Obama invites Trump to meet, congratulates him on victory People gather outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, as they wait for the arrival of President-elect Donald Trump to the White House for his meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Obama invites Trump to meet, congratulates him on victory
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President Barack Obama has invited President-elect Donald Trump to meet with him. They plan to discuss the handover of power from his administration to Trump's.
 
The White House said Obama, a Democrat, called Trump, a Republican, in the early hours of Nov. 9. Obama congratulated Trump on his win. Obama was elected president eight years ago. He has served two four-year terms. The two leaders will meet today, Thursday, Nov. 10. They will get together at the White House. Obama was to update Trump about planning for the transition.
 
Obama was to offer his first reaction to the election in a televised statement. The White House said Obama would focus on "what steps we can take as a country to come together."
 
"Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the president identified at the beginning of the year. And a meeting with the president-elect is the next step," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
 
For Obama, the act of holding the meeting is a blow to his legacy. It hurts his hopes for leaving a lasting imprint on the nation's policies. Trump has vowed to overturn much of what Obama has done. They include Obama's health care law. It is commonly referred to as Obamacare. Trump also may end the Iran nuclear deal. And he could put a stop to a carefully negotiated trade deal with Asia.
 
Obama also called Hillary Clinton after it became clear she'd lost. The White House said Obama had "expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country."
 
It was unclear how in-depth Obama's call was with Trump. Or, how long it lasted. The White House noted that Obama placed the call from his residence. It is inside the White House. It's located in Washington.
 
Trump's campaign manager is Kellyanne Conway. She described the call as a "warm conversation" and a "gracious exchange." She said Trump had missed the president's original call. He was speaking to supporters in New York. Trump called him back.
 
Like Clinton and other Democrats, Obama didn't appear to see Trump's victory coming. He campaigned strongly for Clinton. Obama said he was confident. When Americans showed up to vote, he said, they'd choose against electing the billionaire. Trump made his fortune in real estate. He also is a former reality TV star. He has no formal government experience.
 
Obama had warned supporters that "the fate of the republic" rested on Clinton defeating Trump.

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Why were so many people surprised by Trump's victory?
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COMMENTS (29)
  • chelseyb-san
    11/14/2016 - 11:56 a.m.

    The people were surprise that Donald trump won because Hilary Clinton had the most voted. People that Donald trump was president. People say that trump shouldn't be president. Most people wanted Hilary Clinton to be president they say that she was kind. A lot of people are saying that Donald trump wants to break the friendship between black and white people.

  • robertoh1-san
    11/14/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

    One reason why people were so surprised that Trump won because warned the supporters that "the fate rested on Clinton beating Trump. Another reason was people were surprised that Trump won because of all the stuff that he said in is his election. A third reason people were so surprised that Trump won is because he was taking about building a wall and kicking Mexicans out of the country. The last reason people were so surprised that Trump had won is because he was going to get rid of Obomacare.

  • sarynea-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    They where so surprised about Trump's victory beacause they wanted Trump to not be the president. He said that " he will show victory to the other people. And that he would let people not go to Mexico. And he said that he was going to build a wall. Across Mexico.

  • brayand-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    That people were so surprised that trump win the voting and that is why they were so surprised that he had been the winner from the voteing on the 8 .

  • brittanym-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:01 p.m.

    Obama elect Donald Trump as the next president. Obama let Donald Trump in the White House in November 10. The article said that Americans only voted for Trump because he was a billionaire. Obama helps Trump become president. Trump has to pass a lot of stuff to become president

  • marianav-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:01 p.m.

    People were surprised by trump victory because that thought that hillary was going to win. But hillary lost the battle. But trump won the batttle. So now trump is our new president. And how people are so happy that trump is our new president.

  • arturov1-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:01 p.m.

    So many people were surprised because of the things he was gonna do.Also because with Hillary doing all right people thought that other will vote for her instead of trump.He also wanted to do things that will break the law for him and others.Hillary thought that people will be smart and pick the a person who really cares.

  • austins2-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:01 p.m.

    Peresint Obama said to trump congratulations on his victory for Peresint.

  • marcob-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:02 p.m.

    They were surprised because he is building a wall and he is also letting people be mean to other people, he will build a school he is also letting people be raises

  • amayah-san
    11/14/2016 - 12:02 p.m.

    People are surprised because they heard what he was going to do when he was president so they would choose the other person who was running for president. Some people liked the things he was doing so they decided to vote for him and with some people disagreeing and agreeing more people were agreeing and the people that were disagreeing were surprise that he was elected for president.

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