The United States President-Elect, Donald Trump, has reversed his disparaging description of the growing number of protesters marching across the country against his election.
Earlier on Friday, Mr. Trump, who was reacting to the spreading protests his victory at the poll has led to, described those marching on the streets as “professional protesters” in a tweet.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” wrote Mr. Trump, known for insulting his adversaries on Twitter.
Thousands of protesters chanting anti-Trump slogans have flooded American streets since he was announced as the winner of the bitterly contested election.
Mr. Trump consistently blamed the media, which reported on his divisive and scandal-tainted campaign, for ganging up against him.
But nine hours later, in his next tweet, the President-elect did an about-face praising the passion of the protesters for America while making a somewhat conciliatory appeal to them.
“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 tweeted.
It is not clear whether his handlers prevailed upon Mr Trump, who hardly shows remorse or apologises for his gaffes, to make the conciliatory tweet; but it clearly did not assuage the anger of the protesters as the protests continued to spread to other cities in the country.