Trump officially accepts Republican nomination

Speaking at the RNC last night he painted himself as the 'law and order' candidate for the upcoming elections

Trump officially accepts Republican nomination

Donald Trump speaking at the RNC | Image: J. Scott Applewhite / AP/Press Association Images

Donald Trump has officially accepted the Republican Party's nomination to run for President of the United States.

The billionaire told the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio last night: "I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States."

The crowd responded with chants of "USA, USA, USA".

Trump was introduced to the stage by his eldest daughter Ivanka, who spoke about his work with women and minorities.

She said that, over a decade of working with her father, she had seen him hire people from "all walks of life", adding: "He hires the best person for the job, period."

During his speech Trump promised to make the Republican party the party of 'law and order', vowing to get tough on criminals following the recent shootings and attacks in the US.

"The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he declared.

"Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored."

He also talked about the deaths of some American people by illegal immigrants, and vowed that the country would "defeat the barbarians of ISIS".

He added that the US should "immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place", adding: "We don't want them in our country."

Trump was highly critical of Democrat Hillary Clinton, who he will take on in November's election.

He referenced her time as Secretary of State, blaming her for the spread of Islamic State, the destabilisation of Libya and Egypt and the chaos in Iraq and Syria.

"After 15 years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before," he said.

"This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness."

When the crowd began to chant "Lock her up!", he waved his hands in a gesture to discourage them, saying: "Let's defeat her in November."

Newstalk's Shona Murray said that many delegates at the Convention have been seen sporting tshirts and badges saying "Hillary for prison".

Trump also renewed his promise to build a wall along the US border with Mexico to chants in the crowd of "Build that wall! Build that wall!"

Later, he said: "I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves.

"Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it."

Bernie Sanders, who was beaten by Clinton to the Democratic nomination, was tweeting his reaction throughout Trump's speech.

Trump also said he expected to be supported by those who had backed Bernie Sanders and predicted they would vote for him because he would fix Sanders' "biggest issue - trade".

Sanders rubbished these claims, however:

Trump also said "millions of Democrats" would join his "movement" because he would "fix the system so it works for all Americans".

He will face Hillary Clinton in November's election along with his running mate Mike Pence.

Additional reporting by IRN