He and President Barack Obama met at the White House Thursday, and both men, who spoke harshly about each other during the campaign, said the meeting was very productive, without giving details about what was discussed.
"My number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures that our president-elect is successful", Obama said, adding that if Trump succeeds, "then the country succeeds".
Their 90-minute meeting in the White House Oval Office, with no aides present, took place just two days after Trump's stunning election victory over Hillary Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state.
If Clinton had won, it would have marked the first time a former first lady was elected U.S. president.
"We will get along with all other nations, willing to get along with us".
Donald Trump performed his first flip-flop as United States president-elect when he back-tracked on criticism of protesters demonstrating against his election victory outside Trump Tower in NY and other USA cities.
The reshuffle came as anti-Trump protesters spilled onto the streets for a third straight night, with the Republican facing mounting calls to reassure Americans who fear a xenophobic crackdown under his authority.
Melania liked Mrs. O a lot! "The two of them had an opportunity to talk about that experience and being a good parent from that experience", Earnest said.
President Barack Obama, knowing that once Trump takes office his signature initiatives in health insurance, climate change and immigration reform will be gone or rolled back, promised to do all he can to make the transition positive and seamless in the interests of national unity.
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But that approach is what the Clinton campaign decided would be a winning argument against Trump's repeated and inelegant verbal gaffes.
She says people sometimes expect too much of election polls, which "are not created to provide extremely accurate results". "She just said, 'Congratulations, Donald, well done, '" Trump said.
After a flight on his private jet from New York City, Trump entered the White House through the South Lawn entrance - avoiding news cameras and the president's staff - and he and Obama met for longer than expected.
The street demonstrations against President-elect Trump are not merely a temper tantrum by "sore losers" who were expecting a different outcome. "Let us not grow tired and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do", he said.
There will always be time to lament that this nation failed to elect a woman to its highest office, and that the thickest glass ceiling has again proved impenetrable, even if Hillary Clinton's nomination provided one more significant crack. Tom DeLay, the Republican majority leader of the House a decade ago. "We're going to repeal it and replace it". He said on Monday Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief.
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 USA cities for a second straight night. Without WikiLeaks, she certainly would have won but I think the email hacks that revealed many of her flaws put many voters off.
To borrow Trump's mantra, I guess that's what makes America great.
"I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country", said Hillary Clinton during her concession speech in NY. Rand Paul, a former presidential candidate who repeatedly clashed with Trump during the primary debates.