Trump plans next moves as protests spread

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NEW YORK: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump hud­dled with ad­vis­ers in­side his Man­hat­tan res­i­dence on Satur­day, plan­ning his next moves as thou­sands be­sieged Trump Tower and marched through other US cities in a fourth day of protests.

Trump ap­peared to be mak­ing some head­way in form­ing a new ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way said his ap­point­ment of a White House chief of staff was “im­mi­nent” and that Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man Reince Priebus was among the can­di­dates for the key post.

Trump has sought to strike a con­cil­ia­tory tone since his elec­tion sent a shock­wave around the world, an­nounc­ing Fri­day he no longer in­tended to com­pletely scrap Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law, Oba­macare.

“This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Amer­i­cans. We will unite and we will win, win, win!” he tweeted yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, a swelling crowd of over 5,000 marched to­ward Trump Tower in Man­hat­tan amid cries of “Trump is NOT my pres­i­dent”.

In Los An­ge­les, as many as 10,000 peo­ple turned out for a march in the city’s down­town af­ter a night of protests that ended in sev­eral hun­dred ar­rests.

Thou­sands more marched peace­fully in Chicago.

Trump Tower has been the epi­cen­tre of fu­ri­ous ac­tiv­ity as the Trump team fleshes out his cab­i­net picks and works to fill other top gov­ern­ment jobs.

“He’s re­ceiv­ing many vis­i­tors,” Con­way said. “These are ex­cit­ing times.” Among those seen en­ter­ing the tower yes­ter­day were Nigel Farage, whose UKIP backed Brexit that stunned Bri­tons just as Trump’s vic­tory did many Amer­i­cans.

Con­way said his meet­ing with Trump was “very pro­duc­tive”.

“They ab­so­lutely had an op­por­tu­nity to talk about free­dom and win­ning and what this all means for the world,” she said.

Also en­ter­ing the build­ing was the provoca­tive doc­u­men­tary film­maker Michael Moore – whose im­promptu ef­fort to meet with Trump was blocked by Se­cret Ser­vice agents.

Mar­ion Marechal-Le Pen, a ris­ing star in France’s far-right Na­tional Front, said yes­ter­day she had con­tacted the Trump team about work­ing with them.

Trump’s elec­tion has been warmly wel­comed by Europe’s far-right move­ments. – AFP

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Demon­stra­tors chant in protest against Trump’s elec­tion at the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel & Tower in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada yes­ter­day.

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