President-elect Donald Trump hits back as protests continue across the US

Demonstrations against Donald Trump continued in cities across the US as the President-elect accused those taking part of being "professional protesters".

Hundreds of people were marching against his unexpected election as president, including in Dallas, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But Trump alleges protests are a result of "professional protesters" taking to the streets "incited by the media".

He had earlier held a cordial White House meeting with President Barack Obama, and sketched out priorities with Republican congressional leaders in Washington.

The meeting with Obama spanned 90 minutes, longer than originally scheduled. Obama said he was "encouraged" by Trump's willingness to work with his team during the transition of power, and the Republican called the president a "very good man".

In Dallas, dozens of demonstrators gathered for a second night at Dealey Plaza to speak against the election.

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Protesters in Baltimore (Lloyd Fox/AP)

Just like on Wednesday night, the demonstration was peaceful with no disturbances or arrests reported. It ended with a march into the heart of Dallas by protesters carrying signs bearing such slogans as "Love Trumps Hate" and "Spirit Unbreakable".

A crowd that included parents with children in prams gathered near Philadelphia's City Hall. They held signs bearing slogans like "Not Our President," "Trans Against Trump" and "Make America Safe For All".

About 500 people turned out in Louisville, Kentucky, chanting and carrying signs as they marched. A day earlier, five people were arrested at Western Kentucky University as demonstrators protested against Trump's election.

Donald Trump on stage after his win (Paco Anselmi/PA)
President-elect Donald Trump (Paco Anselmi/PA)

The protests came as it was confirmed that Trump had won Arizona's presidential contest and its 11 electoral votes.

The Republican President-elect had a solid lead over Hillary Clinton on election night, but a winner was not declared because there were so many uncounted votes.

The latest batch of returns tabulated in Thursday made him the clear winner.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence (Darron Cummings/AP)

It extends a 20-year winning streak for Republican presidential candidates in Arizona. Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to take the state, winning in 1996.

Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence urged a rally in Indiana to support Trump and to pray that the starkly divided country would be reunified.

He told the crowd he was humbled to be Trump's vice president.

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