Hillary Clinton says Americans owe Donald Trump 'an open mind'

Clinton concedes after Trump wins presidential election with 276 electoral votes

NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton delivered remarks Wednesday morning to her staff and supporters in New York City, a day after losing the presidential race to Republican businessman Donald Trump.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine introduced Clinton, saying that he was "proud of Hillary, because she loves this country."

Clinton then spoke at the New Yorker hotel, telling supporters that she offered to work with Trump as he transitions to the White House.

"I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," Clinton said.

Clinton did not speak to a crowd of people who gathered at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan for her election night watch party after the results were announced.

Trump said Clinton called him after the announcement to congratulate him on his victory. He said he also congratulated Clinton and her family "on a very, very hard-fought campaign."

Trump came out victorious with 276 electoral votes, while Clinton walked away with 218 electoral votes.

Dozens of the Democratic presidential nominee's staffers waited for more than an hour to get inside the event to hear her concession speech. Many of them hugged one another and some of them cried.

"This is painful, and it will be for a long time," Clinton said.

But the former secretary of state said Americans must accept the outcome of the election and keep an open mind as Trump takes over.

"Donald Trump is going to be our president," Clinton said. "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."

Clinton also addressed the women who supported her during her campaign.

"To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion," Clinton said. "Now, I know, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will."

President Barack Obama said he called Trump to congratulate him and invited him to meet at the White House on Thursday.

"We are now rooting for Trump's success," Obama said at a news conference.

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