President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about unity as the nation entered its fourth straight day of protests on Saturday, November 12, the same day Turkey issued a warning to any of its citizens thinking about traveling to the U.S.
“This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans,” the 70-year-old real estate mogul tweeted. “We will unite and we will win, win, win!”
Trump has been mixed in his messages about the protesters, who have taken to the streets in several major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon, since he won the election against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, November 8.
On Thursday, November 10, the former Apprentice host blamed the media for the nationwide anti-Trump protests. “Just had a very open and successful presidential election,” he wrote. “Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
He changed his tone several hours later, praising the protesters for their enthusiasm. “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country,” he tweeted Friday, November 11. “We will all come together and be proud!”
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to show their anger and dismay over Trump’s election win, with chants of “Not my president!” and “P–sy grabs back!” heard frequently.
Also on Saturday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning for any of its citizens planning to visit the States, citing anti-Trump protests as a danger to avoid, according to The Washington Post.
A statement posted to the Foreign Ministry’s website Saturday said the protests “occasionally featured acts of crime and violence,” and that, “based on demonstrators’ social media posts, it’s clear the demonstrations will likely continue for some time.”
In July of this year, members of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted a coup in Turkey aimed at overthrowing the Erdoğan government. At the end of October, the U.S. government warned its citizens to avoid travel to southeast Turkey amid increased threats from terrorist groups across the country.
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