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Donald Trump: We will make America great again

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Donald Trump has said "we will make America great again" as he formally accepted his nomination as the Republican candidate for US president.

To chants of 'USA, USA', he said he "humbly and gratefully" accepted the nomination before setting out his pledge to increase stability, security and crack down on illegal immigration.

In a 75-minute speech he said: "I am your voice.

"We will make America strong again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again and we will make America great again."

Taking a swipe at his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton, he said that her "bad instincts" as Secretary of State are to blame for "many of the disasters unfolding today".

He added he is "determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned."

And he pledged to reduce and simplify tax, cut down on regulation, create more jobs, cut Obama health care and "rebuild our military".

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As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change when I take office.

My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now.

Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.

– Donald Trump

He said that homicides had risen by 17% in the USA's biggest cities which he said was the largest increase in 25 years.

He said that "uncontrolled immigration" is responsible for "mass lawlessness".

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year.

Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.

The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.

– Donald Trump
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Referring to the Nice attack, he vowed to stop the threat of "Islamic terrorism".

Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism. Men, women and children viciously mowed down. Lives ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning. The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been proven over and over.

Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good and we're going to stop it.

– Donald Trump

Trump also used his speech to refer to Nato following his comments that questioned whether he would automatically defend allies in the event they are attacked.

Red, white and blue balloons were released to mark the end of the convention as Trump was joined on stage by his family and his VP running mate Mike Pence.

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