Clinton on Trump: We owe him an open mind

She said she's “sorry” she didn’t win the election

Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NEW YORK. (AP) — Hillary Clinton spoke to her supporters Wednesday morning in her first public remarks since her stunning defeat to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

She said she’s “sorry” she didn’t win the election, adding “this is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

She acknowledged that America has not “shattered that highest and hardest ceiling” with her failed bid for the White House. But she says, “someday, somebody will.”

She directed comments to the “little girls who are watching.” She said, “you are valuable and powerful and deserving” of every opportunity in the world.

She urged them to strive to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.

With her onstage are husband Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton conceded the presidency to Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president.