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Obama lauds Trump's call for unity

Obama noted that he and Trump have had big differences. as the latter has promised to repeal many of Obama's achievements.

Published: 09th November 2016 11:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2016 11:19 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

President Barack Obama says he was heartened by President-elect Donald Trump's call for unity.

Speaking Wednesday at the White House, Obama said the campaign was long and hard fought and that while a lot of Americans are feeling exultant, others are not.

He said everyone is sad when their side loses an election. But, resorting to sports analogies, Obama said "we're actually all on one team" and we're in an intramural scrimmage.

He said all Americans should want what's best for the country.

In his acceptance speech, Trump called for the country to "bind the wounds of division."

Smooth transfer of power

Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

He noted that he and Trump have had big differences. Trump promises to repeal many of Obama's achievements over the past eight years. Obama had warned voters that if Trump were to win, "all that progress goes down the drain."

Now, Obama said, "we all want what's best for this country." He said the point is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in all citizens. He says that's how the country has moved forward and he's confident that the incredible American journey will continue.

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