US Embassy downplays anti-Trump protests

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2016 04:09 PM

Anti-Trump demonstrators protest in front of the White House following Republican Donald Trump's election victory, in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2016. Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

MANILA - The United Stated Embassy in Manila has downplayed protests in various states, following Donald Trump's stunning win as president.

United States Embassy Press Attache and First Secretary Molly Koscina said the anti-Trump protests in the US are simply part of their country's democratic process and should not be a source of worry.

"Coming together as Americans to look at what's best for our country are what people are doing right now... I wouldn't worry. That's part of the process," Koscina told reporters.

Several demonstrations are ongoing in different parts of the US to protest the 70-year-old real estate mogul's win.

Koscina also responded to President Rodrigo Duterte's expression of interest to work with Trump, saying that the US has been "consistently focused" on the alliance of the two countries.

"From our side, we have consistently focused on the broad rich relationship of the United States to the Philippines. There has been no alteration on our side," she said.

Koscina added that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry together with Trump are focused in making sure that there will be a smooth transition of power in the US.

"President Obama and Secretary Kerry are focused right now on ensuring that the handover of information and power is consistent, that there is no change in foreign policy and we continue to work on that," Koscina said.

Retired Colonel Richard Mcmahon, Jr. who attended the Veterans Day event at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Fort Bonifacio, also dismissed the impact of the ongoing protests.