President Barack Obama urged Democrats on Wednesday to put aside their disappointment after Republican Donald Trump won the race to replace him and work toward a successful transition of presidential power.
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” Obama said after a bitter campaign where he worked hard on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s behalf to defeat Trump, who has pledged to undo Obama’s top legislative and executive accomplishments.
“I want to make sure that hand-off is well executed because ultimately we’re all on the same team,” Obama said.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Barack Obama will remain president till January 20, 2017.
Earlier, Hillary Clinton graciously accepted her defeat in the US Presidential election, saying she hopes Donald Trump will be a successful President for all Americans and that the “deeply divided” nation owes him “an open mind and the chance to lead.”
Clinton expressed “pride” for her supporters and the American people, saying “you represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life. “We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. Lets do all we can to advance the values we hold dear,” she said.
Clinton also expressed gratitude to President Barack Obama and Michele Obama, saying the country owes them “an enormous debt of gratitude. “We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to people in the country and across the world,” she said.