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Donald Trump's campaign chief: Calls from Obama, Clinton were 'warm' and 'thorough'

Donald Trump's campaign manager addresses how the president-elect will move forward after his surprise victory and unite a divided union.
/ Source: TODAY

Donald Trump enjoyed "warm" and "thorough" conversations with Hillary Clinton and President Obama on election night, Kellyanne Conway, the president-elect's campaign manager, said Wednesday on TODAY.

"They resolved to work together, which is exactly what this country needs ... to help unify and heal the country," Conway told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, referring to Trump's conversation with Obama.

"We expect the two gentlemen will be meeting soon," she said. And they will: Obama has invited Trump to a White House meeting on Thursday, according to a statement.

The president-elect's conversation with Clinton struck a similar tone, Conway said.

"They had a very cordial, very warm conversation. Secretary Clinton congratulated Mr. Trump on his victory. He commended her for being smart and tough and running a really hard-fought campaign," she said.

Clinton did not deliver a concession speech on election night, instead making plans to give one the following morning in New York City.

Trump’s upset victory over Clinton stunned the nation, in part because of the polarizing campaign the 70-year-old business developer-turned-reality star ran. For much of the race — including the morning of Election Day — Trump complained about a rigged electoral system that could prove to be his downfall. Instead, he sealed his victory after winning key battleground states, including Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Conway said the campaign had confidence "that we would be able to flip one or two of those traditionally blue states because Donald Trump is not a conventional Republican messenger."

In a victory speech delivered shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, Trump acknowledged a bitter campaign battle but appealed for national unity.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”

Trump, who has no previous political experience, will be the oldest first-term president.