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 to discuss the handover of power from his administration to Trump's.
 
The White House said Obama called the Republican in the early hours of Nov. 9 to congratulate him on his victory in the presidential campaign, which marked a forceful rebuke by voters to Obama's eight years in office. The two leaders will meet today, Thursday, Nov. 10, at the White House, where Obama was to update Trump about ongoing planning for the transition.
 
Obama, a Democrat, was to offer his first reaction to the election in a televised statement that the White House said would focus on "what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season."
 
"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 and to his hopes for leaving a lasting imprint on the nation's policies. Trump has vowed to rip up much of what Obama accomplished, including his signature health care law, the Iran nuclear deal and a painstakingly negotiated trade deal with Asia.
 
Obama also called Hillary Clinton after it became clear she'd lost the race. The White House said Obama had "expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country."
 
It was unclear how substantive Obama's call was with Trump, or how long it lasted, although the White House noted that Obama placed the call from his residence in the White House, rather than from the West Wing.
 
Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, described it as a "warm conversation" and a "gracious exchange." She said Trump had missed the president's original call as Trump was speaking to supporters in New York, and then called him back after leaving the stage.
 
Like Clinton and other Democrats, Obama didn't appear to see Trump's victory coming. As he campaigned vigorously for Clinton in the race's final days, Obama said he was confident that when Americans showed up to vote, they'd choose against electing the billionaire real estate magnate.  Trump also is a former reality TV star with no formal government experience.
 
He had also warned supporters in apocalyptic terms that "the fate of the republic" rested on Clinton defeating Trump on Election Day.

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COMMENTS (29)
  • zakrym-ste
    11/11/2016 - 01:01 p.m.

    I wonder how salty this meeting will be. Obama has openly said that trump is not fit to be president. I bet that it will be awkward meeting.

  • jacklynt-ste
    11/11/2016 - 01:07 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that Obama called to congratulate Trump after he had won. The meeting between the current president and the future president is so important so that Trump can get caught up on the latest things happening in the white house. Obama also called Clinton to tell her how well of a campaign she had.

  • irisp-ste
    11/14/2016 - 09:10 a.m.

    Due to Trump's sometimes rash comments and fiery personality, many voters believed he was not fit to run the country. The 2016 election came to be one of the most divided elections in our nation's history, but more voters thought that Trump was a better option than Hillary due to her email scandals and wavering beliefs.

  • peytonw-cel
    11/14/2016 - 10:06 a.m.

    Many people didn't think he was going to win because a couple reasons. One reason is because the way he acts. Many people didn't like the way he approaches issues and that caused many people to not vote for him. Also a lot of the voters today are Democrats. Hillary is popular in the government so that's another reason why people were surprised.

  • jareds-cel
    11/14/2016 - 10:40 a.m.

    So many people were surprised by Trump's victory because at the beginning of the election day he wasn't predicted to win. Also because Hillary Clinton ended up winning the popular votes so people thought that the electoral votes would've favored the same candidate but they were wrong. Also they were surprised because of the amount of women that voted for Trump because of the comments that were made at the beginning of his campaign.

  • piersonw-cel
    11/14/2016 - 10:44 a.m.

    President Barack Obama invited President-elect Donald Trump to the White House to discuss the switching of power between the two. Obama wants to ensure a smooth transition of power for the country.

  • koltonk-bri
    11/16/2016 - 09:56 a.m.

    They're were so many surprised because they expected Hillary Clinton to win and not some billionaire real estate magnate."As he campaigned vigorously for Clinton in the race's final days, Obama said he was confident that when Americans showed up to vote, they'd choose against electing the billionaire real estate magnate."

  • michaelk3-bri
    11/16/2016 - 09:58 a.m.

    Because all the polls showed that Hillary Clinton would win, but then all the states turned red. It surprised everyone thought that the polls would define who would win, but the polls showed mostly democratic voters, and not many republican voters, so everyone was surprised when trump won.

  • koltonk-bri
    11/16/2016 - 10:02 a.m.

    They're were so many surprised by Trumps victory because they did not expect some billionaire real estate magnate."As he campaigned vigorously for Clinton in the race's final days, Obama said he was confident that when Americans showed up to vote, they'd choose against electing the billionaire real estate magnate. "They were just so surprised because he has no formal government experience.

  • yuviam-bri
    11/16/2016 - 10:07 a.m.

    I believe they were suprised by the outcome that Donald Trump won presidentcy becouse he had no experience in the goverment field. "As he campaigned vigorously for Clinton in the race's final days, Obama said he was confident that when Americans showed up to vote, they'd choose against electing the billion real rea; estate magnate." They didn't expect him to win, and truth be told, niether did trump. He only wanted to gain popularity within the states but somehow managed to win.

















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