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Malcolm Turnbull Says Americans Have Made A 'Great And Momentous Choice'

While some Senators pop bottles.

09/11/2016 7:08 PM AEDT | Updated 09/11/2016 9:13 PM AEDT
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has assured Australians the nation's relationship with the United States will remain "strong" and "profound", as the world comes to terms with the phrase President-elect Donald Trump.

Speaking to media on Wednesday night -- moments after Trump addressed his own party room in New York -- Turnbull said Americans had made a "great" and "momentous" choice in electing Trump as the 45th U.S. President.

"We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump, and look forward to working with their Administration when it takes office early next year," Turnbull said.

"The bond between our two nations, our shared common interests, our shared national interests, are so strong, are so committed. We will continue to work with our friends in the United States, through the Donald Trump administration, just as we have through the Barack Obama administration."

The Prime Minister said Americans have no greater ally than Australia and "we have no stronger relationship, whether it is on the battlefield or in commerce".

"They are a great and powerful nation. They are a great and powerful friend."

Despite many Australians being confronted by the "bitter" and "nasty" U.S. election campaign Turnbull urged Aussies to believe Trump will unite the country.

"You can see already how he has reached out to bring Americans together," Turnbull told reporters.

In Trump's victory speech, the President-elect said:

"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say, it is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans and this is so important to me.

"For those who have chosen not to support me in the past -- of which there were a few people -- I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help, so that we can work together and unify our great country."

Speaking to The 7:30 Report on Wednesday night, the Prime Minister eluded to Trump softening his hard stance on immigration and foreign policy using a line from a former American politician.

"It's important to remember the great observation another American politician made... He said, 'We campaign in poetry, but we govern in prose,' Turnbull told the program.

"Whether you regard the debates in this last American campaign as poetry, the fact is that when an administration takes office, and a President takes office, he is confronted with the realities of the national interests of the United States, the strategic realities that confront the United States."

Turnbull went on: "the importance of its alliances, the significance of the global prosperity that is underpinned by America's commitment to the rules-based international order especially, of course, in the Asia-Pacific."

As Turnbull attempted to calm frenzied and shocked Australians, there were a number of politicians outspokenly celebrating the victory.

One Nation popped bottles on the steps of Parliament House, with Pauline Hanson saying "America got it right."

"I'm so excited. I'm so happy that Donald Trump is there. This is putting out a clear message to everyone around the world that the people power is now happening," Hanson said in a Facebook Live.

Yes, One Nation filmed the congratulatory message and drinks which you can watch here:

Queensland Liberal MP George Christensen contradicted his leader's assurances to the Australian public, calling Trump's victory a "gamechanger" and proudly claimed "there will be a wall built".

"I think that the things Trump said he will do will still be as he said," Christensen told Sky News.

"There will still be a wall built -- whether he'll get Mexico to pay for it or whether he'll cut foreign aid to Mexico in order to pay for it will remain to be seen."

However, Turnbull argued it has never been a more important time for inclusion, including open markets and free trade.

"It's very important in this time of unprecedented change, economic change, technological change, it's important for leaders to ensure that everybody in the community, all sectors of the community, are included," Turnbull said.

"The strong growth that we have, for example, in Australia includes all Australians.

"When we defend our free trade and open markets, we make it very clear why it is in Australia's interests in our country to do so. We have to make the strongest case we can for open markets and free trade."

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