CLEVELAND — Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday, promising to “completely rebuild our depleted military” and to take care of veterans “like they’ve never been taken care of before.”

The business mogul also vowed that as commander in chief, he would end America’s “international humiliation” at the hands of Democrats.

“Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy,” Trump told a wildly applauding crowd at the GOP convention here. “The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them.

“A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes.”

Trump, a political outsider who upset a host of party establishment candidates in the Republican primary, promised to continue upending the country’s political elites.

“I am with you, I will fight for you and I will win for you,” he said.

He also vowed to “make America great again” by rebuilding the military and securing the borders.

“I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves,” Trump said. “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens.”

Earlier in the evening, his daughter Ivanka introduced the unlikely nominee as a candidate who can produce real political change, stating that in the election this year “we have a chance this year to reclaim our heritage as a country that dreams big and makes the impossible happen.”

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