Anti-Trump protests sweep US cities

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Thou­sands of demon­stra­tors have taken to the streets of sev­eral US cities to protest against the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump.

Many shouted the slo­gan “Not my pres­i­dent”. Oth­ers burned or­ange-haired ef­fi­gies of the busi­ness­man.

Mr Trump will be­come the 45th US pres­i­dent af­ter se­cur­ing a sur­prise vic­tory over Hillary Clin­ton.

Mr Obama - who had branded Mr Trump “un­fit” for of­fice and cam­paigned against him - urged all Amer­i­cans to ac­cept the re­sult of Tues­day’s elec­tion.

“We are now all root­ing for his suc­cess in unit­ing and lead­ing the coun­try,” he said.

De­feated Mrs Clin­ton also told sup­port­ers Mr Trump had to be given a “chance to lead”.

De­spite their calls, pro­test­ers gath­ered in sev­eral cities across the coun­try.

In New York, thou­sands marched on Trump Tower, at­tack­ing Mr Trump’s poli­cies on im­mi­gra­tion, gay rights and re­pro­duc­tive rights. Fif­teen peo­ple were ar­rested, the New York Times re­ported.

Protests were largely peace­ful but in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, some demon­stra­tors smashed shop win­dows and threw mis­siles at riot po­lice, who re­port­edly re­sponded with tear gas

A mass anti-Trump rally shut down the key 101 free­way in Los An­ge­les

In Chicago, crowds blocked the en­trance to Trump Tower, chant­ing: “No Trump, No KKK, No Fas­cists USA”

In Port­land, Ore­gon, demon­stra­tors tem­po­rar­ily closed an in­ter­state high­way

In Wash­ing­ton DC, pro­test­ers held a can­dlelit vigil. Or­gan­iser Ben Wik­ler told the crowd: “We are here be­cause in these dark­est mo­ments, we are not alone”

Demon­stra­tions also took place in Philadel­phia, Bos­ton, Seat­tle and San Fran­cisco, among other cities.

In his vic­tory speech in the early hours of Wed­nes­day, Mr Trump vowed to “bind the wounds of divi­sion”, af­ter an ac­ri­mo­nious elec­tion con­test, and to be “presi-

dent for all Amer­i­cans”.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest has in­sisted Mr Obama will be sin­cere about en­sur­ing a smooth han­dover when he meets Mr Trump, al­though he added: “I’m not say­ing it’s go­ing to be an easy meet­ing.”

Mr Obama, who con­grat­u­lated his suc­ces­sor in a phone call in the early hours of Wed­nes­day, said it was “no se­cret” that he and Mr Trump had pretty sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences.

But he added that “we all want what’s best for this coun­try” and he was “heart­ened” by what he heard in Mr Trump’s re­marks the night be­fore.

Mr Trump’s tran­si­tion team for the 10-week pe­riod un­til in­au­gu­ra­tion will be led by Chris Christie, the gov­er­nor of New Jersey.

The pres­i­dent-elect, who has never held elected of­fice, has said his im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties will be restor­ing the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture and dou­bling its eco­nomic growth.

Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus said: “Don­ald Trump is tak­ing this very se­ri­ously,” adding that the busi­ness mogul’s deal-mak­ing abil­ity would en­able him to quickly “make things hap­pen for the Amer­i­can peo­ple”.

As pres­i­dent-elect, Mr Trump is en­ti­tled to get the same daily in­tel­li­gence brief­ing as Pres­i­dent Obama, which in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on covert US op­er­a­tions and other data gath­ered by Amer­ica’s 17 in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

Mr Trump’s team is un­der­stood to be fo­cused on quickly fill­ing key na­tional se­cu­rity posts.

But it is not yet clear who will sit in his cab­i­net or fill se­nior posts in his ad­min­is­tra­tion, such as chief of staff.

There are ex­pected to be roles for Mr Christie, for­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich and for­mer New York Mayor Rudy Gi­u­liani, another of Mr Trump’s clos­est ad­vis­ers, who is be­ing linked with the role of at­tor­ney gen­eral or na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

Af­ter losses overnight as Mr Trump’s sur­prise vic­tory be­came

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