Donald Trump Election in Sparks Protests In US Cities
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.
He is due to meet current White House incumbent Barack Obama for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition.
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.
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 “president 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.”
The president-elect will be accompanied to the White House on Thursday morning (1600 GMT) by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House residence.
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”.