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Trump making staffing decisions as transition continues

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, after a meeting. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President-elect Donald Trump (center) and his wife, Melania Trump, walked with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill Thursday.

President-elect Donald Trump seems to be having a change of heart about those protesting the election results.

Trump had denounced the protesters in a tweet late Thursday. He wrote that ‘‘professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!’’

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But early Friday, he tweeted: ‘‘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!’’

Thousands have taken to the streets, including in Boston, since Wednesday, the day after Trump won the election. Thursday night, police in Portland, Ore., detained several people after demonstrations there became violent.

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Trump later promised a ‘‘busy day’’ assembling his government — but didn’t share any details.

The celebrity businessman was holed up in Trump Tower Friday morning meeting with senior staff members. He tweeted that he had a ‘‘busy day planned in New York.’’

He added that he ‘‘will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!’’

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But Trump’s staff has not offered any guidance as to what on the president-elect’s schedule in the coming days.

On Thursday, he broke with tradition and did not bring the traveling transition press pool — a group of reporters who follow the president’s movements — on his trip to Washington to meet with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.

He met with congressional leaders who expressed enthusiasm over the incoming Republican government.

But the budding new alliance between Donald Trump and congressional Republicans hides a tougher reality: Even with unified GOP control of Washington, the president-elect’s priorities may have trouble getting through Congress.

And in some cases Republicans themselves might be the barrier.

Among the issues are Trump’s promises to build a border wall and restricting immigration from terror-stricken nations. Don’t count on Senate Democrats to go along, and they will effectively wield veto power in many cases.

And there’s repealing the nation’s health care law, which will take painstaking and potentially lengthy negotiations to come up with a solution.

Still, all that and more seemed like a problem for another day as Trump paid a triumphant visit Thursday to Capitol Hill after a cordial White House meeting with President Barack Obama.

Nicole Hernandez contributed to this report. She can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.
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