Hillary Clinton has launched a new political organisation designed to push back against President Donald Trump and mobilise future leaders.

The former Democratic nominee announced on Monday the creation of Onward Together, an adaptation from her campaign theme Stronger Together.

The group, she tweeted, will "encourage people to get involved, organise, and even run for office".

"This year hasn't been what I envisioned, but I know what I'm still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America," Clinton wrote.

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The group's mission statement does not reference Trump directly but takes an indirect swipe at the current president by noting Clinton won 66 million votes in the last election.

That's about three million more than Trump.

The announcement comes as Clinton, 69, works to find a new role in an evolving political landscape.

She recently described herself as an "activist citizen" but it was unclear how she would continue to inject her voice into national affairs and influence Democratic Party politics.

"The last few months, I've been reflecting, spending time with family - and, yes, taking walks in the woods," she joked on Twitter.

Monday's move ensures she will not retain a leadership position at the Clinton Foundation, the continued focus of her husband, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea.

She becomes the latest high-profile Democrat to launch an independent group after Barack Obama, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and 2004 Democratic nominee Howard Dean all helped create political organisations.

"More than ever, I believe citizen engagement is vital to our democracy," Clinton tweeted.

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