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Donald Trump continues his transition to the White House as protests and riots break out nationwide over his election.

  • Trump names Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff
  • He also gives a prominent role to campaign chairman Stephen K. Bannon
  • Trump says he'll deport people in the country illegally who have criminal records
  • Hillary Clinton says the FBI's late email review was one factor in her loss
  • Calls to "lock her up" about Clinton may put Trump in a bind

Trump abruptly changes tune on protesters, praising their 'passion'

What a difference 10 hours makes.

President-elect Donald Trump embraced anti-Trump protesters as passionate on Friday, after calling them “unfair” and a product of media incitement the previous night.

“Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country,” Trump posted on Twitter on Friday morning.    

People angry over the presidential election results hit the streets for a third night in major cities inclduing Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. In Portland, Ore., police called the protests a riot. 

On Thursday, Trump tweeted that “professional protesters” were being unfair, and he accused the media of inciting their actions.

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