Trump Begins White House Transition as Protests Simmer

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Donald Trump said Friday he had a "busy day" planned as the Republican president-elect -- confronted with the magnitude of the task ahead -- begins building his administration before entering the White House in 70 days.

Trump's challenge in unifying a restless nation after the most divisive campaign in memory was immediately put under pressure by thousands of angry protesters who took to the streets of U.S. cities for a second straight night.

In Portland, a march by some 4,000 protesters turned violent, with cars vandalized and projectiles thrown at police, who used rubber bullets and pepper spray to disperse the crowd. At least 26 people were arrested.

On Friday, the real estate tycoon-turned-world-leader was ensconced in his luxury Manhattan apartment at Trump Tower. The aides who guided his campaign to victory were seen marching in to huddle with him and map out the way forward.

Rudy Giuliani, the city's former mayor and Trump stalwart who is reportedly being considered for a cabinet position, also headed up to the billionaire's residence along with other campaign staff.

"Busy day planned in New York," Trump said on Twitter regarding his transition process, which has been cranking up to full speed since his shock presidential upset Tuesday over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!"

- Gingrich, Giuliani, Christie? -

The 70-year-old incoming president has a mammoth task of fleshing out his cabinet. 

He took the first step on Thursday when he traveled to Washington for talks with Barack Obama about the transition ahead of the January 20 inauguration -- a conversation the outgoing president called "excellent."

The names of several Trump surrogates have been tossed about for top-level post, including Giuliani, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Jeff Sessions.

Trump's finance chairman, Goldman Sachs veteran Steven Mnuchin, is reportedly a strong consideration for Treasury secretary, along with JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker is among those under consideration for secretary of state.

- 'Not my president' -

Overnight, anger over Trump's big win again spilled out into the streets.

Accusing Trump of racism, sexism and xenophobia, protesters from New York to Los Angeles blocked traffic and chanted slogans like "Not my president" and "We reject the president-elect."

In his first comments on the unrest, Trump tweeted that the media had unfairly "incited" the protesters. 

But he toned down the charge hours later, writing: "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!" 

The violence stood in contrast to an apparently harmonious meeting Thursday between Trump and Obama designed to heal divisions and quell fears about the health of the world's leading democracy.

The outgoing president and his successor huddled one-on-one in the Oval Office, and then put on a remarkably civil joint public appearance.

"It is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face," Obama said.

Trump appeared more subdued than usual, and was unusually cautious and deferential in his remarks.

"Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you," Trump said, calling Obama a "very good man."

- Reaffirming global ties -

White House officials said Obama and Trump discussed a range of issues including global hotspots and the president's meetings next week with leaders from Germany, Greece and across the Asia-Pacific.

On that trip, Obama is likely to be inundated with panicked questions about America's role in world affairs.

The White House hopes that by rolling out the red carpet for Trump, they can bind him to some of the conventions of the office. 

Trump has already been in touch with several world leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he reaffirmed Washington's strong relations.

On Friday, Trump spoke with French President Francois Hollande, and the two expressed their "willingness to work together," Hollande's office said, adding that the pair discussed the fight against terrorism, Syria, Ukraine and the Paris climate accord.

Trump in the past has described climate change as a "hoax."

Comments 34
Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 13:37

we should help these peaceful protesters by sending them weapons

Missing cedars 11 November 2016, 14:17

You are best at it in Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. So nothing new with your smuggling illegal arms and inciting trouble in the neighboring countries. After all, Iran pay check is better than growing hashish in bekaa and exporting it along with all the risks, right?

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 14:24

what do you mean cedars? are americans not worthy of freedom and democracy too!?

Thumb Southern...... 11 November 2016, 15:01

@cedars

thank you for recognizing that we are best at it in countries where your cousins are trying to convert them into another wahhabi states, terrorist states.. as for America, its people will be best at it to bring real freedom and justice to their own country... the world would be better without warmonger leaders and who follow them.

btw: how do they pay you to post in this forum?.... payment in kind (daily meals) like your friend @terrorist?

Thumb justice 11 November 2016, 15:32

the iranian troll tries to be funny. Trump was voted by more than 54 million people:) He is and will be a great president.

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 15:58

justice: trump still has to prove himself, and he isnt president yet, only president elect. on the other hand Bashar al Assad has been voted by 11 million syrians (proportionally far more than trump) and has demonstrated for year after year that he is an amazing leader. 5 years of international war against his country, all the richest and most powerful countries, US, EU, turkey, saudi, qatar, throwing all they have at syria and he's still there like a bone stuck in your throat :D

Thumb eagledawn 11 November 2016, 16:10

mowaten of iran, tell us how you demonstrated against assad's tyranny and broke through ISF barricades in search of freedom and democracy and then on March 8th you went out and chanted " Choukran Souriya".

Thumb barrymore 11 November 2016, 16:28

lol indeed. what does president trump have to prove to a paid iranian trolling naharnet 24/7? do you narcissist believe people of your ilk matter?

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 16:44

you seem to know the story better than i do eagleyawn, why dont you tell us?

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 16:47

of course anonyme, why look up facts when you can make up your own? fyi he got 88.7%

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 16:48

with all the terror & rebel groups calling to boycott the election, it's not surprising those who went to vote voted for him. what mattered more than the percentage of votes he got is the turnout, because all those who turned up to vote implicitly rejected the terrorists' call for boycott and endorsed the legitimate syrian gov.

