President Barack Obama has invited president-elect Donald Trump to the White House Oval Office today to discuss the transition of power in January. While Obama and Trump meet this morning, the first lady and Melania Trump will get together in the White House residence to meet the staff and begin initial planning for the Trump family’s living arrangements. Obama said yesterday that former president George W. Bush could not have been more gracious after his 2008 election victory, and he has instructed his team to follow that example in preparing the way for Trump.
Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken with US president-elect Donald Trump. The Prime Minister’s Office says the two spoke yesterday and both stressed the importance of the relationship between Canada and the US. Trudeau invited Trump to visit Canada and Trump extended a similar invitation to the PM to come to Washington.
Protests are taking place in major cities across America to condemn Donald Trump’s election victory. From New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the West Coast, thousands of demonstrators carried flags and anti-Trump signs, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refuse to accept Trump’s win. A protest in Los Angeles blocked a major highway to Hollywood and a protest in Manhattan drew thousands of people. In Boston, thousands of anti-Trump protesters streamed through downtown, chanting “Trump’s a racist”‘ and carrying signs that said “Impeach Trump”’ and “Abolish Electoral College.”
In Seattle, a gunman opened fire last night following an argument and wounded five people, one man critically, not far from protests over the Trump victory. The shooting did not appear to be related to the anti-Trump demonstrations but instead stemmed from some type of personal argument, Robert Merner, assistant chief of the Seattle Police Department, told reporters.
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