The Donald Trump presidential transition explained

Donald Trump celebrates (Reuters)
Donald Trump celebrates (Reuters)

Whether you like it or not, New York's billionaire businessman Donald Trump is set to become the next US President.

So what happens now?

Well there's more to a White House transition than just a change in furniture. First of all, the President-elect will meet with current President Barack Obama. This is a long-standing tradition, with the official handshake between the two men set to take place on Friday (NZ time).

Mr Obama told media on Thursday he's instructed his team to follow the example set by his predecessor, George W Bush, eight years ago.

But it doesn't stop there, as Mr Trump and his team then have the mammoth task of vetting candidates for more than 4000 government jobs. These include powerful Cabinet positions, like Secretary of State - a job formerly held by Hillary Clinton.

Early predictions indicate that Mr Trump is set to choose former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as his Attorney-General. He's been a vocal supporter of the business tycoon, and even spoke of his admiration at the Republican convention, saying Mr Trump was the leader America needed.

But those changes won't, and can't, be made alone.

Both Ms Clinton and Mr Trump were already required to assemble 'transition councils' by June this year. 

Mr Trump's team reportedly has more than 100 staff, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The transition team will also work closely with Congress on policy specifics around some of Mr Trump's campaign promises, including the controversial wall between the US and Mexico.

Now after all that's been taken care of, Mr Trump will then become inaugurated on January 20, when he will officially become the 45th President of the US and move into the White House.