Donald Trump looks to the future in his Thanksgiving address

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Gone is the explosive and unfiltered rhetoric Donald Trump adopted on the campaign trail, instead replaced by a measured and calm tone for his Thanksgiving message.

He accepts that "we've just finished a long and bruising political campaign. Emotions are raw and tensions just don't heal overnight". That emotions are still raw is pretty clear with just a quick glance at the replies his tweet has garnered.

In a speech that seemed almost oddly bereft of exclamation marks, Trump says: "It's my prayer that on this Thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country strengthened by shared purpose and very, very common resolve."

This comes as Trump has given jobs to two Republican women whom he clashed with on the campaign trail. Trump picked South Carolina governor Nikki Haley to serve as US ambassador to the United Nations, and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the department of education.

Both had unflattering things to say about him during the presidential campaign, with Haley denouncing several of his comments and urging voters to "reject the siren call of the angriest voices".

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But now, the two women seem to have made their peace with the president-elect. Indeed, there are even whisperings that Trump is considering offering arch-critic Mitt Romney the most senior post: secretary of state.

Perhaps it is a step towards the unity that he calls for in his Thanksgiving address. He says: "Let us give thanks for all that we have and let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead." And they certainly are very, very new frontiers.