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 17:07

you are absolutely retarded anonyme, it's painful to watch you squirm like this every time you get nailed on your lies and fabrications. now go ahead, scream "taqqiyaaaaa!!" while you run back to your padded cell.

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 17:10

it's also saddening to see how you systematically miss the point. I did say above the most important thing was the turnout, didnt I? even in lebanon we saw them by the hundreds of thousands going to vote at the embassy.
fox news has been lying to you my poor sick boy, but it doesnt matter, the very fact that assad is still in power after 5 years of this total war against him proves that he has the people with him.

Thumb @shah 11 November 2016, 18:02

Hey mowaten…you are one man army...in this site so many personnels against you and you never backdown you tweet them back like a birdie on twitter...I salute your shia spirit..

Thumb enterprise 11 November 2016, 18:16

Anybody who says "Assad is an amazing leader" should be executed on the spot. The troll also displays the Lebanese flag as his avatar!!! You are not fooling anybody. You are a majoosi thug paid to distort and troll.

Thumb justin 11 November 2016, 19:41

see how the amazing leader treats a teacher and his brother

شاهد كيف يعمال شبيح من ميليشيات الأسد استاذ جامعي وشقيقه ..
https://twitter.com/Omar_Madaniah/status/794969740829749248

( at the link, press view content )

Thumb liberty 11 November 2016, 21:12

"we should help these peaceful protesters by sending them weapons"

The peaceful protesters in your country Iran were not treated peacefully in the 2009 elections:

Protests Flare in Tehran as Opposition Disputes Vote
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/world/middleeast/14iran.html

Iran Election Rallies And Riots
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/iran-election-rallies-and-riots/

Riots erupt in Tehran over 'stolen' election
Shock as Ahmadinejad claims victory as rival calls poll 'dangerous charade'
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jun/13/iran-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-riots-tehran-election

Iran election protests: the dead, jailed and missing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/blog/2009/jul/29/iran-election-protest-dead-missing

Thumb warrior 12 November 2016, 04:41

"are americans not worthy of freedom and democracy too!?"

worry about your iranians and their democracy before you talk about Americans. We saw how you and your shia iran deal with democracy and protests. Spare us your fake yellow concern for the American people.

Thumb warrior 12 November 2016, 04:54

listen to the distorter iranian troll : did Trump and putin say Assad is an amazing leader? You should be added to the execution list.

Thumb Mystic 11 November 2016, 14:55

Yes peaceful democracy loving people, support them give them TOW and Stinger missiles here and now.

Air to surface missiles can hit Trump jets supressing the moderate rebels.

Thumb oompa.loompa 11 November 2016, 15:21

Still too early to send weapons to these peaceful protesters mowaten.. you first need to wait till the US army starts murdering some of these protestors arresting others and torturing them to death.. also the Hezb will needs to start sending thugs to help out with the murdering and torturing... after about six months of this then you can start sending these peaceful protesters weapons. I hope this helps.

Thumb oompa.loompa 11 November 2016, 16:05

What the hell does Waco has to do with this, are you on crack son?

Thumb oompa.loompa 11 November 2016, 16:39

"..starts murdering some of these protestors" do you understand the meaning of the term "these"
Besides Waco was in 1993, this is 2016.. how long have you been away son?

Missing cedars 11 November 2016, 14:25

Have you abandoned wearing Levi's 501 because it's similar to cnn and msnbc too?

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 14:27

is levi's a media? or did you just feel really uninspired today?

Thumb eagledawn 11 November 2016, 15:44

I have to give credit where it's due: mowaten of iran, this was your most articulate and rational comment in years, congratulations.

Thumb Mystic 11 November 2016, 14:57

America is very great, now the police shoots rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful moderate rebels that burns cars and loot the streets.

Something seems similar here no?
America can feel their own medicine now.

Thumb Southern...... 11 November 2016, 16:34

tiny mind @xasusa , so according to you, if you don't see Aoun as the right president, then you would show your disagreement by cutting his followers's throats as the moderate Syrian rebels did!?

btw: in Usa the revolt has just started, now we have to add the native Amricans (Indians) to join...

Thumb .mowaten. 11 November 2016, 16:56

lol anonyme, those delusions arent getting any better are they?

Thumb .mowaten. 12 November 2016, 10:19

takiaaaa!! takiaaaaaahhhh!!! rofl try to be an adult sometimes

Thumb enterprise 11 November 2016, 18:26

بالفيديو: اضحك مع وزير الأسد وهو يتحدث عن رغبة ترمب

https://vid.alarabiya.net/2016/11/10/asad1011/asad1011___asad1011_video.mp4?versionId=Y6B3u_rnvbqythtwBhj_9Hl3NSBcW_wP

Thumb liberty 11 November 2016, 21:13

lol

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 11 November 2016, 18:31

Zionist media attacks Zionist president elect

https://www.rt.com/news/366388-trump-israel-palestine-settlements/

Thumb popeye 11 November 2016, 20:38

I await the day when I will read ONE meaningful post, ONE counter argument, ONE credible or mature info from you, Flamethrower..... , but alas!