President-elect Donald Trump wished Americans a happy Thanksgiving via YouTube late Wednesday, asking to “restore the bonds of trust between citizens.”
The 104-second video was uploaded to Trump’s Transition 2017 page, and featured the Republican sitting at a desk in front of an American flag and speaking directly to the camera. It’s the second video posted to Trump’s new YouTube page this week, following another clip that laid out plans for his administration.
Read the full statement from Trump below, and watch the video above.
We are very blessed to call this nation our home. And that’s what America is: It is our home. It’s where we raise our families, care for our loved ones, look out for our neighbors, and live out our dreams. 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.
In declaring this national holiday, President Lincoln called upon Americans to speak with “one voice and one heart.” That’s just what we have to do. We’ve just finished a long and bruising political campaign. Emotions are raw and tensions just don’t heal overnight. 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 — so important to me, and so important to our country. But to succeed, we must enlist the effort of our entire nation.
This historic political campaign is now over. But now begins a great national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the full promise of America for all of our people.
I am asking you to join me in this effort. It’s time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens. Because when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach, and I mean absolutely nothing.
Let us give thanks for all that we have, and let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead.
Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America
In addition to Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump’s daughter Ivanka also wished followers a happy Thanksgiving via Twitter. (Ivanka Trump posted a photo of husband Jared Kushner and their son.)