President Barack Obama invited Donald Trump to meet with him this week and will deliver a statement on the historic election results on Wednesday, the White House said.
Obama invited president-elect Trump to meet with him Thursday at the White House “to update him on the transition planning his team has been working on for nearly a year,” press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “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.”
Earnest said Obama placed calls early Wednesday morning to Trump “to congratulate him on his victory” and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to express “admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country.” He also said the president will deliver remarks on the election later Wednesday.
“The President will make a statement on Wednesday at the White House to discuss the election results and what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season,” Earnest said.