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Trump accepts nomination, promises safer, richer US

AP, CLEVELAND, Ohio

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, hugs his son Barron Trump as his wife, Melania Trump, looks on after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.

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Donald Trump on Thursday accepted the Republican nomination for US president, promising that the nation would be safer and richer if he is elected in November.

Trump painted a dire state of affairs in the US and the world — instability abroad and crumbling infrastructure at home — and blamed those problems on US President Barack Obama and former US secretary of state, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton,” he said. “Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

Closing the four-day convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump pledged that as president he would end crime and violence around the US and said he would speak for those who do not feel they are heard by government.

The billionaire businessman, 70, was looking to win over skeptics in his party. Republican disunity was on display the previous night when Trump’s primary rival, Ted Cruz, stopped far short of endorsing Trump and drew loud boos.

In an appeal to people shaken by violence at home and around the world, Trump promised that under his presidency, “safety will be restored.”

He stuck to the controversial proposals of his primary campaign, including building a wall along the entire US-Mexico border and suspending immigration from nations “compromised by terrorism.”

He said he would ensure that young people in predominantly black cities “have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child in America.”

He cast himself as the only one who was equipped to solve America’s problems.

“No one knows the system better than me,” he said. “That’s why I can fix it.”

As the crowd, fiercely opposed to Clinton, broke into chants of: “Lock her up,” he waved them off, saying: “Let’s defeat her in November.”

He was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, who announced a childcare policy proposal that the campaign had not mentioned before.

“He will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all,” she said.

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