trump won America's racial majority in a landslide, taking college-educated whites by a margin of 53 to 43 percent, and the non-college-educated by 72 to 23. This appears to be different from previous polling data, where the difference between candidates' national popularity was so narrow that relatively small errors could affect the overall accuracy of results.
Since the loss, Pantsuit Nation - which was formed as a safe space for women to express their emotions and also call on its more than 3 million members to wear pantsuits as a sartorial sign of support for Clinton, who favors the style - has shifted its focus and is now serving as a support group.
At 7 p.m., Clinton won Vermont and Trump won Kentucky and IN, the home state of his vice president Mike Pence. So his base turned out and her's didn't, and that was enough - by a few thousands votes - to make him President of the United States. He said he "could not be prouder" of Clinton for her historic run.