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George Osborne urges UK to work with 'deal-maker' Donald Trump

By Tony Jones

Former chancellor George Osborne has said Britain will have to make its relationship with US President-elect Donald Trump's administration "work".

The billionaire businessman defeated Hillary Clinton earlier this week, with his shock victory confounding political pundits and leading to a string of protests across America.

But Mr Osborne said it was important that the UK worked with Mr Trump.

"He going to become President of the US, and it's in everyone's interests that we make the relationship with the administration work because America is such an important ally and friend of ours," he added.

Mr Osborne went on to sound an upbeat tone about Prime Minister Theresa May's relationship with Mr Trump, claiming: "In the end, Donald Trump's a deal-maker, so let's do some deals."

His intervention came as Mr Trump hit out at the "unfair" protests that have followed his surprise victory.

He blamed "professional protesters" for the demonstrations, which have turned ugly in some cities, with arrests made.

The protests came after Mr Trump met Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday for talks aimed at delivering a smooth transition of power ahead of the formal handover in January.

Afterwards, they both struck a notably respectful tone when they faced reporters, in sharp contrast to the bitterness and acrimony of the election campaign.

But as well as some demonstrations turning violent, there were peaceful protests in cities including Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.

Mr Trump said on Twitter: "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

In a sign that Mr Trump will move swiftly to dismantle Mr Obama's legacy, he said healthcare would be among his top priorities in office.

The President-elect, who has also insisted that he intends to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, said he would also be taking early action on immigration. However, he gave no further details.

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