Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a top adviser to Donald Trump, has dismissed post-election protesters as “a bunch of crybabies.” There have been protests in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington and elsewhere. Some demonstrators carried placards declaring “Not My President.” Stars including Mark Ruffalo, Jamie Lee Curtis and Josh Hutcherson joined thousands of Americans protesting Donald Trump’s presidential victory. When Guliani was asked by Fox News about the protests, he replied, “Most of the protesters are college-age students and seem to be 1 percent of 1 percent of 1 percent. I would advise the president-elect to tell them to calm down and after a year, “you’ll be living in a better country. If not, go cry then.” Giuliani is widely expected to get a major position in the Trump administration.
President Barack Obama is set to welcome his successor, Donald Trump, to the White House, extending an olive branch to a man he blasted as unfit to serve as commander in chief and who led the charge to challenge the legitimacy of his own presidency. The Oval Office meeting on Thursday symbolically begins the transition of power. Obama is a Democrat who ushered in a sweeping health care law and brokered a landmark nuclear accord with Iran. Trump is a Republican who has vowed to wipe those measures away after he takes office on Jan. 20. First lady Michelle Obama also plans to meet privately in the White House residence with Trump’s wife, Melania Trump.
Meanwhile, a top Russian diplomat says Moscow had contacts with the campaign of Donald Trump ahead of his election as US President. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency today that “there were contacts” with influential people in Trump’s circle. “I don’t say that all of them, but a whole array of them, supported contacts with Russian representatives.” The report did not give further details. Trump’s relations with Russia were one of the most contentious issues of the campaign, especially in light of his favorable remarks about President Vladimir Putin as a strong leader, and persistent contention by his opponents that Russia was responsible for hackers purloining E-mails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff.