On Monday, Barack Obama said in a press conference that the American people “have spoken” and Donald Trump will be the next U.S. president. Obama also expressed his hope that the billionaire would do better than him in the country’s top office. In addition, Obama called for unity among national protests against the president-elect’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton.
But he said he has some reservations about the Republican’s temperament. He explained that the presidency often acts like a magnifying glass on personal weaknesses. Obama believes Trump has some traits that will not serve him well if he doesn’t correct them in time.
The president was also surprised that many did not predict a Trump win. He added that a lot of “folks” failed to understand the “Trump phenomenon.” Trump made a connection with his voters like no other candidate could. He successfully managed to tap into both anxieties and hopes of his supporters in a very “impressive” way. Obama said.
He also acknowledged that the roller-coaster campaign would have sunk another presidential nominee. But what Trump delivered was “powerful stuff.” On Monday, Obama took part in the first press conference since Clinton’s defeat.
“The People Have Spoken”
Obama thinks Trump should surround himself with trustworthy people that will help him deliver his promises. The president declined to comment on the nomination of Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as Trump’s chief counselor.
Bannon has stirred some controversy with his white nationalist views which he touts through the conservative site Breitbart News. Obama said he couldn’t comment on the nomination because he doesn’t want to impede a smooth transition to power.
When asked what his opinion on the Anti-Trump protests was, Obama replied:
“The people have spoken. Donald Trump will be the next president.”
And he added that he hoped the president-elect would “make things better” since all Americans would benefit from it. But he added that Trump should reconcile with his campaign opponents.
Obama explained the “bitterness and the ferocity” of campaigns left many people disgruntled. The president was referring to minorities, women and “others” that took Trump’s remarks personally.
Obama said that we should let the new president “make his decisions” and let Americans “judge” whether they “like what they see.” The president is confident that Trump is “sincere” in his claims to move America in the right direction.
“People will still be looking to the United States. Our example will still carry great weight,”
Obama on his Legacy
Obama revealed that Trump told him last week the would continue the U.S. “core strategic relationships” with its NATO allies. Trump reportedly said that the U.S.A. would remain committed to NATO under his administration.
Obama added his staff managed to “stabilize” the U.S. economy and hoped Trump would continue the work. When one reporter brought up Trump’s comments about undoing his legacy, Obama made a fuzzy statement.
He said the office was “bigger” than him and any other president. He insisted that a smooth transition was crucial. Obama added that he has never stopped learning while in the Oval Office. He described the position of commander-in-chief as the most “remarkable” on the planet since it represents a never-ending flow of issues, information, and challenges.
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