In his first press since the election, President Barack Obama encouraged Americans to “reconcile themselves” to a Donald Trump presidency.
“I remember what it was like when I came in eight years ago, it is a big challenge,” Obama said. “This office is bigger than any one person and that's why ensuring a smooth transition is so important."
In addition, Obama said he is certain that some of Trump’s expectations will be shaken up.
Obama said that during their meeting last week, he encourage Trump to reach out to women and minorities because of the explosive rhetoric used during the campaign.
“It’s really important to try to send some signals of unity and to reach out to minority groups or women or others that were concerned about the tenor of the campaign,” Obama continued.
The president dodged weighing in on Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as his senior White House policy adviser.
Instead, Obama said it would be inappropriate for him to weigh in on appointments and would only impede the smooth transition of power.
He also noted that his White House team should be proud of all the things they’ve accomplished so far.
“We've already ensured that when we turn over the keys, the car is in pretty good shape,” Obama said jokingly. “We are indisputably in a better position now than we were when I came in eight years ago."
Obama is set to leave Monday night on a weeklong, three-country trip to Greece, Germany and Peru, where he will assure allies that the country’s commitments will endure more than one administration.
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