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Donald Trump Praises Protesters for Having ‘Passion’ After ‘Unfair’ Remark

UPDATE: Hours later, Trump changed his tune and praised the protesters via Twitter. “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!” he wrote on Friday. “Busy day planned in New York. Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!”

ORIGINAL STORY: President-elect Donald Trump reacted to the second day of nationwide anti-Trump protests on Thursday, November 10, taking to Twitter to express his opinion of the demonstrators and point blame at the media.

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“Just had a very open and successful presidential election,” the real estate mogul, 70, wrote. “Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the Capitol November 10, 2016, in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day president-elect Trump met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Thousands of people took to the streets to protest the outcome of the presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, which saw Republican candidate Trump win the closely contested race against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

As Us Weekly previously reported, protesters marched in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and people were arrested in several cities, including Oakland, California, as some demonstrations turned violent on Wednesday, November 9.

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As the protests entered their second day, hundreds of high school students staged walkouts in San Francisco, and there were massive gatherings in cities such as Salt Late City and Baltimore, and police in Portland, Oregon, declared the demonstrations to be a “riot.”

In a series of tweets on Thursday night, the Portland police department described “extensive criminal dangerous behavior” and “increasing reports of vandalism and aggressive behavior” with “multiple individuals with bats reported in the crowd” and projectiles being thrown at police.

Trump’s criticism of the protesters came hours after he and his wife, Melania, met with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

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The former reality TV star tweeted that he had “a fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!”

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