After congratulating the president-elect on his win, POTUS invited Trump to the White House to discuss his presidential transition on Thursday (Nov. 10).
Their Oval Office meeting likely broached hard and thorny differences that have arisen during the course of America's marathon presidential campaign cycle.
Asked at a White House briefing on Thursday whether the meeting had eased any of the concerns about Trump that Obama expressed during the campaign, Earnest said, "The president was never in a position to choose a successor".
Trump's campaign message was embraced by a large section of America's white majority, grown increasingly disgruntled by the scope of social and economic change under Obama, their first black president. Obama said he will do everything he can to help the NY businessman succeed when he takes office on January 20 and urged the country to unite to face its challenges.
Trump rooted his campaign in a pledge to systematically roll back Obama's achievements, on health care, immigration, climate change, trade, worldwide relations and more, and soon will have the tools to do it: the first single-party control of both Congress and the White House since Obama's first two years in office.
According to an organizational chart for the transition obtained by The Associated Press, Trump was relying on experienced hands to help form his administration. He'll govern with Congress fully under Republican control and lead a country deeply divided by his rancorous campaign against Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, later in the afternoon, around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, an emotional Clinton pleaded for keeping an open mind toward Trump, who she regularly painted as unstable and unfit to lead the country. But protests have continued unabated.
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This past June, Cleveland defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals 4-3 after trailing the Warriors 3-1. It is his insistence on always making the right play. " You saw it in those last three games", the president said.
Trump later met with House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Capitol and said they also would work together "to lower taxes" and "to fix health care and make it affordable and better". "Donald Trump heard a voice in this country that no one else heard. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted".
Mr Trump will be sworn into office January 20.
"It is not an easy path but we are ready to ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development", Putin said.
Mindful that his legacy could be pulled out from under him, Obama said last week that a Trump victory would mean "it all goes out the window". "The Democratic Party has proven they are incapable of stopping Trump", the organizers wrote.
Emerging from the meetings, Trump sketched out priorities for his presidency. He said Wednesday that he remained proud of her and her campaign.
Yet her team spent the bulk of their time focused on attacking Trump, while failing to adequately address Clinton's deep liabilities - or the wave of frustration roiling the nation.