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What Donald Trump's acceptance speech tells us about his plan to heal a divided America

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What Donald Trump's acceptance speech tells us about his plan to heal a divided America

WATCH  | Trump's acceptance speech showed the country a subdued and gracious president-elect.

The great wrecking ball act


Hard-charging reality TV star/business tycoon Donald Trump created a lot of hard feelings on his improbable path to the White House among the rivals he vanquished, liberals, the "media elite" he taunted, and even the Republican Party establishment.

And that left financial markets, global leaders and the voters who did not support him wondering whether President-elect Trump might continue the great wrecking ball act.


Subdued, humble tone


The soon-to-be 45th president went a long way to answer that question during an acceptance speech early Wednesday that was notable as much for its graciousness as it was for its subdued, humble tone. He started by thanking Hillary Clinton for a hard-fought campaign and her decades of public service.

To global leaders and financial markets, he assured fair treatment: "I want to tell the world that, while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone,” he promised.

Still vowing to build a wall

To the coalition of Americans that gave him a mandate to build a wall to stop the flow of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, rebuild the infrastructure, crush ISIS and repeal Obamacare, he also had assuring words.  "I promise you I will not let you down,” he said.

And to a country that endured 18 months of bitter election warfare, he promised to be a uniter working with Democrats and Republicans alike.


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