US President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power.
Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.
Mr Obama mounted a fierce campaign to prevent Mr Trump from winning the White House, branding him “unfit" for office.
But the president has now urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday’s election.
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Barack Obama said of Mr Trump.
Despite Mr Obama’s calls for unity and Mrs Clinton telling supporters Mr Trump must be given a “chance to lead," his victory has sparked protests in several US states.
Hundreds of Anti-Trump demonstrators in New York staged a march on Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, waving placards declaring “Not my president" and other slogans.
Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the 5th Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump’s headquarters during the transition to power.
There were also reports of protesters blocking the entrance to Trump Tower in Chicago on Wednesday evening, chanting: “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA" and “Not my president!"
In Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon, protesters have reportedly burned American flags.
In his victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump vowed to “bind the wounds of division", after the acrimonious election contest, and to be “president for all Americans".
White House spokesman Josh Earnest has insisted Mr Obama will be sincere about ensuring a smooth handover when he meets Mr Trump, although he added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy meeting."
The president-elect will be accompanied to the White House on Thursday morning by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House residence.
The president-elect, who has never held elected office, has said his immediate priorities will be restoring the country’s infrastructure and doubling its economic growth.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said: “Donald Trump is taking this very seriously," adding that the business mogul’s deal-making ability would enable him to quickly “make things happen for the American people".
As president-elect, Mr Trump is entitled to get the same daily intelligence briefing as President Obama, which includes information on covert US operations and other data gathered by America’s 17 intelligence agencies.
Mr Trump’s team is understood to be focused on quickly filling key national security posts.
But it is not yet clear who will sit in his cabinet or fill senior posts in his administration, such as chief of staff.
There are expected to be roles for Mr Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, another of Mr Trump’s closest advisors, who is being linked with the role of attorney general or national security adviser.
After losses overnight as Mr Trump’s surprise victory became clear, financial markets rebounded as a feared meltdown failed to materialise.
Has Selena Gomez been spending time with Justin Bieber while in rehab?
Although Bieber, who is currently in the midst of his Purpose World Tour in Europe, hasn’t been photographed at the facility or in the area, a new rumor has hit the web which claims Bieber recently visited his ex-girlfriend.
On November 1, iTech Post claimed Bieber had defied the orders of Selena Gomez’s parents, who don’t want her in contact with the “Cold Water” singer at all and paid a visit to the Tennessee treatment center where she’s been for the past several weeks.
Selena Gomez’s family “recently reached out to Justin and told him to stay far, far away,” a source recently said, according to a report by the Hollywood Gossip. “They told him he’s banned from calling, texting, emailing, or visiting [Selena Gomez].”
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber have had a troubled relationship for the past couple of months due to an Instagram feud in August, which was prompted by a photo Bieber shared on his page of himself and Sofia Richie.
Selena Gomez’s family “blames Justin for much of her downward spiral,” the source explained.
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber came to blows in August after Bieber told his fans he would make his Instagram account private if they didn’t start being nicer to Richie. In response to his threat, Selena Gomez told Bieber that he should keep his photos to himself and reminded him that it was his fans who have been there for him from the start.
“[Selena Gomez] lost it,” a source said. “She can be fragile emotionally and Justin is a major factor.”
Although Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber weren’t on the best terms just weeks ago, a recent report claimed Bieber had been going to extreme lengths to make sure he and Gomez got to a better place.
“He’s been sending her hundreds of thousands to pay for everything from private jet bills to the recent stay in rehab,” Celebs Now revealed to readers last week.
During their feud, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber accused one another of cheating after Bieber suggested Selena Gomez was feuding with him in an effort to get attention for herself.
“It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love,” Bieber wrote.
“Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times are pointing the finger at the ones that were supportive and forgiving, no wonder fans are mad. Sad. All love,” Selena Gomez said in response.
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber have been in one another’s lives since 2010 and at the end of last year, they prompted rumors of a possible reunion when they were seen together in Los Angeles. However, weeks after the sighting, Bieber seemingly embarked on a romance with Hailey Baldwin and the couple spent the holidays together in Anguilla with Bieber’s family.
Around the time of Bieber and Baldwin’s trip, Selena Gomez was seen spending time with Samuel Krost. Still, when it came to moving on from Bieber, Selena Gomez appeared to struggle.
As her treatment continues in Tennessee, Bieber is reportedly doing his best to stay involved in Selena Gomez’s life, but he may have his own selfish reasons for making amends with the troubled singer.
“This is his way of staying in her life, as well as making himself feel less guilty for screwing her over,” a source explained.