President Obama Congratulates Trump, Invites Him to White House

Posted: Nov 09, 2016 7:30 AM

President Obama phoned Donald Trump early Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his victory, according to a White House statement. He also called Hillary Clinton and “expressed admiration for the strong campaign that she waged throughout the country.”

Obama also invited the president-elect to the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition.

“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,” the statement continued.

President Obama will deliver remarks about the election later today “and what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season.”