US President Barack Obama believes in the right of Americans to protest the election of Donald Trump in a non-violent manner, but wants people to hear the message that "we're Americans and patriots" before Democrats and Republicans, the White House says.

Transition of power: Obama and Trump Thursday made a public display of putting their bitter differences aside after a stunning election upset, reports The New York Times.

"I mean, she fought very hard", Trump said to a crowd who, just hours earlier, had chanted "Lock her up!" when Clinton appeared on a TV screen.

He explained the billionaire would most likely say: "Calm down, things are not as bad as you think, give me a year'".

"They're going to continue", one of the Fox News hosts said.

FORMER New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has branded college kids who have been devastated by Donald Trump's election victory "spoiled crybabies".

Trump's marquee buildings in NY and Washington were targets of protesters, and police put up security fences around the president-elect's hotel in Washington, not far from the White House, and shielded New York's Trump Tower with a line of concrete blocks. "I think it's a tough one and that should be given a lot of thought".

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On the Today show Thursday morning, Christie said: "Politics are over, the people have spoken".

"You don't really think I'm answering any of these questions, do you?" I've argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Giuliani went on to say he doubts that most students are actually against Trump, and that there's a swelling of conservative students challenging liberal professors and "the real left-wing loonies on the campus". The bottom line is that I have a job to do to help get the new administration ready.

Giuliani responded: "Oh my God.I certainly have the energy, and there's probably nobody that knows the Justice Department better than me".

"That work is long and arduous, and it takes place over not just days and months, but years and decades, " Lynch said.

Giuliani is widely expected to get a major position in the Trump administration. "It is now his job - and I am confident he will - to bring the country together", Christie said.

MATT LAUER: Would you want to be chief of staff? Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said in an interview with the state-run Interfax news agency that "there were contacts" with the Trump team.

Protesters cited a list of objections to Trump, including his campaign rhetoric critical of immigrants and Muslims, as well as allegations that he had sexually abused women and bragged about it. Trump has denied those allegations. "The campaign had no contact with Russian officials", she said in an email.