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Biden says he is 'honored' that Americans have chosen him

People hug as they celebrate media announcing that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City, U.S. November 7, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden said on Saturday he was honored that Americans have chosen him to be their president and said it was now time to heal divisions left by the election campaign and unite as a country.

“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted,” Biden said on Twitter.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry